Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand | Audio

Episode 50: What Democracy Looks Like

On this episode, Michael and Jessica talk about the visual language of the Women’s March and resistance to President Trump. The individual ingenuity of protestors, Michael says, contains

a lesson for “professional” graphic designers. We define our own success so frequently on, did we get everything to line up perfectly? And in this case, lining up perfectly wasn’t as effective as having everything just explode in a million flowers.

Also mentioned:

Microcritique: Michael Rock on branding politics and the politics of branding
Parker Palmer and the Center for Courage and Renewal
Brian Grubb reviews the Young Pope
Edie, by Jean Stein, edited with George Plimpton
Shareen Pathak, The Definitive Oral History of the Oreo tweet
Charlotte McCourt reviews the Toffee-tastic

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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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