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Ms. Helfand received both her B.A. in graphic design and architectural theory and her M.F.A. in graphic design from Yale University. She is a partner with William Drenttel in Winterhouse and a founding editor of Design Observer, the largest online forum for design criticism and commentary. In 2006 she was appointed by the Postmaster General to the U.S Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee, where she chairs the Design Subcommittee. Ms. Helfand is the author of Screen: Essays on Graphic Design, New Media, and Visual Culture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2001), Reinventing the Wheel: Information Design and the Tyranny of Alignment (Princeton Architectural Press, 2001), and Scrapbooks: An American History (Yale University Press, 2008). She has written for numerous national publications, including the Los Angeles Times Book Review, Aperture, and The New Republic; has lectured widely in the United States and abroad; and is a 2010 recipient of the Henry Wolf Residency in graphic design at the American Academy in Rome. She was appointed to the Yale faculty in 1994 and is currently senior critic in graphic design.
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