Steven Heller

Lustful Lucian’s Luscious Letters

Lucian Bernhard was a master of many arts. He is less celebrated for his poster than his typefaces, but while he was in Germany and later (after the Nazis banned his work) in the United States he produced cases of them. Bernhard had developed typefaces for Flisch and Bauer Type foundries in Germany, including...

Weekend Heller: Igarashi’s Frenetic Alphabetics

Takenobu Igarashi monumentalized type and typography when most of us were still living in Gutenberg’s shadow. With his unprecedented 3D type, Igarashi created an even larger shadow that brought the old world together with the future one. Announcing through Volume, a crowdfunding platform, and produced in collaboration with Igarashi a new book “A to...

Say Bye Bye

Is it possible to survive a thermonuclear attack? You bet it is (or was) says the U.S. Department of Defense. Just dig a hole, construct some vents, fill it with canned beans, put your head between your legs and . . . . The rest, as they say, was a blast! Thanks to all...

Kafka Bound

The illustrated works of Kafka as created by artist Peter Kruper are the next wave of historical literature given a graphic novel treatment.

Tribal Design Mardi Gras Style

In 1993 illustrator/designer Mark Andresen was commissioned to do a group portrait of 17 of New Orleans legendary Mardi Gras Indian chiefs. The purpose was to make lithograph posters to sell with proceeds being split among the artist and participants.

Stephen Alcorn’s Face Time

Steven Alcorn and his dedication to drawing through his work on "Reflections on the Revelatory and Unifying Power of Interactive Portraiture in the Classroom," a unique program at Virginia Commonwealth University where each of his students are subject to his gaze and rendering.