Designing the Shutdown: SVA’s Steven Heller Reads Between the Lines

October 2, 2013

Was the government really prepared for the shutdown? It appears the National Park Service had some things under control, sign-wise. Within moments of the axe falling, they posted signs around all national monuments and parklands that seemed to say—Shame on Congress!

The black and white closed notices were set in upper and lower case with the words SHUTDOWN and CLOSED angrily capitalized. While the deaf, dumb and blind Congress might miss the nuance, its not lost on anyone who can read between the lines.

Steven Heller is the co-founder and the co-chair of the MFA Design Department. He writes the Visuals column for the New York Times Book Review and the Graphic Content blog for T-Style. He is the author, coauthor, and/or editor of more than 120 books on design and popular culture, including the recent book Born Modern: The Life and Design of Alvin Lustig (Chronicle).

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