A portrait of the artist with companion prawn

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

As a designer, illustrator, and art director, I have collaborated with climate scientists, journalists, city planners, political researchers, technologists, musicians, chefs, artists, fiction writers, podcasts, museums, 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, investigation, and critique. With my work, I seek to broaden, deepen, shift, and evolve existing modes of understanding.

I am a 2018–2019 YBCA Fellow in the Collective Safety cohort and the 2019 Designer in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Since 2014, I have co-hosted Astral Projection Radio Hour on BFF.fm. My first book, The Astrological Grimoire, was 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. I am currently interested in cosmology, wild canids, notions of time, and all things occult and mysterious. Read my interviews with Uses This and Existing Together.


Winter 2019-2020

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Clients include

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, Etsy, Fordham University, Google, Headlands Center for the Arts, Imgur, K.Flay, Lenny Letter, Lucky Peach, Momofuku, New Knowledge, Oxford Internet Institute, Radiotopia, The Ruby, SFMOMA, UC Berkeley, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Panels + Talks

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

Residencies + Fellowships

2019, Risograph Residency, The Future, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2018–2019, Designer in Residence, Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin County, California
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, Design Fellow, Urban Law Center, Fordham University, New York

B.A. Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley