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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 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
    Episode 114: Kids Today

    Episode 114: Kids Today

    Painting on photographs, artists v. designers, the Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno, Richard Hollis designs for the Whitechapel.

    • 33 min
    Episode 113: Facing the Future

    Episode 113: Facing the Future

    Kate Crawford | Trevor Paglen: Training Humans, Derren Brown, MoMA expands again, slime mold, Gordon Salchow

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

withlovefromoz ,

Like having cool friend

Not a designer but love design talk and listening to Jessica and Michael is like having cool friends to talk with about what we love. I blast them without headphones and walk around Australian streets to cure homesickness and whilst having to drive, re-park the car or do dishes and daily life becomes more than bearable, right minded, good, interesting and beautiful again.

alicek24 ,

Love this show

Such a great opportunity to listen to design heavyweights nerd out over fonts, discuss ethics and wax lyrical about pop culture. Always fun and educational!

Aniluapo ,

Great show!

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