Steven Heller

KKK Mart

The full color catalog below shows some of the Klan's income-producing merch as though it were a Sears mail order catalog. The Klan still sells its wares, but the price is higher, the profits are smaller and the hate is hotter.

Weekend Heller: Rome is Hot for Type

Join Louise Fili, Steven Heller and Lita Talarico for the SVA Masters Workshop Design Rome, a typography and design workshop. This is its tenth year in the Eternal City where type new and old, classic and modern reign supreme.

Digitizing Wood

Heller talks with Bill Moran, who with his brother Jim—the director of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum—is a major force behind this amazing repository of past and present type, typography and printing.

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.

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Uniformly Awful Uniforms

That so many people like to wear the jerseys and hats of their favorite teams has little to do with aesthetics, and as Todd Random points out in his book, Winning Ugly: A Visual History of the Most Bizarre Baseball Uniforms Ever Worn (Skyhorse Press), sports uniforms were always a bit odd.

Setting Iran Aflame

Boxed matches did not set Iran ablaze when in January 1978 the revolution lit the way for the end of the Pahlavi (Shah of Iran) dynasty, but the artifacts collected in a book of matchbox labels provides a curious history of what led up to the turnover of government and way of life for...

W.A. Dwiggins Design Daddy

Heller shares an excerpt from his foreword to the new book W.A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design by Bruce Kennett, which provides a history of the polymath who gave breadth to graphic design.

Selected Writing In Tongues

Siglio Press gets Heller's vote for publishing the best books combining avant garde art with graphic design and typography. Two thumbs up for Mirtha Dermisache's Selected Writings.