The difference between these two phrases....hmmmm.
Of: more for a person or concrete thing.
About: a topic.
I have never heard of him!
I haven't heard about that idea before.
About means there is a larger area, or space, or context of idea being considered. "Have you heard about the (situation)?" Instead of: "Oh, you know, I have heard of Brad Pitt before, and I don't want to hear anything else about him."
About means a wider topic. Of means a person or one thing.