Weekend Heller: Italian Fantasy, Rome Reality

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Ventura’s Visual Voice

Paolo Ventura, whose work I have written about many times in this blog, has produced one of his fantastical gems for the Edizioni Corraini series Un Sedicesimo (#34). “The Napoleonic Soldier and Other Stories” is a conceptual tour de force yet haunting in its subtlety.

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Ventura constructs three stories from each four to six photos, where he plays the protagonist. Known for his noir miniatures of war and ’30s intrigue, he’s now using himself and other actors in tableau vivant. And they’re beautiful and hypnotic. You won’t want to miss Un Sedicesimo (#34).

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Roman Inspirations

The SVA Masters Workshop in Rome (an offshoot of the MFA Design / Designer As Author + Entrepreneur program, co-chaired by Lita Talarico and me) is still taking applications for Summer 2014. If you’ve never experienced Rome before, or have been yearning to study design and typography there, this program – stocked with amazing faculty – is an opportunity not to be missed. For information email Esther Ro-Schofield and go to the website here.


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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 →