Design for the Real World is an inside look at the hidden genius of everyday things - lipstick, sheetrock, tea bags, ballparks - from Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, public radio's weekly guide to what's happening in the culture. Produced by Public Radio International and WNYC.
Recently in Design for the Real World
Friday, July 13, 2007
Jeff Wiltse, author of Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America, offers a brief history of taking the plunge. Produced by Hadara Graubart.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Darren Wershler-Henry, a professor of Communications, pays tribute to the whack of metal against paper, the smell of ink, and a technology we’ve almost forgotten. Produced by Zeke Turner.
Friday, June 08, 2007
The Italian icon of mid-century transport is back in the States, zipping around in irresistible candy colors. Paola Antonelli, design curator at the Museum of Modern Art, has her own soft spot for the scooter. Produced by Angela Frucci.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Jeremy Kinney of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum explains how the Wright brothers’ wooden propeller -– designed using the world’s first wind tunnel -- made the dream of defying gravity come true. Produced by Dennis Nishi.
Friday, May 04, 2007
Robots taking over the world? Stealing all the jobs? Robotics engineer Daniel H. Wilson says we shouldn't fear the all-knowing floor-cleaning unit called Roomba. Produced by Caitlin Lindsey.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Cartoon characters have helped sell burgers and fries for years. But for graphic designer Steven Heller, there’s one icon that stands above the rest. He’s a pudgy little boy with a pompadour, checkered overalls and a Double-Decker burger in his hand.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Along with a keyboard, the mouse is the main tool most people use to control their computers. But it’s not exactly subtle. Bill Verplank, one of the founding fathers of interaction design, tells us about the past and future of the mouse. Produced by
Friday, January 19, 2007
The Wall Street Journal has a new look – the paper recently shaved off a few inches of its width. In this week’s installment of Design for the Real World, we asked design guru Chee Pearlman to give us the skinny on the new format.
Friday, November 17, 2006
Almost 100 years ago, the Leica camera changed the world of photography. It was the first practical 35mm camera, and it has inspired passion in those who shoot with it. In Design for the Real World, photojournalist Deborah Copaken Kogan - the author of Shutterbabe - explains what makes the ...
Friday, November 03, 2006
As we approach the first Tuesday in November, we're awash in red, white and blue bumper stickers, buttons, and lawn signs. Graphic designer Michael Bierut explains why so many of these campaign signs look the same, no matter what side of the fence they're planted on. Produced ...
Friday, October 27, 2006
Samina Quraeshi grew up in a prominent family in Pakistan in the 1960s. She remembers the exact moment she decided to become a designer: when she saw the tail fins on the American ambassador's car.
Friday, October 06, 2006
Lifelong baseball fan and graphic designer Steven Heller looks at the most American piece of headwear -- the baseball cap.
Friday, September 22, 2006
Firearms expert Gary James explains why a pistol designed a century ago is still being issued to some forces in Iraq, and why it remains popular with law enforcement. Produced by Dennis Nishi.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Friday, July 21, 2006
Caffeine is about the last non-prescription drug you can use without social stigma, and a growing number of Americans are obsessed with the finer points of getting it. Corby Kummer, who writes about food for the Atlantic Monthly, tells us about a brewing device he thinks is ...
Friday, May 26, 2006
Paola Antonelli, a design curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, appreciates the classic design of this staple of your medicine cabinet.
Friday, March 24, 2006
Buy any robots lately? Robotics engineer Daniel H. Wilson explains what's so special about a sentient little vacuum cleaner called the "Roomba." Produced by Caitlin Lindsey.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
D. J. Waldie loves the suburbs. He was born in one of the tract houses manufactured by the thousands in Lakewood, California. He lives there still, and today works for the city. His book Holy Land is a strange and beautiful mix of personal memoir and suburban ...
Saturday, October 15, 2005
Chris Spurgeon explains the strange inaccuracies of an iconic map.