Design Specialties

Weekend Heller: Guess Who’s Coming To Diner

I fell in love with John Baeder’s diner paintings when I was a wee art director. His hyper realism was not just a trend but a means of documenting what has indeed become lost. His most recent exhibit of pictorial genius opened on November 1. It is a must see (I only wish he...

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Decoding the Symbolism in Meghan Markle’s Coat of Arms

Now that Meghan Markle is officially the Duchess of Sussex, what does her coat of arms actually mean? Well, to start, there are lots of California references. According to a statement released by Kensington Palace, the coat of arms was approved by the Queen, who worked closely with Markle on the design, which is...

Holiday Heller: Back To Design School

Face facts: Today, Labor Day, is the end of Summer. Heat and humidity will soon be a memory. Design students are going back to school (and we can look forward to Columbus Day, Halloween, election day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah). Here’s a gift idea for your favorite design student: “Type Deck” identifies particular forms...

Rudy VanderLans’ Still Life

For more than a year, Rudy VanderLans has been sending limited-edition books of photographs to friends as a work in progress. Heller has been happy to be on the mailing list yet had been asked not to write about them until now. Today, VanderLans agreed to tell him more about these new, curiously...