The Design Observer Group

Design Observer is an online design journal or blog, founded in October 2003 by Michael Bierut, William Drenttel, Jessica Helfand and Rick Poynor.

Since its inception in 2003, Design Observer has been widely recognized as one of the leading websites about design in the world. It has been nominated for seven Webby Awards: five times for Best Culture Blog and twice for Best Writing on the Internet—in the same category as The New York Times, The Guardian, Wired and The New Yorker.  We are regularly featured in the press, from Print Magazine and GOOD to The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company and others. Our core audience is a global mix of architects, designers, typographers, photographers, illustrators, filmmakers, educators, students, writers, developers, technologists, reporters, bloggers, publishers, critics, social entrepreneurs, innovators and thought leaders. Over the past year, we’ve added correspondents in London, Berlin and Paris. We started a new podcast – The Observatory – co-hosted by Design Observer co-founders Jessica Helfand and Michael Bierut – and launched our own imprint, Observer Editions. In the Spring of 2015 we will inaugurate a global education initiative, The Thesis Book Project, and introduce a new magazine, Observer Quarterly.  

Design Observer the online design journal or blog was founded in October 2003 by Michael Bierut, William Drenttel, Jessica Helfand and Rick Poynor with design and technology by Ruby Studio.

Frequent contributors include Steven Heller, Adrian Shaughnessy, Dmitri Siegel, Alice Twemlow, Tom Vanderbilt, Lorraine Wild, Rob Walker, Alexandra Lange, Mark Lamster, John Thackara and Julie Lasky.