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The Observatory

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Rank #62 in Design category

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Design
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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.

iTunes Ratings

124 Ratings
Average Ratings
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Brilliant podcast

By Fritz Loewe - Aug 13 2019
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Topics nicely varied. But what i love most are the voices of michael and jennifer.

Brilliant podcast

By Mountain Lou - Jan 17 2018
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Love the insights, storytelling and insider look at the design world scene.

iTunes Ratings

124 Ratings
Average Ratings
105
10
2
3
4

Brilliant podcast

By Fritz Loewe - Aug 13 2019
Read more
Topics nicely varied. But what i love most are the voices of michael and jennifer.

Brilliant podcast

By Mountain Lou - Jan 17 2018
Read more
Love the insights, storytelling and insider look at the design world scene.
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The Observatory

Latest release on Jan 16, 2020

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

Rank #1: Brute Force

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Behind the Bataclan, pigeon pathologists, Design Thinking at IBM, the Coke bottle at 100, Michael Gross

Nov 25 2015

28mins

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Rank #2: September Issues

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Google’s new logo, design thinking, and lessons from Oliver Sacks

Sep 10 2015

30mins

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Rank #3: Over the Rainbow

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Rainbows, selfie sticks, and the flag of New Zealand

Aug 19 2015

31mins

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Rank #4: Crowd Control

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Tay, Boaty McBoatface, New Zealand, emoji, and the madness of crowds

Mar 30 2016

25mins

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Rank #5: State of the Chart

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Data visualization, The Big Short

Jan 07 2016

23mins

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Rank #6: Border Control

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Brexit, borders, naming, Fiorello La Guardia and his airport, robot dogs, though leadership, Snapfax

Jun 29 2016

30mins

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Rank #7: Episode 110: The Style of Elements

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The Periodic Table of the Elements, The Death of Design Portfolios, the 1619 Project, CityLab Maps Matter

Sep 06 2019

32mins

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Rank #8: Episode 51: Vintages

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Behance Design Trends of 2017, George Nelson’s How to See, Michael K. Williams, W.E.B. Du Bois’ infographics

Feb 23 2017

33mins

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Rank #9: Guys and Dolls

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Barbie and Rey, food and design, 30 years after the Challenger disaster

Feb 03 2016

28mins

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Rank #10: The Good, the Flat, and the Ugly

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Instagram, rainbows, digital brutalism, Design: The Invention of Desire, the Freewrite.

May 19 2016

32mins

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Rank #11: Mind-Body Problems

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Nutrition Facts, Mark Bittman’s food rating system, colon cancer screening, Time Well Spent, Peter Arno, Flat File

Jun 01 2016

31mins

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Rank #12: Episode 64: The Eye and the Storm

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Hurricane Harvey, weather data visualization, electric cars, Taylor Swift, Scarfolk Council, the internet as an Uncanny Valley

Aug 31 2017

31mins

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Rank #13: Episode 49: My First Tattoo

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Tattoos, Type 1 diabetes, ID cards, taking MBA students to the art gallery, Kerry James Marshall, Mark Rothko, Mike Mills, the 2017 Citizen Designer Pledge

Jan 26 2017

34mins

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Rank #14: Episode 112: The Sweet Smell of Succession

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Television: HBO’s Succession, The Deuce, The Politician, Face Values at Cooper Hewitt, Jessica Wynne photographs mathematician blackboards

Oct 10 2019

31mins

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Rank #15: Episode 47: True Colors

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Pantone’s color of the year, Time’s Person of the Year, Arrival, The Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog, Seinfeldia

Dec 15 2016

30mins

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Rank #16: Episode 95: Back to Basics

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Distinctive brands choose minimalist logos, remembering David Pease, Nicholas Rougeux revives Byrne’s Euclid, The Favourite

Dec 28 2018

35mins

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Rank #17: Episode 61: Font of Corruption?

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Pakistan, Donald Trump Jr., default fonts; Calibri, Courier, Hobo, Cooper Black; Silicon Valley corporate headquarters; subway signage mystery; The Turnaround; Steven Colbert’s Figure-It-Out-a-Tron

Jul 20 2017

33mins

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Rank #18: Episode 62: Keepin’ It Nasty

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Cursing, Anthony Scaramucci, the alt-right’s shit aesthetic, Tony Fadell and Silicon Valley regrets, John G. Morris, Donald Trump draws the Manhattan skyline

Aug 03 2017

30mins

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Rank #19: Episode 111: The Great British Crit

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The Great British Bake Off, how to crit, Wim Crouwel, Cokie Roberts

Sep 27 2019

28mins

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Rank #20: New Horizons

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Pluto is at the outer limits of the solar system. Porto is at the end of Europe.

Jul 29 2015

25mins

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Episode 118: Excelsior!

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

Jan 16 2020

29mins

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Episode 117: Truth and Yogurt

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

Jan 02 2020

31mins

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

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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.

Dec 12 2019

32mins

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Episode 115: Thick and Blunt

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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

Nov 27 2019

28mins

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Episode 114: Kids Today

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

Nov 15 2019

33mins

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Episode 113: Facing the Future

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

Oct 25 2019

31mins

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Episode 112: The Sweet Smell of Succession

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Television: HBO’s Succession, The Deuce, The Politician, Face Values at Cooper Hewitt, Jessica Wynne photographs mathematician blackboards

Oct 10 2019

31mins

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Episode 111: The Great British Crit

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The Great British Bake Off, how to crit, Wim Crouwel, Cokie Roberts

Sep 27 2019

28mins

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Episode 110: The Style of Elements

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The Periodic Table of the Elements, The Death of Design Portfolios, the 1619 Project, CityLab Maps Matter

Sep 06 2019

32mins

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Episode 109: Public Legacy, Private Equity

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Monotype acquired by private equity firm; Ebony archives and Johnson Publishing headquarters; Hal Prince; Ugly Gerry; Breezewood, PA

Aug 13 2019

28mins

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Episode 108: Covers

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#bookcover2019 challenge, J.D. Salinger, The demise of MAD Magazine, Oskar Schlemmer’s The Triadic Ballet, Don Wall Visionary Cities

Jul 19 2019

31mins

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Episode 107: Scientific Advances

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Science poster redesign, Eli Baden-Lasar’s portraits of his sperm-donor siblings, Jony Ive parodies, a ridiculous commercial

Jul 05 2019

31mins

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Episode 106: The Twenty

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The large Democratic field and the first 2020 debate, Harriet Tubman on the $20, Peter Saville’s cover for Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures,“ Edie McClurg.

Jun 21 2019

33mins

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Episode 105: Malta, Marketing, Make-Believe

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Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition, Malta, The West Wing Weekly podcast, branded empathy, Chernobyl, Caravaggio’s Beheading of St. John the Baptist

Jun 06 2019

30mins

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Episode 104: Fade to White

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Facebook’s redesign, Morning Edition’s new theme, Cris Shapan, Stanley Kubrick at the London Design Museum.

May 17 2019

32mins

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Episode 103: Cathedrals and Candidates

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Notre Dame cathedral fire, Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg design systems, Mina Markham and Pantsuit, unidentifiable objects, Wesley Morris on romantic comedies.

May 03 2019

34mins

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Episode 102: The Long View

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Black hole image, Dyson Airblade, Titus Kaphar, Liz Jackson, Comic Sans takeover

Apr 19 2019

30mins

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Episode 101: Going West

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2019 AIGA design conference, creative partnerships, Full Frontal’s Brexit video, film noir YouTube comment thread

Apr 04 2019

29mins

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Episode 100: Loving Librarians

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Ralph Nader v. graphic design, libraries and serendipity, Sally Potter’s The Party, the shape of silence

Mar 22 2019

32mins

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Episode 99: The Space Between

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Hilma af Klint at the Guggenheim, Kevin Roche and the Miller House, Josh Lipnik’s modern midwest tours, Ben Stiller plays Michael Cohen

Mar 08 2019

32mins

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iTunes Ratings

124 Ratings
Average Ratings
105
10
2
3
4

Brilliant podcast

By Fritz Loewe - Aug 13 2019
Read more
Topics nicely varied. But what i love most are the voices of michael and jennifer.

Brilliant podcast

By Mountain Lou - Jan 17 2018
Read more
Love the insights, storytelling and insider look at the design world scene.