Steven Heller

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.

MAD Magazine’s New Facial Recognition

As MAD Magazine begins a new era today with its new logo design, Heller speaks with Bill Morrison, executive editor, Doug Thomson, MAD design director and Suzy Hutchinson, MAD art director about this new incarnation of probably the oldest American humor and parody magazine.

Head To Head In Germany

The 1930 German manual titled How To Design A Career provided commercial artists all the tips they needed to know to become a solid working one in pre-Hitler Germany. Published in four volumes, the samples here come from the book on designing letterheads, billheads and logos.

Parting With A Lifetime’s Collection

A new film, How To Steal A Chair, follows 72-year-old Stergios Delialis as he realizes he has become a ghost in his own life and contemplates parting with his collection. Meanwhile, he undertakes to produce a retrospective of his own design work in the building of his lost museum.

The Brain as Open Book

Danné Ojeda Hernandez's Vanitas book series makes literal the allegory of a book as a portrait of its author’s inner matter. With the help of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), the anatomic representation of the author’s skull and brain becomes the book content.

Magazine Heaven

With Stalin in his grave, the Polish Communist government "approval and allocation of paper" led to the creation of a radically designed periodical titled Ty i Ja (You and Me). The first issue was founded in 1960 by the journalists Teresa Kuczynska and Roman Jurys, and designed by the great Roman Cieslewicz.

Andrzej Krajewski’s Book Covers and Jackets

There seems to be no end of amazing talents who live in or emigrated from Poland. Among the masters is Andrzej Krajewski (b. 1933), who was somehow unknown to Steve Heller until he found a book of his book covers and jackets edited by Tytusa Klepacza

Weekend Heller: Is Graphic Design Universe Finite?

As Heller paged through the online Swann auction House catalog for its May 3 sale of graphic design (mostly posters), it occurred to him just how seemingly infinite is the mass of beautifully printed, smartly conceived and stylistically varied graphic designs produced since the late 19th century.