Posts Tagged ‘Debbie Millman’


Now UP on Design Matters…

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014


Gary Hustwit is an independent filmmaker based in New York and London. He has produced six feature documentaries and made his directorial debut with Helvetica, a documentary about graphic design and typography. In 2009 his second film Objectified was released to rave reviews.

>>Click here to hear Debbie’s full interview with Gary


Defining Innovation

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014


In a recent interview over at, Debbie discussed what drives innovation with Senior Curator for the Museum of Modern Art, Paola Antonelli.

Click here to see the interview

And learn all about Sterling’s own Innovation team by clicking here


Now UP! on Design Matters…

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Great conversations with Dani Shapiro and Noah Brier!

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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 — 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.

Check them out here<<


Now UP! on Design Matters…

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014


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.


Now UP! on Design Matters

Monday, May 12th, 2014
Brand new design conversations with Maria Giudice, Scott Lerman, Rachel Sussman, Steven Heller are now UP at Design Observer!
Click here for the full lineup!<<

Brand new design conversations with Maria Giudice, Scott Lerman, Rachel Sussman, Steven Heller are now UP at Design Observer!


Click here for the full lineup!<<


Sterling Buzz…

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Check out this fantastic and enlightening article on How New York’s Subway Signs Came To Be (featuring insights on branding from our own Debbie Millman!)

subwayClick through for the full article<<


Now UP! on Design Matters

Thursday, April 24th, 2014


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.

Check out their conversation with Debbie here<<


New Episodes UP! on Design Matters

Monday, April 14th, 2014


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<<


The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt is ON!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014


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?

Click here to read more and view all the eggs


Sterling Buzz…

Friday, March 28th, 2014

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.

korsFashion 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.  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.

nytimes116 templates the New York Times’ digital product team explored for the top page, alone.

nytnowA 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.

joeJoe 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.