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Design Observer Office is located in Hamden Connecticut, a mile from Yale University—and 200 feet above sea level—in a property designed and built in 1972 for Cornelius Osgood, longtime Professor of Anthropology at Yale University and curator at the Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Selected Clients

Creative Live
The Hotchkiss School
Mindful Warrior
New Food Economy
The New York Times
The Poetry Foundation
The Purple Carrot
Yale School of Management
Watson Foundation


The Next Stage
The Pitch Network


December 2018: Edited by Jessica Helfand and Michael Bierut, Culture is Not Always Popular: Fifteen Years of Design Observer will be out in early December from MIT Press. Buy the book here. See the video here.

November 2018: The Design of Business | The Business of Design conference will be held on November 2 and 3 at Yale School of Management.

September 2018: Face Value, Cooper Hewitt’s entry into the 2018 London Design Biennale, is named one of the four medalists.

July 2018: Jessica Helfand and Allison Arieff host a Next Stage event at Google on the ethics of design.

June 2018: Jessica Helfand is one of three artists chosen to participate in Face Value, the US entry into the London Design Biennale for 2018.

May 2018: Jessica Helfand hosts The Next Stage at The Mercantile Library in Cincinnati and The American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

May 2018: Jessica Helfand debuts The Next Stage at Continuum in Boston.

March 2018: Jessica Helfand is keynote speaker for the In Pursuit of Luxury Conference, Cape Town, South Africa.