A Design Observer Conference

Jessica Helfand


Jessica Helfand, a founding editor of Design Observer, is an award-winning graphic designer, educator, and writer. She has written for numerous national publications, and is the author of a variety of books on visual and cultural criticism including Screen: Essays on Graphic Design, New Media and Visual Culture, Reinventing the Wheel, and Scrapbooks: An American History. Her next book, Design : The Invention of Desire, will be published in the spring of 2016 by Yale University Press.

At Yale, Jessica Helfand is Senior Critic in the School of Art, a Lecturer in Yale College, and a faculty affiliate in the History of Science. In 2015, she was appointed Artist in Residence at the Yale Institute for Network Science. Named the first Henry Wolf Resident in design at the American Academy in Rome in 2010, Jessica Helfand is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and the Art Director’s Hall of Fame. She won the AIGA medal—the design profession’s highest honor—in 2013.