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Steven Heller

Steven Heller is the co-chair (with Lita Talarico) of the School of Visual Arts MFA Design / Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program and the SVA Masters Workshop in Rome. He writes the Visuals column for the New York Times Book Review, a weekly column for The Atlantic online and The Daily Heller.  He is co-founder (with Liz Danzico) of MFA Interaction Design, (with Debbie Millman) of MPS Branding and (with Allan Chochinov) MFA Products of Design. He has written more than 160 books on graphic design, illustration and political art, including The Design Entrepreneur (with Lita Talarico), Paul Rand, Merz to Emigre and Beyond: Avant Garde Magazine Design of the Twentieth Century, Design Literacy: Understanding Graphic Design, Citizen Designer, Stylepedia: A Guide to Graphic Design Mannerisms, Quirks, and Conceits (with Louise Fili), The Anatomy of Design: Uncovering the Influences and Inspirations in Modern Graphic Design, Iron Fists: Branding the 20th Century Totalitarian State and 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design. He is a contributing editor for Print,  Baseline, Design Observer, Eye. Heller is the recipient of the Art Directors Club Special Educators Award, the AIGA Medal for Lifetime Achievement, the School of Visual Arts’ Masters Series Award and the 2011 National Design Award for "Design Mind."

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Posts by Steven Heller

OBSERVATORY: Confessions of a Frustrated Newsprint Lover (08.19.14)
OBSERVATORY: User-Friendly Paul Rand (08.13.14)
OBSERVER MEDIA: Steven Heller on Mentors (06.10.14)
OBSERVER MEDIA: Steven Heller on Panic (12.09.13)
OBSERVATORY: Lettering Large (11.14.13)
OBSERVER MEDIA: Steven Heller on Recommendations (09.24.13)
OBLOG: Child Labor (02.18.13)
OBSERVATORY: For the Love of Scripts (06.13.11)
OBSERVATORY: Paul Rand, Painter (05.02.11)
OBSERVATORY: Souvenirs as Nazi Propaganda (03.03.11)
OBSERVATORY: Hitler’s Poster Handbook (02.17.11)
OBSERVATORY: The Master Race’s Graphic Masterpiece (02.07.11)
OBSERVATORY: My Big Fat Fast Food Feast at Eataly (01.12.11)
OBSERVATORY: Designer as Author (12.07.10)
OBSERVATORY: Miss Branding: A Cautionary Tale (11.15.10)
OBSERVATORY: Heller on Heller (09.17.10)
OBSERVATORY: Vignelli’s Herald (or Heralding Vignelli) (09.15.10)
OBSERVATORY: Do You Copy? The Visuals of Ham Radio (07.28.10)
OBSERVATORY: Fascist Seduction (06.21.10)
OBSERVATORY: Home Is the Sailor, Home from the Sea (04.27.10)
OBSERVATORY: Becoming a Designer in the Age of Aquarius (02.23.10)
OBSERVATORY: Harsh Words from T.M. Cleland (12.14.09)
OBSERVATORY: Christmas Schmaltz (12.01.09)
OBSERVATORY: Why Does John Baeder Paint Diners? (11.03.09)
OBSERVATORY: Ramparts: Agent of Change (10.14.09)
OBSERVATORY: People in Glass Apartments (10.01.09)
OBSERVATORY: My First Taste of Political Satire (08.27.09)
OBSERVATORY: Covering the Good Books (08.11.09)
OBSERVATORY: A Good Trademark: A Historical Perspective (07.29.09)
OBSERVATORY: When Satire Was More Than Funny (07.06.09)
OBSERVATORY: Take Me Out to the Old Yankee Stadium (06.23.09)
OBSERVATORY: Mad Music (06.08.09)
OBSERVATORY: How Much Is That Artifact in the Window? (05.12.09)
OBSERVATORY: Father of Shrek, Grandfather of Tweet (04.21.09)
OBSERVATORY: Japanese Face Masks (03.23.09)
OBSERVATORY: The Good Books (01.21.09)
OBSERVATORY: That Pesky Television Test Pattern (01.21.09)
OBSERVATORY: My Dada (12.03.08)
OBSERVATORY: Draw Me Schools Of Commercial Art (12.03.08)
OBSERVATORY: History of Aggressive Design Magazines (11.14.08)
OBSERVATORY: In Praise of the Anthropomorphic (10.27.08)
OBSERVATORY: Charles Peignot: Man Behind the Faces (10.01.08)
OBSERVATORY: Go West, Young Art Director (09.23.08)
OBSERVATORY: Breakdowns: A Review (09.15.08)
OBSERVATORY: Where Have You Gone R. Cobb? (08.26.08)
OBSERVATORY: Canned Laughter (08.18.08)
OBSERVATORY: Clipping Art, One Engraving At a Time (08.04.08)
OBSERVATORY: Vanity Fair Type: 1930 Style (07.02.08)
OBSERVATORY: Homage to Velvet Touch Lettering (06.30.08)
OBSERVATORY: Branding Youth in the Totalitarian State (06.05.08)
OBSERVATORY: O.H.W. Hadank (05.22.08)
OBSERVATORY: The Sky Is Falling (05.01.08)
OBSERVATORY: Underground Mainstream (04.10.08)
OBSERVATORY: The Magic of the Peace Symbol (03.24.08)
OBSERVATORY: Swastika Humor? (03.04.08)
OBSERVATORY: Wilhelm Deffke: Modern Mark Maker (01.24.08)
OBSERVATORY: What's In A Name? (12.27.07)
OBSERVATORY: It's Easy to Criticize. . . Not (12.19.07)
OBSERVATORY: Curse of The "D" Word (11.24.07)
OBSERVATORY: Topanga, I Hardly Knew Ye (10.14.07)
OBSERVATORY: Decorative Books: The End of Print (09.26.07)
OBSERVATORY: The Designer As Gumshoe (08.30.07)
OBSERVATORY: Confessions of a Book Catalog Reader (08.09.07)
OBSERVATORY: Leon Friend: One Teacher, Many Apostles (07.21.07)
OBSERVATORY: Silas H. Rhodes, Founder of SVA (07.02.07)
OBSERVATORY: Martin Weber in the Third Dimension (06.19.07)
OBSERVATORY: The Nazi Triangle (04.15.07)
OBSERVATORY: The Other Monocle (02.26.07)