Daily Heller

Lucky Charms and Good Fortunes

Heller talks with Ellen Weinstein about her new book, Recipes for Good Luck (Chronicle Books), which lists the unique practices—from quirky superstitions to performance rituals as well as creative processes—and curious habits of a slew of influential people.

Posting a Letter and Sending a Telegram

Poczta, illustrated by Franciszka Themerso, addresses technical knowledge, but in itself is also an example of '30s avant garde art and design. The book was published thanks to funding from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Weekend Heller: A Dog’s Lives

Over the course of the last year, Michael Gillette drew more than 50 dog portraits. Today, March 24 through April 23, they are exhibited in "Year of the Dog" for the first time at Luna Rienne 3318 22nd St. San Francisco.

Upside Down Equals Trouble

In response to last week's post on the Auschwitz symbol of resistance—the upside-down 'B'—questions were raised whether it was deliberate or stylistic. Here, Heller discusses the evidence.

Haunting Posters

Heller savors everything about the Klimowski Poster Book by Andrzej Klimowski. Klimowski was a product of the Polish poster art tradition yet established his own methods and collagist madness.

G.B. Shaw’s Tailored Jackets

Michael Rossum has been printing small collections of design artifacts for "The Closest Friends of Kat Ran Press" for a number of years. His most recent #7 is Designs on Shaw, a sweet little appreciation of interpretations of George Bernard Shaw's work.

When Letterers Had All The Fun

Heller shares pages from Type Treasures: Schriften-Schatz, Eine Sammlung Praktischer Alphabete Für Berufszeige Aller Art (Fonts Treasure, a collection of Practical Alphabets for Professional Branches of All Kinds), a marvel of functional and aesthetic ornament.

Extra! Extra! Get Your Novel Here!

If you were living in an American city such as Philadelphia or Pittsburgh in years past, one of the pleasures of picking up your Sunday color sections would be finding a "Complete Novel" in a tabloid format similar to the Funny Pages. Pretty interesting method of getting readership. But not that unusual.

Weekend Heller: Oceans Yes, Plastic No!

As plastic pollution continues to advance, scientists predict that by 2030, more plastic than fish will float in the oceans. Here, Heller talks with Helmut Lange about a poster project intended to raise awareness and encourage sustainable thinking and behavior.