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Archive: July 2009


Can Graphic Design Make You Cry?

As a student, I was always uneasy about the degree to which graphic design was characterized as a fundamentally dispassionate act: it was so dry, so soul-less, so devoid of humanity. Maybe it's because I came of age at the tail-end of the International Style, but twenty years ago, this was the prevailing sentiment: which is to say, that sentiment played no part in it.

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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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Scrapbooks: An American History
Jessica Helfand
Yale University Press, 2008
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