520 episodes

Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we've just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture. From award winning producer Roman Mars. Learn more at 99percentinvisible.org.

99% Invisible Roman Mars

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 1.6K Ratings

Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we've just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture. From award winning producer Roman Mars. Learn more at 99percentinvisible.org.

    468- Alphabetical Order

    468- Alphabetical Order

    In much of the western world, alphabetical order is simply a default we take for granted. It’s often the one we try first -- or the one we use as a last resort when all the other ordering methods fail. It’s boring, but it works, and it’s so ingrained that it’s hard to imagine not using it.

    • 32 min
    467- Cute Little Monstrosities of Nature

    467- Cute Little Monstrosities of Nature

    The French bulldog is now the second most popular breed in America. Their cute features, portable size, and physical features make for a dog that can easily travel and doesn't require a lot of exercise. But these characteristics sometimes have a detrimental effect on the dog's health.

    • 26 min
    466- The Weight

    466- The Weight

    How lifting weights became a core component to home fitness

    • 45 min
    465- Shirley Cards

    465- Shirley Cards

    Even if we think of the camera as a neutral technology, it is not. In the vast spectrum of human colors, photographic tools and practices tend to prioritize the lighter end of that range.

    • 32 min
    464- Finding Julia Morgan

    464- Finding Julia Morgan

    Born in 1872, American architect and engineer Julia Morgan designed hundreds of buildings over her prolific career, famous for her work on incredible structures like the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California.

    • 42 min
    463- Fifty-Four Forty or Fight

    463- Fifty-Four Forty or Fight

    At a glance, the border between the United States and Canada would seem to be at the friendlier end of the international boundary spectrum. But even though the US-Canada border is now pretty tame, when two countries touch each other over a stretch of 5500 miles, it can result in some surprisingly weird disputes, misunderstandings, geographical quirks and ...really good stories.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

Agubffhibb ,

It’s elegantly about everything

Took me 5 years of listening to realise functional design is the focus, as it truly seemed about everything. I listen to a lot of podcasts. A couple like radiolab, 99% and stuff you should know are timeless, reverent and truly the favourite parts of my day

maxfrag ,

Lost its soul

Boring

moreiro_80 ,

Everything about this podcast is great

I can’t say how much I enjoy this.
Amazing host, interesting subjects and knowledgeable guests.

Although I’m so used to saying along with Roman, in beautiful ‘downtown’ Oakland, California - now you’re uptown it throws me for a loop 😂

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