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What Design Sounds Like A Design Observer Symposium on Sound and Visual Culture 2/21

How are visual cues linked to spoken language? How are words potent triggers for images? Why do we love podcasts, need soundtracks, crave music videos? On Saturday February 21, we’re going to ask those questions and more: we’ll look at experimental design projects, listen to innovative radio podcasters, and explore the role design plays in the dissemination of ideas through image and image through sound. 

Design Observer is widely recognized as one of the leading websites about design in the world. It has been nominated for seven Webby Awards: five times for Best Culture Blog and twice for Best Writing on the internet, in the same category as The New York TimesThe Guardian, Wired, and The New Yorker. We are regularly featured in the press, from Print Magazine and GOOD to The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fast Company, and more.

Since our inception in 2003, we have been deeply committed to excellent criticism and journalism in an online environment. We have a receptive and engaged international audience that extends far beyond graphic design enthusiasts.

On February 21, 2015, Design Observer will host the first design-centered event of its kind: a free one-day symposium that explores “What Design Sounds Like.” Held in New York City, wdsl will feature speakers from across the United States and Europe, who will all present their talks without the aid of visual materials, relying entirely on the spoken word to illustrate their ideas. From live interviews to musical performances, dynamic discussions to spirited debate, we will explore together what design sounds like.

What Design Sounds Like will welcome 500 members of Design Observer’s diverse readership. Not charging a registration fee will allow for the largest possible reach of people who are excited about the intersection of design and sound.

What Design Sounds Like will be held at the SVA Theatre, which is located in the cultural center of New York’s artistically vibrant Chelsea neighborhood. Featuring two theaters, an elegant lobby, and a green room designed by Milton Glaser, the SVA Theatre hosts both intimate and extravagant events. The Theatre has been home to red carpet Hollywood premieres, awards shows, film festivals, conferences, and theatrical presentations.

What Design Sounds Like

A Design Observer Symposium
on Sound and Visual Culture


Saturday February 21, 2015

Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand

The Observatory

Grace Bonney

Design Sponge

Alexander Chen

How Music Works

Mike Errico

Dancing About Architecture

Michael Nino Evensen + Amir Shaikh


Tobias Frere-Jones + Sasha Frere-Jones

Rock, Paper, Scissors, Type

Steven Heller

The Design Soundbite

Juliet Kinchin

Design for Ear and Eye

Debbie Millman

Design Matters

Adrian Shaughnessy
Graphic Design on the Radio

Nicola Twilley

Admission Free


School of Visual Arts Theatre
333 West 23 Street
New York City





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