Steven Heller is an American art director, journalist, critic, author, and editor who specializes on topics related to graphic design.
Steven Heller is author and co-author of many works on the history of illustration, typography, and many subjects related to graphic design. He has published more than eighty titles and written articles for magazines including Affiche, Baseline, Creation, Design, Design Issues, Design Observer, Eye, Graphis, How, I.D., Oxymoron, Mother Jones, The New York Times Book Review, Print, Speak, and U&lc.
Early work art directed by Steven Heller: The New York Free Press, 1968
For thirty-three years Heller was a senior art director of U&lc magazine, a publication devoted to typography. As of 2007, he is co-chair with Lita Talarico of the MFA Designer as Author program and also co-founder of the former Design Criticism program (D-Crit) at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He has collaborated on books with graphic designer, Louise Fili, who is his wife, as well as with others including the Design Dialogue series.
Exhibitions (as curator)
- The Art of Simplicisimus (The Goethe House)
- The Malik Verlag (The Goethe House)
- Political Art: Ten Years of Graphic Commentary (AIGA)
- L'Assiette au Beurre (The French Institute)
- Cartoonists for a Nuclear Freeze (Marymount College)
- The Art of Satire (Pratt Graphic Center)
- Graphic Jesters: Two Generations (Schiller Wapner Gallery)
- Art Against War (Parsons School of Design)
- Typographic Treasures: The Work of W.A. Dwiggins (ITC Gallery)
- Push Pin Studio Retrospecitive (Cooper Union)