Steven Heller

Nicety Nice Nice

The Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography [HMCT] South Campus Gallery presents “nice,” designed and curated by Typographer-in-Residence, Lucienne Roberts.

Bigger Than Life

Life was the eyes of the nation. Few magazines captured the world through such a powerful lens. Life magazine's photo essays celebrated a barrage of…

Fonts 4 Students

Last April, type designer Peter Bilak participated in a large meeting among type designers, foundries, educators and font users, to understand the challenges of using fonts today. One thing learned during this meeting was that many schools have no computer labs anymore, and therefore, they cannot acquire educational font licenses. Students are on their own when...

Old Dutch Girl versus Handmaid’s Tale

A wimple is religious head wear. I became interested in wimples after watching A Handmaid’s Tale and finding an ad for the most popular cleaning product of the 1940s and 50s. See the resemblance? In The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood published in 1985, the handmaids in the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian and...

Drawing Is Another Language

D.B. Dowd is a professor of art and American culture studies at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Art at Washington University in St. Louis. He serves as faculty director of the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library at the university, renamed in his honor in 2016. A graduate of Kenyon College...

Show Me Your Show Cards

D.M. Campana was one of the most prominent china painters in the field at the time of his death at 85 in 1956. He founded the Campana Art Company at the turn of the century with china painting materials as its specialty. He developed his own line of china colors which he used and...

DuBouchett and Paul Rand’s Illustrated Trademarks

Paul Rand took over the Dubonnet Man from its originator A.M. Cassandre when the liquor came to the United States. He also created the Coronet Man, the mascot for Coronet Brandy. But did you know about the DuBouchett Man (a Harlequin by any other name)? These are all illustrative trademarks, of which he did...

Monday: The New Sunday

Founded in Philadelphia in 1824, the American Sunday School Union (ASSU), a non-sectarian missionary society was the most prolific publisher of juvenile literature in 19th-century America. The Union’s publications were American in spirit and moral in tone. They cover a wide range of subjects including history, geography, biography, natural and physical sciences, poetry, catechisms,...

Weekend Heller: Playful Books

Books are enjoying more than a revival.There was nothing to revive. They never went away. And at New York’s The Center For Book Arts they have been alive, thriving and inventive for a long time. This week, “Look, Look, Look . . .  A Playful Book” organized by Elisabeth Lortic opens in their space...