Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand | Audio


On this episode, Jessica and Michael talk about how designers represent an enormous problem like climate change. Sometimes, Jessica says, the most successful approach is “to show a story in the most graphically circumspect way possible.”

Yet even those who accept the science often cling to a kind of denial:
I think there are lots of people who you could send that drone video to, and they’d say, “Well, that's Greenland. I live in Akron.” And as long as they don’t look outside and see something bad happening that’s going to happen to them by tomorrow morning, the whole things seems abstract compared with the other pressures that everyone has on their lives from day to day.
Also mentioned:
  • Greenland Is Melting Away
  • Powers of Ten, by Charles and Ray Eames
  • The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention at the Library of Congress
  • Center for Advanced Information Technology, World Resources Institute
  • Diagram of the Brookes
  • Drake, Hotline Bling
  • James Turrell on Drake
  • Kanye West discusses his Le Corbusier lamp
  • Grady Hendrix, Horrorstör

  • Thanks to Sappi for sponsoring this episode.

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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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