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.
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Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Seven
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Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Five
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