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Mar
4
Mon
Michael Bierut and Jessica Helfand: Culture is Not Always Popular @ MIT Press Bookstore
Mar 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Please join MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming Michael Bierut and Jessica Helfand to discuss Culture Is Not Always Popular: Fifteen Years of Design Observer.

Founded in 2003, Design Observer inscribes its mission on its homepage: Writings about Design and Culture. Since its inception, the site has consistently embraced a broader, more interdisciplinary, and circumspect view of design’s value in the world—one not limited by materialism, trends, or the slipperiness of style. This book is a combination primer, celebration, survey, and salute to a certain moment in online culture. This collection includes reassessments that sharpen the lens or dislocate it; investigations into the power of design idioms; off-topic gems; discussions of design ethics; and experimental writing, new voices, hybrid observations, and other idiosyncratic texts.

Michael Bierut is a partner in the New York office of Pentagram. His book How to Use Graphic Design to Sell Things, Explain Things, Make Things Look Better, Make People Laugh, Make People Cry, and (Every Once in a While) Change the World accompanied a 2015 retrospective of his work, which was part of the School of Visual Art’s Masters Series. Cofounder of Design Observer and cohost of two podcasts, he is on the faculty at Yale School of Art and Yale School of Management and a recipient of the AIGA Medal, the design profession’s highest honor.

Jessica Helfand is the author of numerous books on design and visual culture including Design: The Invention of Desire. Cofounder of Design Observer and cohost of two podcasts, she is on the faculty at Yale School of Art and Yale School of Management and a recipient of the AIGA Medal, the design profession’s highest honor.

Mar
14
Thu
George Estreich and Sara Hendren: Fables and Futures @ MIT Press Bookstore
Mar 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please join MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming George Estreich and Sara Hendren to discuss George Estreich’s book, Fables and Futures: Biotechnology, Disability, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves.

From next-generation prenatal tests, to virtual children, to the genome-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9, new biotechnologies grant us unprecedented power to predict and shape future people. That power implies a question about belonging: which people, which variations, will we welcome? How will we square new biotech advances with the real but fragile gains for people with disabilities—especially when their voices are all but absent from the conversation? In chapters that blend personal narrative and scholarship, Estreich restores disability to our narratives of technology. Examining the stories we tell ourselves, the fables already creating our futures, Estreich argues that, given biotech that can select and shape who we are, we need to imagine, as broadly as possible, what it means to belong.

George Estreich is the author of The Shape of the Eye: A Memoir. His writing has appeared in Tin House, the New York TimesSalon, and other publications. He teaches writing at Oregon State University.

Sara Hendren is Artist, Designer and Researcher in residence at Olin College of Engineering. Her recent work includes collaborative public art and social design that engages the human body, technology, and the politics of disability. Her work has been exhibited in the US and abroad and is held in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC).