“Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we’ve just stopped noticing,” writes Roman Mars in his first post for the first 99% Invisible podcast, “a tiny radio show about design.” Tiny perhaps, but also playful, informative, and, indeed, highly designed.
Millman: Would you say that there is a bit of a formula to how you organize and construct your storytelling?
Mars: A little bit. I make this joke that the show is two anecdotes, one big idea, one takeaway fact — and it has to be funny.
True to the podcast’s name, the best shows reveal the otherwise invisible, like the design of check cashing stores, steering wheels, the Plimsoll line — and this one below about “the arsenal of exclusion,” the tools that architects, city planners, policy makers, and developers use to restrict spaces and the flow of movement.