Jessica Helfand is an award-winning writer, educator and designer. A partner with William Drenttel in Winterhouse Institute and a founding editor of Design Observer, she is a former columnist for
Print, Communications Arts and Eye magazines and has written for numerous national publications including Aperture, Los Angeles Times Book Review and
The New Republic. She is the author of several books including Screen:
Essays on Graphic Design, New Media, and Visual Culture,
Reinventing the Wheel and Scrapbooks: An American History. A previous appointee to the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee where she chaired the design subcommittee, she is a recent laureate of the Art Director's
Hall of Fame and, with William Drenttel, was the first-ever recipient of the Henry Wolf Residency at the American Academy in Rome. A visiting artist at numerous Universities in the US and abroad, Jessica Helfand currently teaches at Yale University where she
is Senior Critic in the School of Art and a Lecturer in Yale College. In 2013, she was awarded the AIGA Medal.