USA, guest of the 3rd BVSS & MOD (2007) She received her B. A. in graphic design and architectural theory in 1982, and her M. F. A. in graphic design in 1989, both from Yale University.
She worked at Roger Black Studio in the late 1980s, at Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine in the early 1990s, and established her own studio, Jessica Helfand Studio, Ltd., in 1993. In 1997, she joined William Drenttel to form a design consultancy to form a new design consultancy: Jessica Helfand | William Drenttel. In 2000, they renamed it in Winterhouse and formed imprint Winterhouse Editions.
Jessica Helfand is one of the most important contemporary writers on design and the author of several books, including ‘Screen: Essays on Graphic Design, ‘New Media and Visual Culture’ (2001), and ‘Reinventing the Wheel’ (2002), both published by Princeton Architectural Press, and Paul Rand: ‘American Modernist’ (Winterhouse, 1998).
Previously Adjunct Professor at New York University’s graduate program in Interactive Telecommunications, Helfand is currently a Critic at Yale School of Art.