100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design

Check out this useful and engaging book… perhaps a last-minute gift?!

The latest in the “100 Ideas that Changed…” book series, this reference guide, now in paperback, demonstrates how ideas influenced and defined graphic design, and how those ideas have manifested themselves in objects of design.  This is exactly the type of book I love to flip through to get a sense of design history and various approaches.

The 100 entries, arranged broadly in chronological order, range from technical (overprinting, rub-on designs, split fountain); to stylistic (swashes on caps, loud typography, and white space); to objects (dust jackets, design handbooks); and methods (paper cut-outs, pixelation).  It provides a great overview to the history and the innovations i


"100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design" By Steven Heller


To give you a taste of the book, below are a few examples of the types of entries.  For anyone who knows me, my favorite entry is likely “white space” as I am a vocal proponent of thoughtful use of negative space.

Here is an example of an image for “dust jackets,” bringing graphic communication to the book industry.  A lovely type treatment for one of the great modern novels:

Dust Jackets

Found Typography

Public Service Campaigns

Steven Heller has written and edited over 135 books on graphic design, satiric art and popular culture and is the co-founder and co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author program at the School of Visual Arts, New York. He is also co-founder of the MFA in Design Criticism, MFA in Interaction Design, MFA Social Documentary Film and MPS Branding programs. Although he does not hold an undergraduate or graduate degree he has devoted much of his career to fostering design education venues, opportunities and environments.  He has been an art director for various underground and mainstream periodicals. For 33 years he was an art director at The New York Times (28 of them as senior art director New York Times Book Review). He currently writes the “Visuals” column for the Book Review and “Graphic Content” for the T-Style/The Moment blog. 

He is editor of AIGA VOICE: Online Journal of Design, a contributing editor to Print, EYE, and Baseline, and a frequent contributor to Metropolis and ID magazines. He contributes regularly to Design Observer and writes the DAILY HELLER blog for Print Magazine.

His 135 books include Design Literacy, Paul Rand, Graphic Style (with Seymour Chwast), Stylepedia (with Louise Fili), The Design Entrepreneur and Design School Confidential (both with Lita Talarico), Iron Fists: Branding the Twentieth Century Totalitarian State, and the most recent, Born Modern: The Life and Design of Alvin Lustig.

The University of the Arts – Winter Break

We wish everyone a lovely holiday season!
The University of the Arts will be closed for Winter Break from Tuesday December 18, 2012  through Tuesday January 1, 2013.  The University will re-open on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 9 am.

Spring 2013 registration is now open!
To request a spring 2013 brochure or to register online for a Continuing Education course – please visit cs.uarts.edu/ce.

Registration is also now open for the Professional Institute for Educators, Pre-College Saturday School and Pre-College Saturday Arts Lab — please visit our website at cs.uarts.edu.  Our email is: cs@uarts.edu.

Have a lovely holiday season and a very happy new year!

Holiday Music: Festival of Lights + Jingle Bell Jive: Art After Five at the PMA…plus Tuba Christmas at the Kimmel!!

Nothing is better than live holiday music, in my humble opinion, to get me feeling festive and bright. 

This year, these upcoming shows will lift your holiday spirits:

Friday evenings take on a whole new groove with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Art After 5, a unique series of entertainment with the great stair hall (with the statue of Diana and Calder’s mobile) as an elegant backdrop.  Coming up: two special holiday shows with performers I highly recommend!  Shows are free after regular museum admission.
With an eclectic mix of international music on the first Friday of each month, and recognized and emerging jazz artists performing all other Fridays, it’s a stylish way to start your weekend. Starr Events serves up fun, sharable snacks and light supper options, as well as cocktails, wine and beer to compliment the live entertainment. Relax at a table with waiter service or stop by the bar. 

Festival of Lights with West Philadelphia Orchestra
Friday, December 14, 2012
5:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Celebrate Hanukkah with the drums and big brass sounds of West Philadelphia Orchestra. Dancing and singing along are encouraged.
The Jingle Bell Jive
Friday, December 21, 2012
5:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Boogie to the rhythms of The Tickled Pinks, a New York–based swing vocal trio that brings a fresh, modern sound to authentic 1940s arrangements.
And my annual holiday tradition always includes Tuba Christmas – a free show in the Plaza at the Kimmel Center. Sunday December 16 – two shows!

Continuing Education Capstone Exhibition – Reception Dec 12

Join us as we celebrate our Digital Photography and Portfolio Development Students in the Continuing Education Fall 2012 Capstone Exhibition.

Reception on Wednesday, December 12: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
The University of the Arts, Terra Building
211 South Broad St, 9th floor

Hors d’oeuvres + light refreshments will be served.

“On the Grounds”
work by Anne Kazak, Digital Photography Certificate Student

Order, Digital Inkjet Print, 2011, by Anne Kazak

work by Joe Koren, Digital Photography Certificate Student

Forward, Digital Inkjet Print, 2012, Joe Koren

“Chasing the Omanda”
work by Maureen Roche, Portfolio Development Certificate Student

Black Rhino, Digital Print - Postcard for Exhibition, 2012, Maureen Roche

“Codependence Hall”
work by Clayton Sweeney, Digital Photography Certificate Student


Two Sides, Digital Inkjet Print, 2011, by Clayton Sweeney

Exhibition runs: December 10, 2012  – January 6, 2013