99% Invisible: A Great Little Podcast About Design

“Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we’ve just stopped noticing.”

We recently discovered a great podcast called 99% Invisible. The podcast’s host, Roman Mars, created a radio show that talks about the unnoticed architecture and design that shapes our world. The production began as a collaborative project between a San Francisco public radio station, KALW, and the American Institute of Architects. Now, with over 80 million downloads, 99% Invisible is one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes.

You’ll love this podcast if you would like to understand how great, and almost invisible design impacts our lives everyday. Granted, a lot of the episodes have an American bias, but they’re universal in the fact that they all celebrate the hidden aspects of design. One of our favourite things about this production is how bite-sized each episode is. Plus, your almost guaranteed to learn something new very time you press play. Because 99% Invisible has released more than 224 episodes, we’ve recommended a few of our favourites below.

Rebar and the Alvord Lake Bridge: A brief history on the invention of rebar.

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In this episode, Roman takes us back to 1889 when Rebar was first used to build a small bridge in Golden Gate Park.

Built for Speed: Designing highways and the landscape around us for speed.

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Want to know why our major highways are designed the way the are? This episode is for you.

Razzle Dazzle: A look back at a different kind of camouflage.

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This episode will teach you about many different types of camouflage and the origin of the “Dazzle” trend.

Interested in hearing more? Visit 99percentinvisible.org every Tuesday for a new episode.

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