USA, guest of 3rd BSVC & IDE (2007)
He received a B. A. in European Cultural Studies from Princeton University.
From 1985–1996, he was a principal of Drenttel Doyle Partners in New York City. In 1997, he joined the designer and writer Jessica Helfand to form a new design consultancy: Jessica Helfand | William Drenttel. In 2000, they renamed it in Winterhouse and formed imprint Winterhouse Editions.
Drenttel has written on design for I.D. and Communication Arts magazines and the AIGA Journal, as well as editing two anthologies of critical writings on design (Allworth Press) and three surveys of design firms in America (Rockport Press). He has lectured at two AIGA National Biennial Conferences, the Library of Congress, Walker Art Center, the Annenberg Public Policy Center, and San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art, and elsewhere.
William Drenttel is president emeritus of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, a trustee of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and a Fellow of the New York Institute of the Humanities at NYU.
William Drenttel was a guest of the 3rd BSVC and IDE in 2007.