Portrait of Steven Heller

Steven Heller

Steven Heller


Co-Chair SVA MFA Design, Author, and Art Director


New York University, School of Visual Arts

professional experience

Over 200 books on graphic design, illustration and political art, including Iron Fists: Branding the 20th Century Totalitarian State; Paul Rand; Merz to Emigre and Beyond: Avant Garde Magazine Design of the Twentieth Century; Design Literacy: Understanding Graphic Design; Handwritten: Expressive Lettering in the Digital Age; The Education of a Typographer; Graphic Design History; Graphic Style: From Victorian to Postmodern; Typology: Type Design from Victorian to Postmodern; The Education of A Graphic Designer; Italian Art Deco: Graphic Design Between the Wars; Faces on the Edge: Type in the Digital Age; The Swastika: A Symbol Beyond Redemption?; French Modern: Art Deco Graphic Design; Euro Deco; Cuba Style; Times Square Style; The Savage Mirror: The Art of Contemporary Caricature; Texts on Type; Graphic Humor: The Art of Graphic Wit; Citizen Designer; Seymour Chwast: The Left Handed Designer; Innovators of American Illustration; Art Against War; The Push Pin Graphic: Twenty Five Years of Design and Illustration; Stylepedia: Mannerisms Quirks and Conceits in Graphic Design; The Education of a Photographer; Anatomy of Design: Uncovering the Influences and Inspiration in Modern Graphic Design; The Design Entrepreneur: Turning Graphic Design Into Goods That Sell; Iron Fists: Branding the Twentieth Century Totalitarian State; The Moderns: Midcentury Graphic Design; For The Love Of Design; Growing Up Underground: A Memoir of Counterculture New York.

honors and awards

Three National Endowment for the Arts Design Arts fellowships; 1998 Special Educators Award, Art Directors Club; 1999 AIGA Medal for Lifetime Achievement; 1999 Hershel Levit Award, Pratt Institute; 2000 Outstanding Client Award, Graphic Artists Guild; 2006 Richard Gangel Art Direction Award, Society of Illustrators. Honoary Ph.Ds - College of Creative Studies, Detroit and University of West Bohemia, Czech Republic; 2011 Smithsonian National Design Award/ Design Mind; 2017 Eric Carle Award.

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