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Jessica Helfand
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Jessica Helfand is a partner, with William Drenttel, in Winterhouse, a design studio in Northwest Connecticut. Their work focuses on publishing and editorial development; new media; and cultural, educational and literary institutions. Recent clients include The Poetry Foundation, Nextbook, New England Journal of Medicine, the U.S. State Department, Norman Rockwell Museum, Yale Law School, New York University School of Journalism, University of Chicago Press and the National Design Awards.

Previously Adjunct Professor at New York University's graduate program in Interactive Telecommunications, Helfand is currently Senior Critic at Yale School of Art and is the author of several books, including Screen: Essays on Graphic Design, New Media and Visual Culture (2001) and Reinventing the Wheel (2002), both published by Princeton Architectural Press. She has also written Paul Rand: American Modernist (Winterhouse, 1998). She has lectured at the AIGA National Biennial Conference, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Walker Art Center, Columbia University School of Journalism, the Annenberg School of Public Policy, and the Netherlands Design Institute. She received her B.A. in architectural theory and her M.F.A. in graphic design, both from Yale University.

Jessica Helfand, a founding editor of Design Observer, is an award-winning graphic designer and writer and a former contributing editor and columnist for Print, Communications Arts and Eye magazines. A member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and a recent laureate of the Art Director's Hall of Fame, Helfand received her B.A. and her M.F.A. from Yale University where she has taught since 1994.


Recent Essay


Making Change 05: Why Design Matters

Change the world, or change ourselves?


Recent Book



Scrapbooks: An American History
Jessica Helfand
Yale University Press, 2008
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Design Observer Essays


02.26.15

Making Change 04: Why Vigilance Matters

George Clooney’s non-profit, the Satellite Sentinel Project, is a serious initiative. They’re not designers. But their platform is stunningly visual, and worth a look.

02.25.15

Making Change 03: Why Pictures Matter

Moving pictures—literally and emotionally

02.24.15

Making Change 02: Why Warning Matters

The larger social impact of our visual and verbal choices

02.23.15

Making Change 01: Why Character Matters

In Cape Town this week, the question of designers making change is being thoughtfully examined. Who are we to make changes and what kinds of changes might we consider making, if indeed we can make them at all?

02.18.15

The Observatory: Words, Pictures, Sounds

A few things on our minds

DESIGN OBSERVER ESSAY ARCHIVE

02.16.15: Fantasy: Do Not Attempt
12.30.14: Ordinary People
12.23.14: The Observatory: Our Favorite Things
12.19.14: Fifty Shades of Cynicism
12.16.14: What’s Wrong With This Picture?
12.11.14: Visual Diagnosis
12.10.14: The Language of Torture
12.05.14: Questionable Inheritances
11.26.14: The Observatory: Dollars and Change
11.04.14: The Observatory: Epidemics and Theater
09.30.14: Deathiquette: A Design Problem
09.22.14: Howard Paine: 1929–2014
09.03.14: La Grafica
09.01.14: To Thine Own Selfie Be True
08.14.14: Logocentrism
06.15.14: A Day for Fathers
09.02.13: Jessica Helfand on Brevity
05.08.13: Our Shopping Lists, Our Selves
12.28.12: Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Twelve
11.30.12: Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Eleven
10.25.12: Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Ten
09.28.12: Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Nine
09.10.12: Bill Moggridge 1943-2012
08.29.12: Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Eight
07.31.12: Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Seven

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