The SVA Department of Design Research, Writing & Criticism recently opened "Exploding Footnotes: Design Research in Action."
In 1975, the tobacco company of Yerevan, Armenia, ran a contest asking for a redesign of its cigarette packaging. Discover who won—and what happened next.
Heller cracks open a reading primer from the 30s and finds some pretty images—accompanied by segregation and a Stepford obedience to the dominant order.
If you like letterheads, these eclectic and modern examples will make you want to design one today.
Steven Heller explores MacGuffin magazine, a publication with a fascinating backstory—and a fascinating mission.
If you think you've seen Constructivist film ephemera before, think again.
This summer there are three SVA NYC classes to recommend. [Full disclosure: I’m highly prejudiced towards them.] Two are residencies and one is online only. Design education is moving in some interesting direction and residencies and distance learning are increasingly good alternatives for professionals who cannot afford longer commitments. 1. DIGITAL PORTFOLIO DESIGN taught...
Designers are always fiddling with making the alphabet easier to navigate. Here is a lesser-known attempt by graphic simplicity master Lucian Bernhard.
Steven Heller examines the evolution of Dutch Nouveau typography from simple functionalism to extreme decoration.
Venice has stencil, London has Gill Sans and Amsterdam has what locals refer to as "Krulletters"—highly ornamented script painted with a brush.