Kurt Andersen

Filmed on October 13, 2011, at “Pivot: AIGA Design Conference”


About this video

Moderator Kurt Andersen opens “Pivot: AIGA Design Conference” with critical observations on culture, society and designers’ vital roles in instigating change.

Speaker bio

Kurt Andersen is the author of the critically acclaimed, best-selling novels Turn of the Century and Heyday. He is the host and co-creator of the Peabody Award-winning public radio show Studio 360 and writes a column about culture and politics for New York magazine. Andersen cofounded Spy magazine and, and served as editor-in-chief of New York and Colors magazines. He has been a cultural columnist for the New Yorker and Time, as well as Time’s architecture and design critic. He has also created prime-time network specials and pilots and written screenplays and an off-Broadway revue. In 2003,  New York magazine named him one of the “100 People Who Changed New York” and in 2008 named him one of “The 25 Most Influential Liberals in the U.S. Media.” Andersen is a member of the board of trustees at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and Pratt Institute, was Visionary in Residence at Art Center College of Design in 2009, and has contributed to many books on design, including Spectacle by David Rockwell and Bruce Mau.