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William Drenttel


William Drenttel is a designer, publisher and design leader. Bill works in partnership with Jessica Helfand at Winterhouse, a design consultancy focused on social change and innovation, publishing and online media, and cultural and educational institutions. Recent clients include Poetry Foundation, Nextbook, New England Journal of Medicine, Archives of American Art, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Harvard Law Review, Yale School of Management, New York University School of Journalism, University of Chicago Press and the National Design Awards. He is currently the design director of Teach For All, an international initiative of Teach For America working on education innovation in 10 countries. Through Winterhouse Institute, he is the recipient of a $1.5 million Rockefeller Foundation grant for 2009-2010 to develop collective action and collaboration for social impact across the design industry.

Bill is the co-founder of Design Observer, the widely-read blog about design and visual culture, and the founder of the Polling Place Photo Project, an online election documentation project supported by The New York Times during the last election cycle. As a publisher, he develops books under the Winterhouse imprint with the University of Chicago Press and Yale University Press.

Bill is president emeritus of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, a former trustee of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Poetry Society, a fellow of the New York Institute of the Humanities at NYU, and a senior faculty fellow at the Yale School of Management. He lectures widely on design and communications in the U.S. and abroad, and will be a resident at the American Academy in Rome in 2010. He is a graduate of Princeton University, and lives in Falls Village, Connecticut, USA.



Contact Information:
william [at] winterhouse.com
www.winterhouse.com
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Posts by William Drenttel

CHANGE OBSERVER: Winterhouse Fourth Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Final Report (11.08.13)
CHANGE OBSERVER: Winterhouse Fourth Symposium on Design Education and Social Innovation: Participants (08.09.13)
CHANGE OBSERVER: Winterhouse Fourth Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Program Description (08.09.13)
CHANGE OBSERVER: Winterhouse Third Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Final Report (11.20.12)
CHANGE OBSERVER: Third Winterhouse Symposium on Design Education and Social Innovation: Participants (08.15.12)
CHANGE OBSERVER: Winterhouse Third Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Program Description (08.15.12)
OBLOG: Design + Craft: The Brazilian Path (05.28.12)
OBLOG: Update: Design For Change Goes Global (05.18.12)
OBLOG: The Hypothetical Development Organization (05.17.12)
CHANGE OBSERVER: Designing for Social Change (03.20.12)
CHANGE OBSERVER: Give the Gift of Design this Holiday Season (12.14.11)
CHANGE OBSERVER: Design and the Social Sector: An Annotated Bibliography (10.27.11)
CHANGE OBSERVER: Winterhouse First Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Program Description (10.25.11)
CHANGE OBSERVER: Winterhouse Second Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Participants (10.25.11)
CHANGE OBSERVER: Winterhouse Second Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Program Description (10.25.11)
CHANGE OBSERVER: Winterhouse Second Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Final Report (10.24.11)
OBSERVATORY: Design Matters Wins People’s Choice Design Award (10.21.11)
OBSERVER MEDIA: National Design Award Trophy (10.20.11)
OBSERVATORY: Late Summer Reading (08.26.11)
OBSERVER MEDIA: William Drenttel at Design Indaba (07.13.11)
OBSERVATORY: For Sale: The Earliest Modern Studio in America (07.06.11)
OBSERVATORY: Design of Crime, Evil and Death (04.03.11)
OBSERVATORY: Homework (02.26.11)
OBSERVATORY: Best of DOG 2010 (12.31.10)
OBSERVATORY: A Conversation with Daniel van der Velden of Metahaven (12.27.10)
OBSERVATORY: WikiLeaks: Design Proposals by Metahaven (12.22.10)
OBSERVATORY: I (still) Love Amsterdam (12.20.10)
OBSERVATORY: Imagining Menorahs as Peacocks? (11.22.10)
CHANGE OBSERVER: Winterhouse First Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Final Report (11.11.10)
CHANGE OBSERVER: Winterhouse First Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Participant Case Studies (10.15.10)
CHANGE OBSERVER: Winterhouse First Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Participants (10.15.10)
OBSERVATORY: An Introduction to Graphic Design (10.11.10)
OBSERVATORY: AIGA Winterhouse Awards for Design Writing: 2010 Recipients (10.05.10)
OBSERVATORY: Arial vs. Helvetica (09.10.10)
OBSERVER MEDIA: William Drenttel on Design and Social Innovation (09.05.10)
OBSERVATORY: Dogs and Their Designers (08.26.10)
CHANGE OBSERVER: Case Study Use: Teaching History and Notes for Educators (08.23.10)
CHANGE OBSERVER: Reasons Not to Be Pretty: Symposium on Design, Social Change and the “Museum” (08.03.10)
OBSERVATORY: Periodic Table of Swearing (07.10.10)
CHANGE OBSERVER: Bellagio Design Symposium: Participants (05.12.10)
CHANGE OBSERVER: Bellagio Design Symposium: Call for Participation (05.12.10)
CHANGE OBSERVER: Sustainability Posters (05.11.10)
CHANGE OBSERVER: Design for Change Contest (05.06.10)
OBSERVATORY: After the Volcano, the First Flight Out of Healthrow (or Shame on American Express and British Airways) (04.21.10)
CHANGE OBSERVER: Aspen Design Summit: Background (11.25.09)
OBSERVATORY: The Stonework of Jon Piasecki (10.20.09)
CHANGE OBSERVER: Aspen Design Summit: Program Description (10.06.09)
CHANGE OBSERVER: Better World by Design Poster (10.05.09)
CHANGE OBSERVER: Report from Hale County, Alabama (07.05.09)
OBSERVATORY: Once Out of Chaos (06.02.09)
OBSERVATORY: Announcing Project M at Winterhouse (05.17.09)
OBSERVATORY: Polling Place Photo Project (01.19.09)
OBSERVATORY: A Design-Oriented National Endowment for the Arts (11.29.08)
OBSERVATORY: The Obama Victory (11.05.08)
OBSERVATORY: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (10.15.08)
OBSERVATORY: Polling Place Photo Project on November 4, 2008 (10.12.08)
OBSERVATORY: Designersforobama.org? (09.30.08)
OBSERVATORY: Whose Flag? (09.04.08)
OBSERVATORY: Hurricane Watch: Gustav Emergency Relief (09.01.08)
OBSERVATORY: I Was A Mad Man (07.11.08)
OBSERVATORY: Thoughts on Democracy, July 4 2008 (06.07.08)
OBSERVATORY: AIGA Winterhouse Writing Awards 2008 (03.17.08)
OBSERVATORY: Any Baseball is Beautiful (02.24.08)
OBSERVATORY: Polling Place Photo Project on Super Tuesday (02.04.08)
OBSERVATORY: Polling Place Photo Project 2008 (01.12.08)
OBSERVATORY: Taking Things Seriously I (12.13.07)
OBSERVATORY: Stephen Doyle: A Few Words (10.29.07)
OBSERVATORY: A Plea to The New York Times: Index Your Art (10.06.07)
OBSERVATORY: Wood That We Could (10.03.07)
OBSERVATORY: Burma (Myanmar), 1989 (09.28.07)
OBSERVATORY: The Presidential Rash (08.11.07)
OBSERVATORY: Project M (07.28.07)
OBSERVATORY: One Man's Literary Compass (07.03.07)
OBSERVATORY: Al Gore for President (05.31.07)
OBSERVATORY: Julie Iovine (04.10.07)
OBSERVATORY: Koolhaas and His Omnipotent Masters (04.09.07)
OBSERVATORY: International Polar Year (03.22.07)
OBSERVATORY: The Good Citizen's Alphabet (02.08.07)
OBSERVATORY: Diversity as Form: The Yale Architecture Posters (01.05.07)
OBSERVATORY: Voting & Religion in America: A Slideshow (12.23.06)
OBSERVATORY: Polling Place Photo Project (11.01.06)
OBSERVATORY: Silk Road Typography (10.26.06)
OBSERVATORY: Winterhouse Awards for Design Writing (09.29.06)
OBSERVATORY: What Ever Happened to Half.com, Oregon? (08.29.06)
OBSERVATORY: Threat Advisory Pandemic Alert System (TAPAS) (08.14.06)
OBSERVATORY: Dangerous Beauty: The Art of the Shiv (07.31.06)
OBSERVATORY: Move It Down . . . A Little to the Right (07.14.06)
OBSERVATORY: The Red Hand : A Graphic History (06.12.06)
OBSERVATORY: Weather Report: 53 Degrees F. Heavy Snowfall Predicted (04.18.06)
OBSERVATORY: Meet Me in St. Louis: The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts (04.03.06)
OBSERVATORY: David Hughes: Caricaturist of Our Time (11.17.05)
OBSERVATORY: Katrina: Designer News & Resources (09.10 Update) (09.10.05)
OBSERVATORY: Katrina: Designer News & Resources (09.08 Update) (09.08.05)
OBSERVATORY: Reading the News & Charting Death (08.23.05)
OBSERVATORY: Small Town Meetings (08.05.05)
OBSERVATORY: Signs of Religion in the American South (07.25.05)
OBSERVATORY: Catastrophic Imaginings: The Design of Disaster (06.24.05)
OBSERVATORY: Maps of Cyberspace (05.30.05)
OBSERVATORY: Ten Years of Design Leadership: Richard Grefé (04.16.05)
OBSERVATORY: Moving the Axum Obelisk (03.10.05)
OBSERVATORY: Stop The Plant: The Failure of Rendering (02.23.05)
OBSERVATORY: Chris Marker: La Jetée (02.04.05)
OBSERVATORY: Bird in Hand: When Does A Copy Become Plagiarism? (01.06.05)
OBSERVATORY: In Remembrance of Susan Sontag (12.29.04)
OBSERVATORY: My Country Is Not A Brand (11.25.04)
OBSERVATORY: On Making Things (10.25.04)
OBSERVATORY: Does Aspen Have A Future? (10.09.04)
OBSERVATORY: Font Forensics, Or Whether George W. Bush Is Hiding Something (09.11.04)
OBSERVATORY: Penmanship: The Voice of A Future Designer (07.27.04)
OBSERVATORY: Posted Without Comment (07.07.04)
OBSERVATORY: Edward Tufte: The Dispassionate Statistician III (07.06.04)
OBSERVATORY: Learning from Las Vegas: The Book That (Still) Takes My Breath Away (05.05.04)
OBSERVATORY: El Lissitzky for Pesach (04.10.04)
OBSERVATORY: The Lying Game No. 2 (Or Vietnam Redux) (04.06.04)
OBSERVATORY: Defamiliarization: A Personal History (03.03.04)
OBSERVATORY: Typography and Diplomacy (02.26.04)
OBSERVATORY: Call for Entries: Periodic Table of the Elements (02.05.04)
OBSERVATORY: Uut, Uup and Away (02.04.04)
OBSERVATORY: Rationalizing Absence (01.15.04)
OBSERVATORY: Adolf Wölfli Invents Design Brut? (01.05.04)
OBSERVATORY: Design URLs (12.16.03)
OBSERVATORY: Shallow Water Dictionary (12.07.03)
OBSERVATORY: Information Archaeology (11.06.03)
OBSERVATORY: Edward Tufte: The Dispassionate Statistician II (11.06.03)
OBSERVATORY: Culture Is Not Always Popular (10.28.03)
OBSERVATORY: VAS: An Opera in Flatland (09.22.03)
OBSERVATORY: Twin (Cities) Type in Flux (09.14.03)
OBSERVATORY: Paul Rand: Bibliography as Biography (09.02.03)

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