The Observatory




  • Episode 134: Fast and Furious

    24/09/2020 Duración: 29min

    With Gail Bichler: Remote creative direction for the New York Times Magazine, editorial design fine art, and motherhood; Ruth Bader Ginsburg, The Fast and the Furious, Yale Mental Health Symposium

  • Episode 133: Urban Reckoning

    03/09/2020 Duración: 31min

    With Allison Arieff: The Magic of Empty Spaces, cities during COVID-19, Solving All The Wrong Problems, harvesting honey, The Good Fight

  • Episode 132: Back to School?

    13/08/2020 Duración: 32min

    With Lee Moreau: How to teach during the pandemic, robust design, jigsaw puzzles, The New York Times Spelling Bee

  • Episode 131: Word by Word

    30/07/2020 Duración: 32min

    With Hrishikesh Hirway: games and puzzles, The West Wing Weekly, soap operas, Home Cooking.

  • Episode 130: Spatial Justice

    16/07/2020 Duración: 33min

    With Bobby C. Martin, Jr.: rebranding Champions Design; football in Washington; demands for change at design schools; cooking during quarantine.

  • Episode 129: Spatial Justice

    02/07/2020 Duración: 33min

    A conversation with De Nichols about cities, monuments, and designing for community.

  • Episode 128: Decoding Luxury

    11/06/2020 Duración: 30min

    Guest host Avery Trufelman talks about Articles of Interest, clothing, luxury; Larry Rosenberg’s Breath by Breath; Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu

  • Episode 127: Fear and Longing

    21/05/2020 Duración: 31min

    Fiona Apple’s Fetch the Bolt Cutters; Hrishi Hirway and Mike Errico; The Quiz Broadcast; Shakespeare and Co. Project

  • Episode 126: Screens and Dreams

    07/05/2020 Duración: 32min

    Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration; Unorthodox; My Brilliant Friend; The Affair; Anil Dash on the dangers of social media; Anna Wiener on Silicon Valley; quarantine dreams

  • Episode 125: Zoom Aesthetics

    23/04/2020 Duración: 32min

    Zoom aesthetics and COVID-19; Kyle Chayka on minimalism; Deborah Berke on shared spaces; Jessica Salfia’s poem “The First Lines of Emails I’ve Received While Quarantining”; Megan O’Grady on artistic recluses

  • Episode 124: That Thing You Do

    09/04/2020 Duración: 32min

    Making art and design during the COVID-19 pandemic; Christoph Niemann and Daniella Zalcman; Adam Schlesinger; spec scripts for Larry David

  • Episode 123: Closing Doors, Opening Doors

    26/03/2020 Duración: 35min

    Looking at COVID=19: Flattening the curve, Washington Post designers Harry Stevens on visualizing social distancing, Alissa Walker on how dots are people, Stephen Sondheim at 90

  • Episode 122: At Arm’s Length

    12/03/2020 Duración: 31min

    COVID-19, social distancing, Luō Dàwèi’s One Thousand Families project, hiring product designers, Eric Rosenberg’s prop designs for The Plot Against America, Joanne McNeil’s Lurking

  • Episode 121: Love and Squalor

    27/02/2020 Duración: 33min

    With guest host Alissa Walker of L.A. Podcast: Barbara Kruger at Frieze Week; Destination Crenshaw; homelessness; urban design competitions, Rose Lyster on air travel; Molly Young on garbage language

  • Episode 120: Federal Style

    13/02/2020 Duración: 33min

    The Trump Administration’s draft executive order Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again, the rise of the blur, a CBS brand book at the California Antiquarian Fair, Anna Wiener’s Uncanny Valley

  • Episode 119: Soldiers and Generals

    31/01/2020 Duración: 30min

    Kyle Chayka’s “The Longing for Less”; minimalism; Hugh Weber joins Design Observer; Don Norman on collaboration; Maggie Gram on design thinking; the death of Mr. Peanut; Fanchon & Marco

  • Episode 118: Excelsior!

    16/01/2020 Duración: 29min

    Andrew Cuomo’s old-school political graphics; ridiculous subway ads, real and fake; Vaughan Oliver, John Baldessari, Sonny Mehta

  • Episode 117: Truth and Yogurt

    02/01/2020 Duración: 31min

    Christmas cards, the Charles and Ray Eames collection, Didones, the Chobani effect, Hong Kong protest art, a dog who plays Jenga, Uncut Gems.

  • Episode 116: A Decade in Politics, A Year in Culture

    12/12/2019 Duración: 32min

    101 political images of 2010s; plus Jia Tolentino’s Trick Mirror; Ian McEwan’s Machines Like Me; Beck’s Hyperspace; Underworld’s Oblivion with Bells; The 1619 Project podcast; Esther Perel’s Where Should We Begin?; Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story; Steve Bannon’s American Dharma; Fleabag Season 2; Chernobyl; Anni Venti in Italia at the Piazza Ducale in Genoa; Oslo’s Viking Ship Museum; Vecchio Amaro del Capo; BrewDog’s Nanny State; and Athletic nonalcoholic beer.

  • Episode 115: Thick and Blunt

    27/11/2019 Duración: 28min

    Donald Trump’s handwriting; Michael Bloomberg, design patron; Jessica Helfand’s Face: A Visual Odyssey; Victor Papanek’s Design for the Real World; Heather Dewey-Halborg’s DNA portraits; Bulgarian socialist graphics

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