Friday, May 29, 2009

Naïve - Modernism and Folklore in Contemporary Graphic Design

This is a busy book year for us at Hero!! We have been published and featured in quite a few books that release in 2009 and we couldn't be any more humbled by it. Here is another great book we were published in, among some of THE most talented artists working today.

This phenomenal book entitled Naïve - Modernism and Folklore in Contemporary Graphic Design documents the extraordinary renaissance of Classic Modernism, from the 1940s to 1960s, in contemporary graphic design. This compilation introduces a new wave of young designers who are rediscovering the stylistic elements reminiscent of classic graphic design such as silkscreen printing, classical typography, hand lettering, woodcutting and folk art and integrating them into their work. Inspired by 20th Century American legends such as Saul Bass, Charley Harper and Alexander Girard, the burgeoning designers and their work showcased this in this book are inspiring, ranging from illustrations, poster art, editorials, book covers and record sleeves to stationary and textiles.

Naïve features some of our most talented friends as well, it is truly a great collection of work. For more information about Naïve and to check out spreads from this book go to the publisher, Gestalten's website here - the book should be available state side very soon.

Alphabet Keychain Collection - Available Now at Hero!

Alphabet! Keychain


Underground DJ and graphic designer Mike Davis' Alphabet zipper pull keychains offer a new way of learning.

Collect all 30 of these smooth slabs of blind-boxed plastic.

The Vendor Client Relationship in real world situations.

So, I am sure many of you have already seen this, but it had to be posted! It's amazing with all the haggling and bargaining people do with businesses like ours these days to see the EXACT same scenarios in other "real world" situations. Fascinating and frustrating!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Hero in Spin Magazine

Check out the June issue of Spin Magazine, on newstands now. There is a great review of the new Gig Posters book, featuring a handful of our good friends and one of our posters!!! Eeeee OMG total geek out!!!

Check out the feature:

Every Time I Die's UK Poster Available Now in the Hero Webstore

Every Time I Die
American We'rewolf Tour
Spring 2009 UK Tour

Five color silkscreen printed on 100# cover Cougar bright white smooth. Signed and numbered edition of 150. Illustration by Jordan Buckley, design, layout and printing by Hero Design Studio.

The band sold out of their copies on tour, so hurry up and get yours before they are gone!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Western NY Book Arts Center opens in downtown Buffalo

The Western New York Book Arts Collaborative (WNYBAC) a new not-for-profit Cultural Organization, existing to promote the art of the book in all of its manifestations is having its Grand Opening tomorrow Thursday, May 21, 2009, from 6-9pm.

The Western NY Book Arts Center is conveniently located at 468 Washington Street, on the corner of Washington St and Mohawk in downtown Buffalo. The newly remodeled space features a gallery, bookshop, event space, print studio, reading library, printing museum & more. On May 22, the center will be open regular hours 12-6 pm, Wed-Sat. In addition, the bookshop will offer book making supplies, art papers, books, stationery, and fine art.

The Grand Opening of WNYBAC coincides with the first members' exhibition. The members' exhibit features established and emerging artists, craftspeople and self-published authors, such as Jozef Bajus, Julian Montague, Diane Bond and Hero Design Studio. All current, new, and renewing members are encouraged to submit artwork prior to May 16th.

Through workshops and community studio access, individuals can learn old and new techniques to create their own printed ephemera, bookworks, prints and editions, and everything in-between. The summer workshop series will be announced at the opening as well as a special surprise announcement!

For more information on resources and membership details visit, email or contact Richard Kegler,
716 903 6875

The Western NY Book Arts Center
468 Washington St (at Mohawk)
Buffalo NY 14203

Available now at Hero


Monday, May 11, 2009

Double Punch Week at Hero

Hey friends, get your butts in here and take advantage of this deal.

Friday, May 8, 2009

New stuff added to the Hero Webstore

Bottle T-shirt
Available in men's sizes
Two color design printed on Hane's Combed Cotton tees in white.

Create + Destroy Poster
The Buffalo Ad Club presents Hero Design Studio

Record Store Day 2009
at Lakeshore Records Rochester, NY
(we are sorry, this print is not available for purchase)

Every Time I Die
American We'rewolf Tour
Spring 2009 UK Tour

This poster is available from the band on the tour and on our website after the tour ends on May 21.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Gig Posters Volume 1: Available Now at Hero

We are truly humbled that we were asked to be in this book and were blown away when we finally got to hold it in our hands. It's a huge and beautiful book, with some of our most talented friends from all around the world. These are available now at Hero.

Here is the full designer list:

3d Glasses, Adam Turman, Aesthetic Apparatus, Alan Forbes, Allen Jaeger, Amy Jo, Andrio Abero, Andy Vastagh, Beyond The Pale, Billy Perkins, Bobby Dixon, Bongout, Brad Klausen, Brian Ewing, Budai, Burlesque of North America, Casey Burns, Cricket Press, Crosshair, Dale Flattum, Dan Grzeca, Dan McCarthy, Dan Stiles, Daniel Danger, Delicious, Denny Schmickle, Diana Sudyka, Dirk Fowler, Drew Millward, Drowning Creek Studio, DWITT, Eleanor Grosch, Emek, Engine House 13, FarmBarn Art Co., Firehouse, Furturtle Printworks, Gary Houston, Gregg Gordon, Guy Burwell, Hero Design Studio, Invisible Creature, Ironforgepress, James Rheem Davis, Jamie Ward, Jared Connor, Jason Goad, Jay Ryan, Jay Vollmar, Jeph, Jermaine Rogers, Joanna Wecht, Johnny Crap, Jon Smith, Josh Rickun, Judge, Justin Hampton, Justin Kamerer, Largemammal Print, Leia Bell, Lil Tuffy, Little Jacket, Lonny Hurley, Lonny Unitus, Luke Drozd, Lure Design, Malleus, Mark Pedini, Mat Daly, Methane Studios, Micah Smith, Michael Michael Motorcycle, Mig Kokinda, Mike King, Nate Duval, Patent Pending, Powerhouse Factories, Powerslide Design Co., Print Mafia, Rob Jones, Ron Liberti, Ryan Nole, Sasha Barr, Scrojo, Seripop, Squad 19, Stainboy, Steve Walters, Strawberryluna, Tanxxx, Tara McPherson, The Decoder Ring Design Concern, The Heads Of State, The Little Friends Of Printmaking, The Small Stakes, Thomas Scott, Tim Gough, Todd Slater, Vahalla Studios, Zach Hobbs, Zeloot

In memory of Mark's beard...

Here are just a few beard things to help Mark process his loss and get through this difficult time...