Portable Print: Digital Readers Reviewed by Design Authorities

December 30, 2009

Portable Print is a new series of video reviews of digital readers: iPhone apps, tablets, Kindles, and whatever else entrepreneurs can throw at Print Magazine. In the debut episode of Portable Print, Monica Racic tries out the Great Books Mega Collection iPhone app at Housing Works Bookstore and Cafe in New York City’s SoHo. Steven Heller, guest stars.

SVA Masters Workshop: Italy and Rome

December 23, 2009

Design Italia 2010

Steven Heller, Lita Talarico and Louise Fili (who designed the poster shown above) will all teach at the second annual SVA Masters Workshop in Venice and Rome in the summer of 2010. Learn more about the program here.

Twas the Icon of Christmas

December 23, 2009

1950s Christmas Ornament Packaging

Steven Heller takes a look a breif look at the graphic history and visual representation of Santa Clause in the United States in a post for AIGA Voice.

Christmas Schmaltz

December 23, 2009

Steven Heller comments on why he loves the Christmas season in his most recent post for Design Observer.

The Decade of Dirty Design

December 9, 2009

Steven Heller has recently posted a new article for AIGA Voice that looks at the trend of designers and illustrators using more hand generated art.

Designers’ Holiday Cards

December 2, 2009

Holiday Cards

In his latest post in Graphic Content the New York Times T Style blog, Steve takes a look at holiday cards from designers and artists.

Ramparts: Agent of Change

November 30, 2009


Steven Heller takes a look at the history of Ramparts, an American political and literary magazine, published from 1962 through 1975. Read the post on Design Observer.

Thirty Conversations on Design

November 20, 2009

Check out this interview with Steven Heller on the design blog 30 Conversations.

Why Does John Baeder Paint Diners?

November 17, 2009

Steven Heller’s latest post for Design Observer looks at the work and history of artist-documentarian, John Baeder.


November 12, 2009

Azure Magazine has posted a recap of Steven Heller’s presentation at the 2009 DesignThinkers Conference held in Toronto. Steven Heller’s presentation was based on his book Iron Fists: Branding the 20th Century Totalitarian State

Going Wild with Wild Things: An Interview with Dave Eggers

November 6, 2009

Read the interview with Steven Heller and the screen play writer of Where The Wild Things Are, Dave Eggers on Core 77.

Design for Obama Signing at the TASCHEN Store

November 5, 2009

Design for Obama Signing

On November 4, there was a special signing session for the book Design for Obama at the TASCHEN Store in Soho. Editors Spike Lee and Aaron Perry-Zucker and essay contributer Steven Heller were on hand to personalize copies. Many of the artists that contributed to the book were also present mingling and signing each others’ books. You can check out photos from the event here.

Design for Obama: The TASCHEN Book

October 24, 2009

Design for Obama Taschen Book

On the one year anniversary of Barack Obama’s election, the TASCHEN Store New York invites you to the launch of Design For Obama. Editor Spike Lee, Steven Heller, and founder of DesignforObama.org, Aaron Perry-Zucker will be on hand to sign or personalize your copy.

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 6-8 pm.

The Taschen Book Store in New York is located at:
107 Green Street, New York, NY 10012

People in Glass Apartments

October 23, 2009

Steven Heller comments on the recent fad of people living in homes with floor to ceiling windows and their decision to have their life on exhibit from the street level. You may read the Design Observer post here.

Steven Heller on Designing for Obama

October 18, 2009

Steven Heller speaks with AIGA Philly on the outpouring of posters for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Heller also compares today’s political graphics to the campaign posters of a previous generation, and the relationship between democracy and design. Produced by Peter Camburn & Craig Schlanser for AIGA Philadelphia

Interview with Richard Wilde

October 15, 2009

Ladislav SutnarŐs Strip Street series 1968

Steven Heller recently sat down with Richard Wilde to discuss the current exhibit at the SVA Gallery in Ney York: The Wilde Years: Four Decades of Shaping Visual Culture. The exhibition celebrates designers, art directors and other creative professionals who have graduated from the BFA Advertising and Graphic Design Department at SVA. Organized in recognition of Richard Wilde, the department chair and his 40th anniversary at the college, the show features iconic and culturally significant works by select alumni from all four decades of Wilde’s tenure and runs from October 13, 2009 to November . You can read the interview for Print Magazine here.

Wolfsonian Gift

October 10, 2009

Wolfsonian Gift Samples

Steven Heller has generiously donated several pieces to the The Wolfsonial-FIU. You can view a selection of these gifts here.

Another Side of Ladislav Sutnar

October 7, 2009

Ladislav SutnarŐs Strip Street series 1968

Steven Heller covers the history of a rather unknown sieres of paintings and silk screen prints inspired by New York after dark by designer Ladislav Sutnar. You can read more about the series and view several of the other pieces in the seires at the AIGA website.

Interview with Maurice Sendak

October 6, 2009

Read the interview with Steven Heller and Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of the classic children’s story Where the Wild Things Are. Heller talks with Sendak about the author’s willingness to see his work transformed into the upcoming release of the movie based on Where the Wild Things Are, directed by Spike Jonze and screenplay written by Dave Eggers. You can read the interview on the NYCGO website.

Covering the Good Books

September 28, 2009

The Screw Tape Letters by CS Lewis

In 1962 Time launched a new series that was, however, fairly novel even for them, a “soft-cover book club” called the Time Reading Program (TRP) edited by Time magazine’s chief book review editor Max Gissen and art directed by Edward A. Hamilton. The books were published through 1966. Learn more about the series and the covers on Design Obverver site.

Interview with ABC Design

September 16, 2009

Wilgor Caravanti and Ericson Straub of ABC Design pay a visit to Steven Heller and provide a brief interview on their blog.

Designing Obama

September 11, 2009

Designing Obama from mas / menos on Vimeo.

Steven Heller has contributed a foreward to the book Designing Obama which chronicles the art and design both from the inside of the Obama presidential campaign as well as the individual efforts contributed to help promote the president in his campaign for the presidency. Learn more about the project, contribute and purchase a copy here.

Please Explain: Typograhy

September 11, 2009


Steven Heller and Jonathan Hoefler were guests on the Leonard Lopate Show for a discussion surrounding typefaces and typography and explained how typefaces are created and why typography is important to communication and design.

Beat the Clock

September 9, 2009

Steven Heller gives a tip for getting more time out of your work day for Core 77’s 2009 Hack to Work blog.

American Icons: Or how trade characters rule the world

September 8, 2009


Steven Heller reflects on his early exposure to political satire through the 1966 play by Barbara Garson titled MacBird that accuses President Lyndon B. Johnson of being culpable in the John F. Kennedy assassination. You can read more about his experience on the Design Obverver site.

Video Encore: Seymour Chwast

September 1, 2009


If you missed the interview presentation with Steven Heller and designer/illustrator/painter Seymourt Chwast you can watch the presentation as Seymour and Steve flip through the pages of Seymour’s new book Seymour. All 3 parts on the interview are broken down into segments on the AIGA NY website available here.

A Good Trademark: A Historical Perspective

August 24, 2009

Steven Heller takes a look at the craft of naming products and goes back to look at a lost resource the Textile Brand Names Dictionary from 1947 where over 4,000 product names were listed. You can read more about Steve’s post on trademarks in his lastest for Design Observer.

Milton Glaser’s SVA: A Legacy of Graphic Design

August 21, 2009

Youth in Uniform

School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents “Milton Glaser’s SVA: A Legacy of Graphic Design,” a 50-year retrospective of nearly 100 works created by the legendary designer for the College, where he has been on the faculty since 1960 and currently serves as acting chairman. The exhibition will include the original artwork for the iconic posters seen by generations of New Yorkers as part of SVA’s ongoing subway campaign, preparatory sketches that will be on public view for the first time, and rare printed pieces like the 1963 announcement for the course Glaser taught at SVA with the late art director Henry Wolf. The exhibition is curated by Steven Heller and Mirko Ilic. Beth Kleber, SVA’s archivist, researched and compiled the works in the exhibition, which is designed by Francis Di Tommaso, director of the Visual Arts Gallery. The exhibit goes from August 31 through September 26, 2009 and the reception is on Tuesday, September 15 from 6 to 8PM

Alex Steinweiss: The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover

August 20, 2009


Steven Heller’s latest introduction for Taschen.

When It’s Cool to Say Cool (and when it’s not)

August 18, 2009

Why is this common, but hardly descriptive adjective often the best? Heller gets heated up about cool in his lastest article for AIGA Voice.

The New Daily Heller

August 9, 2009

The Daily Heller a blog from Print Magazine has a new look and feel. Also, be sure to check out Nicolas Heller’s blog - Get Familiar.

Youth in Uniform

August 7, 2009

Youth in Uniform

The Wolfsonian FIU’s outstanding collection of political propaganda from the twentieth century has recently grown thanks to a gift from Steven Heller. In preparing his Iron Fists: Branding the 20th Century Totalitarian State Heller amassed a considerable body of rare books, periodicals, and ephemera produced by Italian Fascists, German National Socialists, and Soviet and Chinese Communists. The exhibition features political propaganda designed to create a spirit of communal identity among the young. You can view selections from the collection Youth in Uniform.

Selling Health Care Reform to Voters

July 29, 2009

Steven Heller was asked to comment on the Obama administration’s plans for health care reform by the New York Times Room for Debate Blog.

American Icons: Or how trade characters rule the world

July 28, 2009

Uncle Sam

For Issue 19 of Neshan Magazine, Steven Heller takes a look at the graphic representation of the American Icon, Uncle Sam. You can read the article here..

That Pesky Television Test Pattern

July 27, 2009

TV Test Patterns

Steven Heller takes a look at the graphic quality of television test patterns of the 40s for his latest post for Design Observer.

Design for Obama, Posters for Change: A Grassroots Anthology

July 16, 2009

Obama Poster Book

Steven Heller has contributed an essay to a new book from Taschen titled Design for Obama, Posters for Change: A Grassroots Anthology due out in November. The book compiles some of the most striking posters and art to come out of the Barack Obama presidential campaign. The release of the book will coicide with the one year anniversary of the presidency. You can pre-order the book through Amazon.

On Michael Jackson

July 2, 2009

Steven Heller and other designers were asked by Form Magazine to comment on how they remembered the King of Pop. You can read Steven Heller’s response here.

Take Me Out to the Old Yankee Stadium

July 2, 2009

New Yankee Stadium

At the start of baseball seasons 2009, The New York Yankees welcomed their fans to their new home. Steven Heller comments on the design and experience of the new stadium in his latest post for Design Observer.

Law Enforcement, Italian Style

July 2, 2009

Steven Heller comments on the design of Italian Carabinieri uniforms versus those worn by New York City’s finest in his latest blog post for the New York Times

Iron Fists

June 24, 2009

Iron Fists Photos

The design studio, Project Projects, who is responsible for the design of Heller’s Iron Fists: Branding the 20th Century Totalitarian State has a bunch of great photos of various spreads from the book posted on their site.

Mad Music

June 23, 2009

Mad Music Cover

For his latest post for Design Observer, Steven Heller reflects back on one of his favorite LPs Mad “Twists” Rock ‘n’ Roll.

A Conversation with Seymour Chwast

June 22, 2009

Seymour Interview

Steven Heller interviewed Seymour Chawast as part of an AIGA event celebrating Seymour’s latest book Seymour: The Obsessive Images of Seymour Chwast. Design blogger Christine Park covered the event along with a series of photos on her blog.

New Ornamental Type

June 19, 2009

New Ornamental Type Cover

Steven Heller and Gail Anderson have teamed up again for a new book New Ornamental Type. Due out from Thames and Hudson later this year, the book presents a dazzling kaleidoscope of highly animated text and type samples across a broad spectrum of styles and effects. Psychedelia, Hip-Hop, Gothic, flowers, smoke, hair, electricity, and monuments are just a few of the creative allusions for the hundreds of dramatic and intricate examples inspired by nature, history, and just about anything that is visually expressive. Words become pictures before our eyes.

Beginning with an historical overview of ornament and how it has evolved through the major creative periods from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present, the book includes hundreds of contemporary examples from around the world, organized into three sections: ‘History Lesson’, ‘Au Naturel’, and ‘Eclectic’, each with a brief essay introducing the background, influences, and outstanding aspects of the graphic work

The Nose Number 19

June 19, 2009

The Nose 19

Director J.J. Sedelmaier hooked up with design/illustration icon Seymour Chwast to create an online issue of Chwast’s publication The Nose. Animation is simple but effective. The piece takes a humorous look at the predictions that people have made throughout the past century. Steven Heller wrote the introduction.

O Say Can You See: Who Put the ‘O’ in the Obama Campaign

June 16, 2009

While in Italy, Steven Heller presented his lecture “O Say Can You See: Who Put the O in the Obama Campaign: Contemporary Political Graphic Design” which focuses on the design work created for 2008 the Barack Obama presidential Campaign. You can watch the presentation here.

SVA Masters Workshop in Rome: Day 14

June 6, 2009

Like all good things, the SVA Masters Workshop has come to an end. After a day of work, participants presented their finished guide book proposals to a panel of guest critics at the Forum of the Palazzo dela Expositzioni in Roma. Among the projects were guides to the letter Q in rome, to the best gelaterias, to the most significant inscriptions, and for the “second trip to Rome.” A food-filled reception followed in the Palazzo’s ultra modern lounge where we all posed - or shall we say swarmed - for group photos. Lita, Steve, and Esther wished the participants farewell, with the hope that it is not goodbye.

And the Trophy for the Most Generic Trophy Goes to...

June 5, 2009

In his latest blog post for The New York Times Moment Blog, Steven Heller reflects on the design of awards handed out today and what the quality of design and production says about the achievement.

SVA Masters Workshop in Rome: Day 13

June 5, 2009

The penultimate workshop day began with participants scurrying to get their Roma projects in shape. Parked at cafes, bars, and hotel lobbies - and our classroom at La Sapenzia, the workshopees took in their last breaths of inspiration in anticipation for tomorrow’s final crit. In the afternoon Darius Aya, Ph.D at the Institute for Roman Culture brought them back to the beginning again with a guided tour of the Roman Forum. In the evening Steven Heller gave the Iron Fist lecture at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, in collaboration with AIAP and Laboratorio d’arte, followed by the first European Alumni Dinner with MFA Design program grads.

SVA Masters Workshop in Rome: Day 12

June 4, 2009

From ancient Roman letters to contemporary Roman designers. This morning Cristina Chiappini, who has developed a body of work focused on the female body, showed her Roses of Flesh Spines of Light project, a publication designed to raise awareness of the horror of genital mutilation. She also showed how the body plays a role in her commercial and non-commercial design. Also on hand were the partners of ADE Creative Studio in Roma, who showed us their video bumpers and motion identity for QOOB, an entertainment broadcast company. With less than two more days to go, the workshop participants socked down some wine and went back to work.

SVA Masters Workshop in Rome: Day 11

June 3, 2009

Today was Roman Letter day at the SVA Workshop and James Clough, letterer and historian from Milan, served as our guide. During a three hour morning session he traced the origins of Roman type epigraphy to metal founding. Then he led a drawing session, where workshop participants interpreted the fundamental typographic forms in novel ways. After a day of drawing and rubbing we visited the National Museum’s Epigraphy collection. Some artifacts were so modern, they could have been done yesterday.

SVA Masters Workshop in Rome: Day 10

June 2, 2009

Today is the Day of the Republic commemorating when Italy became a nation. With school closed, Roman typographer Mauro Zennaro led a walking tour of Roman inscriptions. We trekked from the Piazza Minerva, where Bernini’s famous “chick and elephant” sculpture of a small elephant points his rear to the nearby monks, to the the Piazza del Popolo, where the first Arabic numerals can be found inscribed on a church in Rome. Workshop participants made countless tracings of words and letters, and the clicks of digital cameras filled the corsos.

SVA Masters Workshop in Rome: Day 9

June 1, 2009

Walking the cobblestone streets of wet Roma we arrived at The University of Rome, La Sapenzia, for the first lecture on typographic inscription by Roman typographer Mauro Zennaro. He took us through his process of developing his own type interpretations of inscriptions from Pompeii and explained that early Roman lettering was painted not inscribed. Participants then spread out through the piazzas around the Pantheon to find their own inspirations and visited the Biblioteca Angelica to hold and caress ancient books. In the afternoon Steven Heller spoke to students of La Sapenzia about influences and cliches in contemporary design.

SVA Masters Workshop from Venice to Rome: Day 8

May 31, 2009

Sunday the workshop participants met at the Venice railway station for what turned into a lengthy 7.5 hour trip (owing to train delays) to Rome. However, we completely monopolized the First Class carriage. The weather was cooler than previous days, and close to Rome fog and rain dominated. But Rome is the eternal city, and participants will eternally remember the experience.

SVA Masters Workshop in Venice: Day 7

May 30, 2009

After marathon all-night sessions in our studio at Fondazione Claudio Buziol workshop participants were ready by 5 pm to present their guidebooks to a room of guest observers. Representatives from Illy Cafe, Editions Corraini, along with Giorgio Camuffo, Sandro Berra, and Renzo di Renzo attended. In just three and half days most all participants in Louise Fili's workshop produced exceptional concepts and solid designs. Some of the books were decidedly ready to go to the next stage of development. A Prosecco-bathed reception followed the presentations.

SVA Masters Workshop in Venice: Day 6

May 29, 2009

By 8:30 participants converged at the Venice Santa Lucia train station for a trip to TIPOTECA ITALIANA. At this superb museum of type and printing we were guided by Sandro Berra through three hundred years of typographic art and technology. He introduced us to wood and metal types and explained Linotype and Monotype systems. After a hearty meal, and “the best prosecco in Italy,” participants composed and printed a specimen of rare Futuristic wood type and handset a broadside with foundry type. At night they locked themselves into the Fondazione readying themselves for the final.

SVA Masters Workshop in Venice: Day 5

May 28, 2009

Today’s weather in Venice is perfect - not too hot, not too cold - just right for a day devoted to intensive work. Participants in the Masters Workshop spent the morning in Louise Fili’s guidebook class discussing and fine-tuning their concepts and designs. Time is running out, for tomorrow is an all-day visit to the type museum and workshop, Tipoteca. So today is devoted to hunkering down and producing for the final critique on Saturday. Participants are on their own this evening while Steve Heller visits with Giorgio Camuffo’s students at IUAV-The University of Venice. Rumor had it that Shepard Fairey, who is in Venice to produce artwork for the Biennale, may be there too (but the rumor was wrong).

How Much Is That Artifact in the Window?

May 27, 2009

Heller looks at the practice of reselling design artifacts for his latest post on Design Observer.

SVA Masters Workshop in Venice: Day 4

May 27, 2009

As the clouds menacingly formed over St. Marks Square, participants were ensconced in their tromp l’oeil painted classroom at Fondazione Claudio Buziol. Louise Fili’s guidebook project is well underway, and participants are beginning to show their research and development. The class ended with a brief typographic walking tour to Rosa Salva Gelateria to photograph the exquisite script sign and then to Mariposa Blu, where one of a kind artisan velvet ballerina slippers adorned with Venetian glass beads are reasonably priced and beautifully displayed.

SVA Masters Workshop in Venice: Day 3

May 26, 2009

On this warm and sunny Tuesday Louise Fili’s type and food workshop participants took a “traghetto” across the canal to the Rialto market, where they scarfed up orange wrappers and other labels for their respective guidebook projects. Sharks and squid ink were found at the bustling mercato de pesce. A spice shop was also on the agenda, then a jaunt to Gianni Basso’s Venetian letterpress shop where students viewed the printing of a card on press, and held wood and metal fonts. Basso also showed samples of work printed for the variegated likes of Paul Rand, Danielle Steele and Joseph Brodsky. From there Fili held out the option of a brief lecture back at the Fondazione Claudio Buziol or a class at a gelateria on the Fondemente Nove - they opted for the creamy confection. Later that night, Steve Heller and Lita Talarico gave their Design Entrepreneur talk to over 100 attendees at the Fondazione.

SVA Masters Workshop in Venice: Day 2

May 25, 2009

Carlo Branzaglia, director of design at the Academy of Fine Art, Bologna, gave a history of Italian graphic design from the Renaissance to Post-Modernism in just under 45 minutes. And it was not just concise, but totally insightful. After Louise Fili’s first lecture of Italian typographic inspirations, Workshop participants climbed the Magical Mystery Tour bus to Fabrica for a tour and lecture by Omar Vulpinari, director of visual communications. A beautiful facility designed in a neo-classical style by Tadao Ando. This was followed by “O Say Can You See: Who Put the O in Obama,” a talk by Steve Heller about the winning campaign style of Barack Obama.

Dispatches from the SVA Masters Workshop in Venice: Day 1

May 24, 2009

Orientation with Steve Heller and Lita Talarico at the Fondazione Claudio Buziol. Louise Fili discussed plans for her Venetian typographic scavenger hunt. Then Giorgio Camuffo, force of nature and the “only native Venetian” alive provided an animated guide to the hidden Venice beyond the canals.

Italy Talks Series

May 14, 2009

Italy Poster

On June 5, Steven Heller will be presenting his lecture from his latest bok, Iron Fists. Branding the 20th Century Totalitarian State at Palazzo Delle Esposizioni in Rome.

On May 25th, as part of the Fabrica Lecture Series, Steve will be giving a presentation titled “O Say Can You See” that will examine contemporary political graphic design, specifically, the work done for the Obama Campaign. You can learn more about this lecture and others at Fabrica here.

Steven Heller will be part of the DocialDesignZine Talks 2009 in Italy on Friday, May 22nd and Saturday, May 23. Along with other Italian and foreign guests, Steve will be discussing the social value of visual communication. Learn more about the event here.

Hand Lettering

May 7, 2009

Heller examines the practice of using hand-generated lettering in Design for his most recent T-Style blog post.

Father of Shrek, Grandfather of Tweet

April 29, 2009

Steven Heller takes a look at the work of children’s book author and illustrator William Steig for his latest post on Design Observer.

Swastika candleholder reignites debate of symbol

April 23, 2009

Steven Heller remarks on the attempted sale of a candleholder marked with the Nazi Swastika symbol through the Goodwill. You can read the article here.

Shepard Fairey Is Not a Crook

April 10, 2009

Following his recent panel discussion at the ICA regarding appropriation, Steven Heller looks specifically at the work of designer Shepard Fairey for the New York Times T Style Blog, The Moment.

Shrinking Album Art

April 7, 2009

Steven Heller talks with Virginia Prescott of NPR about the history of album cover art and the challenges that designers face with creating album art for the digital meidum of MP3 players and the digital screen.

Design as Social Agent at the ICA: Iron Fists, Something Borrowed

April 6, 2009

The Bostonist website covers Heller’s presentation at the ICA/AIGA Talk: Design As a Social Agent and recaps the discussion on appropriation of artists and designers with Heller, Nicholas Blechman and Elliott Earls that was moderated by Kevin Grady. An additional recap of the event can also be found on the Harvard Crimson website.

ICA/AIGA Talk: Design as Social Agent

April 2, 2009

On Saturday, April 4th, Steven Heller will be giving a presentation as part of the ICA/AIGA design series in Boston on his latest book Iron Fists: Branding the 20th-Century Totalitarian State.

Design Entrepreneur: Steven Heller

March 31, 2009

Watch Steven Heller’s presentation at the Rice Design Alliance (RDA) from January 31.

Japanese Face Masks

March 31, 2009

During a recent trip to Tokyo, Japan, Steven Heller collected a variety of face mask packages which he looks at in a post for Design Observer.

Making Obama’s Marks

March 10, 2009

In his latest post for the New York Times T Style blog, Steven Heller looks at the two new logos unveiling by the Obama administration for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (Tiger).

Water by Any Other Bottle

February 27, 2009

Heller comments on the design and packaging of designer water in his latest post for The Moment, the T Style blog.

The Good Books

February 25, 2009

Bibliophilen Taschenbucher

In his latest post for Design Observer, Steven Heller takes a look at the visually rich 250 volume collection of Die Bibliophilen Taschenbücher published in Germany.

Design Artwork for a Shrinking Album Cover

February 23, 2009

Steven Heller writes on the challenges designers face with the task of designing album art for the digital medium used by MP3 players for Wired Magazine.

New Blog at the Times

February 12, 2009

Steven Heller is part of a new blog at the New York Times as part of the T Style, the blog is called Graphic Content, you can view Heller’s first post recognizing the new 30 year anniversary logo for the Cooper Union here.

Steven Heller and Lita Talarico to lecture in Tokyo and Seoul

February 11, 2009

Steven Heller and Lita Talarico will be traveling to Tokyo and Soul this spring to present and lecture on the topic of their latest book The Design Entrepreneur including student designers from the SVA MFA Designer as Author program.

4 Year Anniversary of Design Matters with Steve Heller and Lita Talarico

February 6, 2009

Steven Heller and Lita Talarico of the School of Visual Arts MFA Designer as Author program were guests on Debbie Millman’s radio program Design Matters talking about their latest book together The Design Entrepreneur from Rockport Press. You can listen to the podcast here.

The Nose No. 18

February 6, 2009

Spreads from the latest issue of The Nose issue number 18, titled Cults and Superstition have been posted online.

MFA Design in Italy

February 4, 2009

Steve Heller, Lita Talarico, Louise Fili, and more will be teaching design history, theory and practice in Venice and Rome this coming May and June. Learn more about the program here.

Presenting visual propaganda at UCLA

January 30, 2009

Steven Heller spoke Wednesday night at the Broad Art Center, taking a historical and illustrated look at the use of visual media in totalitarian governments. His presentation covered topics from his most recent book with Phiadon Iron Fists: Branding the 20th Century Totalitarian State.The Daily Bruin covered the presentation along with Native Intelligence, an LA based blog.

My Dada

January 26, 2009

Steven Heller reflects on his experiences of working with the East Village Other and counter culter publishing of the 60s and 70s in his latest post for Design Observer.

Commentary Magazine reviews Iron Fists

January 26, 2009

Michael Lewis from Commentary Magazine reviews Steven Heller’s Iron Fists: Branding the 20th Century Totalitarian State.