William Drenttel is a graphic designer, publisher and design leader. He works in partnership with Jessica Helfand at Winterhouse, a design studio in Falls Village, Connecticut, focused on publishing, online media and non-profit institutions. Drenttel is the design director of Teach For All, an international network supporting educational initiatives around the world. In 2009-2010, he is spearheading an initiative funded by the Rockefeller Foundation to develop models for design and social innovation, and engagement by the design industry.
Drenttel is a Senior Faculty Fellow at the Yale School of Management where he teaches design thinking to future business leaders. He is a co-founder of Design Observer (the website of design and cultural criticism), the Polling Place Photo Project (an online election documentation initiative), and the AIGA Winterhouse Writing Awards (a $10,000 prize for design writing and cultural criticism). As a publisher, Drenttel has created books under the Winterhouse imprint for University of Chicago Press, Yale University Press and Princeton Architectural Press.
Drenttel is president emeritus of AIGA, a former trustee of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and a fellow of the New York Institute of the Humanities at NYU. He is a graduate of Princeton University.