Steven Heller

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Designing With Heart

“The heart is a very, very resilient little muscle. It really is,” said Woody Allen’s character in Hannah and Her Sisters. Heart: Anatomy, Function and Diseases (Dell, 1962) was part of a unique series of “Visual” books illustrated by leading designers. This one, illustrated by George Giusti, is comprised of his abstract and representational...

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The Comic Art of Mirko Ilić

Mirko Ilic is one of the most renowned designers alive today. Explore work from his lesser-known career as a comic book creator.

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3D Cultural Revolution Posters

Of all the propaganda memorabilia inside Communist China, the most curious were the thousands of different colorful porcelain figurines.

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Smokin’!

Before mass-produced cigarettes were available starting in the 1880s, rolling papers were sold as packs of cut sheets in small booklets, and were beautifully designed.

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Real Alternative News Was Not Fake

Paul Krassner, one of the most acidic commentators and satirists of the 1960s, published "The Realist" as an alternative to mainstream news.

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Weird-Century Modern

This French ad for Le Laboratoire de Controle Physiologiue is what I would call Weird Mid-Century Modern.

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Normalized Letterheads

These innocent-looking letterheads, void of political references, were examples of Gleichschaltung in Nazi Germany.