Shop Till You Pop

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Rob Walker is the “Consumed” columnist for The New York Times Magazine and proprietor of, a website (with great pix like the one above) devoted to the murky world of marketing and all the flim flam in between. His recent book, Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are, is a must for anyone who toils or luxuriates in the fields of retail (or wholesale). His site is a veritable magazin of trends and fashions seen through the jaundiced eye of a true design critic.

For those who question the role of criticism in design culture, Walker is an exemplar.

To promote his book tour, Walker, a fantatical letterpress maven, has had various printer/poster makers create missives (below) to murket his talks. Read more about the artists and their process here and here and here.

Remember this: Consumption is not just an option, it is a way of life. I shop therefore I am.

About Steven Heller

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.View all posts by Steven Heller →