Jessica Helfand is a designer, artist and theorist. Formerly a partner in Winterhouse, she is a founding editor of Design Observer, currently the largest international website 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, Los Angeles Times Book Review and The New Republic.
She is the author of numerous 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 2004 at The Grolier Club in New York City. Her critically acclaimed Scrapbooks: An American History (Yale University Press) was named best gift book of the year in 2008 by The New York Times and formed the basis, in 2009, for the first-ever Yale College freshman seminar in the School of Art.
Helfand has been a visiting critic at numerous programs in design and architecture throughout the United States and Europe