12.29.17
Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand | Audio

Episode 72: Out With the Old


Michael and Jessica look back on some of their favorite things of 2017, including the work of New York Times Magazine design director Gail Bichler and art director Matt Willey. Getting the Sunday Times Magazine, Michael says is

like Christmas every week for designers

And not just for designers, Jessica adds; their innovative designs open up stories for all readers:

What they're doing with these type of graphic explorations is helping people dive into these articles in a different way. I think especially because of the degree to which we’re not print-based as a culture anymore, there's something really rewarding about that experience.

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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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