For the Love of Design

For the Love of Design

by Steven Heller
For the Love of Design

For the Love of Design

by Steven Heller


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Prolific author and co-chair of the MFA Design School of Visual Arts Steven Heller shares his love of design with the world through essays, interviews, and profiles.

Design is a living. But to live passion is essential. For the Love of Design is an anthology of Steven Heller's essays that are underscored by the essence that makes designers do what they do, Whether it is to make the environ a better place or communicate important messages or simply enliven the quotidian world, design is everywhere and everything. It is a life force made and appreciated with love.
The focus of the anthology is graphic design and typography but these disciplines impact so many other forms of design that it is impossible to ignore them. Through essays, interviews and profiles, Heller captures the essence of what makes artists into designers and what makes design and its makers tick.

From the design director of the New York Times discussing how during the pandemic he created the most effective front pages to a collage artist talking about why cutting and pasting scraps of material into dynamic compositions, each story and narrative brings to light ambitions and aspirations they are couched in love for the thinking, making, and doing  of design.

For the Love of Design is here to show that graphic and other design activities are not just ways of making a living, but living a life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621538097
Publisher: Allworth
Publication date: 11/08/2022
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 1,114,610
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the School of Visual Arts MFA Design / Designer as Author + Entrepreneur Program. He is the author, coauthor, and editor of over 170 books on design, social satire, and visual culture. He is the recipient of the 2011 Smithsonian National Design Award for "Design Mind." He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Preface vi

1 Wisdom

Hello Grads (2021) 4

A Foggy Crystal Ball 7

The Time to Innovate 9

Questions for Budding Designers 12

Competency Is Not an End Product 14

Self-Analysis Babble 16

Why I Teach, What I Teach 18

Insomnia: A Wake-Up Call 20

On Being a Displaced Person 23

2 Politics

WAR! What Is It Good For? 28

To Free or Not to Free? 30

The Price of Free Speech and Design 32

Dissent and Advocacy 36

Exclusion by Design 38

Tyranny Illustrated 40

What's Black and White and Re(a)d All Over? 41

3 People

Archives by Design 46

Unloved? Art as Garbage? 48

Forever Art Young 51

Barry Blitt's Fervent Imagery 53

The Jaws of Satire 55

Thanks, Robert Grossman, For Your Rabid Wit 59

Marshall Arisman, Shaman and Trickster 61

Christoph Niemann's Creative Power 64

Cipe Peneles, First Woman of Design 67

Bascove's Impact on Illustration 70

Triumph of Will (Burtin) 72

Janet Froelich: The Art Director's Art Director 74

Hurrah for Milton Glaser 77

Seymour Chwast's Year of the Mask 79

Diane Keaton's Saved Images 81

Eli Kince Introduced Me to the Visual Pun 83

Jerry Pinkney Said "Draw What You Know" 87

4 Heritage

The Influence of Nightlife on Design 92

Command Records Design Hit the High Notes 95

The Revolution Will Be Computerized 98

The Underappreciated Art of Supermarket Packaging 102

Viva Mexico! Viva Graphic Design! 105

A Wood Type Museum Goes Analog 108

Oswald Cooper's Black Blitz 111

5 Conversations

Mother of Robots, Interview Carla Diana 116

Fresh Arab Type History, Interview Bahia Shehab Haytham Nawar 120

Stuck on The Swiss Grid, Interview Allon Schoener 125

David King Is Absolutely Relentless, Interview Rick Poynor 128

Brave New Book Design, Interview Don Wall 131

How to Draw What to Draw, Interview Peter Blegvad 136

I Love Typography, The Store, Interview Nadine Chahine 140

6 Type Love

The Typeface That Was Once the Future 146

A Type Catalog Legacy Typefaces In Review 152

Epilogue 155

Acknowledgments 156

Index 157

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