Lita Talarico co-chairs the MFA Designer as Author program at the School of Visual Arts, along with Steven Heller. Talarico is the former founding editor of American Illustration, was Reporter-at-Large for Graphis, and has been a director for special initiatives in design and architecture at both Purchase College, SUNY, and the Cooper Union. Talarico holds an M.F.A. in Art Criticism and Writing.
For 33 years, Steven Heller was an art director at the New York Times, originally on the OpEd Page, and for almost 30 of those years with the New York Times Book Review. Currently, he is co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author Department, Special Consultant to the President of SVA for New Programs, and writes the Visuals column for the New York Times Book Review. He was the recipient of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum's 2011 Design Mind Award. He writes frequently for Metropolis and other design magazines, and is author, co-author, and editor of over 100 books on design and popular culture. He also writes The Daily Heller blog (imprint.printmag.com/daily-heller). He lives in New York City. Visit him online at www.hellerbooks.com.