Steven Heller

Bolts Are Back

Aguinaldo Perrone is an Italian designer who seems to channel the spirit of Fortunato Depero. He recently published an homage to Depero's Bolted Book, tit…

Voitures de France, C’est Magnifique

The Renault corporation was founded in 1899 as Société Renault Frères by Louis Renault along with his brothers Marcel and Fernand. Louis was a  young engineer who had already designed and built several prototypes before teaming up with his brothers, who had honed their business skills working for their father’s textile firm. While Louis...

Loco In The Headwinds

Nigel Holmes changed the way Time magazine readers in 1977 consumed visual data. By extension, he influenced an entire generation of data viz designers, perhaps even the entire data viz business long before the internet made information graphics an essential part of the visual language. He has put his talents to the test with...

Deleted By Fascists, Now Undeleted by Design

Vuk Ćosić is a Slovenian contemporary artist associated with the net. art movement commemorates the Jews murdered during the Holocaust in Ljubljana. The project is called “Undeleted” uses photos of residents of the Slovenian capital that have been reconstituted as concrete poetics with Hebrew letter forms. He created their faces by combining faces with...

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...

The Three Plakateers

In 1905 the first modern advertising poster was created: bold eye-catching lettering with flat colors; simplified shapes and objects and the composition focused on a central object. The Plakatstil was born. Lucian Bernhard, Ludwig Hohlwein, Julius Klinger: these were the three plakateers who revolutionized the approach to advertising and left a heritage of ideas...

Who Could Have Imagined? What Can We Say?

In April 1988, 30 years ago, Donald J. Trump had started his devolution into the “Short Fingered Vulgarian” he is today (even in ’88 his hands were an issue). Yet who would have imagined this glob-mass of super id, a man who built a career on being “A power-mad egomaniac” would be elevated into...

The Plot For America

"Made in America" and "America First" are Trump's base-words. But Uncle Sam has long come to the aid of many retailers. When World War I started he was…

How To Teach Our Children Justice

Last Thursday an animated video version of Graham Nash’s Crosby Stills Nash & Young hit song ‘Teach Your Children’ was published on the The Atlantic website. Using his signature style of sketchily painting over photographs, Jeff Scher used charged images of of 60s grassroots protest for civil rights and constitutional freedoms to recent protests...