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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


Jessica Helfand on Brevity

Jessica Helfand on Brevity

This Insight Per Minute features Jessica Helfand on brevity.


Recent Book



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


05.08.13

Our Shopping Lists, Our Selves

Jessica Helfand on lists: from the mundane to the historical, the shopping list to the Bill of Rights.

12.28.12

Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Twelve

In the end, Ezra Winter was a man whose devotion to the classical world virtually underscored his every move: it explained his ineffable pursuit of youth, his enduring worship of women, his unyielding obsessions with fantasy and grandeur, lyricism and scale, theatricality and costume, fable and myth.

11.30.12

Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Eleven

The 1930s would prove to be an enormously fertile period in Ezra Winter’s life: following the success of the Radio City murals, the artist embarked on major commissions for the United States Supreme Court, the Federal Reserve Building and the Library of Congress, and in 1939, he debuted his mural for the New York World's Fair.

10.25.12

Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Ten

In April, 1933, Ezra Winter delivers a fifteen-minute live radio talk on the subject of mural painting in relation to modern life, in which he tries desperately to convince himself that he has embraced the modern world.

09.28.12

Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Nine

The Fountain of Youth would be Ezra Winter's greatest achievement, an enduring cultural icon in the city he loved — and on every possible level, a simply insurpassable feat: it is an extraordinary painting precisely because it is so unbearably autobiographical.

DESIGN OBSERVER ESSAY ARCHIVE

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!
05.07.11: Mothers Day Special: Baby, It's You!
04.29.11: The Royal Tweet
02.23.11: New Lives for Old Paper
02.14.11: Penny Dreadfuls
02.12.11: The Little Savages
01.27.11: When Do We Call it Art?
01.25.11: Certificate of Approval
01.20.11: Does It Have To Be A Lightbulb?

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