Steven Heller

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,...

Frost for the Ages

You may never have heard or seen the work of Arthur Burdett (A.B.) Frost (1851–1928), but he was one of the luminaries of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century illustration and cartoon.

The Straight and Narrow

Raymond Lufkin (1899–1978) was one of the highly skilled graphic artists employed by advertising agencies and book publishers in the mid-1930s to add luster to their illuminations.

Art Of Design Language

The fusion of influences in Ryan McGinness' paintings, prints, sculptures and installations establishes his unique language as a multi-faceted reflection of contemporary visual culture. Heller talks to him about the place his new work has in his overall blurring of the lines between art and design languages.

Rudy VanderLans’ Still Life

For more than a year, Rudy VanderLans has been sending limited-edition books of photographs to friends as a work in progress. Heller has been happy to be on the mailing list yet had been asked not to write about them until now. Today, VanderLans agreed to tell him more about these new, curiously...

Flowered Polish Type

The first Polish posters appeared in the 1890s at the hand of outstanding painters and florid letterers. What set the Polish posters apart was the emphasis placed on the highly artistic quality of the project, an attitude that will continue to characterize the Polish poster throughout the 20th century.

Will Burtin in the Present

R. Roger Remington has already published a book on designer Will Burtin, whose intellectual and creative powers allowed him to function on an epic scale; a new volume to be published by Unit Editions is now in the Kickstarter fundraising process. Heller talked to Remington about the advantages of this new volume.