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.
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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, 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, 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 ...
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.
Saturday, October 01, 2005
Curator Paola Antonelli remembers how the tiny, energetic Superball made havoc in classrooms and workplaces.