Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand | Audio

Episode 69: Fixes and Facelifts

For the first anniversary of the 2016 election, the Washington Post collected 38 ideas for repairing our badly broken civic life. Designers from Milton Glaser to Gail Anderson contributed illustrations. What caught Jessica’s eye, however, was an story from NIH director Francis Collins, who remembers a science teacher who gave each student a black box with something in it.

He was asked then to think about what that meant. And it made him the scientist that he is today and he talks about the spark of curiosity that needs to be restored.

And Michael talks about his cover for the Washington Post Magazine issue and coincidence, influence, and plagiarism.

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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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