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Jessica Helfand
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Biography


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


The Observatory: Dollars and Change

On this episode of The Observatory, Michael Bierut and Jessica Helfand discuss the midterm election and currency design. 


Recent Book



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


11.04.14

The Observatory: Epidemics and Theater

On this episode of The Observatory, Jessica and Michael talk about design, performance, and fear of Ebola. 

09.30.14

Deathiquette: A Design Problem

What does it mean to mourn in the modern world?

09.22.14

Howard Paine: 1929–2014

Remembering Howard Paine, National Geographic art director and stamp designer extraordinaire

09.03.14

La Grafica

Typography is, of course, her lingua franca:  and who better than to write this book than Louise Fili?

09.01.14

To Thine Own Selfie Be True

Photographing oneself has become a singular pastime, an instantly rewarding yet indisputably time-sucking activity poised somewhere between narcotic and sport.

DESIGN OBSERVER ESSAY ARCHIVE

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
06.26.12: Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Six
05.30.12: Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Five
04.26.12: Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Four
03.31.12: Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Three
03.13.12: Audrey Real Helfand: Designer Manquée
02.29.12: Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Two
02.21.12: Yoshiko Sato 1960-2012
01.30.12: Ezra Winter Project: Chapter One
08.26.11: Late Summer Reading
07.11.11: On the Shoulders of Midgets: A Conversation About Reality TV
07.06.11: For Sale: The Earliest Modern Studio in America
07.04.11: The Look of Freedom
06.16.11: The Public Face of Disgrace
06.03.11: Meet Our Intern: Paul Rand!

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