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Steven Heller
Born (1950-07-07) July 7, 1950 (age 69)
New York City

Steven Heller (born July 7, 1950)[1] is an American art director, journalist, critic, author, and editor who specializes on topics related to graphic design.

Biography[edit]

Steven Heller was born July 7, 1950 in New York City to Bernice and Milton Heller. He attended the Walden School, a progressive prep school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, as well as military school. In 1968, he became the art director of the New York Free Press without formal education or credentials because of his leftist leanings, later attending some New York University lectures utilizing his press pass. He met illustrator Brad Holland who convinced him page layouts and type choices mattered, of which Heller was previously unconcerned with. After the Free Press, he moved on to various publications, including porn tabloid Screw.[2][3][4]

In 1974, Heller became the art director for the New York Times Op-Ed page, replacing Jean-Claude Suares. His interest in illustration employed on the Op-Ed page led him to publish collections on the subject.[2] He became the art director of the The New York Times Book Review in 1977.[3][4]

In the 1980s, he became interested in design through friendships with Seymour Chwast and Louise Fili, who he later married, as well as becoming the editor of the AIGA Journal of Graphic Design. Under his care, the Journal became a place of critical design writing, inviting authors from a variety of professions and nurturing the careers of fledgling critics, who documented design writing.[2] In 1984, Heller helped create the master’s program for illustration at the School of Visual Arts.[4]

In 2007, he began transition from his 30 year career at the New York Times. The changes created a lot of stress, and his Parkinson’s was either triggered or exacerbated.[4]

In 2008, Heller co-founded the MFA in design criticism program (D-Crit) with Alice Twemlow. The program was intended to help non-designers find a place in the design field.[4] As of 2019, His on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts as co-chair of the MFA Design Department, special assistant to the president, and co-founder of the MFA Design Criticism, MPS Branding, MFA Interaction Design, MFA Products of Design programs.[5] Heller's pupils have included Deborah Adler.[6]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 1996, he was inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame.[3] In 1999, Heller received an AIGA Medal for what designer Paula Scher described as "lifetime achievement that comes from a workday existing roughly between 4:30 and 8:45 A.M. before a full workday at the New York Times Book Review."[2] The Society of Illustrators honored Heller with the Richard Gangel Art Director Award in 2005.[7] In 2017, the AIGA named an award, the Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary, in his honor, citing his three decades of contributions to cultural discourse on design.[8] In 2011, was awarded the Design Mind Award by the National Design Museum.[9]

Writing[edit]

Articles[edit]

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 magazine. For thirty-three years Heller was a senior art director of U&lc magazine, a publication devoted to typography.[2]

Books (partial list)[edit]

Heller has written, co-authored, and/or editor of more than 130 books about design and popular culture. He worked with Seymour Chwast to create Push Pin Editions and more than 20 books for Chronicle Books with his wife, Louise Fili.[10]

  • Innovators of American illustration, Steven Heller. 1986.[11]
  • Design Culture: An Anthology of Writing from the AIGA Journal of Graphic Design, Marie Finamore, Steven Heller. 1997.[12]
  • Sourcebook of visual ideas, Steven Heller, Seymour Chwast. 1989.[13]
  • Designing with illustration, Steven Heller, Karen Pomeroy. 1990.[14]
  • Borrowed design: use and abuse of historical form, Steven Heller, Julie Lasky. 1993.[15]
  • Italian Art Deco: Graphic Design Between the Wars, Steven Heller, Louise Fili. 1993.[16]
  • Streamline: American Art Deco Graphic Design, Steven Heller, Louise Fili. 1995.[17]
  • Japanese modern: graphic design between the wars, James Fraser, Steven Heller, Seymour Chwast. 1996.[18]
  • Design Literacy (continued): Understanding Graphic Design, Steven Heller. 1999.[19]
  • Paul Rand, Steven Heller, Paul Rand, Jessica Helfand. 1999[20]
  • Anatomy of Design: Uncovering the Influences and Inspiration in Modern Graphic Design, Steven Heller, Mirko Ilic. 1999.[21]
  • Typology: Type Design from the Victorian Era to the Digital Age, Steven Heller, Louise Fili. 1999.[22]
  • British Modern: Graphic Design Between the Wars, Steven Heller, Louise Fili. 2001.[23]
  • Red Scared!: The Commie Menace in Propaganda and Popular Culture, Michael Barson, Steven Heller. 2001.[24]
  • This Way - That Way: Prints + Posters Exhibitions + Environments, Keith Godard, Edwin Schlossberg, Steven Heller. 2001.[25]
  • Design Humor: The Art of Graphic Wit, Steven Heller. 2002.[26]
  • Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility, Steven Heller, Veronique Vienne. 2003.[27]
  • Teaching Graphic Design: Course Offerings and Class Projects from the Leading Graduate and Undergraduate Programs, Steven Heller. 2003.[28]
  • Design Literacy: Understanding Graphic Design, Steven Heller. 2004.[29]
  • Inside the Business of Illustration, Steven Heller, Marshall Arisman. 2004.[30]
  • Times Square Style: Graphics from the Great White Way, Vicki Gold Levi, Steven Heller. 2004.[31]
  • Euro Deco: Graphic Design Between the Wars, Steven Heller, Louise Fili. 2005.[32]
  • Nigel Holmes: On Information Design, Steven Heller, Nigel Holmes. 2006.[33]
  • Stylepedia: A Guide to Graphic Design Mannerisms, Quirks, and Conceits, Steven Heller, Louise Fili. 2006.[34]
  • Design Disasters: Great Designers, Fabulous Failure, and Lessons Learned, Steven Heller. 2008.[35]
  • Design Entrepreneur: Turning Graphic Design Into Goods That Sell, Steven Heller, Lita Talarico. 2008.[36]
  • Design School Confidential: Extraordinary Class Projects From the International Design Schools, Colleges, and Institutes, Steven Heller, Lita Talarico. 2009.[37]
  • Becoming a Graphic Designer: A Guide to Careers in Design, Steven Heller, Teresa Fernandes. 2010.[38]
  • The Swastika: Symbol Beyond Redemption?, Steven Heller. 2010.[39]
  • Becoming a Digital Designer: A Guide to Careers in Web, Video, Broadcast, Game and Animation Design, Steven Heller, David Womack. 2011.[40]
  • Design School: Extraordinary Class Projects From International Design Schools, Steven Heller, Lita Talarico. 2011.[41]
  • Graphic Design Reader, Steven Heller. 2012.[42]
  • Stop, Think, Go, Do: How Typography and Graphic Design Influence Behavior, Steven Heller, Mirko Ilic. 2012.[43]
  • Design Firms Open for Business, Steven Heller, Lita Talarico. 2013.[44]
  • Lettering Large: Art and Design of Monumental Typography, Steven Heller, Mirko Ilić. 2013.[45]
  • Writing and Research for Graphic Designers: A Designer's Manual to Strategic Communication and Presentation, Steven Heller. 2013.[46]
  • Becoming a Graphic and Digital Designer: A Guide to Careers in Design, Steven Heller, Veronique Vienne. 2015.[47]
  • Graphic Style Lab: Develop Your Own Style with 50 Hands-On Exercises, Steven Heller. 2015.[48]
  • Becoming a Design Entrepreneur: How to Launch Your Design-Driven Ventures from Apps to Zines, Lita Talarico, Steven Heller. 2016.[49]
  • Graphic Design Rants and Raves: Bon Mots on Persuasion, Entertainment, Education, Culture, and Practice, Steven Heller. 2017.[50]
  • The Design of Dissent, Expanded Edition: Greed, Nationalism, Alternative Facts, and the Resistance, Milton Glaser, Mirko Ilic, Tony Kushner, Steven Heller. 2017.[51]
  • The Moderns: Midcentury American Graphic Design, Steven Heller, Greg D'Onofrio. 2017.[52]
  • 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design, Steven Heller, Veronique Vienne. 2019.[53]
  • Teaching Graphic Design History, Steven Heller. 2019.[54]

Exhibitions (as curator)[edit]

  • 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)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e Scher, Paula. "Steven Heller". AIGA. AIGA. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Steven Heller". ADC • Global Awards & Club. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  4. ^ a b c d e Aldhahi, Mariam (2017-02-08). "How Steven Heller Redefined the Design Industry". Magenta. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  5. ^ "School of Visual Arts | SVA | New York City > Faculty". www.sva.edu. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  6. ^ "Women Lead supporter interview series: Deborah Adler". Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Steven Heller | Society of Illustrators". www.societyillustrators.org. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  8. ^ "Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary". AIGA. AIGA. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  9. ^ "2011 National Design Awards: Design Mind Award – Steven Heller | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum". Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. 2011-12-09. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  10. ^ "Steven Heller". Designers & Books. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  11. ^ Heller, Steven (June 1986). Innovators of American illustration. Van Nostrand Reinhold. ISBN 9780442232306.
  12. ^ Finamore, Marie; Heller, Steven (1997-09-01). Design Culture: An Anthology of Writing from the AIGA Journal of Graphic Design. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781621531708.
  13. ^ Heller, Steven; Chwast, Seymour (1989). Sourcebook of visual ideas. Van Nostrand Reinhold. ISBN 9780442232719.
  14. ^ Heller, Steven; Pomeroy, Karen (1990). Designing with illustration. Van Nostrand Reinhold. ISBN 9780442232771.
  15. ^ Heller, Steven; Lasky, Julie (1993-01-01). Borrowed design: use and abuse of historical form. Van Nostrand Reinhold. ISBN 9780442008406.
  16. ^ Heller, Steven; Fili, Louise (1993). Italian Art Deco: Graphic Design Between the Wars. Chronicle Books. ISBN 9780811802871.
  17. ^ Heller, Steven; Fili, Louise (1995). Streamline: American Art Deco Graphic Design. Chronicle Books. ISBN 9780811806626.
  18. ^ Fraser, James; Heller, Steven; Chwast, Seymour (May 1996). Japanese modern: graphic design between the wars. Chronicle Books. ISBN 9780811805094.
  19. ^ Heller, Steven (1999). Design Literacy (continued): Understanding Graphic Design. Skyhorse Publishing Inc. ISBN 9781581150353.
  20. ^ Heller, Steven; Rand, Paul; Helfand, Jessica (1999-05-31). Paul Rand. Phaidon.
  21. ^ Heller, Steven; Ilic, Mirko (2009-03-01). Anatomy of Design: Uncovering the Influences and Inspiration in Modern Graphic Design. Rockport Publishers. ISBN 9781610601580.
  22. ^ Heller, Steven; Fili, Louise (June 1999). Typology: Type Design from the Victorian Era to the Digital Age. Chronicle Books. ISBN 9780811823081.
  23. ^ Heller, Steven; Fili, Louise (2001-12-01). British Modern: Graphic Design Between the Wars. Diane Pub Co.
  24. ^ Barson, Michael; Heller, Steven (April 2001). Red Scared!: The Commie Menace in Propaganda and Popular Culture. Chronicle Books. ISBN 9780811828871.
  25. ^ Godard, Keith; Schlossberg, Edwin; Heller, Steven (September 2001). This Way - That Way: Prints + Posters Exhibitions + Environments. Elsevier. ISBN 9783907078631.
  26. ^ Heller, Steven (2002). Design Humor: The Art of Graphic Wit. Allworth Press. ISBN 9781581152463.
  27. ^ Heller, Steven; Vienne, Veronique (2003-05-01). Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781581159363.
  28. ^ Heller, Steven (2003-09-01). Teaching Graphic Design: Course Offerings and Class Projects from the Leading Graduate and Undergraduate Programs. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781581159660.
  29. ^ Heller, Steven (2004-07-01). Design Literacy: Understanding Graphic Design. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781581159448.
  30. ^ Heller, Steven; Arisman, Marshall (October 2004). Inside the Business of Illustration. Allworth. ISBN 9781581153866.
  31. ^ Levi, Vicki Gold; Heller, Steven (2004-08-12). Times Square Style: Graphics from the Great White Way. Princeton Architectural Press. ISBN 9781568984902.
  32. ^ Heller, Steven; Fili, Louise (2005-01-11). Euro Deco: Graphic Design Between the Wars. Chronicle Books. ISBN 9780811845328.
  33. ^ Heller, Steven; Holmes, Nigel (2006). Nigel Holmes: On Information Design. Jorge Pinto Books Inc. ISBN 9780977472406.
  34. ^ Heller, Steven; Fili, Louise (2006-11-09). Stylepedia: A Guide to Graphic Design Mannerisms, Quirks, and Conceits. Chronicle Books. ISBN 9780811833462.
  35. ^ Heller, Steven (2008-10-28). Design Disasters: Great Designers, Fabulous Failure, and Lessons Learned. Allworth Press. ISBN 9781581159707.
  36. ^ Heller, Steven; Talarico, Lita (2008). Design Entrepreneur: Turning Graphic Design Into Goods That Sell. Rockport Publishers. ISBN 9781616736491.
  37. ^ Heller, Steven; Talarico, Lita (2009-10-01). Design School Confidential: Extraordinary Class Projects From the International Design Schools, Colleges, and Institutes. Rockport Publishers. ISBN 9781616736286.
  38. ^ Heller, Steven; Fernandes, Teresa (2010-02-19). Becoming a Graphic Designer: A Guide to Careers in Design. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9780470148686.
  39. ^ Heller, Steven (2010-06-29). The Swastika: Symbol Beyond Redemption?. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781581157895.
  40. ^ Heller, Steven; Womack, David (2011-01-19). Becoming a Digital Designer: A Guide to Careers in Web, Video, Broadcast, Game and Animation Design. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781118034217.
  41. ^ Heller, Steven; Talarico, Lita (October 2011). Design School: Extraordinary Class Projects From International Design Schools. Rockport Publishers. ISBN 9781592537594.
  42. ^ Heller, Steven (2012-02-01). Graphic Design Reader. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781581159745.
  43. ^ Heller, Steven; Ilic, Mirko (May 2012). Stop, Think, Go, Do: How Typography and Graphic Design Influence Behavior. Rockport Publishers. ISBN 9781592537662.
  44. ^ Heller, Steven; Talarico, Lita (2013-03-01). Design Firms Open for Business. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781621535843.
  45. ^ Heller, Steven; Ilić, Mirko (2013). Lettering Large: Art and Design of Monumental Typography. The Monacelli Press, LLC. ISBN 9781580933599.
  46. ^ Heller, Steven (2013-01-18). Writing and Research for Graphic Designers: A Designer's Manual to Strategic Communication and Presentation. Rockport Publishers. ISBN 9781592538041.
  47. ^ Heller, Steven; Vienne, Veronique (2015-04-29). Becoming a Graphic and Digital Designer: A Guide to Careers in Design. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781119044963.
  48. ^ Heller, Steven (2015-01-28). Graphic Style Lab: Develop Your Own Style with 50 Hands-On Exercises. Rockport Publishers. ISBN 9781592539109.
  49. ^ Talarico, Lita; Heller, Steven (2016-11-01). Becoming a Design Entrepreneur: How to Launch Your Design-Driven Ventures from Apps to Zines. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781621535140.
  50. ^ Heller, Steven (2017-01-03). Graphic Design Rants and Raves: Bon Mots on Persuasion, Entertainment, Education, Culture, and Practice. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781621535393.
  51. ^ Glaser, Milton; Ilic, Mirko; Kushner, Tony; Heller, Steven (2017-09-05). The Design of Dissent, Expanded Edition: Greed, Nationalism, Alternative Facts, and the Resistance. Rockport Publishers. ISBN 9781631594243.
  52. ^ Heller, Steven; D'Onofrio, Greg (2017-09-19). The Moderns: Midcentury American Graphic Design. Abrams. ISBN 9781683350125.
  53. ^ Heller, Steven; Vienne, Veronique (2019-01-22). 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design. Laurence King Publishing. ISBN 9781786273895.
  54. ^ Heller, Steven (2019-06-18). Teaching Graphic Design History. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781621536857.

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