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The Observatory

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Rank #93 in Design category

Arts
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

134 Ratings
Average Ratings
113
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4
3
4

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

134 Ratings
Average Ratings
113
10
4
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 Jul 30, 2020

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

Rank #1: 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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Rank #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: Episode 53: On Writing Well

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#trypod, Dan Brown cover contest, Design in Tech, writing for designers, The Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened, Wes Anderson’s Bar Luce

Mar 30 2017

34mins

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Rank #5: 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 #6: Food for Thought

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Samsung v. Apple, the International Style v. capitalism, Sausage Party, mozzarella sticks

Aug 26 2016

28mins

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Rank #7: Episode 54: Egos, Eggs, and Half an Onion

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Twitter’s default avatar, border wall submissions, Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi ad, School for Justice, the Uline catalog

Apr 13 2017

32mins

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Rank #8: Doors and Perception

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Bathroom signs, MBA students, Mozilla and open logo design, The Commissar Vanishes, Masters of Sex

Sep 29 2016

30mins

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Rank #9: 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 #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: Episode 75: Dressed and Obsessed

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Phantom Thread, John Perry Barlow, Cleveland Indians to retire Chief Wahoo, Obama portraits, riotous schnauzers

Feb 23 2018

24mins

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Rank #13: Episode 55: Sea and Sky

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Earth Day, the March for Science, EPA Graphic Standards Manual, Design and Exclusion, Big Little Lies, Five Came Back

Apr 27 2017

32mins

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Rank #14: 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 #15: Episode 46: TV Party

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TV party: Search Party, The Crown, Fleabag, Crisis in Six Scenes, Highston, I Love Dick, Daniella Zalcman, the fallout shelter sign

Dec 01 2016

35mins

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Rank #16: Episode 57: Communion and Commerce

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A record-breaking Basquiat; design, life coaching, and therapy; Thomas de Monchaux reviews Wendy Lesser’s biography of Louis Kahn; a neural network names paint colors

May 25 2017

32mins

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Rank #17: 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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Rank #18: Episode 67: Guns N’ Tote Bags

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Visualizing gun violence after Las Vegas, Louis Vuitton v. My Other Bag, tote bags, Helen Rosner on Olive Garden, Call My Agent!, Netflix in French

Oct 13 2017

33mins

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Rank #19: Episode 66: Ethics!

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The Copenhagen Letter, Mike Monteiro’s Design the Right Thing, Branded by Memory, Google Quick, Draw!, Otl Aicher’s Isny, the Trash Isles.

Sep 28 2017

37mins

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Rank #20: Memory Loss

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The Napalm Girl photo on Facebook, 9/11 out of context, Apple stores and the iPhone 7 launch, the Doctor Strangelove trailer, Wiener-Dog, Pantsuit

Sep 15 2016

24mins

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Episode 131: Word by Word

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With Hrishikesh Hirway: games and puzzles, The West Wing Weekly, soap operas, Home Cooking.

Jul 30 2020

32mins

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Episode 130: Spatial Justice

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With Bobby C. Martin, Jr.: rebranding Champions Design; football in Washington; demands for change at design schools; cooking during quarantine.

Jul 16 2020

33mins

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Episode 129: Spatial Justice

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A conversation with De Nichols about cities, monuments, and designing for community.

Jul 02 2020

33mins

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Episode 128: Decoding Luxury

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Guest host Avery Trufelman talks about Articles of Interest, clothing, luxury; Larry Rosenberg’s Breath by Breath; Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu

Jun 11 2020

30mins

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Episode 127: Fear and Longing

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Fiona Apple’s Fetch the Bolt Cutters; Hrishi Hirway and Mike Errico; The Quiz Broadcast; Shakespeare and Co. Project

May 21 2020

31mins

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Episode 126: Screens and Dreams

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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

May 07 2020

32mins

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Episode 125: Zoom Aesthetics

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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

Apr 23 2020

32mins

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Episode 124: That Thing You Do

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

Apr 09 2020

32mins

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Episode 123: Closing Doors, Opening Doors

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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

Mar 26 2020

35mins

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Episode 122: At Arm’s Length

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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

Mar 12 2020

31mins

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Episode 121: Love and Squalor

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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

Feb 27 2020

33mins

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Episode 120: Federal Style

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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

Feb 13 2020

33mins

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Episode 119: Soldiers and Generals

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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

Jan 31 2020

30mins

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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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iTunes Ratings

134 Ratings
Average Ratings
113
10
4
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.