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141. Josh Owen
Nov 20 • 49 min
Josh Owen is an industrial designer and educator. He runs his own design studio, Josh Owen LLC, and is a Full Professor and the Chair of the Industrial Design Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he also works with the Vignelli…
140. Johanna Drucker
Nov 6 • 69 min
Johanna Drucker is an author, book artist, visual theorist, and cultural critic. She’s currently a professor in the Department of Information Studies at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Her research and writing has focused…
139. Lucinda Hitchcock
Oct 30 • 59 min
Lucinda Hitchcock is a book designer, typographer, and educator. She’s on the faculty at RISD, where she’s currently the head of the graphic design department and has designed books for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MFA Boston, and Tufts University Art…
138. James Voorhies
Oct 23 • 57 min
James Voorhies is a curator, art historian, writer, and educator. James is currently the chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice and a professor of fine arts at California College of Arts. He’s the director of the Curatorial Research Bureau,…
137. Darran Anderson
Oct 16 • 55 min
Darran Anderson is a writer and author of *Imaginary Cities* and the forthcoming *Inventory*. His writing on architecture, design, and space has appeared in The Atlantic, Vice, and CityLab. In this episode, Jarrett and Darran talk about his early interest…
136. Nicholas Korody
Oct 9 • 61 min
Nicholas Korody is a writer and artist. He writes for Archinect, where is also the editor of their print publication, Ed; and is one-half of Adjustments Agency, a studio and artistic practice he formed with Joanna Kloppenburg to investigate the…
135. Marco Steinberg
Oct 2 • 58 min
Marco Steinberg is a strategic designer who works on the complex challenges that face governments, society, and the environment. Currently working independently, he previously founded and led the Helsinki Design Lab and was an Associate Professor at the…
134. Eddie Opara
Sep 25 • 43 min
Eddie Opara is a Pentagram partner whose work spans design, technology, and strategy. He previously ran his own studio, The Map office, and worked as a designer at 2x4 and Imaginary Forces. In this episode, Jarrett and Eddie talk about questioning the…
133. Vishaan Chakrabarti
Sep 18 • 54 min
Vishaan Chakrabarti is an architect, urban planner, author, and academic. He’s the founder of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism, the author of A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for Urban America, and was just announced as the next dean of UC…
132. Jenny Odell
Sep 11 • 54 min
Jenny Odell is a multidisciplinary artist and writer based in Oakland, California. She’s the author of How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, teaches digital/physical design at Stanford and has been the artist in residence at the Recology SF…
131. Danah Abdulla
Sep 4 • 60 min
Danah Abdulla is a designer, educator, and researcher. She’s a Senior Lecturer in Communication Design at Brunel University London; founder of *Kalimat*, non-profit magazine about Arab thought and culture; and a founding member of the Decolonising Design…
130. Rick Poynor
Aug 21 • 62 min
Rick Poynor is perhaps the foremost writer, critic, and editor on graphic design and visual culture. He is Professor of Design and Visual Culture at the University of Reading. In addition to founding and serving as the first editor in chief of Eye, Rick…
129. Mark Foster Gage
Aug 7 • 61 min
Mark Foster Gage is an architect, author, and educator. He’s an Assistant Dean at the Yale School of Architecture, principal of Mark Foster Gage Architects, and the editor of the new book, Aesthetics Equals Politics. In this conversation, Jarrett and Mark…
128. Ali Qadeer & Chris Lee
Jul 24 • 59 min
Ali Qadeer and Chris Lee are designers and educators. Together, they edited a recent issue of C Magazine with the theme graphic design. In this episode, Jarrett talks with Ali and Chris about the issue and their ideas around the editorial point-of-view,…
127. Jerome Harris
Jul 10 • 57 min
Jerome Harris is a designer, educator, and curator. He’s currently the design director of Housing Works and recently taught at MICA and curated the show As, Not For, a survey of African American graphic design. In this episode, Jerome and Jarrett talk…
126. Edwin Heathcote
Jun 26 • 49 min
Edwin Heathcote is the architecture critic for the Financial Times and the founder and editor-in-chief of Reading Design. Originally trained as an architect, Edwin has also written for GQ and is the author of multiple books on architecture and design. In…
125. Erik Brandt
Jun 12 • 52 min
Erik Brandt is a graphic designer and educator. From 2013 to 2018, he curates the internationally recognized experimental typography project, Ficciones Typografika, which has just been commemorated with a book by Formist; and is the chair of the graphic…
124. Bruce Tharp
May 29 • 68 min
Bruce Tharp is an Associate Professor in Art & Design at the Stamps School of Art and Design and is the co-author, with his wife Stephanie, of the new book, Discursive Design. Bruce originally studied mechanical engineering before getting an MID in…
123. Na Kim
May 22 • 55 min
Na Kim is a graphic designer based in Seoul and Berlin. She’s a member of Table Union, was responsible for the design of Graphic magazine from 2009 to 2011 and was artistic director of the Fikra Graphic Design Biennial with Prem Krishnamurthy and Emily…
122. Paul Goldberger
May 15 • 56 min
Paul Goldberger is perhaps the leading architecture critic working today. He’s served as architecture critic for both The New York Times and The New Yorker and is now a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He’s the author of several books including a…
121. Kerry William Purcell
May 8 • 43 min
Kerry William Purcell has written books and essays about photography, film, design, philosophy, and critical theory. He’s the author of biographies on Alexey Brodovitch and Josef Muller-Brockmann and is a senior lecturer in design history at University of…
120. Natalia Ilyin
May 1 • 59 min
Natalia Ilyin is a designer, writer, and teacher based in Seattle. She’s currently a professor at Cornish College of Arts in Seattle where she teaches design history and criticism, design for social activism, and transition design and is a founding…
119. Michèle Champagne
Apr 24 • 44 min
Michèle Champagne is a designer who moves between research, creative direction, and publication design across media. Michèle works with publication as a public conversation, and meanders open source dynamics, collaborative authorship, and reader…
118. Oliver Wainwright
Apr 10 • 57 min
Oliver Wainwright a writer and photographer based in London. He has been the architecture and design critic of the Guardian since 2012. He trained as an architect at the University of Cambridge and the Royal College of Art, and worked in strategic…
117. Vera Sacchetti
Apr 3 • 60 min
Vera Sacchetti is a design critic and curator. She’s currently the co-curator of TEOK Basel, one-half of the curatorial initiative Foreign Legion, and was the associate curator of the 4th Istanbul Biennial. Her writing has appeared in Domus, Disegno,…
116. Paul Bailey
Mar 27 • 51 min
Paul Bailey is a designer, educator and researcher. He’s currently the Course Leader for the MA Graphic Media Design program at the London College of Communication, an advisor at the Jan van Eyck Academie, and is a founding member of the Design…
115. Kurt Andersen
Mar 20 • 49 min
Kurt Andersen is a writer, radio host, and journalist. He’s the author of novels True Believers, Heyday, and Turn of the Century, and has written for film, television, and stage. He is the host and co-creator of arts and culture radio show Studio 360,…
114. Reinier de Graaf
Mar 13 • 41 min
Reinier de Graaf has been a partner at OMA since 1996. He co-founded the studio’s think tank AMO and has overseen projects ranging from an exhibition of the history of the European Union to masterplans for projects around the world. He has also taught in…
113. Craig Mod
Mar 6 • 64 min
Craig Mod is a writer, photographer, and designer based in Japan. He’s written extensively about books, publishing, walking, and technology for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Medium. He also publishes two newsletters, Roden and Ridgeline, and hosts On…
112. Kimbro Frutiger
Feb 27 • 44 min
Kimbro Frutiger is an architect and writer. He studied classical languages and archeology at Amherst College, with a focus on reconstruction of Greek-era sites in Sicily, before receiving an MArch from Yale University’s School of Architecture. Since 2000,…
111. Nate Pyper
Feb 20 • 51 min
Nate Pyper is an alphabet artist working in publishing, performance, and video. He maintains an ongoing research practice on queer anarcho-punk zines and is a 2018 Graduate of the Yale School of Art. He previously worked as a designer at the Milwaukee Art…
110. Sam Jacob
Feb 13 • 57 min
Sam Jacob is an architect, writer, and teacher. He is the founder and director of Sam Jacob Studio, an architecture and design practice based in London, has written for all sorts of architecture publications, and is currently Professor of Architecture at…
109. Jeffrey Schnapp
Feb 6 • 65 min
Jeffrey Schnapp is the founder/faculty director of metaLAB (at) Harvard and faculty co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He holds the Carl A. Pescosolido Chair in Romance Languages and Literatures and…
108. Mark Minkjan
Jan 30 • 55 min
Mark Minkjan is an urban and architectural geographer. He is Editor-in-Chief at Failed Architecture and produces the Failed Architecture Podcast. He is also part of Non-fiction, office for cultural innovation, and has written for numerous publications…
107. Nancy Skolos and Tom Wedell
Jan 23 • 63 min
Nancy Skolos and Tom Wedell are designers, authors, and educators. They operate Skolos+Wedell where they are interested in demising the boundaries between graphic design and photography through collaged three-dimensional images influenced by painting,…
106. Adam Michaels and Shannon Harvey
Jan 16 • 60 min
Adam Michaels and Shannon Harvey are the principals of Inventory Form and Content, a Los Angeles-based design and editorial studio focusing on graphic design, spatial design, strategy, and content development. They also operate Inventory Press, a…
105. Kate Wagner
Jan 9 • 53 min
Kate Wagner is the creator of the viral blog McMansion Hell and has written about architecture, design, and culture for a variety of publications including Curbed, The Atlantic, Architectural Digest, and more. She recently graduated from Johns Hopkins…
104. Cab Broskoski and Chris Sherron
Dec 19, 2018 • 56 min
Cab Broskoski and Chris Sherron are two of the founders of Are.na, a knowledge sharing platform that combines the creative back-and-forth of social media with the focus of a productivity tool. Before working on Arena, Cab was a digital artist and Chris a…
103. Chappell Ellison
Dec 12, 2018 • 72 min
Chappell Ellison is currently a content strategist at Huge. She previously worked as a designer and was part of the inaugural class of SVA’s MFA in Design Criticism Program. In this episode, Chappell and Jarrett talk about her move from design to writing,…
102. Laurel Schwulst
Dec 5, 2018 • 61 min
Laurel Schwulst is a designer, writer, teacher, and webmaster. She runs an independent design practice in New York City and teaches in design programs at Yale and Rutgers. She previously was the creative director for The Creative Independent and a web…
101. Martin Lorenz and Lupi Asensio
Nov 28, 2018 • 65 min
Martin Lorenz and Lupi Asensio are the founders of the Hamburg-based design studio TwoPoints.net. Founded in 2007, the studio’s work blends graphic design, typography, and editorial. The couple are also teachers and have taught in design programs around…
100. Rory King
Nov 14, 2018 • 63 min
For the 100th episode of Scratching the Surface, Jarrett Fuller is joined by one of his oldest and closest friends Rory King to talk about their parallel journeys in design and evolving design practices. Rory is currently a graduate student in Cranbrook’s…
99. Kelsey Keith
Nov 7, 2018 • 52 min
Kelsey Keith is the editor-in-chief of Curbed. Before that, she wrote about design and architecture for Dwell, Architizer, and a variety of other publications. In this episode, Kelsey and Jarrett talk about the late 2000s New York media landscape,…
98. Alexander Tochilovsky
Oct 31, 2018 • 75 min
Alexander Tochilovsky is a designer, curator, and educator. He’s currently the curator at the Herb Lubalin Study Center and an instructor at Cooper Union. He studied graphic design at Cooper Union and went to graduate school at Cranbrook. In this episode,…
97. Andrew Blauvelt
Oct 24, 2018 • 65 min
Andrew Blauvelt has been a designer, writer, curator, and educator. He’s currently the director of the Cranbrook Art Museum, a position he’s held since 2015. Before that, he worked at the Walker Art Center in a variety of roles including Senior Curator of…
96. Christopher Hawthorne
Oct 17, 2018 • 62 min
Christopher Hawthorne is the Chief Design Officer for the city of Los Angeles, a brand new position appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti. Before that, he was architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times from 2004 to early 2018. He is Professor of the…
95. Justin W. Cook
Oct 10, 2018 • 67 min
Justin W. Cook is an architect, designer, and educator. He’s currently the Founding Director of the RISD Center for Complexity & Systems Practice, an initiative that is thinking about design in the widest sense. Previously, he worked at the Helsinki…
94. Allison Arieff
Oct 3, 2018 • 47 min
Allison Arieff is the editorial director of Spur and a columnist for the New York Times where she writes about architecture, design, and cities. Before that, she was the editor-at-large for both Good and Sunset Magazines and was the editor-in-chief at…
93. Daniel Eatock
Sep 26, 2018 • 52 min
Daniel Eatock is a designer and artist based in London. He studied design at Ravensbourne College and earned his MA from the Royal College of Art. In this episode, Daniel talks to Jarrett about studying design and discovering conceptual art, his…
92. Marcin Wichary
Sep 19, 2018 • 73 min
Marcin Wichary is a designer, writer, programmer, and typographer. He most recently was a designer at Medium and previously worked on design teams at Google and Code for America. He’s currently writing a book on the history of keyboards and typing, due to…
91. Brian LaRossa
Sep 12, 2018 • 57 min
Brian LaRossa is a designer, illustrator, writer, and reader. He’s the design director at Scholastic, writer for Design Observer, and on the adjunct faculty at CUNY. In this episode, Brian and Jarrett talk about his early resistance to the design world…
90. Robin Sloan
Aug 29, 2018 • 75 min
Robin Sloan is a writer and media inventor based in Oakland. He’s the author of two novels, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore and Sourdough. He’s also written a variety of short stories and internet projects, dabbles in programming and machine learning,…
89. Mimi Zeiger
Aug 22, 2018 • 52 min
Mimi Zeiger is a writer, critic, curator and editor. She’s written for a variety of publications including The New York Times, Dwell, Domus, and The Architectural Review and is the founder of Loud Paper, a zine and digital publication that sought to…
88. Dan Hill
Aug 15, 2018 • 74 min
Dan Hill is a designer, educator, and writer. He’s currently a director at Arup, a visiting professor at The Bartlett School, and Adjunct professor at RMIT. He’s also the author of Dark Matter and Trojan Horses: A Strategic Design Vocabulary, and the…
87. Emmett Zeifman
Aug 8, 2018 • 62 min
Emmett Zeifman is an architect, educator, and writer. He’s the cofounder with Alfie Koetter of Medium Office, a design practice based in Los Angeles and New York, and *Project*, an independent publication that investigates the possibilities for developing…
86. Anab Jain
Aug 1, 2018 • 44 min
Anab Jain is a designer, futurist, filmmaker and educator. As Co-founder and Director of Superflux, she hopes to realize the vision of the Studio as a new kind of design practice, responsive to the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century.…
85. Mindy Seu
Jul 25, 2018 • 43 min
Mindy Seu is a designer, educator, and researcher. She is currently a student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and was previously a designer at 2x4 and MoMA. She’s also designed and produced archival sites for Ralph Ginzburg and Herb Lubalin’s…
84. Jessica Barness
Jul 18, 2018 • 67 min
Jessica Barness is a design theorist, educator, and writer whose research interests include interactive environments, sound, and critical practices. She’s currently an associate professor in the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State…
83. Keller Easterling
Jul 11, 2018 • 47 min
Keller Easterling is an architect, writer, and professor at Yale University. Her most recent book, Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space examines global infrastructure networks as a medium of polity, and she’s written about architecture,…
82. Alissa Walker
Jul 4, 2018 • 40 min
Alissa Walker is the urbanism editor at Curbed where she writes about cities, infrastructure, transportation, and policy. Before that, she was the urbanism editor at Gizmodo and has written extensively about design, cities, and architecture for places…
81. Cameron Tonkinwise
Jun 27, 2018 • 63 min
Cameron Tonkinwise is a design theorist, educator, and writer based in Australia. He’s written on subjects ranging from sustainability to interaction design, design thinking to systems design and has taught in design institutions around the world. In this…
80. Francisca Monteiro
Jun 20, 2018 • 45 min
Francisca Monteiro is a typographer and book designer based in the United Kingdom. While I was working on my MFA thesis on design criticism in Baltimore, Francisca was also working on a thesis, at the University of Reading, on Emigre and the relationship…
79. Tim Belonax
Jun 13, 2018 • 51 min
Tim Belonax is a designer and educator in San Francisco. He currently works as a brand designer at Pinterest and teaches at the California College of Arts. He previously worked as a designer at Airbnb, Mine, and was a principle designer in Facebook’s…
78. Silas Munro
May 30, 2018 • 67 min
Silas Munro is a designer, educator, and writer based in Los Angeles. He’s currently an Assistant Professor in Communication Arts and MFA in Graphic Design at Otis College of Art and Design, Advisor, Chair Emeritus in the MFA program in Graphic Design at…
77. Jonathan Hanahan
May 23, 2018 • 65 min
Jonathan Hanahan is a an artist and designer whose practice explores the cultural and social ramifications of experiences which transcend physical and digital occupations and the role technology plays in shaping, mediating, and disrupting our everyday…
76. Rudy VanderLans
May 16, 2018 • 79 min
Rudy VanderLans is a graphic design, type designer, and co-founder of Emigre, the type foundry and magazine he created with his wife Zuzana Licko. In the 1990s, Emigre Magazine became the place to read and discuss issues of graphic design, design…
75. Andrew Lister and Matthew Stuart
May 9, 2018 • 64 min
Andrew Lister and Matthew Stuart are designers, editors, educators, and publishers. Together, they edit and design Bricks from the Kiln, a new journal that ‘centers in and around graphic design.’ In this episode, Matthew, Andrew, and I talk about Bricks…
74. Peter Mendelsund
May 2, 2018 • 77 min
Peter Mendelsund is a graphic designer, writer, musician. Until recently he was the associate art director at Alfred A. Knopf where he designed book covers for everyone from James Joyce to Franz Kafka, Stieg Larsson and Simone De Beauvoir. In 2014, he…
73. Aggie Toppins
Apr 25, 2018 • 67 min
Aggie Toppins is a graphic designer and educator whose work centers around active citizenship and intellectual pursuit. She’s currently teaches at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and maintains an independent studio practice publishing zines,…
72. Shannon Mattern
Apr 18, 2018 • 43 min
Shannon Mattern is Associate Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York. Her writing and teaching focuses on archives, libraries, and other media spaces; media infrastructures; spatial epistemologies; and mediated sensation and…
71. Bryan Boyer
Apr 11, 2018 • 51 min
Bryan Boyer is a partner at Dash Marshall, an architecture and strategic design studio based in New York and Detroit, where he leads their Civic Futures practice. Bryan studied architecture and interior renovation before heading to Finland to help start…
70. Joe Potts
Mar 28, 2018 • 55 min
Joe Potts is a graphic designer, educator, artist, and writer working with found and synthesized images, sound, typography, and language. He teaches typography and graphic design at Otis College of Art and Design and the University of Southern California,…
69. John L. Walters
Mar 21, 2018 • 59 min
John L. Walters is the editor of Eye Magazine. Before becoming the editor in 1999, John worked as a writer and editor on a variety of publications and newspapers, including The Architectural Review and The Guardian, and previously was a musician, touring…
68. Rob Walker
Mar 14, 2018 • 43 min
Rob Walker is a writer and journalist covering design, technology, business, the arts, and other subjects. His writing on design has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Design Observer, and The Atlantic and was featured in Gary Hustwit’s film…
67. Justin McGuirk
Mar 7, 2018 • 45 min
Justin McGuirk is a writer, critic and curator. He is currently the chief curator at the Design Museum in London and a faculty member in the Design Curating & Writing program at Design Academy Eindhoven. Previously, he was director of Strelka Press,…
66. James Langdon
Feb 28, 2018 • 67 min
James Langdon is a designer, writer, and curator. He is one of six directors of Eastside Projects, an artist-run exhibition space in Birmingham, England, runs an independent design practice, and has written for publications like The Serving Library and…
65. Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey
Feb 21, 2018 • 78 min
Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey is a designer, writer, editor, and publisher. He co-founded Dot Dot Dot with Peter Bil’ak in 2000 and began working with David Reinfurt, under the name Dexter Sinister, in 2006. Along with Reinfurt and Angie Keefer, he’s the…
64. Paul Ford
Feb 14, 2018 • 60 min
Paul Ford is a writer, programmer, educator, and technologist. He is currently the co-founder of Postlight, a digital product studio in New York and teaches at the School of Visual Arts. He’s written for publications like Harper’s, New York, Medium, and…
63. Dmitri Siegel
Feb 7, 2018 • 57 min
Dmitri Siegel is a creative director, designer, and writer. He’s currently the Vice President of Global Brand for Sonos and was previously Executive Creative Director at Patagonia. He also was one of my favorite writers of the Emigre-era, where his…
62. Mitch Goldstein
Jan 31, 2018 • 75 min
Mitch Goldstein is a designer, artist, and educator based in Rochester, NY. He is an Assistant Professor the School of Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology, works in collaboration with his wife Anne Jordan on client projects, and maintains an…
61. Paul Soulellis
Jan 24, 2018 • 62 min
Paul Soulellis is a designer, writer, and educator. After spending twenty years working as a designer, fifteen of those years under his own studio, Soulellis Studios, Paul recently has shifted his work into a more expanded and experimental practice. In…
60. Rory Hyde
Jan 10, 2018 • 54 min
Rory Hyde is an architect, curator and writer based in London. His work is focuses on new forms of design practice, and redefining the role of the designer today. Currently, he’s Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism at the Victoria and Albert…
59. Sara De Bondt
Jan 3, 2018 • 48 min
Sara De Bondt is a designer, educator, and publisher. She runs her own independent design practice working with cultural clients and is the co-founder of Occasional Papers, a small publishing company focusing on publishing affordable books devoted to the…
58. Alice Twemlow
Dec 26, 2017 • 54 min
Alice Twemlow is a design writer, critic, and educator. She was the co-founder and chair of SVA’s Design Criticism program in New York City and is now the Head of the Design Curating and Writing Program at the Design Academy Eindhoven. She also recently…
57. Penelope Dean
Dec 20, 2017 • 48 min
Penelope Dean is an architectural theorist and critic whose research focuses on contemporary architectural culture with an emphasis on the exchanges between architecture and the allied design fields. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the…
56. James Goggin
Dec 13, 2017 • 64 min
James Goggin is a designer, educator, and writer. He runs his own design studio with his partner, Shan James, under the name Practise and recently joined the faculty of RISD’s graphic design department. He previously worked as Director of Design,…
55. Anne Burdick
Dec 6, 2017 • 58 min
Anne Burdick is a graphic designer, writer, researcher, and educator. She’s the chair of the Art Center College of Design’s Media Design Program and has written for publications like Emigre and Eye. In this episode, Anne and I talk about her own…
54. Manuel Lima
Nov 29, 2017 • 55 min
Manuel Lima is a designer, author, and speaker specializing in information visualization as well as a design lead at Google New York. He’s taught data visualization at Parsons School of Design and is the author of the books, The Books of Trees, The Book…
53. Sarah Rich
Nov 22, 2017 • 52 min
Sarah Rich is a writer, editor, and brand consultant based in Oakland, California. She’s written about design and food for publications like Dwell, The Atlantic, Wired, and Fast Company. With Wendy MacNaughton, Debbie Millman, and Maria Popova, she…
52. Adrian Shaughnessy
Nov 15, 2017 • 38 min
Adrian Shaughnessy is a designer, writer, and publisher. Along with Tony Brook, he co-founded Unit Editions, an independent publishing company that specializes in design books and monographs for people like Paula Scher and Herb Lubalin. He’s written for…
51. Elliott Earls
Nov 8, 2017 • 75 min
Elliott Earls is a graphic designer, performance artist, and the artist-in-residence in Cranbrook’s 2D Design program. He also produces the YoutTube series Studio Practice, a “no bullshit resource for those things that animate the artist and designer’s…
50. One Year Special with Michael Bierut
Oct 25, 2017 • 48 min
In a special one-year anniversary episode, Michael Bierut returns to the show and turn the tables to interview me. One year after I started the podcast and fifty interviews later, Michael and I talk about my own background and why I started the podcast,…
49. Doug Thomas
Oct 18, 2017 • 60 min
Doug Thomas is a designer, historian, writer, and teacher. He’s the author of the new book, Never Use Futura, and an Assistant Professor in Brigham Young University’s graphic design department. After graduating with a degree in graphic design, Doug…
48. Paola Antonelli
Oct 11, 2017 • 40 min
Paola Antonelli is the senior curator of the Department of Architecture and Design and the Director of R&D at MoMA where she’s expanded the traditional definition of design by acquiring pieces like the @ sign, the original emoji set, and Minecraft.…
47. Karrie Jacobs
Oct 4, 2017 • 74 min
Karrie Jacobs writes about cities, buildings, and design. She’s written for publications like Metropolis, Travel and Leisure, The New York Times, ID, and Fortune. She was also the founding editor-in-chief of Dwell and the founding executive editor of…
46. Elizabeth Glickfeld
Sep 27, 2017 • 50 min
Elizabeth Glickfeld is a design writer and lecturer currently based in London. She’s the co-founder, along with Anna Bates, of Dirty Furniture, a new kind of design magazine that looks at “when design leaves the showroom” by focusing each issue on a…
45. Geoff Manaugh
Sep 20, 2017 • 50 min
Geoff Manaugh’s blog BLDGBLOG, which he started in 2004 to talk about architecture and landscapes, has been one of my favorite blogs for years. He’s also the author of the book, A Burglar’s Guide to the City, which was optioned for television by CBS, and…
44. Theo Inglis
Sep 13, 2017 • 57 min
Theo Inglis is a freelance graphic designer and writer based in London. He is a recent graduate of the Critical Writing in Art and Design MA at The Royal College of Art and currently writes for Grafik and Monotype. In this episode, Theo and I talk about…
43. Hannah Ellis
Sep 6, 2017 • 58 min
Hannah Ellis is a designer, writer, and lecturer in London, England where her work explores the intersection between graphic design and education, through publication and editorial design, writing, lectures, workshops and gallery-based pieces. She’s a…
42. Tony Brook
Aug 30, 2017 • 55 min
Tony Brook is an award-winning designer, creative director, and publisher. He is the co-founder of the London-based design studio Spin and in 2009, he co-founded with Adrian Shaughnessy the design-focused publishing venture Unit Editions. In this episode,…
41. Mark Lamster
Aug 23, 2017 • 54 min
Mark Lamster is the architectural critic of the Dallas Morning News, a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a professor in the architecture school at the University of Texas at Arlington. He’s the author of several books, and is…
40. Mr. Keedy
Aug 16, 2017 • 71 min
Mr. Jeffery Keedy is a designer, writer, and educator. He studied at Cranbrook and since 1985, has been on faculty at CalArts. Originally trained as a designer, Mr. Keedy started writing early in his career and became a frequent contributor for Emigre and…
39. Ian Lynam
Aug 9, 2017 • 53 min
Ian Lynam is a designer, writer, teacher, and publisher currently based in Tokyo. He runs his own design studio, teaches at Temple University Japan and Meme Design school, is chair of VCFA’s MFA graphic design program, writes for magazines like Idea and…
38. Juliette Cezzar
Aug 2, 2017 • 66 min
Juliette Cezzar is a designer, writer, and educator. She’s currently an Assistant Professor of Communication Design at the New School’s Parsons School of Design, where she was the Director of the BFA Communication Design and BFA Design & Technology…
37. Jack Self
Jul 26, 2017 • 60 min
Jack Self is an architect and writer based in London. He recently founded The Real Foundation, an architecture practice and curatorial institute. The Foundation’s flagship publication, The Real Review is a quarterly magazine about architecture, material…
36. John Caserta
Jul 19, 2017 • 60 min
John Caserta is a designer and educator based in Providence, Rhode Island. He is an Associate Professor and former Department Head of the Graphic Design Department at The Rhode Island School of Design and founder of The Design Office, a work and project…
35. Teal Triggs
Jul 12, 2017 • 56 min
Teal Triggs is an educator, historian, and designer. She is currently Associate Dean in the School of Communication at Royal College of Art in London and editor-in-chief of the design journal Communication Design. She’s written extensively on the…
34. Ellen Lupton
Jun 28, 2017 • 37 min
In the final episode of my June series on my professors, I talk to the co-director of MICA’s MFA graphic design program Ellen Lupton. In addition to her work at MICA, Ellen is the Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, and a prolific…
33. Ian Bourland
Jun 21, 2017 • 60 min
To continue my series interviewing the professors from MICA who have helped shape this podcast, this week I talk to my critical theory professor Ian Bourland. In addition to teaching at MICA, Ian is an art historian and critic whose work focuses on the…
32. Abraham Burickson
Jun 14, 2017 • 60 min
In the second episode of my miniseries interviewing my professors and advisors from MICA, I talk to my writing professor, Abraham Burickson. In addition to teaching writing at MICA, Abe is also an architect, poet, and performance artist who runs Odyssey…
31. Kristian Bjørnard
Jun 7, 2017 • 60 min
In a special mini-series for the month of June, I’ll be interviewing a few of my professors at MICA who advised my thesis project and helped shape this podcast. First up is Kristian Bjørnard, a designer, educator, and sustainabilitist, who I met two years…
30. Abbott Miller
May 31, 2017 • 58 min
Abbott Miller is a designer, writer, and a partner at Pentagram where he leads a team designing identities, exhibitions, and books. Before Pentagram, Abbott ran a studio, Design Writing Research, with Ellen Lupton and wrote for publications like Eye,…
29. Emily Smith
May 24, 2017 • 60 min
Emily Smith is a designer, researcher, educator, and visual anthropologist based in Berlin. She is currently professor and Head of Communication Design at BTK University of Art and Design where she teaches a range of interdisciplinary, research-based…
28. Kenneth FitzGerald
May 17, 2017 • 57 min
Kenneth FitzGerald is a designer, writer, and educator. His writing has appeared in Emigre, Speak Up, Design Observer, and was collected in the 2010 book of essays, Volume. He’s also on the founding board of AIGA’s new academic journal, Dialectic, and…
27. Peter Bil’ak
May 10, 2017 • 48 min
Peter Bil’ak is a designer, writer, type designer, and publisher based in the Netherlands. My introduction to Peter’s work was through Dot Dot Dot, the magazine he co-founded and published with Stuart Bailey in the early 2000s and in this episode, we talk…
26. Molly Heintz
May 3, 2017 • 60 min
Molly Heintz is the chair of SVA’s MA Design Research program and co-founder of the editorial consultancy Superscript. Prior to this, she studied classics and archeology and has worked at the architecture firms Gensler and Rockwell Group. In this episode,…
25. Randy Nakamura
Apr 26, 2017 • 59 min
Randy Nakamura is a designer, researcher, and one of my favorite writers from Emigre. His writing has appeared in Design Observer, Emigre, Task, Modes of Criticism, and Idea Magazine and he’s worked as a designer at Jon Sueda’s studio, Stripe, and served…
24. Sara Hendren
Apr 19, 2017 • 43 min
Sara Hendren is a designer, artist, writer, and professor whose work centers around adaptive and assistive technologies, prosthetics, inclusive design, accessible architecture, and related ideas. She teaches inclusive design practices at Olin College in…
23. Louise Sandhaus
Apr 12, 2017 • 58 min
Louise Sandhaus is a designer, educator, and writer based in Los Angeles. She teaches a variety of courses at CalArt and in 2013, published Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires, & Riots, a book of graphic design from California. In this episode, Louise and I…
22. Francisco Laranjo
Apr 5, 2017 • 54 min
Francisco Laranjo is a graphic designer based in Portugal and publisher of Modes of Criticism, a journal and research platform interested in critical graphic design. His writing has also been published on Design Observer, Eye, Creative Review, Grafik. In…
21. Helen Armstrong
Mar 29, 2017 • 38 min
Helen Armstrong is a designer, educator, and writer. She’s published two anthologies of design theory as well as a book on user-generated design and is currently associate professor of graphic design North Carolina State University. Prior to studying…
20. Jack Cheng
Mar 15, 2017 • 52 min
In 2013, Jack Cheng self-published his first book, a novel called These Days, on Kickstarter. Before that, Jack was working as a designer in advertising in New York City while working on the book during his nights and weekends. Now based in Detroit, Jack…
19. Liz Danzico
Mar 8, 2017 • 47 min
Liz Danzico is part designer, part writer, and part educator. She’s currently the creative director at NPR, where she oversees both the visual and user experience of NPR’s digital platforms and content; chair and co-founder of SVA’s MFA in Interaction…
18. Andy Chen and Waqas Jawaid
Mar 1, 2017 • 60 min
Andy Chen and Waqas Jawaid are the founders of Isometric Studio, a New York design studio that promotes inclusion, equality & progress. Andy and Waqas were thesis critics at MICA in December and I sat down with them while they were in Baltimore to talk…
17. Anne Quito
Feb 22, 2017 • 43 min
Anne Quito is a designer and writer currently working as a design reporter at Quartz. Anne is the founder of the design studio Design Lab 360 and a recent graduate of SVA’s Design Criticism program. In this episode, I talk with Anne about her design…
16. Ruben Pater
Feb 15, 2017 • 44 min
Ruben Pater, working under the name Untold Stories, describes his work as creating “visual narratives about geopolitical issues” and creating “new relations between journalism and design”. He most recently is the author of the book, The Politics of…
15. Rianne Petter and Mark Mulder
Feb 8, 2017 • 49 min
Rianne Petter and Mark Mulder are designers and researchers from the Netherlands. The couple operates independent practices that span graphic design, research, writing, and education. Last fall, the couple visited Baltimore to lead a weekend workshop on…
14. Jon Sueda
Feb 1, 2017 • 50 min
Jon Sueda is a designer, curator, and educator. He is the founder of the Stripe, a graphic design studio based in San Francisco specializing in printed material, identity, and exhibition work and the Chair of the MFA Design program at California College…
13. Prem Krishnamurthy
Jan 25, 2017 • 44 min
Prem Krishnamurthy is a designer, curator, and writer. He is a founding principle, with Adam Michaels, of the New York design studio Project Projects and founder and curator of P!, an experimental exhibition space in New York’s Chinatown. Additionally,…
12. Bryn Smith
Jan 18, 2017 • 42 min
On this week’s episode, I talk with Bryn Smith, a designer, writer, and editor based in New York City. Bryn is a graduate of SVA’s Design Criticism MFA and the co-author of the new book, Twenty Over Eighty. We talk about her experience in SVA’s program,…
11. Khoi Vinh
Jan 11, 2017 • 37 min
Khoi Vinh is currently Principle Designer at Adobe, Design Chair at Wildcard and co-founder of Kidpost and previously co-founded Mixel and was the design director of The New York Times online. Khoi’s site, Subtraction.com, was one of the first blogs I…
10. Armin Vit
Jan 4, 2017 • 28 min
Armin Vit is the co-founder of Under Consideration with his wife Bryony Gomez-Palacio, the site behind popular blogs like Brand New, FPO, and SpeakUp. In this conversation, I talk to Armin about how he started writing, why he shut down SpeakUp in 2009,…
09. Jessica Helfand, part 2
Dec 21, 2016 • 41 min
In my second conversation with Jessica Helfand — recorded earlier this month when Jessica was in Baltimore — we talk about Winterhouse (the studio she co-founded with William Drenttel), publishing, the role of design (and design criticism) in Trump’s…
08. Jessica Helfand, part 1
Dec 14, 2016 • 46 min
Jessica Helfand is a designer, writer, podcaster, and publisher. She cofounded Design Observer in 2002 with Rick Poynor, Michael Bierut, and William Drenttel and most recently wrote the book, Design: The Invention of Desire. In this episode, the first…
07. David Reinfurt
Dec 7, 2016 • 48 min
David Reinfurt is a design polymath operating at the intersection of design, publishing, curation, and exhibitions. His studio, O-R-G, is now a small software company “that programs, publishes, and sells apps, websites, screensavers, and other small…
06. Sara M. Watson
Nov 30, 2016 • 60 min
Sara M. Watson is a technology critic and currently the writer in residence at Digital Asia Hub, a Research Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, and an affiliate with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at…
05. Michael Bierut
Nov 23, 2016 • 53 min
Michael Bierut needs no introduction. As a partner at Pentagram since 1990, he’s worked on projects ranging from logos and environmental signage systems, books and packaging for clients including Verizon, The New York Times, MIT Media Lab, and Hillary…
04. Michael Rock
Nov 16, 2016 • 51 min
On this week’s episode, I talk with the designer and writer Michael Rock. Michael is the co-founder and creative director at 2x4, teaches at Yale and Columbia, and writes for The New York Times T Magazine. This summer, I visited Michael at 2x4’s New York…
03. Steven Heller
Nov 9, 2016 • 35 min
On this week’s episode of Scratching the Surface, I’m joined by the design writer Steven Heller. Heller is the author or co-author of over one hundred books on design and visual culture, co-chair of the School of Visual Arts MFA Designer as Author…
02. Alexandra Lange
Nov 2, 2016 • 65 min
In this week’s episode of Scratching the Surface, Jarrett talks with architecture critic Alexandra Lange. Alexandra is currently writing for Curbed and has previously written for publications like The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Dwell. In this…
01. Rob Giampietro
Oct 26, 2016 • 48 min
In the first episode of Scratching the Surface, Jarrett talks with designer and writer Rob Giampietro. Rob is currently the Design Lead for Material Design at Google New York. In this conversation, we talk about how Rob approaches writing and designing,…
00. Introduction
Oct 19, 2016 • 3 min
Welcome to Scratching the Surface, the brand new design podcast interested in the intersection of criticism and practice hosted by Jarrett Fuller. Released weekly, each episode will feature conversations with designers, writers, critics, educators and…