Scratching the Surface is a podcast about the intersection of design criticism and practice hosted by Jarrett Fuller. Each week, Jarrett interviews designers, writers, critics, educators and those that operate between these fields about how writing, criticism, and theory informs individual practice and the graphic design profession at large.

The Show

Scratching the Surface began as a part of Jarrett Fuller’s MFA thesis at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2016. Jarrett was interested in the intersection of design criticism and practice and began interviewing people who operated in both spaces.

Since graduating, Jarrett’s continued the podcast, expanding its purview across design disciplines and practices ranging from architecture to media theory, writing to strategic design. Rooted in Jarrett’s interests in multidisciplinary practice, critical theory, and education, the podcast has become a forum of thoughtful and informal discussions around contemporary design practice. Recording nearly 150 episodes, Jarrett has talked to leading figures in design and architecture like Michael Bierut, Jessica Helfand, Ellen Lupton, Rick Poynor, Rudy VanderLans, Reinier de Graaf, Paul Goldberger, and Karrie Jacobs was well as emerging voices like Hannah Ellis, Jerome Harris, Theo Inglis, Kate Wagner, and Jenny Odell.

The podcast has been featured in Design Observer, Eye Magazine, and the Dallas Morning News, was included in Curbed’s Best of 2017, and named one of the best design podcasts by Architectural Digest and Dezeen.

The Host

Jarrett Fuller is a designer, writer, educator, and podcaster.He runs twenty-six, a multidisciplinary design and editorial studio; hosts Scratching the Surface, a weekly podcast about design criticism; and teaches in both undergraduate and graduate programs at Pratt Institute, The New School Parsons School of Design, and the University of the Arts. He previously worked as a designer at Facebook, Warby Parker, and The Whitney Museum of American Art. He currently serves on the board of directors of AIGA NY.

He received his BFA in graphic design from Kutztown University and his MFA in graphic design and critical studies from Maryland Institute College of Art. He lives in Brooklyn.

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