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Michael Bierut and Jessica Helfand of Design Observer discuss design, current events, and current enthusiasms.

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Michael Bierut and Jessica Helfand of Design Observer discuss design, current events, and current enthusiasms.

    Episode 120: Federal Style

    Episode 120: Federal Style

    The Trump Administration’s draft executive order Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again, the rise of the blur, a CBS brand book at the California Antiquarian Fair, Anna Wiener’s Uncanny Valley

    • 33 min
    Episode 119: Soldiers and Generals

    Episode 119: Soldiers and Generals

    Kyle Chayka’s “The Longing for Less”; minimalism; Hugh Weber joins Design Observer; Don Norman on collaboration; Maggie Gram on design thinking; the death of Mr. Peanut; Fanchon & Marco

    • 30 min
    Episode 118: Excelsior!

    Episode 118: Excelsior!

    Andrew Cuomo’s old-school political graphics; ridiculous subway ads, real and fake; Vaughan Oliver, John Baldessari, Sonny Mehta

    • 29 min
    Episode 117: Truth and Yogurt

    Episode 117: Truth and Yogurt

    Christmas cards, the Charles and Ray Eames collection, Didones, the Chobani effect, Hong Kong protest art, a dog who plays Jenga, Uncut Gems.

    • 31 min
    Episode 116: A Decade in Politics, A Year in Culture

    Episode 116: A Decade in Politics, A Year in Culture

    101 political images of 2010s; plus Jia Tolentino’s Trick Mirror; Ian McEwan’s Machines Like Me; Beck’s Hyperspace; Underworld’s Oblivion with Bells; The 1619 Project podcast; Esther Perel’s Where Should We Begin?; Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story; Steve Bannon’s American Dharma; Fleabag Season 2; Chernobyl; Anni Venti in Italia at the Piazza Ducale in Genoa; Oslo’s Viking Ship Museum; Vecchio Amaro del Capo; BrewDog’s Nanny State; and Athletic nonalcoholic beer.

    • 32 min
    Episode 115: Thick and Blunt

    Episode 115: Thick and Blunt

    Donald Trump’s handwriting; Michael Bloomberg, design patron; Jessica Helfand’s Face: A Visual Odyssey; Victor Papanek’s Design for the Real World; Heather Dewey-Halborg’s DNA portraits; Bulgarian socialist graphics

    • 28 min

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