Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand | Audio

Episode 111: The Great British Crit

Every single person Jessica spoke to at Design Observer’s The Design of Business | The Business of Design conference watches the Great British Bake Off — except Michael. But he should, Jessica says, both because of how it creates “a national conversation about something other than memory, trauma, forgetting and anger,” and for what you can learn from the bench crits.

Michael says:
The art of giving and getting a critique in a way that's useful and productive and advances the work is not a small thing. And to learn how to do it well — to learn how to give the critique well and to learn how to get the most out to critique when it's been given to you — is really a skill that is, I think, very underrated.

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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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