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Steven Heller

Graphic Designer, Professor at School of the Visual Arts

Steven Heller appears in the following:

Addressing Climate Change One Prank at a Time

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Last week close to a million New Yorkers received a special edition of the New York Post emblazoned with the giant headline: "We're Screwed!" Plausible as the headline seemed, the paper was not the work of the Post staff, but rather an elaborate prank by The Yes Men, a group dedicated to pranking for change. We talk to one of the two Yes Men, Mike Bonnano (his partner-in-pranks, Andy Bichlbaum, would have joined us, but is still in jail after being arrested yesterday) about their goals, their pranks and their agenda for the week. We also talk to Steven Heller, co-chair of MFA design at the School for Visual Arts, about whether such pranks change conversations in a positive way or just distract from important topics.

For more from the Yes Men, check out their movie, The Yes Men Fix the World, which opens nationally on October 23rd, or read their book The Yes Men: The True Story of the End of the World Trade Organization.

Lately the Yes Men have been touting the benefits of a new product, the Survivaball. Click through for more videos from the Yes Men:

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Please Explain: Typography

Friday, September 11, 2009

Our latest Please Explain is all about typefaces and typography. Typeface designer Jonathan Hoefler, type designer and president of Hoefler & Frere-Jones and Steven Heller, co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author program at the School of Visual Arts and author of the VISUALS ...

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Design for the Real World: Santa

Friday, December 19, 2008

Design guru Steven Heller explains how Father Christmas became branded as a jolly bearded old man in a red suit.

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Propaganda R Us

Friday, September 05, 2008

In Iron Fists: Branding the 20th-Century Totalitarian State, Steven Heller describes how four famous tyrannies (the Nazi party, Stalin, the Italian Fascists, and Mao's Communist Party) used architecture and design for propaganda and control.

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Design for the Real World: Parachute Drop

Friday, July 27, 2007

Graphic designer Steven Heller tells the story of a seaside landmark known as the "Eiffel Tower of Coney Island."

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Design for the Real World: Big Boy

Friday, April 13, 2007

Cartoon characters have helped sell burgers and fries for years. But for graphic designer Steven Heller, there’s one icon that stands above the rest. He’s a pudgy little boy with a pompadour, checkered overalls and a Double-Decker burger in his hand.

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Design for the Real World: Baseball Cap

Friday, October 06, 2006

Lifelong baseball fan and graphic designer Steven Heller looks at the most American piece of headwear -- the baseball cap.

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Design For the Real World: Parachute Jump

Saturday, January 03, 2004

Graphic designer Steven Heller tells the story of a seaside landmark known as the "Eiffel Tower of Coney Island."

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Design For the Real World: Parachute Jump

Saturday, July 05, 2003

Graphic designer Steven Heller tells the story of a seaside landmark known as the "Eiffel Tower of Coney Island."

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Design for the Real World: Protest Posters

Saturday, April 05, 2003

Graphic designer Steve Heller looks at protest posters from Vietnam to Iraq.

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Design for the Real World: T-Shirt

Saturday, November 23, 2002

Graphic designer Steven Heller looks at the one piece of clothing that has become part of everyone’s standard uniform — the T-shirt.

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Design for the Real World: Baseball Cap

Saturday, July 07, 2001

When the players at the All Star Game in Seattle take the field on Tuesday night each, of course, will be wearing a cap, which lifelong baseball fan and graphic designer, Steven Heller, says is the most American piece of headwear.

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Design for the Real World: Postage Stamp

Saturday, June 02, 2001

Graphic designer Steven Heller explains how these tiny, utilitarian stickers became miniature displays of popular culture.

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Design for the Real World: Swastika

Saturday, February 24, 2001

Graphic designer Steven Heller looks at an ancient token of good fortune that was transformed into the emblem of Nazi Germany. 

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Design for the Real World: Stop Sign

Saturday, February 03, 2001

Graphic Designer Steven Heller gives insight on the street sign no one can ignore. 

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