steve heller

Busts Galore

The ceremonial bust has a long and venerable history. Some are mandated by law, others by loyalty, more by emotion and still others are kept for satiric purposes (like Frank Kozik’s smoking Mao Mouse above). Some are of democrats, others republicans and often totalitarians and even kings. On this National Bust Day, I have...

Book Designers: Eleven Happy Men

A long awaited book about printing, printers and type by type historian Jerry Kelly is ready to be devoured. The Art of the Book in the Twentieth Century (Cary Graphic Arts Press, RIT Press) highlights the work of eleven essential practitioners, among them Bruce Rogers, Joseph Blumenthal, Stanley Morison, Max Caflisch and Hermann Zapf. ...

Enough Already!!!

As Donald Trump’s face pops up on the evening news again and again (as though he paid for the time), it occurs to me that we can credibly question whether Trump was actually born. Let me explain . . . Despite the birth certificate from The Jamaica Hospital (above), which is typographically questionable, there...

Typographic Dreamin' on a Summer's Day

The Type Directors Club (TDC) is turning to the metaphysical – or typophysical – with its latest promotion. Madame Wahler’s Lucky Serif Dream Book, is based on dream books found in botanicas. They’re used for dream interpretation and picking the right numbers to play (that is gamble on). Written and designed by Gail Anderson,...

Romania Romania Romania

When I think of Romania (Rumania), alas I think of this song in Yiddish by Aaron Lebedeff (you’ll need to click to play). I also think of Saul Steinberg, who left Romania in the 30s and brought with him to America a native sense of the absurd. Now, thanks to the typographer Ovidiu Hrin...

And & Et

L’Esperluette, which I found at my favorite Paris bookstore, La Hune, is the story of the and sign (&) and the word et from whence it came. It is published by Typographie Expressives, the publishing wing of Massin, graphiste, affichiste, journaliste, éditeur et écrivain. The ampersand or esperluette dates to the 1st century A.D....

The Lois and Vignelli Tag Team

Want to spend meaningful time with George Lois and Massimo Vignelli? Now’s your chance: The RIT workshop will be a rigorous hands-on week of working with fundamental typographic principles leading to an advanced graphic design application with Massimo Vignelli, and an advertising design application with George Lois. Complementing exercises and applied problems will be...