Mckenzie Lock

99% Invisible

If you haven’t heard 99% Invisible, go listen to an episode. The show is about the more overlooked aspects of architecture and design, and is one of the best produced and thoughtful pieces of radio out there.

Here are some favorite show topics:

  • "DeafSpace," about how an architect created a building specifically for the Deaf
  • Abandoned baths in the basement of the US Capitol Building
  • How paper money is designed (poorly) 
  • How and why the catastrophic Tacoma narrows bridge ever got built
  • How the Teddy Bear beat out the Billy Possum as the quintessential American toy

Episodes are about 10 minutes long, so you could probably fit in a few today: Go to http://99percentinvisible.org/ or search for it on iTunes.

How to help 99% Invisible: 

I’m happy to report that the show has met their minimum Kickstarter goal (in less than a day!), ensuring they can produce two podcasts a month for a year. But given how layered and unreported the space is, the 99% Invisible team wants to make longer and more frequent episodes, pay great reporters to dig up new stories and syndicate the show on public radio stations around the country.

You can help them get there. If you can, I truly believe 99% Invisible will be the best show you look forward to every week. 

Ready to donate? Click here. Even if you’re not able to give right now, check out the  video they made for the project - it’s pretty cool. 

Thank friends!

"Our willingness to fail gives us the ability and opportunity to succeed where others may fear to tread."

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

—Michael Jordan

Side of affect of living in hotels and friends’ living rooms? Dreams about future apartment furniture.

Side of affect of living in hotels and friends’ living rooms? Dreams about future apartment furniture.