Growing Up Underground

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Steve Heller cut his typographic and design teeth working on art staffs and art directing underground newspapers in the ‘60s and early ‘70s. His current memoir Growing Up Underground: A Memoir of Counterculture New York (PAPress) tells the story of going from radical neophyte ad hoc designer to working on the most prestigious newspaper page in the world, The New York Times’ Op-Ed. Tune in to this online interview to learn more about Mr. Heller's coming of age and what it was like becoming a graphic designer during the tumultuous counterculture era of the '60s.

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