Jessica Helfand

Recent articles by Jessica Helfand

Squaring the circle

Issue 41, Autumn 2001


Paper wheel charts suggest a new way to display complex information

First Things First Manifesto 2000

Issue 33, Autumn 1999


Thirty-three visual communicators renew the 1964 call for a change of priorities

The big reveal: theatrical typography

Issue 40, Summer 2001


Website choreography lets characters sing, dance and roll over, but you can learn several lessons from the routine revelations of daytime TV soap operas.

The univernacular rules

Issue 34, Winter 1999


Contradiction and comformity

Because they’re big

Issue 36, Summer 2000


As big businesses get bigger and broader and more ubiquitous, their vision often becomes remarkably small

Television did it first

Issue 26, Autumn 1997


Ten myths and misconceptions about the so-called ‘new’ media

The myth of real time

Issue 22, Autumn 1996


In her first report, Eye’s new media columnist asks why, when it comes to time, we equate ‘real’ with ‘fast’

Freedom in the graphic galaxy

Issue 39, Spring 2001


Minimalism. Maximalism. Chaos. Software advances plus a reconciliation of two strains of Modernism may finally lead us towards a new screen aesthetic

You are under our control

Issue 28, Summer 1998


Design, technology and psychology conspire to find new ways of teasing and fraying the passive viewer’s nerves

Geometry is never wrong

Issue 24, Spring 1997


The ‘exact beauty’ of De Stijl could provide cyberspace with a new set of design co-ordinates.

I design, therefore I am

Issue 23, Winter 1996


As avatars become increasingly complex, your on-line identity is only as effective as your on-screen visualisation…

Sensory montage

Issue 25, Summer 1997


Technology's mission to merge reality and fiction reflects the divided self of its operators - behind…

All the news that fits

Issue 27, Spring 1998


Hold the front page! When it comes to the big news stories, what happened to the…

Describe/draw a favourite memory

Issue 35, Spring 2000


In our high-speed culture, it is the still image that cuts through the clutter, that remains…

Is the avant-garde lost in space?

Issue 31, Spring 1999


Linked by the speed of light the non-material world of the Web needs new paradigms of…

Multiple choices

Issue 30, Winter 1998


All the news from every angle that fits your personal agenda: surfing the shlockwave of a pseudo-event

We know who you are . . .

Issue 29, Autumn 1998


Media surveillance, statistics and the modern spectator

Screen manifesto special

Issue 38, Winter 2000


Me, the undersigned

White space, silent thoughts

Issue 33, Autumn 1999


Visual data is often all we need: sound can divert the mind from interpretation, from completing the gesture. By Jessica Helfand