Steven Heller

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...

Weekend Heller: Finally, Christoph Niemann Proves His Innate Genius

[Special to the Daily Heller] Science has finally proved beyond a Neil DeGrasse Tyson-shadow-of -a-doubt that Christoph Niemann, an engagingly witty, Teutonically charming, inscrutably clever editorial, book and bathroom wall illustrator and Lego-expert, is actually a natural bone fide genius on the cosmically gifted level of Issac Newton, Pablo Picasso, Albert Einstein and Mel Brooks....

Sign Painting Olympiad

Lettering maven Sam Roberts announces Letterheads 2018: London Calling is bringing the international Letterheads movement to London for the first time from August 16 to19 at the Bargehouse on OXO Tower Wharf, SE1. “These ‘meets’ are typically closed-doors affairs, but the London expo will provide a rare (and free!) opportunity for the public to...

New Old Glory

Thanks to Henry Brimmer I recently was reintroduced to the 1987 book "Stars & Stripes" by Kit Hinrichs, his first book celebrating the flag he holds so dear

Bosnia And Herzegovinia’s Design Legacy

The third edition of “Museum In Exile: Bosnia And Herzegovina In The Modern Era” by Asim Đelilović, (Buybook Sarajevo) is based on the first 2015 edition designed to represent the visual and industrial arts – a draft of history – of Bosnia and Herzgovina. It addresses the periods when designers made important contributions to...

Sicilian Bears On The March

For some summer distraction from the tragedy that is American presidential leadership, let’s look at the international affairs of another kind. The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily (La famosa invasione degli orsi in Sicilia) written and illustrated by the novelist Dino Buzzati (1906-1972) is a 1945 Italian children’s book, published at the end of...

Weimar 1919 in Amerika 2018

“In view of the current political and social situation,” writes Dr. Helmut Müller, Managing Director of the Bemeinnützige Kulturfonds in Frankfurt RheinMain, Germany, in the unforgettable, sadly retro-prophetic art history titled “Splendor and Misery in the Weimar Republic” (Hirmer), “in which the world seems to have lost its bearings, we should be particularly grateful...

Pick A Card, Get A Typeface

Typefaces come in thousands of shapes, sizes, and styles; types have histories and legacies. “Type Deck” identifies particular forms in historical periods and aesthetic contexts. Each of the fifty-four cards features a hand-drawn character, and provides insight into its historical context, design, and purpose. The collection is divided into six categories: Victorian, Arts &...