Weekend Heller: Shooting Shame, Storm Dies, Sparkling Neon

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Ignoring the 90 Percent

Milton Glaser responded to the cowardice of the United States Senate to pass the minimum gun legislation with a poster. While posters won’t end gun violence, at least the 90 percent who advocate for some kind of legislation can see who voted against it.


Turning On To Old Neon

Anne Fink Bartoc and Nicholas Noyesk created Industry Neon, an exhibition of photography of 30s-40s neon signs, survivors, they say “from Neon’s mid-century heyday. Countless others didn’t make it. Those that have survived are, for the most part, attached to thriving, often beloved, businesses. Some are lovingly maintained, other’s have decayed exquisitely.”

Neil's Coffee Shop

The opening was this week. It will be on view until May 9 at Pratt Institute, 144 West 14th St. 2nd Floor, New York.

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Freaky Old Jewish Comics and Cartoons


Graphic Humorist Drew Friedman (above) will present a visual presentation of old & new works, & discuss/argue all things Old Jewish Comedians, Sideshow Freaks, Comic Book legends, Urban legends on Wednesday April 24, 6:30-8:30 at The Soho Gallery for Digital Art, 138 Sullivan St (between Prince & Houston), NYC, 1-800-420-5590 Comic Book & Vernon Dent historian Danny Fingeroth (Part of Fingeroths’s Comic book round table series). “Special Guests to be announced once funds are secured for their cab fares.”

Tickets: $12 (cheap!) in advance at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/362647$17 on day of the event and at the door.

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Album Cover Master Dies


Storm Thorgerson, whose album cover artwork includes Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, has died aged 69. He designed the cover showing a prism spreading a spectrum of color for The Dark Side Of The Moon. His credits also include albums by Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel and Muse.

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Around the New Campfire

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The Google+Hangout (FoST Virtual Roundtable) is an opportunity to have a conference in one’s own home. This one on “The Future of StoryTelling” moderated by Charles Melcher features Jake Barton (Founder, Local Projects), Jenny Moore (Associate Curator, New Museum), Ed Burtynsky (Photographer), and Gideon D’Arcangelo (VP of Strategy and Communications, ESI Design) as they discussed new forms of museum exhibition design. See it here.

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For more Steven Heller, check out Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility, one of the many Heller titles available at MyDesignShop.com.

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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 →