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Jessica Helfand is partner, with William Drenttel in Winterhouse, a design studio in the Berkshires.
She is one of the four founding editors of Design Observer, currently the largest international blog of design and cultural criticism. A former contributing editor and columnist for Print, Communications Arts and Eye magazines, she has written for numerous national publications including Aperture, The Los Angeles Times Book Review and The New Republic, and has twice appeared on National Public Radio. A member of the Writers Guild of America for more than two decades, Helfand was previously part of the CBS-TV Guiding Light writing team that won an Emmy Award for best writing in 1985.
She is the author of several books on design and cultural criticism, including Paul Rand: American Modernist (1998), Screen: Essays on Graphic Design, New Media and Visual Culture (2001) and Reinventing the Wheel (2002), which formed the basis for an exhibit in 2003 at The Grolier Club in New York City. Her next book, Scrapbooks: An American History will be published in 2008 by Yale University Press.
Helfand received both her BA and her MFA from Yale University, where she has taught for the last decade in the graduate program in Graphic Design, and where she is a Fellow at Jonathan Edwards College. She lives in Falls Village, Connecticut, with her husband, William Drenttel and their two children, Malcolm and Fiona.