Steven Heller

Yambo On Everything

Yambo (pseudonym of Enrico de ‘Conti Novelli Berlinioro, Pisa 1876 – Firenze 1943) was a journalist, illustrator, writer and comic book artist known for his children books. Tutto di Tutto (Everything About Everything, 1944, a year after his death) is a superb example, and is pretty much about everything from typewriter concrete poetry to radio...

Weekend Heller: Pensieri sul Design

As I lay on my hotel bed listening to the soothing tones of “My Way” by Sinatra and the “Godfather” theme emanating from the Piazza San Minerva in Rome, I have thoughts of Paul Rand. There are not too many books about or artifacts by Paul Rand in Italy, although his seminal Thoughts on...

Jeff Roth’s Archival Pick: Pete Seeger

This is another in a mini-series of archival selections from Jeff Roth, a remarkable archivist, who runs the New York Times morgue, where folders filled with clips and photographs are buried. Heller asked him to chose five (or more) of this favorite images and tell use why. Today: "Pete Seeger."

Jeff Roth’s Archival Pick: The Collyer Brothers

This is another in mini-series of archival selections from Jeff Roth, a remarkable archivist, who runs the New York Times morgue, where folders filled with clips and photographs are buried. Heller has asked him to chose five (or more) of this favorite images and tell use why. Today: The Collyer Brothers

How A Chimney Influenced A Typeface

Working from several hundred reference photographs of industrial chimney lettering, ornamenting/patterning, and roughly two dozen archival engineering drawings, the Stack fonts were developed to be true to the spirit of the original masonry lettering while also being authentically original.

Typefaces Extolling the Virtue of America

The American Edwin Hooper Denby (1873/74–1957) was an architect and member of the architectural firm, Denby and Nute, where he designed typefaces as well as structures. The pages HERE represent his "symposium" on the importance of his all cap typeface for monumental statements.

Underground Comes Up For Air

When the marketing of the counter-culture was hot, a "subterranean" magazine in paperback form was published by none less than Signet Books (NAL), then under the ownership of the LA Times. The book reflected the turbulent 1960s and featured articles on The Black Panthers, the Vietnam War, and more.

A Tale of Two Sketches

The other Sunday at Rome's largest flea market Porta Portese the eagle-eyed Louise Fili and Steven Heller spied a small booth selling a few mediocre pencil sketches with one notable exception. The colored pencil drawing on paper (bottom) signed "F. Depero / 1926."

Jeff Roth’s Archival Pick: Jimi Hendrix

This is the first of a new mini-series of archival selections from Jeff Roth, a remarkable archivist, who runs the New York Times morgue, where folders filled with clips and photographs are buried. Heller asked him to chose five of this favorite images and tell us why. Today: Woodstock.