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.
Fifty Shades of Cynicism
When did we become so cynical—about ephemera?
Scrapbooks: An American History
Yale University Press, 2008
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Design Observer Essays
What’s Wrong With This Picture?
If a picture is worth a thousand words, what’s a painting worth? Judging from these images, it’s hard to say.
The mesmerizing galleries of Figure1 — a massive library of crowdsourced clinical images — raises serious questions about how we all use photographs
The Language of Torture
A few words on the magnitude of the primary source
Today, a search for Paul Rand will bring you, in seconds, to Rand Paul. But it was not always so, and for this we can thank Leon Wieseltier, whose departure from a 30-year reign at The New Republic
was just announced
The Observatory: Dollars and Change
On this episode of The Observatory, Michael Bierut and Jessica Helfand discuss the midterm election and currency design.
DESIGN OBSERVER ESSAY ARCHIVE
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
Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Ten
Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Nine
Bill Moggridge 1943-2012
Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Eight
Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Seven
Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Six
Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Five
Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Four
Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Three
Audrey Real Helfand: Designer Manquée
Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Two
Yoshiko Sato 1960-2012
Ezra Winter Project: Chapter One
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