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Design Observer

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Jessica Helfand and Michael Bierut explore how design works within complex organizations to shape decisions, ideas, products, and more. Guests include clients from many industries and designers in many fields. Recorded at the Yale School of Managemen...Show More
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23:11 | Jun 25th

Giorgia Lupi is a partner in the design firm Pentagram and an artist whose data-driven work is at MOMA in New York.

32:26 | Jun 18th

Forest Young is head of design and a global principal at the branding consultancy Wolff Olins who recently completed the Uber redesign.
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26:16 | Jun 11th

Lee Moreau is Vice President of Design at EPAM Continuum, a global design and innovation consultancy based in Boston. He is also a visiting lecturer at MIT where he teaches design strategy and innovation.

28:40 | May 14th

Todd Bracher is founder and creative director of Todd Bracher Studio.

32:01 | May 7th

Valerie Casey is head of design at Walmart.

32:43 | May 7th

Valerie Casey is head of design at Walmart.

28:43 | Apr 30th

Dr. Bon Ku is assistant dean for health and design at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

30:43 | Apr 23rd

Isolde Brielmaier is the executive director of arts culture and community at Westfield World Trade Center.

31:03 | Apr 16th

Mauro Porcini is chief design officer at PepsiCo

31:44 | Apr 9th

Valla Vakili is head of Citi Ventures Studio, an incubator for financial services.

32:08 | Apr 3rd

Archie Lee Coates IV is a founder of multidisciplinary creative studio Playlab, Inc., and executive director of Friends of +POOL.

32:01 | Mar 26th

Kerby Jean Raymond is the founder and CEO of the fashion label Pyer Moss.

25:52 | Mar 19th

Reneé Seward teaches communication design at the University of Cincinnati and is the founder of See Word Reading. Chester Jenkins is a partner in Constellation, which creates new typefaces, and Village, a coop that publishes them.

28:42 | Mar 12th

Cindy Chastain is senior vice president of customer experience and design at Mastercard.

29:55 | Mar 5th

Billie Tsien is the co-founder of Tod Williams Billie Tsien architects, which works on buildings for museums, universities, and the Obama Presidential Center.

27:25 | Feb 26th

Errol Morris is a filmmaker whose documentaries include Gates of Heaven, The Thin Blue Line, and American Dharma.

31:36 | Dec 18th, 2018

Dmitri Siegel is vice president of global brand at Sonos.

23:27 | Dec 11th, 2018

Renata Souza Luque is the creator of Thomy, an insulin kit for children with Type 1 diabetes.

28:27 | Dec 4th, 2018

Eddie Opara is a multidisciplinary designer and a partner at the design firm Pentagram.

30:58 | Nov 27th, 2018

Manuel Lima is a UX design manager at Google and the founder of the website Visual Complexity.

26:24 | Nov 20th, 2018

Todd Waterbury is the chief creative officer of Target.

28:13 | Nov 13th, 2018

Susannah Drake is the founder of DLANDstudio, a landscape architecture and urban design firm.

23:32 | Nov 6th, 2018

Lorna Solis is the founder and CEO of Blue Rose Compass, a nonprofit that helps gifted refugees develop their potential.

31:58 | Oct 30th, 2018

Forest Young is head of design and a global principal at the branding consultancy Wolff Olins.

25:48 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Mariana Amatullo teaches strategic design and management at Parsons School of Design at The New School.

28:49 | Oct 16th, 2018

Ellen Lupton is the curator of contemporary design at Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum.

36:49 | Oct 9th, 2018

Jon Iwata is executive in residence at the Yale School of Management and a senior advisor to IBM.

24:51 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Lisa Smith is vice president of brand design at Chobani.

26:01 | Sep 25th, 2018

When Ashleigh Axios joined the White House’s Office of Digital Strategy in 2012 she wasn’t sure how she would fit in.

28:58 | Sep 18th, 2018

A conversation with Leslie Koch, who revitalized Governor’s Island, an abandoned military post in New York Harbor into a public park.

22:14 | Sep 11th, 2018

Deborah Berke is the founding partner of Deborah Berke Partners, designer of 21c Museum Hotels, and the Dean of the Yale School of Architecture.

29:03 | Sep 4th, 2018

Audrey Gelman is co-founder and CEO of The Wing, a social club and co-working space for women. Pentagram partner Emily Oberman worked on the brand identity.

24:58 | Aug 28th, 2018

Neri Oxman leads the Mediated Matter research group at the MIT Media Lab. She treats art, science, and engineering as part of design.

28:15 | Aug 21st, 2018

Danny Meyer is the founder of Shake Shack. Paula Scher designed its graphic identity.

31:12 | May 8th, 2018

Jessica Dimmock is a photographer and filmmaker. Her latest project is the Netflix documentary series Flint Town.

23:52 | May 1st, 2018

Andrew Essex is the author of “The End of Advertising: Why It Had to Die, and the Creative Resurrection to Come.”

27:08 | Apr 24th, 2018

Abbott Miller is a partner in the design firm Pentagram.

26:05 | Apr 17th, 2018

Karin Fong is a founding member of Imaginary Forces, a creative company specializing in visual storytelling and brand strategy.

25:35 | Apr 10th, 2018

Somi Kim is senior director of healthcare solutions at Johnson & Johnson Design.

22:12 | Apr 3rd, 2018

Lisa Strausfeld is an information architect and data visualisation pioneer. Her studio is InformationArt.

31:14 | Mar 27th, 2018

Margaret Gould Stewart is vice president of product design at Facebook.

28:45 | Mar 20th, 2018

Heather McIntosh Cassano is director of user experience at Google, leading a team focused on workplace apps.

27:57 | Mar 13th, 2018

Ben Watson is the chief creative officer of Herman Miller, the furniture and workspace design company.

26:35 | Mar 6th, 2018

Arthur Cohen is CEO and co-founder of LaPlaca Cohen, a strategy, design, and marketing firm for the cultural world.

25:27 | Feb 27th, 2018

Kevin Bethune is vice president of Strategic Design at BCG Digital Ventures.

27:29 | Feb 20th, 2018

Stella Bugbee is the editor in chief and president of New York Magazine’s The Cut.

25:49 | Dec 19th, 2017

Vishaan Chakrabarti is the founder of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism and the author of A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for Urban America.

21:57 | Dec 12th, 2017

Melissa Harris is editor at large of the Aperture Foundation and the author of A Wild Life: A Visual Biography of Photographer Michael Nichols.

26:23 | Dec 5th, 2017

Randy Hunt is the head of design at Artsy and the former VP of Design at Etsy.

25:02 | Nov 28th, 2017

Natasha Jen is a partner in the design firm Pentagram.

26:27 | Nov 21st, 2017

Ravi Naidoo is the founder of Interactive Africa as well as Design Indaba, an annual conference in Cape Town.
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27:47 | Nov 14th, 2017

Liz Danzico is creative director for NPR, where she guides both visual design and user experience.

27:47 | Nov 14th, 2017

Liz Danzico is creative director for NPR, where she guides both visual design and user experience.

29:10 | Nov 7th, 2017

Scott Frankel composes musicals including Grey Gardens and War Paint. David Korins designed the sets for War Paint, Hamilton, and many other productions.

23:14 | Oct 31st, 2017

John Maeda is global head of computational design and inclusion at Automattic and the author of the annual Design in Tech report.

26:50 | Oct 24th, 2017

Timothy Geithner was Secretary of the Treasury from 2009 to 2013. He chairs the Program on Financial Stability at the Yale School of Management.

20:11 | Oct 17th, 2017

Lucienne Roberts runs the studio LucienneRoberts+ and the publisher GraphicDesign+.

20:29 | Oct 10th, 2017

Claire Weisz is is the principal-in-charge of WXY, an architecture and design practice focused on innovative approaches to public space, structures, and cities.

22:46 | Oct 3rd, 2017

Giorgia Lupi is the co-founder and design director of Accurat, a data-driven studio, and an artist whose work is at MoMA.

29:54 | May 16th, 2017

Dana Arnett is a vice chairman and a founding partner of VSA Partners, a branding and marketing company based in Chicago. Patrick Palmer leads the strategy practice at VSA.

27:22 | May 9th, 2017

Khoi Vinh is a principal designer at Adobe.

30:45 | May 2nd, 2017

Robert Brunner is a founder of Ammunition, a design firm based in San Francisco. He has designed products from the Apple PowerBook to Beats by Dre headphones.

25:31 | Apr 25th, 2017

Ashleigh Axios is the design exponent at Automattic and a former creative director for the White House’s Office of Digital Strategy.

23:42 | Apr 18th, 2017

Teddy Blanks is a co-founder of CHIPS, a Brooklyn-based design studio, who specializes in film titles.

21:52 | Apr 11th, 2017

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

22:18 | Apr 5th, 2017

Michael Rock is founding partner and creative director of 2x4, a global design consultancy. He has worked with brands including Nike, Prada, Target, and Kanye West.

24:50 | Mar 28th, 2017

David Rockwell is the founder and president of the architecture and design firm the Rockwell Group and a theatrical set designer.

25:51 | Mar 21st, 2017

Lee Moreau is a principal at Continuum, a global innovation design firm.

19:49 | Mar 14th, 2017

Bobby C. Martin, Jr., is a founding partner of the agency OCD | The Original Champions of Design.

24:26 | Mar 7th, 2017

Neri Oxman leads the Mediated Matter research group at the MIT Media Lab.

28:31 | Feb 28th, 2017

Audrey Gelman is co-founder and CEO of The Wing, a social club and co-working space for women. Pentagram partner Emily Oberman worked on the brand identity.

30:42 | Jan 10th, 2017

Teddy Goff was the digital director for Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection effort and an adviser to Hillary Clinton in 2016.

26:40 | Jan 3rd, 2017

Steve Duenes is an Assistant Editor at The New York Times who oversees a team of visual journalists.

27:45 | Dec 20th, 2016

Danny Meyer is the founder of Shake Shack. Paula Scher designed its graphic identity.

18:19 | Dec 13th, 2016

Dr. Jay Parkinson is the founder of Sherpaa, an online medical practice.

28:28 | Dec 6th, 2016

Leslie Koch was the president and CEO of the Trust for Governors Island.

23:55 | Nov 29th, 2016

Susan Sellers was creative director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cynthia Round was its senior vice president of marketing and external relations.

24:44 | Nov 22nd, 2016

Douglas Powell is a Distinguished Designer at IBM. He directs a global effort to bring human-centered design to IBM.

29:06 | Nov 15th, 2016

Bruce Cohen is an Oscar-winning film producer and president of the board of directors of the American Foundation for Equal Rights

21:43 | Nov 1st, 2016

Deborah Berke is the founding partner of Deborah Berke Partners, the architect of the 21c Museum Hotels, and the Dean of the Yale School of Architecture.

23:05 | Oct 25th, 2016

Molly Barton and Julian Yap are cofounders of Serial Box Publishing, which develops original episodic fiction.

24:02 | Oct 18th, 2016

John Bielenberg is a designer, entrepreneur and imaginative advocate for a better world.

03:28 | Oct 14th, 2016

A quick preview of Season 1, with Michael Bierut, Jessica Helfand, and a few of their guests.