Tuesday, June 10, 2008
William Drenttel and Jessica Helfand are partners in Winterhouse, a design studio in northwest Connecticut. Their work focuses on publishing and editorial development, new media, and cultural, educational, and literary institutions. Recent clients include...The Poetry Foundation, The New Yorker, New England Journal of Medicine, Yale School of Management, Teach for America, University of Chicago Press, and the National Design Awards. They have also worked with Netscape, Booz Allen & Hamilton, Newsweek, Champion Paper, and the Times of London. They are also co-founding editors of Design Observer, the leading weblog for design, visual, and cultural journalism. Drenttel was previously a partner at Drenttel Doyle Partners in New York City. Among its over three hundred awards, the company was named to the ID 40 list of design innovators in 1994. Drenttel has been a co-editor of three of the Looking Closer anthologies of critical writings on design. He is president emeritus of the AIGA, a trustee of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and a fellow of the New York Institute of the Humanities at New York University. He received a BA in European Cultural Studies from Princeton University. Helfand has taught at New York University's graduate program in Telecommunications and is currently senior critic at Yale School of Art’s graduate program in graphic design. She is the author of several books, including Screen: Essays on Graphic Design, New Media and Visual Culture, Reinventing the Wheel, and the forthcoming Scrapbooks: An American History. She received her BA in architectural theory and her MFA in graphic design, both from Yale University.