Architecture & Design

Episode 216: Michael Bierut

The graphics he created for the Jets, BAM, Hillary Clinton et al are not merely decorative but can bring order out of chaos. He cites his mentor Massimo Vignelli’s designs for the MTA: “We can come up with a system of doing signs to pull this whole unruly crazy system together so no one ever has to feel confused about what train to get on. Assuming the governor funds the MTA so the trains actually run.” (I may have added that last sentence.) A conversation at the Bard Graduate Center with music from Patty Farrell and Ben Holmes.

  •  PERSON: Massimo Vignelli
  •  PLACE: Old Croton Aqueduct trail
  •  THING: his notebook
  •  RANDY’S THING: a 1947 Pontiac

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