Design Thinking

What is design thinking? This creative approach has been deeply influential in the design world in recent years, leading to heated debate about the design thinking process, both pro and con. Imprint has provided a online forum to explore graphic design thinking as it is put into practice with clients and within companies—essential reading for today’s designers, art directors, and design leaders.

When Progress Propagates Like Yeast

In 1948, designer, typographer and illustrator Thomas Maitland Cleland gave a talk on the nature of "'Progress' in the Graphic Arts." Here, Heller reproduces the printed version as an example of design criticism before the age of design criticism.

Weekend Heller: Eve of Destruction?

Hope to Nope the book includes more than 145 examples of graphic design & politics, all selected to demonstrate the role of graphic design in influencing opinion, provoking debate and energizing activism during one of the most politically charged decades in recent history.

Weekend Heller: Book Covers Live and Live

"Be My Cover: An Exhibit of Contemporary Cover Design" features 100 of Penguin Random House’s most iconic book covers. The selection gathers book covers published worldwide within the past 10 years by more than 15 imprints from Penguin Random House. This work has been created, or art directed, by 33 designers straddling the Atlantic,...

The Brain as Open Book

Danné Ojeda Hernandez's Vanitas book series makes literal the allegory of a book as a portrait of its author’s inner matter. With the help of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), the anatomic representation of the author’s skull and brain becomes the book content.

How to Create a Culture of Design Thinking

Everyone wants to be innovative, but few willingly work toward a culture of raw, risk-taking creativity. Slowly but surely, that's changing at companies like GE, Turner, and Capital One who have implemented design thinking in their day-to-day business practices.

Dummying the Medium is the Massage

Heller talks with Scott Boms, design lead and and studio manager of the Analog Research Lab at Facebook in Menlo Park, who is the caretaker of some Marshall McLuhan artifacts and the next generation of McLuhan thinking.

Innuendo Is Not a Four Letter Word

During the period of the film industry's Production Code (The Hays Office), Hollywood imposed its own rules governing the depiction and non-depiction of sex in the movies. So clever filmmakers resorted to metaphor, symbolism and innuendo to get the idea of intimacy—sex—across.

Weekend Heller: The End Or A New Beginning?

What will happen if the stable environment that has supported the aspirations of preceding generations over the last 10,000 plus years were to change and you had to spend a great deal of your time dealing with serious weather or other damaging disruptions? How would it affect your plans and your life?