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40,000,000,000,000 DPI

By Helen Ip + Justin Carder

40 Trillion DPI is a show about all the ways design manifests. It's about design both as a discipline and a cultural product. Each episode, Helen Ip and Justin Carder (two designers/weirdos/friends) get together to talk about the world through the lens of design. Thanks for hanging out with us!
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Exhausted Emojis, Internet Sex Ed, Water Bottle Semiotics and the Singularity

40,000,000,000,000 DPIMar 11, 2021

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Fusion So Good

Fusion So Good

This week—we dodge the floating pharmaceutical logo lockup with medical spokesperson, lady gaga, we liquidate our savings buying virtual ice cream for Pinkydoll, we compare tactical battle strategies with I Can Talk Barbie, we stick our arms into tiny black suits to visit the puppet pet cemetery—AND we also might have talked about the glassdoor drama! Only one way (for us) to find out!


Aug 04, 202344:53
Category Liquidation

Category Liquidation

This week we wait for a flight in Meta’s shiny new Threads lounge, we are led by Gilbert the floating head through a very special video essay about the state of Graphic Design, we are led by an AI chat-panion we’re calling “Figgy” through Figma’s annual IRL conference, CONFIG, and we see what happens when you put an obscure piece of film history in the Magic Chef.

Check out some visual references and an episode breakdown at

https://40trilliondpi.substack.com/

Jul 14, 202337:39
Sanrio Cinematic Universe

Sanrio Cinematic Universe

This week, we take our rightful place as characters in the Sanrio Cinematic Universe, we embrace life on the grid at a digital nomad spreadsheet cafe, and we head to the abandoned SEARS in Second Life to try and buy a hat.

Jun 10, 202351:31
Its A**h*le Might be Its M**th
May 03, 202301:03:05
Special Announcement: Odd Pedagogy April 7th at Eternal Now!

Special Announcement: Odd Pedagogy April 7th at Eternal Now!

Bay Area friends! Or people who are really into traveling! We're releasing a broadsheet poster/publication called: “Go Deep/What Your Favorite Photoshop Tool Says About You” and to help usher this poster into the world, we've asked a few friends to give short presentations/talks/performances/visuals on the theme of “Odd Pedagogy.” We will also introduce the publication, maybe show some strange educational movie montages, and DJ YNG GMA will play far out PBS-core tunes to round out the evening.

Suggested dress code is “NOVA/Ways of Seeing/Encarta97/BYOT(Bring your own turtleneck)"! We hope to see you there!

Reception at 6pm, program at 7pm, hanging out afterwards with DJ YNG GMA.

Friday, April 7th • 6-9pm Eternal Now, 2419 San Pablo Ave, Oakland



Apr 01, 202302:09
Mid-Pacific Funko Trash Island

Mid-Pacific Funko Trash Island

This week, we travel to the mid-Pacific garbage island created by $30 Million worth of Funko Pops; we raise all kinds of wrenches in salute to Tradeswoman magazine; we contemplate Spotify's recent efforts to TikTok itself to death, and we sit down with America's hottest invasive species: Copi!

Follow us at

https://www.instagram.com/40000000000000dpi/

and check out:

https://40trilliondpi.substack.com/

Mar 24, 202348:45
Biblically Accurate Zazzle Designers in the Age of Streaming
Feb 13, 202339:07
Singularity as a Service
Jan 19, 202351:56
Wearable Erotic Tech in the Metaverse Goth Target

Wearable Erotic Tech in the Metaverse Goth Target

This week: we get into the erotic fiction compilation, Look Homeward Erotica and the history of marketing the lives of "real housewives;" we take trip into the surreal hellscape that is the Goth Target inside Horizon Worlds; and finally, we time travel back back back to the origins of FABRIC as clothing and as tool and technology! Thanks for joining us! 


LINKS TO THINGS WE DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE

VIKINGS: https://hakaimagazine.com/features/no-wool-no-vikings/
medieval.eu/viking-sails/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/specialprojects/interactive-assets/nggraphics/vikingsettlements-graphic/build-2017-03-27_16-28-31/
https://www.linseedjournal.com/

TARGET: https://www.oculus.com/vr/5710500479007618/
EROTICA: https://openlibrary.org/books/OL2729107M/Look_homeward_erotica

Nov 26, 202247:08
Caslon Kahle: Toy Catalogs, Sweaty Basements, and The Internet's Phone Book
Nov 12, 202255:35
Rory King + Brenden Lovejoy: Let the Design Out!
Oct 07, 202256:31
Summer Recap: Cyclopean Fast Food, Negative-Freedom-Algorithm-Training, and (Artificial) Artificial Intelligent Rap-Fluencers

Summer Recap: Cyclopean Fast Food, Negative-Freedom-Algorithm-Training, and (Artificial) Artificial Intelligent Rap-Fluencers

This week, we look wistfully back at the recently passing summer of cyclopean fast food, negative-freedom-algorithm-training, and artificial artificial intelligent rap-fluencers. Summer’s almost over! Let’s get into it!

Sep 16, 202252:01
Silas Munro on Strikethrough! Typographic Messages of Protest
Aug 26, 202249:01
Composures

Composures

This week we lose composure over the new Gmail compose button, we vigilante-creep on anono-racist hackers, and we share a newly redesigned six pack (or ten) with a very sweet Japanese businessman who seemed perfectly fine when we left him to catch his train home.

Aug 12, 202247:36
SF Art Book Fair Special!

SF Art Book Fair Special!

SF Art Book Fair Edition

This week we take a trip to the SF Art Book Fair, a three-and-a-half day book party in a tent—and in the Minnesota St Project. The fair brought out like, hundreds of publishers? Basically it was overwhelming. In this episode we talk SF Art Book Fair, fairs in general, the riso-coil industrial complex, micro-capitalism—and we accost a small number of fair participants with an even smaller microphone in a very busy room. 

Thanks to everyone we talked with at the fair:

Kaming and Shannon from Inventory Press, Mo and James from Fisk, Danielo from Open Projects Press, Josh from Fulcrum Press, Jemimah from Laguna Collective, Kate and Steph tabling for Gender Fail, Hallie from Mouth to Mouth, Mollie from Irrelevant Press, Sahra and Andrew, current students in the CCA MFA Design Program, Lena and Pete from Night Diver, Chris of Unrealized Archive, Alec from Endless Editions, Renee from Blum and Poe, and Luca and Heather from SFABF.

Jul 30, 202255:14
SF DESIGN WEEK: Panels, Light Snacks, Butterfly Zoos, and Confusing Parties
Jul 01, 202229:30
Surreal Muppet Generations and Primordial Dating Apps

Surreal Muppet Generations and Primordial Dating Apps

In this week's episode, we jack into the surreal muppet matrix of AI generated image grids—and we take a lo-fi time-trip to the 19th century creation of the world’s first dating app, the acquaintance card. Thanks for listening! 

Jun 17, 202242:54
Earth's Curse (w/special guest Helen Shewolfe Tseng)

Earth's Curse (w/special guest Helen Shewolfe Tseng)

What's up! This week, we're excited to be joined by our first ever guest designer/host, Helen Shewolfe Tseng! Helen is an artist, designer, and witch. Her art practice centers inquiry, obsession, and non-linear experience, often in conversation with the ancestral, diasporic, ecological, interspecies, speculative, and cosmic. You can find her work at helentseng.com.

We talk with Helen about ancient cursed stones, plagues of spiders, nine tailed fox spirits, youtube brain, cough drops' new look, and the sharing economy to luxury brand pipeline. It's a wild ride! Thanks so much to Helen Tseng for joining us and helping us navigate all this wild energy!

If you haven't already, visit our website at designfreaks.cafe! Ciao!

May 27, 202201:04:33
36 Days of Bimbo

36 Days of Bimbo

Welcome to another episode of 40 Trillion DPI! This week, we warm the bench for the social design competition, 36 Days of Type, we dust off our tube tops for the arrival of peak bimbo, we get real at the same time every day for exactly two minutes with the new social app, BReal—and we summon the Sagmeister Tamogotchi from behind a rack of weird infographic Target clothes. 

Thanks for listening!

Apr 22, 202201:01:12
Money is Colors

Money is Colors

Help the people of Ukraine! Donate to our friend, Anna Sergeeva—a Ukraine-born artist living in NYC, who is sending $$$ for mutual aid projects organized by people in Ukraine. Anna is great and anything you send her way will go to a good place. 

Find Anna at:
https://www.stopallwar.org/

Anything/everything helps!

In other news: Web3 goons are attempting to monetize the very concept of color; Beeple has mounted a physical painted art show for some reason; we talk Ukraine and instant mythologies; and we watch the political poster rise from the design intent graveyard. What a ride! 

As always THANK YOU so much for listening. Go to designfreaks.cafe for more episodes. 

XO, 

Helen + Justin

Mar 12, 202253:39
Trend Bender: 2022

Trend Bender: 2022

What does 2022 hold for design? On today's episode, we take a look at trend forecasts from around the internet. Is the 90s revival going strong, or going away? Will the much-hyped Metaverse honestly have any impact on anything? How do designers and so-called amateur content creators affect one another's aesthetics? And, what exactly is "Frasurbane?" Plus! We try and make some predictions of our own.

Visit designfreaks.cafe for more episodes, and/or follow us on Instagram at @40000000000000dpi or Twitter at @40TrillionDPI. 

Thanks for listening!

Feb 12, 202235:33
CCA Strike Primer with Ana Llorente

CCA Strike Primer with Ana Llorente

CCA is going on strike! And we are so fired up about it!!! We caught up with CCA adjunct professor, Ana Llorente about what's going on with the strike, why it's important, and what you as a community member can do to support it!  The strike starts Tuesday morning at the SF campus, with rallies and events throughout the week. Hope to see you there! MORE INFO Follow and support CCA Staff and Adjunct Instagram Accounts @cca_adjunctunion @cca_staff_union Send emails demanding fair contracts for CCA staff and CCA adjunct faculty CCA President, Stephen Beal —> sbeal@cca.edu CCA Provost, Tammy Rae Carland —> tcarland@cca.edu or go here: SEIU/1021 CCA Faculty & Staff Webpage Contribute to the Strike Fund Strike Fund Additional Information SEIU/1021 CCA Faculty & Staff Webpage CCA Strike FAQs CCA Staff Collective Bargaining Summary CCA Adjunct Collective Bargaining Summary CCA Staff Union Linktree Adjunct Faculty Union Linktree
Feb 07, 202236:58
Episode 12: Decorative Jony Ive Plates, Mysterious Chrome Cubes, Fascist A.I., and the Uncanny Copy Valley
Dec 13, 202101:02:31
EPISODE 11: Costco Influencers, Neopia in Flames, and Crypto-Mirrors

EPISODE 11: Costco Influencers, Neopia in Flames, and Crypto-Mirrors

Hello friends! This week, we wander Costco with Chinese influencers flexing their institutional-size muffin hauls; we explore the strange, crumbling metaverse of Neopets; and we gaze deeply into the MLM/DAO, Mirror.xyz. It's a wild ride as usual! Thanks for listening! 

Find us on instagram at:
@40000000000000dpi

Or on Twitter
@40TrillionDPI

Articles mentioned in this episode:

CHINESE INFLUENCERS
https://www.vice.com/en/article/dypzny/pose-costco-influencer-photos-china

NEOPETS
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/11/03/arts/design/neopets.html?searchResultPosition=3

MIRROR.XYZ
https://www.vice.com/en/article/dypzbq/surprise-the-future-of-media-involves-a-crypto-based-popularity-contest-mirror
https://decrypt.co/83041/mirror-daos-and-the-exclusivity-problem


Nov 14, 202146:23
Episode 10 (Green): Bad Dad Art Energy and the TikTok Tabloid Myth Machine

Episode 10 (Green): Bad Dad Art Energy and the TikTok Tabloid Myth Machine

Episode 10: (Pink/Green): This episode is actually two episodes! One is pink, one is green. Listen to one, listen to both.

Episode 10 (Green): We are made to experience bad dad art with Kanye, Drake and... Damien Hirst (for some reason!) and we follow Gabby Petito’s sad story into the strange world of the TikTok Tabloids. Thanks for listening! Visit designfreaks.cafe for more info!

Some of the articles we mention or reference in this episode https://www.are.na/claire-l-evans/corporate-memphis https://qz.com/quartzy/1728767/why-editorial-illustrations-look-so-similar-these-days/ https://www.protocol.com/workplace/why-is-tech-illustration-stuck-on-repeat-ask-the-overworked-underpaid-illustrators https://airbnb.design/your-face-here/ https://buck.co/work/facebook-alegria https://www.humaaans.com/ https://humanipo.app/id/mike.merrill https://humanipo.app/ https://www.wired.co.uk/article/corporate-memphis-design-tech https://ninachanel.com/murals-1 http://www.muzaesesay.com/ https://www.xoanaherrera.com/work https://www.are.na/s-k-y-e/small-cartoon-people-building-big-interfaces https://www.insider.com/gabby-petito-brian-laundrie-missing-found-true-crime-tiktok-2021-9 https://www.vice.com/en/article/pkb5j8/gabby-petito-internet-sleuth-investigation-tiktok-instagram-spotify

All our music is from freemusicarchive.org (the best!)

Regular Intro Lobo Loco “Last Thoughts”

Drum Intro Pika “Drum Solo”

Orchestral intro Bach Harpsichord Concerto D minor BWV 1052

Other Chad Crouch, Pilgrim’s Progress Water Features, Age Of Æschylus (Luxury Version) Ketsa, Motion Forward Bio Unit, Solitary Defrini, Obligatory Filler Track Defrini, Acid Grinder Axletree, The Hare in the Moon

Oct 08, 202140:16
Episode 10 (Pink): In Search of Corporate Memphis

Episode 10 (Pink): In Search of Corporate Memphis

Episode 10: (Pink/Green): This episode is actually two episodes! One is pink, one is green. Listen to one, listen to both.

Episode 10 (Pink): We follow small people into big interfaces trying to find the fabled location of Corporate Memphis. Thanks for listening! Visit designfreaks.cafe for more info!

Some of the articles we mention or reference in this episode
https://www.are.na/claire-l-evans/corporate-memphis
https://qz.com/quartzy/1728767/why-editorial-illustrations-look-so-similar-these-days/
https://www.protocol.com/workplace/why-is-tech-illustration-stuck-on-repeat-ask-the-overworked-underpaid-illustrators
https://airbnb.design/your-face-here/
https://buck.co/work/facebook-alegria
https://www.humaaans.com/
https://humanipo.app/id/mike.merrill
https://humanipo.app/
https://www.wired.co.uk/article/corporate-memphis-design-tech
https://ninachanel.com/murals-1
http://www.muzaesesay.com/
https://www.xoanaherrera.com/work
https://www.are.na/s-k-y-e/small-cartoon-people-building-big-interfaces
https://www.insider.com/gabby-petito-brian-laundrie-missing-found-true-crime-tiktok-2021-9
https://www.vice.com/en/article/pkb5j8/gabby-petito-internet-sleuth-investigation-tiktok-instagram-spotify

All our music is from freemusicarchive.org (the best!)

Regular Intro
Lobo Loco “Last Thoughts”

Drum Intro
Pika “Drum Solo”

Orchestral intro
Bach Harpsichord Concerto D minor BWV 1052

Other
Chad Crouch, Pilgrim’s Progress
Water Features, Age Of Æschylus (Luxury Version)
Ketsa, Motion Forward
Bio Unit, Solitary
Defrini, Obligatory Filler Track
Defrini, Acid Grinder
Axletree, The Hare in the Moon

Oct 08, 202131:36
*Sound Bath Journey* with architects Amy Louie and Cooper Rogers of Waters Bathing Collective

*Sound Bath Journey* with architects Amy Louie and Cooper Rogers of Waters Bathing Collective

SOUND BATH EDITION! This week's episode is so special. We are so excited to share it with y'all. A few weeks ago, we went out to Good Hot Sauna pop up and talked (and sweated) with architects Amy Louie and Cooper Rogers, the founders of Waters Bathing Collective. We had an amazing time roasting and talking with them about maintenance and accessibility and leisure and work. You can read an excerpt of our conversation here. After our interview, we sent them a couple of trippy questions, which turned into this relaxing sound bath journey. So, pour yourself a literal bath, plug in those headphones, and sink into this healing wilderness of steam!

Cooper and Amy were so warm and patient and generous and we are super thankful for the time they spent with us. Thank you two! Visit good-hot.com to reserve a spot in their bayside sauna pop up, and thewatersbc.com to learn more about their plans for an accessible, inclusive sauna in Oakland. 

Ciao!

Sep 17, 202129:27
Supergraphics in the Suburbs, Wu-Tang Wannabes, and a Trip to a Very Beige Metaverse

Supergraphics in the Suburbs, Wu-Tang Wannabes, and a Trip to a Very Beige Metaverse

Hello! On today's episode, we visit US Government websites in search of pharma-bro Martin Shkrelli's one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang IRL NFT, we think about how design can align or misalign incentives—and we somehow travel through the holes in the giant letters nailed on the side of a suburban house/barn into some kind of utopian/dystopian beige metaverse. It's kind of a Magic (design) School Bus situation. Also, it is a JOURNEY. Thanks for tuning in! 


ARTICLES WE TALK ABOUT / REFERENCE

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-sells-pharma-bro-shkrelis-unique-wu-tang-clan-album-2021-07-27/ 

https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2340210950922/a-q-a-with-the-woman-who-installed-these-2-foot-tall-address-numbers-on-her-house

https://www.vice.com/en/article/v7eqbb/the-metaverse-has-always-been-a-dystopia

Aug 30, 202147:19
Sharing Accessibility, Dating App Cafés, Signed Copies of the Internet, and Lesbian Revenge!

Sharing Accessibility, Dating App Cafés, Signed Copies of the Internet, and Lesbian Revenge!

We hope this podcast finds you well! 

On today’s episode we talk about the sharing economy’s attempt to commodify accessibility, Tim Berners Lee selling out the world (wide web), the Lesbian Avengers re-avenging themselves against corporate greed, and we apply for barista positions at Bumble’s brick and mortar cafe. Wish. Us. Luck. 

Shout out to Sarah Schulman, author of (most recently) Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993, for her article on design and protest: "When Protest Movements Became Brands" which we encourage you to check out here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/16/t-magazine/1980s-protest-movements.html

In this episode, we also give shout outs to some of our recent faves—including Zine Co-Op HK (@zine_coop on instagram) and the Scott Summers, cartographer-graphic designer of Sonoma's Mountain cemetery walking tour (https://sonomaoverlooktrail.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/2.jpg). Follow us on Instagram at @40000000000000dpi and visit our website at designfreaks.cafe for more episodes! 

See you in a couple weeks! —Helen + Justin

Jul 22, 202142:26
Olivia Rodrigo’s Reverse Psychology, California's Vaccine Lottery, and Tripping Over the Cracks in Our Social Cement

Olivia Rodrigo’s Reverse Psychology, California's Vaccine Lottery, and Tripping Over the Cracks in Our Social Cement

Yes! What's up everyone! This week, we're looking at the history of the Parental Advisory sticker design (via Olivia Rodrigo's Sour), we're putting our names into the hat to win the California vaccine lottery, we're thinking about perverse incentives, and we're tripping out on how to create a better, more closely knit social reality. As usual, it's a whole thing! Thank you, thank you, thank you, as always for joining us! 

Jun 23, 202131:20
Font Democracy NOW!

Font Democracy NOW!

This week, Helen + Justin spend the entire 42 minutes trying to figure out what's going on with Microsoft's quest for a new default font. Along the way, we talk about obsolescence, the extreme skill of type foundries (respect!), the weirdness of corporate PR, and the totally un-neutral process of constructing various neutralities. It. Is. A. Journey. We hope you actively enjoy it (and are not just having it on as a sort of default noise)! Thanks for listening!

May 26, 202142:35
Helen's Balloon Trip to Kentucky, The Dangers of Over-Balancing, COVID-Cocoons

Helen's Balloon Trip to Kentucky, The Dangers of Over-Balancing, COVID-Cocoons

Hello friends! This episode is a little different in format from our last ones. Instead of talking about recent design news, we're talking to each other about some exciting recent things we have going on. In this episode: Helen is prepping for a guest facilitator role building a wild balloon palace in Lexington, Kentucky; Justin is over-doing it on balance; and we dream about what it might mean to break out of our COVID-cocoons. Thanks for tuning in! We literally love you all!
Apr 23, 202139:58
Prince Harry’s New Job, Anti-Asian Violence in Atlanta (and Beyond), Filling the Locks of Gun Stores with Glue So No One Can Get In, and California’s Mysterious Privacy Icon
Apr 02, 202147:57
Amazon’s Problem Facial Hair, Roly-Poly Brain Surgeons, The Ministry of Influencers, + (ugggh) NFTs
Mar 17, 202146:16
Exhausted Emojis, Internet Sex Ed, Water Bottle Semiotics and the Singularity
Mar 11, 202149:28