There are a slew of new episodes of Design Matters now up at designobserver.com – Most recently, two delectable conversations with Steven Heller (who’s written a new book!) and food specialist Julia Turshen!
Check out one of the latest episodes of Design Matters, in which Debbie interviews Ben Watson – Executive Creative Director at Herman Miller.
As former CEO of haute Italian furniture house Moroso, and also former Global Creative Officer at Nike, Ben is able to share some enlightening tales of growth in design with Debbie.
Celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Design Matters with a fantastic conversation between Debbie and designer Louise Sandhaus.
Educator, Partner and Author – Louise teaches at CalArts, works with prestigious clients such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Los Angeles World Airports, and has recently published the book Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936 – 1986.
We’re happy to announce two exciting wins for Sterling Brands and Debbie Millman in the Mobius Awards!
Our Design team has won First Place for the 75th Anniversary Nestle Toll House packaging design, and our head of Design, Debbie Millman has won first place for her book:Â Self-Portrait As Your Traitor. Additionally, Debbie has been nominated for best of show!
We’re happy to announce Sterling’s win for several of our latest designs in the American Graphic Design Awards!
DVX Identity Design for American Standard – Designer Team: Kim Berlin, Michael Dabbs, Isabel Babcock
Clutch-N-Clean design for Kimberly Clark – Design Team: Stephanie Krompier and Gabrielle Cuoccio
Hershey’s Miniatures for The Hershey Company – Design Team: Maliva Baker, Marisa Balmori, Michelle Lee, Michelle Hoffman
While you may read about a lot of trends as 2014 winds down, weâ€™re happy toÂ introduce On the Future, ourÂ first forecast of product and brandÂ trends for 2015 and beyond. AsÂ youâ€™ll see, our report is quite different. It goes beyond the coming year to see what brands and products will be up to several years from now. We deliver this in what we callÂ Sterling Futurecasts. Each futurecast in an actual illustration depicting a product, service or item we believe will be brought to life thanks to the convergence of many aspects of our current reality.
Using a cross-section of cultural anthropology, market research, trends observation and forecasting, and industrial and experiential design, some of theÂ Sterling Futurecasts include:
The over-population of urban environments and the creation of more mega-cities will drive the creation of health and wellness products that help consumers navigate and fight environmental challenges. Sample products include pockets embedded with a silver-based antimicrobial nanotextile that sanitizes your hands on contact.
Wearables that track the steps you take or the food you eat are already falling behind the true potential for the convergence between health and technology. Future products will allow for up-to-the-minute reports on your blood composition in order to recommend changes to your diet and exercise regimen.
Frugeois (pronounced Froo-ZHwa)
Millennials and the generation that follows have each experienced the recent economic recession in their own way, and each has learned that conspicuous consumption and careless spending never ends well. For them, being frugal and finding new ways to reuse and repurpose what they already have is paramount.
We invite you toÂ download the report and letÂ us know what you think theÂ future holds.
Tune-in as Debbie chats-up the founders of The Great Discontent.
The Great Discontent is a magazine featuring interviews on beginnings, creativity, and risk. Co-founded by the Essmakers in 2011, editor-in-chief Tina and creative director Ryan have since expanded the magazine to include a print edition and a film series.
Fritz Karch became an active collector at the age of eleven and has always been an ardent believer in the benefits and pleasures of hunting and gathering. He studied art at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and for the last three decades has worked in New York City in the design, publishing, retail, and commercial photography communities as a stylist, editor, and creative director.
Fritz helped create and launch the Collecting Department at Martha Stewart Living magazineâ€”hunting, gathering, and collecting as the Editorial Director of Collecting, a post he held for fifteen years. Simultaneously, he has run an antiques business for the last twenty-five years in Hopewell, New Jersey, where he studies and practices the art and craft of editing, gathering, styling, trading, and selling antiques and an endless assortment of elderly and recycled objects of with functional uses.
Petter Ringbom is a New York-based director of documentary and narrative films. His latest film, Shield and Spear, premiered at Hot Docs and has screened at Sheffield Doc/Fest, Durban International Film Festival, and as part of Film Society of Lincoln Centerâ€™s Sound + Vision. Petter was a Film Independent Fast Track Fellow for 2013, and is currently a creative advisor for the design and innovation firm, Openbox.