Prolific author, art director of the New York Times Book Review and founder and coChair of the School of Visual Arts, New York MFA/Design Program. He is the former editor of the AIGA Journal of Graphic Design and author or editor of over 80 books on popular culture, graphic design history, and political art. He has written over 80 books on popular culture, graphic design history, and political art. MyFonts page on him. Editor of The Education of a Typographer (2004, Allsworth Press). Some of his books closest to type design and typography:
- Merz to Emigre and Beyond: Avant-Garde Magazine Design of the Twentieth Century (2004).
- Paul Rand (1998).
- Texts on Type: Critical Writings on Typography (2001, edited by Heller and Philip B. Meggs).
- Typology: Type Design from the Victorian Era to the Digital Age (1999, with Louise Fili).
- Faces on the Edge: Type in the Digital Age (1997, with Anne Fink).
- Handwritten: Expressive Lettering in the Digital Age (2006, with Mirko Ilic).
- Iron Fists Branding the 20th Century Totalitarian State (2008, London).
- Un Sedicesimo (2008, with Louise Fili, Corraini, Mantova, 2008).
- Letterforms: Bawdy, Bad and Beautiful: The Evolution of Hand-Drawn, Humorous, Vernacular, and Experimental Type (with Christine Thompson, Watson-Guptill, 2000): Christine Thompson, designer at the New York Times on the Web since the site's inception in 1995, has won multiple awards for her work in interactive media. She lives in New York.
- Stencil Type (with Louise Fili, published by Thames and Hudson).
- The Graphic Design Reader (Allworth Press), The Education of a Design Entrepreneur (Allworth Press), Graphic Humor: The Art of Graphic Wit (Allworth Press), Cuba Style: Graphics From the Golden Age of Design (Princeton Architectural Press), Counter Culture: The Allure of Mini-Mannequins (Princeton Architectural Press),
- The Swastika, Design Literacy.
Books on type design ⦿
Experimental type ⦿
Type scene in New York ⦿
Victorian typefaces ⦿