Keynote Speaker Jessica Helfand

Our Keynote speaker for the 2018 conference was Jessica Helfand.



About Jessica Helfand

Jessica HelfandJessica Helfand is one of the great design thinkers of our time. A founding editor of Design Observer, she is Senior Critic at Yale School of Art, a Lecturer in Yale School of Management, and Artist in Residence at Yale’s Institute for Network Science.

Helfand has written for many national publications, including the Los Angeles Times Book Review, Aperture and The New Republic. She is the author of numerous books on design and cultural criticism, including Paul Rand: American Modernist (1998), Screen: Essays on Graphic Design, New Media and Visual Culture (2001) and Reinventing the Wheel (2002), which formed the basis for an exhibit in 2004 at the Grolier Club in New York City. Her critically acclaimed 'Scrapbooks: An American History' (Yale University Press, 2008) was named that year’s best visual book by 'The New York Times'.  Jessica Helfand’s new book, Design: The Invention of Desire, is published by Yale University Press.‚Äč

Named the first Henry Wolf Resident in design at the American Academy in Rome in 2010, she is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and the Art Director’s Hall of Fame. In 2013, she won the AIGA medal.