Steven Heller

Design Historian, Author and Critic

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author program and co-founder of the MFA in Design Criticism, MFA in Interaction Design and MPS Branding programs at the School of Visual Arts, New York. For 33 years he was an art director at the New York Times (28 of them as senior art director New York Times Book Review).

He currently writes the “Visuals” column for the Book Review and “Graphic Content” for the T-Style/The Moment blog. He is editor of AIGA VOICE: Online Journal of Design and contributing editor to Print,  EYEBaseline, and ID magazines. He contributes to Design Observer and writes the DAILY HELLER blog for Print Magazine.

He is the author of over 130 books on design and popular culture, including Design LiteracyPaul RandGraphic Style (with Seymour Chwast), Stylepedia (with Louise Fili), The Design Entrepreneur and Design School Confidential (both with Lita Talarico),  Iron Fists: Branding the Twentieth Century Totalitarian State, and most recently New Ornamental Type (with Gail Anderson). He is the recipient of the 1999 AIGA Medal for Lifetime Achievement.