In a recent interview over at Salon.com, Debbie discussed what drives innovation with Senior Curator for the Museum of Modern Art, Paola Antonelli.
And learn all about Sterling’s own Innovation team by clicking here
Great conversations with Dani Shapiro and Noah Brier!
Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Devotion and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, and has been widely anthologized.
Noah Brier uses the web to understand the world â€” every encounter with information is a potential web waiting to be untangled. He is the co-founder of Percolate and was last head of planning and strategy at The Barbarian Group. He’s also the co-founder of creative coffee meet-ups likemind that happen globally, and the builder of many amazing websites.
This week on Design Matters, Debbie spoke with Brian Singer, communication design team leader at Facebook. Click here to listen to them talk about why he went to work for Facebook, his 1,000 Journals Project, and why the audience for younger designers should not be limited to the design community.
Brand new design conversations with Maria Giudice, Scott Lerman, Rachel Sussman, Steven Heller are now UP at Design Observer!
Michael P. Donovan and Nancye Green are founding partners of Donovan/Green, a brand strategy firm whose partners advise on brand strategy, identify opportunity and develop processes to achieve business objectives. Donovan/Green focuses its expertise on clients in media, real estate development, financial services, technology, consumer products, entertainment and design.
Fresh new episodes of Design Matters with Debbie Millman are now up on Design Observer! Check out the latest conversations with Jonathan Harris, Joe Marianek, and Debra Bishop by clicking here<<
We are thrilled to let you know that Debbie Millman has an egg in the FabergĂ© Big Egg Hunt in NYC– on NOW!
There are about 300 artists and designers featured in the Hunt including Zaha Hadid, Julian Schnabel, Tracey Emin, Donald Baechelor, William Wegman, David Salle, Cost and many others.
The eggs will be up through the month of April, and Debbie’s egg is located in the Financial District.
Who’s ready to go hunting?
Last night, Debbie was joined together on stage with design and creative influencers from Instagram, Apple and The New York Times at the In-The-House 4 event. The evening discussion gave an inside look on how the digital format has changed the course of design in the scope of culture, connectivity and content, from an in-house design team perspective. These lead creatives also gave valuable insight on the culture ‘in-house’ and getting your foot in the door at your favorite brand-homes.
Derek Scott of Instagram led off with a passionate talk on how pivotal the brand mission is in creating meaningful and follow-able content on a visually-driven platform. He presented an impressive list of membership and viewer stats that should make everyone stand at attention.
Instagram challenges brands to show us how they see the world, and as Derek said, it’s not always easy for brands to take this view of themselves. A few of the success stories he cited were Nike, Patagonia and Michael Kors.
Fashion brands like Michael Kors jumped on the Instagram platform early, honing years of visual and artistic industry expertise.
Second up was Renda Morton.
Somewhat new to The New York Times, Renda gave up her studio overseas to become the product design lead there, and she strongly encourages you all to Subscribe. Additionally, Renda revealed some of the process behind the NYTimes website redesign in 2011, and then subsequent redesign after that one. The site is now device responsive, in that it adjusts to every format from laptop to tablet. Â And just this week, in response to research about news content, the brand has rolled out a new app called NYTNow (read more about it here) that pushes early edition and late edition news briefs to extremely busy readers and also offers non-traditional news and entertainment stories written by a dedicated content staff.
One of the most interesting secrets revealed is that the NYTimes design team recently went through 116 design templates just for the top page of the web version of the paper. Clearly, more thought than ever is being put into presentation that pleases the new digital generation.
116 templates the New York Times’ digital product team explored for the top page, alone.
A peek at the new NYTNow app, which will be evolving with feedback from users.
And lastly, Joe Marianek spoke about his valuable experience becoming a ‘company man’ at Apple, and the enthusiasm every individual has for the brand inside the complex at Cupertino. Having worked agency side, in-house and now for himself at his newly established design firm in NYC, Joe gave students aspiring to take the leap into in-house some valuable interview advice.
Joe encouraged designers not to just walk into an interview with a portfolio filled with perfect works, but to also remember to include a design challenge, or even disaster, that struck in their former job or educational experience that they were able to solve. Design is all about problem solving.
Joe encouraged in-house designers not to get swept up in the occasional monotony of designing iterations of the same thing; rather to focus on the creativity and individual talents of the people you work with, and constantly find small innovations for more beautiful design solutions.
This past week, Debbie chatted with Dana Arnett, founding principal and CEO of the internationally recognized firm VSA Partners and a 30-year career steeped in design leadership, business and brand consulting, and policymaking. Arnett, along with his partners, lead a group of 300 associates in the creation of design programs and digital and interactive marketing initiatives for a diverse roster of clients, including Harley-Davidson, IBM, General Electric, Kraft, Coca-Cola, Thomson Reuters, Sappi and Anheuser-Busch.