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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


New Horizons

Pluto is at the outer limits of the solar system. Porto is at the end of Europe.


Recent Book



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


07.08.15

Places and Faces

Art, nostalgia, and community

06.24.15

M Is for a Million Things

Milan, Mario Batali, Michelle Obama, Moshe Safdie, Modernism, MOO (our sponsor), Michael Erard, metaphor design, Macintosh icons, Massimo Vignelli....

06.22.15

Remembering James Salter

Writer, father

06.10.15

Knockout

Are boxing and photography hipster pleasures? Are they past their prime, or do they have a bright future?

05.27.15

150 Years, 7 Minutes, 6 Seconds

Visualizing business data, a logo to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, and more.

DESIGN OBSERVER ESSAY ARCHIVE

05.20.15: East Meets West
04.23.15: Inside the Lines
04.09.15: The Observatory: The Inevitable
03.31.15: The Observatory: Land, Rand, Mad Men
03.18.15: The Observatory: Such Watch
03.12.15: The Observatory: FYI We Are Graphic Designers
03.06.15: License to Risk: The Square Revisited
02.27.15: Making Change 05: Why Design Matters
02.26.15: Making Change 04: Why Vigilance Matters
02.25.15: Making Change 03: Why Pictures Matter
02.24.15: Making Change 02: Why Warning Matters
02.23.15: Making Change 01: Why Character Matters
02.18.15: The Observatory: Words, Pictures, Sounds
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

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