126 episodes

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

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    • 4.7, 134 Ratings

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

    Episode 126: Screens and Dreams

    Episode 126: Screens and Dreams

    Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration; Unorthodox; My Brilliant Friend; The Affair; Anil Dash on the dangers of social media; Anna Wiener on Silicon Valley; quarantine dreams

    • 32 min
    Episode 125: Zoom Aesthetics

    Episode 125: Zoom Aesthetics

    Zoom aesthetics and COVID-19; Kyle Chayka on minimalism; Deborah Berke on shared spaces; Jessica Salfia’s poem “The First Lines of Emails I’ve Received While Quarantining”; Megan O’Grady on artistic recluses

    • 32 min
    Episode 124: That Thing You Do

    Episode 124: That Thing You Do

    Making art and design during the COVID-19 pandemic; Christoph Niemann and Daniella Zalcman; Adam Schlesinger; spec scripts for Larry David

    • 32 min
    Episode 123: Closing Doors, Opening Doors

    Episode 123: Closing Doors, Opening Doors

    Looking at COVID=19: Flattening the curve, Washington Post designers Harry Stevens on visualizing social distancing, Alissa Walker on how dots are people, Stephen Sondheim at 90

    • 35 min
    Episode 122: At Arm’s Length

    Episode 122: At Arm’s Length

    COVID-19, social distancing, Luō Dàwèi’s One Thousand Families project, hiring product designers, Eric Rosenberg’s prop designs for The Plot Against America, Joanne McNeil’s Lurking

    • 31 min
    Episode 121: Love and Squalor

    Episode 121: Love and Squalor

    With guest host Alissa Walker of L.A. Podcast: Barbara Kruger at Frieze Week; Destination Crenshaw; homelessness; urban design competitions, Rose Lyster on air travel; Molly Young on garbage language

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
134 Ratings

134 Ratings

JoshCrist ,

Entertaining, insightful and empowering! 👏

Whether you’re well established as a change agent in the design ecosystem, or just getting started carving out your authentic niche - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Michael and Jessica do an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving portfolio as a designer, and life you can be proud of - from leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

5339kln ,

Links?

I just discovered this show and listened to Episode 120, The Federalist. I did enjoy it, but where are the links Jessica mentions??? She says “on our website” but I can’t find them on Design Observatory site.

Fritz Loewe ,

Brilliant podcast

Topics nicely varied. But what i love most are the voices of michael and jennifer.

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