You’re Invited to a Night of Big Lies and Little Truths

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To celebrate the release of the paperback version of Steven Heller’s book Iron Fists: Branding the 20th Century Totalitarian State, (which examines the propaganda campaigns of four of history’s most notorious dictators, Hitler, Lenin, Mussolini, and Mao), Phaidon will host a panel discussion next Wednesday with Heller, Shepard Fairey, and Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spookey).

Called “Big Lie and Little Truth, Graphic Design and Propaganda in Branding” the event is co-sponsored by Esopus Magazine and—like the book itself—takes a look at the integral role graphic design plays in shaping and guiding human thought and action. As Heller says: “the concept is [about] making propaganda–good and bad–truth and lies. And how design and designers manipulate behavior.”

To learn more about the book (designed by our good friends at Project Projects), read Christopher Benfrey’s review for The New York Times. And there’s this insightful transcript from Heller’s interview on the PBS show, The Open Mind.

WhenWednesday, June 29thDoors at 6:30 pm, panel discussion to begin promptly at 7 pm

WherePhaidon | Store83 Wooster Street (at Spring Street), NYC

RSVP required: Please email Iron Fists to

*Pages and images from the book, courtesy of Steven Heller and Phaidon Press.