Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we've just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture.
The show's name is taken from a quote by Buckminster Fuller: "Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable." Its goal is to expose the unseen and overlooked aspects of design, architecture, and activity in the world. Each episode generally focuses on a single topic or specific example of design, often including interviews with architects, experts, or people who have been influenced by the design.
Endlessly fascinating -- the topics span across such a wide range of fields and I'm consistently left curious about these hidden, "invisible" inner-workings of the world.
A wonderful podcast that changes the way you think, feel, and interact with things.
It is pretty much a guarantee when I listen to a 99% Invisible episode that I'll have no prior knowledge of the topic and by the end I'll be intrigued by it and even feel like I somehow now have the authority to speak to the topic.
Personally, 99% Invisible episodes are the perfect length. Majority of the podcasts out there are an hour or longer. I usually have to break each of those up into two or three listening sessions due to my commute and schedule. Most of 99% Invisible episodes are around 20 to 30 minutes. Usually I can finish them in one setting and it's just a much more gratifying experience.