Steven Heller

Constructing Art From Books

Having always gravitated toward literature and books, it was very tempting for Poul Lange to use this source for collage material, despite how the stigma of book burnings and the banning of literature runs deep in our consciousness.

When Type Was Dry

Letraset: The DIY Typography Revolution, edited by Adrian Shaughnessy and Tony Brook of Unit Editions, is the first comprehensive history of Letraset, the rubdown lettering system "that revolutionized typographic expression." Hellers talks with Shaughnessy about what was at the bottom and top of that revolution. 

Crossing MAD Avenue

In 1972, Dick De Bartolo and Bob Clarke produced MADvertising, a comic—asinine—approach to American advertising propaganda. They were not biting the hand that fed them because in the early days, unlike today, MAD did not accept advertising.

Weekend Heller: Those Posters!

These days when we think Russia, we think election tampering, Putin authoritarianism and the future of peace and well-being. As a respite from the tension, there is a certain irony in the admiration for Russian post-revolutionary posters, especially those representing the triumph of the working class designed by Gustav Klutsis. This month !Productive Arts!...

Packaging Japanese Style

The Japanese have long been masters of packaging design and production. Remember the influential book How To Wrap 5 Eggs? These package labels are more prosaic than the eggs, but just as eye-catching in a crude, commercial manner.