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Posted 09.06.03 | PERMALINK | PRINT

Jessica Helfand

The Real Declaration


It is the rare piece of journalism that considers the role of typography in history. Rarer, still, is the idea that such a piece leaves the ghetto of same-old design publications, and pierces the frequently inpenetrable veil of the so-called "popular" press. Boston-based designer and educator Tom Starr's essay on the typographic provenance of the US Declaration of Independence does both: "Typography," writes Starr, "not calligraphy, created America's founding document. Published in the Sunday Boston Globe in late June, Starr superbly traces the typographic evolution of this symbolic manuscript over the last two centuries calling attention to political, technological and cultural shifts in the life of paper. (Click here for a discussion between Tom and Lynn Neary that aired July 3 on NPR.) Additional coverage included an editorial on July 2 in The Washington Post by David S. Broder.



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Jessica Helfand, a founding editor of Design Observer, is an award-winning graphic designer and writer and a former contributing editor and columnist for Print, Communications Arts and Eye magazines. A member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale 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.
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BOOKS BY Jessica Helfand

Scrapbooks: An American History
Yale University Press, 2008

Reinventing the Wheel
Winterhouse Editions, 2002

Screen: Essays on Graphic Design, New Media, and Visual Culture
Winterhouse Editions, 2001

Looking Closer 3
Allworth Press, 1999

Paul Rand: American Modernist
winterhouse Editions, 1998

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