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.
, 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
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.
The Observatory: The Inevitable
On this episode, Michael and Jessica talk about death (not taxes): how designers have to think about preventing death and representing death, and whether death is “just another design challenge.” Also, the color blue.
Scrapbooks: An American History
Yale University Press, 2008
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Land, Rand, Mad Men
The Observatory: Such Watch
On this episode of The Observatory, Michael and Jessica talk about Jonathan Ive, the rollout of the Apple Watch, and Michael Graves
The Observatory: FYI We Are Graphic Designers
This week, Michael and Jessica talk about graphic designers on screen, highlights from What Design Sounds Like, and Michael’s trip to Design Indaba.
License to Risk: The Square Revisited
Jessica Helfand shares her MFA thesis
Making Change 05: Why Design Matters
Change the world, or change ourselves?
DESIGN OBSERVER ESSAY ARCHIVE
Making Change 04: Why Vigilance Matters
Making Change 03: Why Pictures Matter
Making Change 02: Why Warning Matters
Making Change 01: Why Character Matters
The Observatory: Words, Pictures, Sounds
Fantasy: Do Not Attempt
The Observatory: Our Favorite Things
Fifty Shades of Cynicism
What’s Wrong With This Picture?
The Language of Torture
The Observatory: Dollars and Change
The Observatory: Epidemics and Theater
Deathiquette: A Design Problem
Howard Paine: 1929–2014
To Thine Own Selfie Be True
A Day for Fathers
Jessica Helfand on Brevity
Our Shopping Lists, Our Selves
Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Twelve
Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Eleven
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