Posts Tagged ‘design matters’


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.

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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.

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


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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<<


A New Design Matters is UP!

Monday, March 24th, 2014


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.

>>Check out the podcast here



Friday, March 7th, 2014


In celebration of International Women’s Day, we’ll be posting some of Debbie’s favorite interviews with leading women designers, authors, thought-leaders and educators as part of her ongoing award-winning podcast series, Design Matters.

Join us throughout the day, today, as we honor fifteen remarkable women including author Sheila Bridges, magazine editor and activist Dominique Browning, brand consultant and best selling author Alina Wheeler, digital strategist Amy Webb, illustrator Jessica Hische, and many more.

We’ll be reposting episodes throughout today and you can quick search #omnicomwomen on Twitter to catch them all!

Please join Debbie, Sterling and Omnicom in honoring women around the globe by visiting and enjoying these great conversations from Debbie’s Design Matters podcast over the years:

Jessica Hische

Jessica Hische ( is a letterer, illustrator and self-described “avid internetter,” best known for her personal projects Daily Drop Cap ( and the Should I Work for Free flowchart ( Just five years out of college, she currently serves on the TDC board of Directors and is one of the more accomplished young “designistrators” working today. Her work has been featured in most major American design and illustration publications as well as a few overseas and she’s been named one of Print Magazine’s New Visual Artist (20 under 30) an ADC Young Guns and a GDUSA Person to Watch.

Maria Popova

Maria Popova is the editor of Brain Pickings a destination for indiscriminate curiosity. She writes for Wired UK, GOOD Magazine, Design Observer and Big Think, and spends entirely too much time curating interestingness on Twitter as @brainpicker.

Louise Fili

Louise Fili designs specialty food packaging and restaurant identities, and is pazza for tins that speak Italian. A graduate of Skidmore College, Louise designed books at Alfred A. Knopf in the mid 70’s, worked for Herb Lubalin from 1976-78 and then joined Random House as Pantheon’s art director in 1978. In her eleven-year tenure as art director of Pantheon Books she reinvented book jacket design. Louise’s passion for 1930s Italian and French poster design migrated from her book covers to her restaurant design. You can read more about Louise in the  introduction to her most recent book, Elegantissima.

Tina Roth Eisenberg

Tina Roth Eisenberg is a “swiss designer gone NYC.” She started and runs Swissmiss, a design blog and studio located in Brooklyn, NY. She teachs at Parsons The New School for Design, organizes a monthly lecture/breakfast series called CreativeMornings, and runs a simple browser-based to-do app called TeuxDeux.

In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Tina Roth Eisenberg discusses her blog, sharing her life with her readers, things that make her smile, four-letter names, crowd sourcing, living and working in Brooklyn, Creative Mornings and the beauty found in ordinary things.

Jessica Walsh

Jessica Walsh is a designer, art director, and illustrator working in New York City. She is a partner at the New York based design studio, Sagmeister & Walsh and teaches at the School of Visual Arts. Her work has won numerous design awards from the Type Director’s Club, Art Director’s Club, SPD, Print, and Graphis. She has received various celebrated distinctions includingComputer Art’s “Top Rising Star in Design”, an Art Director’s Club “Young Guns” award, and Print Magazine’s“New Visual Artist”.

Amy Webb

Amy Webb is the head of of Webbmedia Group, a digital strategy agency that solves complex strategic and operational problems related to disruptive technologies and emerging digital trends that are catalyzing great change across many industries. Recently, she worked with the City of Chicago to redesign, in every aspect, a modern library system for the 21st century. She co-founded Spark Camp, a 501(c)(3) invite-only working group that brings together the brightest minds in media and technology once each quarter. Prior to starting Webbmedia Group, Amy was a reporter/ writer with Newsweek (Tokyo) and the Wall Street Journal (Hong Kong) where she covered emerging technology, media and cultural trends. She has contributed to theNew York Times, NPR, Economist and many publications and appears regularly as a commentator on numerous broadcast shows.

Amy originally attended the Jacobs School of Music to study classical clarinet, and she later graduated with a B.A. in political science. She also has an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Amy has served on the adjunct faculty at University of Maryland, Temple University, Tokyo University and University of the Arts.

Her new book, DATA: A LOVE STORY: How I Gamed Online Dating To Meet My Match was published in January 2013 and has been featured in People, Good Morning America, The View, Marketplace, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, The Guardian, Wired, Elle Magazine, theNew York Times, the Washington Post, Time Magazine and elsewhere. DATA chronicles how Amy used data analytics and smart digital marketing strategies to land her online dating profile at the top, and then built a framework to exploit the algorithms to her own benefit (finding a husband).

Marian Bantjes

Marian Bantjes is a typographer, designer, artist and writer. Working from a small island off the west coast of Canada, her personal and obsessive work has brought her international recognition. Her work has been published in books and magazines around the world and is included in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. In 2010, she spoke at the reknowned TED Conference and in 2008, she was accepted as a member of the prestigious international design organization, Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI).

In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Marian Bantjes discusses her new book, I Wonder (Monicelli and Thames & Hudson), hanging out and blogging on Speak Up, her shift from typesetter to famous designer, ornament, secrets, cipher, coded text, causing pain to type purists and the importance of putting good work into the public sphere. More about her book here.

Sheila Bridges

Named “America’s Best Interior Designer” by CNN andTime Magazine, Sheila Bridges founded her own interior design firm in 1994. Sheila has designed residences and offices for many prominent entertainers, entrepreneurs and business professionals including the 8,300 square foot Harlem offices for former President Bill Clinton and his staff. Along with running a successful interior design business, Sheila hosted four seasons of Sheila Bridges Designer Living for the FINE LIVING Network. Sheila has been a regular contributor on NBC’s Today Show, has appeared on Oprah and has been profiled in numerous national and international publications including The New York Times,The Wall Street Journal, O The Oprah Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Ebony, Essence,House & Garden, Traditional Home and Black Enterprise.

In 2007, Sheila’s passion for interiors inspired her to design furniture and home furnishings under the name Sheila Bridges Home, Inc. Sheila’s Harlem Toile De Jouy wallpaper is represented in the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s permanent wallpaper collection. Her work has been showcased in many exhibits and museum including The Studio Museum in Harlem and The Museum of Art and Design, both in New York City.

She is the author of Furnishing Forward: A Practical Guide to Furnishing for a Lifetime(hardcover in 2002 and paperback in 2005) and The Bald Mermaid: A Memoir, released on August 1st, 2013.

Caroline Paul and Wendy MacNaughton

Wendy MacNaughton and Caroline Paul are the illustrator and author, respectively, of the new book Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology (Bloomsbury, 2013).

Wendy MacNaughton is an illustrator and a graphic journalist based in San Francisco. Her documentary series Meanwhile tells the stories of communities through drawings and the subject’s own words, and is being published as an anthology by Chronicle Books in 2014. She’s also illustrated the forthcoming book The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Wine, by Richard Betts (Houghton Mifflin, 2013). She has degrees in fine art/advertising and social work from Art Center College of Design and Columbia University. When they let her, she likes to talk with students at Art Center College of Design, and she is an artist in residence at Intersection for the Arts.

Caroline Paul is an author based in San Francisco. Paul grew up in New England, with an identical twin, a younger brother, and a menagerie of animals. She graduated from Stanford University, where she studied Communications. In 1989, she became a San Francisco firefighter. She is the author of Fighting Fire (Skywriter Books, 2011), about her thirteen years as a firefighter, and East Wind, Rain (2006) which has been optioned for a movie.

Margaret Roach

Margaret Roach is a writer and gardener. Before creating a cluster of blogs that reflects her passions — from traveling to gardens and writing garden stories to sisters and sisterhood of all kinds — she worked long stints at three places: The New York Times, Newsday, and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. She is a self-described “word person” and specifically knows how effectively reach women online and offline. She is also the author of the book And I Shall Have Some Peace There: Trading in the Fast Lane for My Own Dirt Road.

Dominique Browning

Dominique Browning is a writer, editor and consultant in the newspaper and magazine fields. She has worked with and written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, O, the Oprah magazine, among others. She writes a monthly column about environmental issues for the Environmental Defense Fund website and blogs at

Until November 2007, Browning was the editor-in-chief ofHouse & Garden. Browning is the author of three books: Around the House and In the Garden: a Memoir of Heartbreak, Healing, and Home Improvement; Paths of Desire: the Passion of a Suburban Gardener; and Slow Love: How I Lost my Job, Put on My Pajamas, & Found Happiness.

In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Dominique Browning discusses her tenure as Editor in Chief at House & Garden, her recent book, Slow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put On My Pajamas & Found Happiness, and the effects of love on a stuffed animal.

Dori Tunstall

Dori Tunstall is a Design Anthropologist, meaning she tries to understand how the processes and artifacts of design help define what it mean to be human. Design Anthropology argues that by taking into account how others see and experience the world differently, products and services can be designed that work with people and nature rather than disrupt them. Dori is an Associate Professor of Design Anthropology at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia as well as Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Design.

Alina Wheeler

Alina Wheeler works with leaders to accelerate brand clarity, awareness and loyalty. Her disciplined process has been used successfully by large organizations like Vanguard, and non-profit organizations like Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. She is the author of Designing Brand Identity: An Essential Guide for the Whole Branding Team, which deconstructs the branding process into a disciplined five-phase methodology. The third edition is published in seven languages, and is used as a resource by universities, design and branding firms, entrepreneurs and corporate marketing departments.

In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Alina Wheeler discusses branding, her father (who was a sea captain), strategic imagination, color coding souls, the Gap logo fiasco, how hard it is to be a client — and her new book, co-authored with Joel Katz, Brand Atlas.

Grace Bonney

Grace Bonney is the creator of the popular blog Design*Sponge, which she started in 2004. The site features store and product reviews, city, product, and gift guides, diy projects, before & after furniture and home makeovers, home tours, recipes, videos and podcasts, and trend forecasting. She been called the “Martha Stewart Living for the Millennials” by The New York Times. She is also the author of the forthcoming book Design*Sponge at Home (Artisan).

In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Grace Bonney discusses being a Phish follower, the future of print, the name “Design*Sponge,” investing in and growing her site, shaking off the cute, being a hoarder, and the Design*Sponge scholarship program.


A New Design Matters is UP!

Monday, January 27th, 2014
Join Debbie as she interviews Amanda Michel & Amy Webb, co-founders of Spark Camp!
The next generation convener, Spark Camp engineer productive collisions of talented people to tackle provocative questions, develop meaningful relationships and lead ideas into action.
Don’t miss this inspiring and propelling episode.
>>Click to listen here


Join Debbie as she interviews Amanda Michel & Amy Webb, co-founders of Spark Camp!

The next generation convener, Spark Camp engineer productive collisions of talented people to tackle provocative questions, develop meaningful relationships and lead ideas into action.

Don’t miss this inspiring and propelling episode.

>>Click to listen here


A New Design Matters is UP!

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Happy New Year from Sterling Brands and from Design Matters with Debbie Millman!

Check out Debbie’s latest conversation with Bob Gill, designer, illustrator, copywriter, filmmaker and teacher as he takes his through his life’s adventures and inspirations. Gill founded Fletcher/Forbes/Gill, a design office with the two brightest designers in England. F/F/G began with two assistants and a secretary. Today, it’s called Pentagram, with offices everywhere except Tibet.


>>Check out the full episode here