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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Design Matters Resumes With Jessica Helfand

The cover of Scrapbooks: An American History by Jessica Helfand

Joining me as we resume Season Five of Design Matters with Debbie Millman on Friday, January 9th at 3 PM, is designer, author, educator and theorist Jessica Helfand.

Jessica Helfand is partner. with William Drenttel, 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, Yale School of Management, Teach for America, Harvard Law School and the National Design Awards. They are recent recipients of a 1.5 million dollar grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to develop an initiative around design and social innovation, and will spend the spring of 2010 in residency at the American Academy in Rome.

Helfand 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 (2001) and Reinventing the Wheel (2002), both published by Princeton Architectural Press. Her most recent book, "Scrapbooks An American History," (2008: Yale University Press) was named the best coffee-table book of the year by The New York Times. Helfand was appointed to the Citizens Stamp Advisory Commmittee in 2006, where she chairs the design subcommittee. She is also one of the founders of the influential design blog Design Observer. She received her B.A. in architectural theory and her M.F.A. in graphic design, both from Yale University.

Design Matters airs live weekly on the Voice America Business Network, now the industry leader in Internet talk radio. The show was voted a "favorite podcast" on PSFK's Marketing Podcast survey and it was voted 9th out of over 300 entries for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum’s People’s Choice Award in 2007. The show is also available as Podcasts on iTunes, where over 100,000 people download the show every month.

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Debbie Millman has worked in the design business for over 25 years. She is President of the design division at Sterling Brands. She has been there for nearly 15 years and in that time she has worked on the redesign of global brands for Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Campbell’s, Colgate, Nestle and Hasbro. Prior to Sterling, she was a Senior Vice President at Interbrand and a Marketing Director at Frankfurt Balkind. Debbie is President of the AIGA, the largest professional association for design. She is a contributing editor at Print Magazine, a design writer at and Brand New and Chair of the Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2005, she began hosting the first weekly radio talk show about design on the Internet. The show is titled “Design Matters with Debbie Millman” and it is now featured on In addition to “Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design,” (HOW Books, 2009, she is the author of "How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer" (Allworth Press, 2007) and “The Essential Principles of Graphic Design” (Rotovision, 2008).

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