John Foster | Accidental Mysteries

Tuning In






Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand | Audio

Episode 57: Communion and Commerce

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...
Steven Heller | Essays

The Commencement Address I Never Gave

There are few greater honors than to be the one who launches graduates into the world....
Debbie Millman | Audio

Design Matters from the Archive: Krista Tippet

On this podcast Debbie talks to Krista Tippet about her religious orientation, her struggle with depression, and about why it’s so hard to understand our historical moment....
Sean Adams | Evidence

Return of the Standards Manuals or Revenge of the Rigid

These are not systems to be messed with....
John Caserta | Essays

Dear Class of 2017

Just because you’re getting a degree in Graphic Design doesn’t mean you’re required to get a job as a graphic designer—or that you have to do it for the rest of your life....
Christopher Calderhead, Jerry Kelly | Essays

Celebrating Hand Lettering

Surely the alphabet is one of the major accomplishments of mankind, and the artistic expression of this utilitarian creation can eailsy rise to the level of fine art,...
Jessica Helfand | Events

The Next Stage

It’s time to distance ourselves from performance at the podium, time to move away from hero worship and hubris. And it starts by changing the conversation....
Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand | Audio

S2E12: Dana Arnett + Patrick Palmer

Dana Arnett is a vice chairman and a founding partner of VSA Partners, a branding and marketing company based in Chicago. Patrick Palmer leads the strategy practice at VSA....


Observed | May 26

Creative opportunity or bad business practice? Postage stamp design ideas submitted — from kids. [JH]

A walking tour of 1767 New York. [BV]


Observed | May 25

The lost typefaces of W.A. Dwiggins. [MB]

Speed poster design. [JH]

Design and healing. [JH]

Stephen Gates, Global Head of Design at Citi: “Creativity is a blue collar profession.” [MB]


Observed | May 24

Designing better protests. [JH]

It’s Amsterdam week in the media! Compare and contrast: Theo Van Doesberg versus Jane Pauley. Discuss! [JH]

A design bookshop grows in Brooklyn! Anne Quito explains. [JH]


Observed | May 23

Reframing contemporary urgencies through the lens of design. An interactive exhibition from SVA Products of Design at NYCxDESIGN [BV]

Can a font be a whole brand? YouTube Sans Medium is meant to be. [BV]


Observed | May 22

When TV logos were objects...plus behind-the-scenes of HBO’s model city [MPL]

Olympic/paralympic mascot design proposals for Tokyo 2020 will be judged by ... children. (Download the creative brief here.) [JH]

Crowdfunding now: Paul Rand’s IBM style guide (with optional French translation). More here. [JH]

The visualization of disappointment: one Tumblr site captures every single tearful moment of bachelorette rejection. [JH]


Observed | May 19

The rise of the designer as life coach. [MB]

Meet Gerhard Steidl, the printer the world’s best photographers trust to produce their books. [MB]

What does design share with comedy? (Don’t quit your day job!) [JH]

Every color of cardigan Mister Rogers wore from 1979–2001. [MB]


Observed | May 18

"Back when I was the captain of Oxford University, I would never have dreamed that I would be influencing the Laws of Cricket.” Studying the finer points of cricket bat design—from an orthopedic surgeon. [JH]

Design “can solve a problem in an elegant way,” notes Dr. Brandon Glen, chief executive of Good Design Australia, noting that “it goes well beyond aesthetically pleasing teapots and kettles”. [JH]


Observed | May 17

Apple’s new headquarters: breathtaking design utopia or anal-retentive indulgence? [MB]

“Pay Trump bribes here.” How an artist pulled off an astonishing design coup at Trump’s DC hotel. [MB]


Observed | May 16

Modeling umbrella design on the very particular wings of one insect. [JH]

Entrepreneurs obsessed with design. [JH]

Girls designing rockets. [JH]


Observed | May 15

A futuristic airport terminal at JFK, built in the 1960s, abandoned for years, and soon to be reopened as a hotel. [BV]

Photos from New York City’s subway system as seen in the 70s and 80s. [BV]

Edible sneakers that combine an artist’s love of footwear and sushi. [BV]


Observed | May 12

If you’ve ever doubted that visualization matters to data analysis, you need to see these images. [BV]



Jobs | May 28