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Reads tagged with “Steven Heller”

Fritz Kahn: The Little-Known Godfather of Infographics
Fritz Kahn: The Little-Known Godfather of Infographics

How a German gynecologist transformed science into visual poetry and laid the foundations of modern information graphics.

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A Typographic Tour of New York City at Night
A Typographic Tour of New York City at Night

“No other city in the world stages dusk to dawn like New York City.”

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100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design
100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design

From visual puns to the grid, or what Edward Tufte has to do with the invention of the fine print.

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Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Greatest Type Designers
Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Greatest Type Designers

A voyeuristic look at the underbelly of the art-science of typography.

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A Brief History of Menu Design, 1850-1985
A Brief History of Menu Design, 1850-1985

What vintage restaurants reveal about the economy, creative influences and the evolution of foodie culture.

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Maurice Sendak’s Little-Known and Lovely Posters Celebrating Books and the Joy of Reading
Maurice Sendak’s Little-Known and Lovely Posters Celebrating Books and the Joy of Reading

A heartening transaction of literary pleasure.

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Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili
Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili

Three decades of typographic magic, graphic elegance, and combinatorial creativity.

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How McLuhan, Agel, and Fiore Created a New Visual Vernacular for the Information Age
How McLuhan, Agel, and Fiore Created a New Visual Vernacular for the Information Age

The rise of the experimental paperback and how ‘typophotography’ paved the information superhighway.

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Made in Russia: Vintage Curiosities of Soviet Design
Made in Russia: Vintage Curiosities of Soviet Design

What the 1980 Olympics have to do with IKEA and medieval helmets for modern role-playing games.

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10 Essential Books on Typography
10 Essential Books on Typography

What Arab culture has to do with industrial ideals, midcentury design and Victorian hand-lettering.

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