Weekend Heller

Weekend Heller: Famous Words In Type

Not Just Eye Candy, Design Work by Frank Baseman is an exhibition of selected letterpress work from Creative Director and Principal of Baseman Design Associates, Frank Baseman’s three-decade-plus career as a graphic designer. Featured in the exhibition are recent prints combining two of Baseman’s favorite long-term interests: rebuses, those words and images coming together...

Stumbling On Stones Of The Murdered

I first encountered Artist Gunter Demnig’s Stolperstein (Stumbling Block) project in Rome. Now it is a wave throughout certain centers of the Holocaust in Europe. In Slovenian the stones are called Spotikavci and they were unveiled in Ljubljana, Slovena on August 6, 2018. This event was organized by the Jewish Cultural Centre in Ljubljana. Mirko Ilic...

Weekend Heller: Finally, Christoph Niemann Proves His Innate Genius

[Special to the Daily Heller] Science has finally proved beyond a Neil DeGrasse Tyson-shadow-of -a-doubt that Christoph Niemann, an engagingly witty, Teutonically charming, inscrutably clever editorial, book and bathroom wall illustrator and Lego-expert, is actually a natural bone fide genius on the cosmically gifted level of Issac Newton, Pablo Picasso, Albert Einstein and Mel Brooks....

Pick A Card, Get A Typeface

Typefaces come in thousands of shapes, sizes, and styles; types have histories and legacies. “Type Deck” identifies particular forms in historical periods and aesthetic contexts. Each of the fifty-four cards features a hand-drawn character, and provides insight into its historical context, design, and purpose. The collection is divided into six categories: Victorian, Arts &...

Weekend Heller: Chermayeff’s Early Book Covers

It was once said, power is in the hands of the person who owns a printing press. Well, if it’s still true, Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press has been doing good things with his power. He has also helped develop a gallery for graphic design, Katherine Small Gallery in Somerville, Mass., to accompany...

Weekend Heller: Pensieri sul Design

As I lay on my hotel bed listening to the soothing tones of “My Way” by Sinatra and the “Godfather” theme emanating from the Piazza San Minerva in Rome, I have thoughts of Paul Rand. There are not too many books about or artifacts by Paul Rand in Italy, although his seminal Thoughts on...

Weekend Heller: Insight Into Indonesian Innovation

Nigel Sielegar, principal of Corse Design Factory NYC, is an Indonesian-born designer with a special interest in promoting design in his native country. Towards this goal he recently published “Collected: Contemporary Graphic Design of Indonesia” co-produced with DGI Press in Jakarta.