Steven Heller is one of the foremost authorities on design and illustration history. He is the author, co-author, and editor of over 100 books on graphic design, illustration, and political art. He was an art director at The New York Times for 33 years and is a columnist for The New York Times Book Review. Heller is also the co-founder and co-chair of the MFA Design Department and co-founder of the MFA Design Criticism Department at SVA. He has been a contributing editor to Print, Eye, Baseline, and I.D. magazines and has published hundreds of articles and critical essays in those and other design and culture journals. He has curated numerous exhibitions and has lectured widely on design and illustration history. In 2011, he received the Smithsonian/Cooper Hewitt's Design Mind Award.
The Steven Heller Collection reflects Heller's eclectic and far-ranging interests and includes posters collected by Heller, audio interviews with major designers and illustrators, books, slides, periodicals, print ephemera, photographic slides and prints, VHS and U-matic tapes, and other research materials.