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Rank #147 in Design category

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The Observatory

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Rank #147 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.

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Brilliant podcast

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

Thoughtful, in depth design crits

By neptunerpw - Feb 14 2017
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I love their critiques and the way they dive deep into style and design decisions.

iTunes Ratings

113 Ratings
Average Ratings
94
10
2
3
4

Brilliant podcast

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

Thoughtful, in depth design crits

By neptunerpw - Feb 14 2017
Read more
I love their critiques and the way they dive deep into style and design decisions.
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The Observatory

Updated 10 days ago

Rank #147 in Design category

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

Rank #1: 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
31 mins
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Rank #2: Announcing The Observatory

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A new monthly podcast with Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand
Oct 15 2014
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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
30 mins
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Rank #4: The Observatory: FYI We Are Graphic Designers

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This week, Michael and Jessica talk about graphic designers on screen, highlights from What Design Sounds Like, and Michael’s trip to Design Indaba.
Mar 12 2015
24 mins
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Rank #5: Border Control

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Brexit, borders, naming, Fiorello La Guardia and his airport, robot dogs, though leadership, Snapfax
Jun 29 2016
30 mins
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Rank #6: 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
31 mins
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Rank #7: 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
33 mins
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Rank #8: 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
34 mins
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Rank #9: 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
32 mins
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Rank #10: 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
32 mins
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Rank #11: Episode 52: Dictator Style

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Peter York on autocrat chic, Sunday in the Park with George, BBC interview with Robert Kelly, Jessica Dimmock’s The Convention
Mar 16 2017
31 mins
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Rank #12: The Observatory: Land, Rand, Mad Men

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Michael and Jessica talk about a panel they participated in at the Paul Rand exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, plus the return of Mad Men and the fate of photography giants Kodak and Polaroid.
Mar 31 2015
25 mins
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Rank #13: 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
33 mins
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Rank #14: 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
30 mins
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Rank #15: The Observatory: The Inevitable

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On this episode, Michael and Jessica talk about death (not taxes): how designers have to think about preventing death and representing death, and whether death is “just another design challenge.” Also, the color blue.
Apr 09 2015
26 mins
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Rank #16: 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
35 mins
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Rank #17: 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
37 mins
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Rank #18: 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
32 mins
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Rank #19: Episode 79: 1968 at 50

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Nixon-Humphrey, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The White Album, Laugh-In, LSD… and the meaning of anniversaries
Apr 26 2018
28 mins
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Rank #20: Episode 80: Age and Authenticity

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The Age of Post-Authenticity and the Ironic Truths of Meme Culture, a Prince George parody account, American house numbers
May 11 2018
27 mins
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