Roman Mars

Host and Producer, 99% Invisible

Roman Mars is host and producer of KALW’s 99% Invisible, a short radio show about design and architecture.  The 99% Invisible podcast recently peaked at #8 in the iTunes rankings for all podcasts, as well as #1 in both the Arts and Design categories.  He is also the host, producer and program director of Public Radio Remix from PRX, a 24-hour, experimental public radio story stream broadcast on XM 123 and public radio stations across the country.  He was a founding producer at PRX/NPR’s Snap Judgment and Senior Producer at the Third Coast International Audio Festival.

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4:37pm

Wed July 24, 2013
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: The Broken Window

Emile Holmewood

One day, when Melissa was thirteen, she and her friend Liz bought some geodes. They didn’t want to wait to get home to crack them open, so they decided to throw them against the wall of an apartment building. Liz’s aim went wild on one of the geodes, and it went through a window. Melissa would have probably forgotten about the incident, had it not been for one inexplicable thing: the window didn’t get fixed. Ever. So in 2011, 22 years after the incident, Melissa went to go find the person who left the window broken for so long. She brought along a tape recorder. 

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5:19pm

Mon May 6, 2013
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: The brief and tumultuous life of the new UC logo

If you’re not from California, or missed this bit of news, the University of California has a new logo – or, rather, had a new logo. To be more precise they had a new “visual identity system,” which is the kind of entirely accurate but completely wonky description that gets met with sarcastic eye rolls from anyone who isn’t a designer, but there it is. But they don’t have a new logo anymore. Because of a massive public backlash, the UC system actually suspended the monogram while we were reporting this story.

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8:00pm

Wed April 24, 2013
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: Game changer

Flickr user gorbould

Last night, the Golden State Warriors beat the Denver Nuggets 131 to 117 in what USA Today called “one of the most entertaining blowouts in recent memory.” The high-scoring affair reflects the modern game. But scores that high would have been unfathomable back in the early days of the NBA. That is, until professional basketball was redesigned.

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5:45pm

Wed April 17, 2013
Arts & Culture

99 Percent Invisible: A cheer for Samuel Plimsoll

Plimsoll Line
wasabicube

If you look at the outer hull of commercial ships, you might find a painted circle bisected with a long horizontal line. This marking is called the load line, or as I prefer, the Plimsoll line. This simple graphic design has saved thousands of lives. The Plimsoll line shows the maximum loading point of the ship and lets a third party know, plainly and clearly, when a vessel is overloaded and at risk of sinking in rough seas. If you see that horizontal line above the water, you’re good, if you don’t, you could be sunk.

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7:18pm

Thu January 24, 2013
Transportation

99% Invisible: Design for Airports

Courtesy of 99percentinvible.com and http://www.gensler.com/#viewpoint/features/49

When Roman Mars spoke with Allison Arieff about the design of airports she said, if all airports simply played Brian Eno’s album Music for Airports over the speakers, every airport would be better. 

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