A portrait of the artist with companion prawn

Helen Shewolfe Tseng is an artist, designer, and witch living and working in an expanding universe.

In 10+ years of working in and around design and visual direction, I have worked with with climate scientists, journalists, city planners, political researchers, technologists, engineers, musicians, chefs, fiction writers, podcasts, artists, institutions, and more. Since 2012, I have run an independent solo design studio; more recently, I have focused on developing a personal art practice. I use design as a collaborative gateway into my varied curiosities and fields of interest, and as a tool for communication, understanding, and critique. I want to see and know everything and how it all works and connects.

I am currently a 2018–2019 YBCA Fellow in the Collective Safety cohort. Since 2014, I have co-hosted Astral Projection Radio Hour on BFF.fm. My first book, The Astrological Grimoire, will be published by Chronicle Books in April 2019. I am represented by Kate McKean of Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.

I am primarily based in San Francisco, California. Read my interview with Uses This.


Winter 2018–2019

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Selected Clients

99% Invisible, Adweek, Airbnb, Benefit Cosmetics, Boba Guys, The Bold Italic, Bustle, Center for Investigative Reporting, Cosmopolitan, Economic Security Project, Ethics + Governance of AI Initiative, Fordham University, Google, Imgur, K.Flay, Lenny Letter, Lucky Peach, Momofuku, Oxford Internet Institute, Radiotopia, The Ruby, SFMOMA, UC Berkeley

Panels + Talks

Emojicon, The Galallery, Living Room Light Exchange, Oakland Book Festival, Place Talks, Stanford University, University of San Francisco

Residencies + Fellowships

2019, Riso Residency, The Future, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2018–2019, YBCA Fellows, San Francisco, California
2018, This Will Take Time, Point Arena, California
2017, A-Z West, Joshua Tree, California
2017, Designer-in-Residence, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University
2017, Westfjords Residency, Þingeyri, Iceland
2015–2016, Urban Law Center, Fordham University

B.A. Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley