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Art + Design: Steven Heller – A Fine Design Mind

Earlier this week the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum announced the winners of the 2011 National Design Awards, which were established to honor and promote excellence and innovation in contemporary design. Noted art director, author, and educator Steven Heller is the recipient of this year’s Design Mind Award.

The Design Mind Award recognizes visionary individuals or firms that have affected a shift in design thinking or practice through writing, research and scholarship. Heller is the author and editor of numerous books with Chronicle, as well as with our fellow publishers Princeton Architectural Press and Laurence King Publishing.

“When I started editing design books at Chronicle,” says former editor Alan Rapp, “the reputation of one of our authors, Steven Heller, was already outsized. But as I came to work with the man, I was impressed by his generous spirit, wicked sensibility, and depth of experience and intellect—qualities that make him a dream collaborator.”

You can read more about the details of the award on UnBeige or the Cooper-Hewitt site.

Here is a gallery of some of Heller’s most recent books:

Born Modern: The Life and Design of Alvin Lustig

Art Direction Explained, At Last!

Seymour: The Obsessive Images of Seymour Chwast


Times Square Style: Graphics from the Golden Age of Broadway

Euro Deco: Graphic Design Between the Wars

Design Studies: Theory and Research in Graphic Design

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