09.27.18
Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand | Audio

Episode 89: Headsets and Holograms


This week, Jessica about her recent experience exploring VR typography courtesy of information designer Lisa Strausfeld. Michael asks Jessica felt displaced or disconcerted moving through a timeline while wearing an Oculus headset.

Jessica says,
It’s no different than binge-watching something on TV. It’s no different than walking down the street being completely captivated by the think you're listening to on your headphones — and most people walking down the street are on headphones listening to something, right?…
The difference is, unlike a podcast or unlike music or unlike something you can do while you're doing something else, this does take you away from reality — Well, you could also argue that everything we do takes us away from the social reality of a physical interaction.

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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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