06.15.16
Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand | Audio

A Seat at the Table


Michael, who worked on the Hillary logo, looks beyond the presidential campaign to the need for design sensibility in governing. Since the shaky launch of healthcare.gov, the federal government has put digital strategists and UI specialists in place, but
Is there a big picture about how government communicates with citizens and the way that citizens make their needs and desires known to government that could be enhanced by design?…
Perhaps, Michael says,
What the U.S. government needs is a Cabinet-level design post, with design defined really broadly. A Secretary of Design. And it’s not just about making sure that the lawn signs all have the right typeface…

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Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand Jessica Helfand, a founding editor of Design Observer, is an award-winning graphic designer and writer. A former contributing editor and columnist for Print, Eye and Communications Arts magazine, she is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale and a recent laureate of the Art Director’s Hall of Fame. Jessica received both her BA and MFA from Yale University where she has taught since 1994. In 2013, she won the AIGA medal.

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