, a founding editor of Design Observer, is an award-winning graphic designer and writer and a former contributing editor and columnist for
magazines. A member of the
and a recent laureate of the Art Director's Hall of Fame, Helfand received her B.A. and her M.F.A. from Yale University where she has taught since 1994.
is a graphic artist, designer, writer and typographer who lives on Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada and works for clients in design and advertising all over the world. She is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), and her book,
, was published by Thames & Hudson (Monacelli in the USA) in October 2010.
The Conceptual Advertising of J.G. Ballard
J.G. Ballard’s conceptual ads anticipated the emergence of culture jamming, subvertising, design fiction and speculative design.
How to Visualize Poetry — And How Not to
Design Observer's poetry editor, Adam Plunkett, gives us a primer on visual poetry.
Found, Cut, and Rearranged: The Art of John Stezaker
For almost four decades, the artist John Stezaker has steadfastly been appropriating “found” press photographs, film stills, imagery from books, old postcards, and the like, to create a strikingly new way of seeing photography.
An Aposiopesis of Black Honey: or Variations on Dürer's Melancholia I
A visual poem from Jess.
The Essence of a Teapot
While the traditional
teapot should be at the very least functional — that is, have the ability to hold and pour a liquid, I recently viewed an exhibition that turns all that on end with the “idea
of a teapot.”