05.07.20
Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand | Audio

Episode 126: Screens and Dreams


This week, Jessica and Michael go over their favorite (and not-so-favorite) moments of Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration , a virtual event featuring Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, and other Broadway luminaries.

When it comes to picking a Sondheim song appropriate for quarantine, Michael says,
I came away from this thinking that all his songs are about isolation. All his songs are about yearning for connection. All his songs are about estrangement from the world and making connection with the world in a way.
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Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand Jessica Helfand, a founding editor of Design Observer, is an award-winning graphic designer and writer. A former contributing editor and columnist for Print, Eye and Communications Arts magazine, she is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale and a recent laureate of the Art Director’s Hall of Fame. Jessica received both her BA and MFA from Yale University where she has taught since 1994. In 2013, she won the AIGA medal.

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