04.11.17
Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand | Audio

S2E7: Grace Jun


Grace Jun is the Executive Director of Open Style Lab, a nonprofit that aims to make fashion accessible to people with disabilities.

Jun will spend weeks observing an individual client before attempting to design a solution:
I watch how they get up in the morning, how they talk about the clothes they have in their closet — it’s very interesting, the attitudes they have about fashion and clothing, too — and also just how they maneuver with daily life chores.
This close observation has led to a rain jacket for wheelchair users that a bike messenger could also wear.

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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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