Design Matters with Debbie Millman

The world’s first podcast about design and an inquiry into the broader world of creative culture through wide-ranging conversations with designers, writers, artists, curators, musicians, and other luminaries of contemporary thought.

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Thomas Kail
Debbie talks to director Thomas Kail about his career and about the joys of collaboration.


Design Matters from the Archive: James Victore
Debbie talks to James Victore about his apprenticeship in graphic design, about the role of opinion in his work, and about his suspicions of surface beauty and polish.


Design Matters from the Archive: Marian Bantjes
Debbie Millman talks to Marian Bantjes about her daring typography and her highly ornamental design.


Design Matters From The Archive: Massimo Vignelli
Debbie talked to Massimo Vignelli about his favorite typeface, his fight against vulgarity and meaningless design, and what he means by forceful design.


Design Matters from the Archive: Eileen Myles
Debbie talks to poet Eileen Myles about poetry, fame, and politics.


Design Matters from the Archive: Cindy Gallop
Debbie talks to Cindy Gallop about her career in advertising and about the trouble people have communicating about sex. “People therefore find it bizarrely difficult to talk about sex with the people they’re having it with while they are actually having it.”


Design Matters from the Archive: Adam J. Kurtz
Debbie Millman talks to Adam J. Kurtz about designing for psychological health.


Design Matters from the Archive: Gail Bichler
Debbie talks to Gail Bichler about magazine design and the role of the magazine cover in the digital age.


Design Matters from the Archive: Alison Bechdel
Debbie talks to Alison Bechdel about how identifying herself as a lesbian when she was young led her into a career as a cartoonist.


Design Matters from the Archive: Lisa Congdon
Debbie talks with artist and writer Lisa Congdon about how she sometimes felt like an imposter.


Design Matters from the Archive: Anil Dash
Debbie talks to Anil Dash about politics, technology, and culture.


Design Matters from the Archive: Lynda Weinman
Debbie talks to lynda.com’s Lynda Weinman about how the internet is challenging the traditional classroom model.


Design Matters from the Archive: Caroline Paul
Debbie talks to writer Caroline Paul about her death-defying adventures, and how girls must learn the difference between fear and exhilaration.


Design Matters from the Archive: Chris Anderson
Debbie Millman talks to Chris Anderson about how the TED conference has helped changed the way we learn.


Design Matters from the Archive: Alain de Botton
Debbie talks to Alain de Botton about love and sex.


Design Matters from the Archive: Bonnie Siegler
Debbie talks to designer Bonnie Siegler about her career and about the conflict between designers and their clients. "The clients aren’t the problem, the clients aren’t jerks, they’re not assholes, it’s not that they have bad taste, or anything like that. Sometimes they just have no idea how to interact with professional creative people."


Design Matters from the Archive: Nico Muhly
Debbie talks to composer Nico Muhly about his music and about the musicians who interpret it. "I always feel like they appreciate something that’s detailed on the page to indicate that I know what I’m talking about, but with room for them to continue the conversation when I’m dead."


Design Matters from the Archive: Krista Tippet
On this podcast Debbie talks to Krista Tippet about her religious orientation, her struggle with depression, and about why it’s so hard to understand our historical moment.


Design Matters from the Archive: Amanda Palmer
On this podcast Debbie talks to Amanda Palmer about her wild and wandering path to the rock stage, and about how behind her artistic ambition is the drive to feel real.


Steven Heller
On this podcast Debbie talks to Steven Heller about his attitude when he was a young designer.


Brian Collins
Debbie talks to Brian Collins about why designers shouldn’t think of themselves as mere problem solvers.


DJ Stout
DJ Stout is a sixth generation Texan, award-winning designer, and partner at Pentagram.


Sarah Jones
On this podcast Debbie talks to playwright Sarah Jones about her relationship with her characters.


Elizabeth Alexander
Debbie talks to poet Elizabeth Alexander about the journey of her extraordinary life and how death makes us think about what we truly value.


Jonathan Adler
On this episode Debbie talks to Jonathan Adler about how his pottery defined his aesthetic.


Connie Birdsall
Debbie talks to Connie Birdsall about designing some of the most successful brands of our time and what to do when a meeting with clients is not going well.


Rochelle Udell
On this podcast Debbie talks to Rochelle Udell about her very creative professional life.


Mike Rigby
On this podcast Debbie talks to Mike Rigby about his international career in design and branding and how to stay creatively engaged.


Design Matters from the Archive: Su Mathews Hale
Debbie talks to Su Matthews Hale about her efforts to bring more attention to female designers


Sam Winston
On this episode Debbie talks to artist + writer Sam Winston about his life-long fascination with type.


Nicholas Blechman
On this podcast Debbie talks to Nicholas Blechman about the importance of political satire.


Seth Godin
Debbie talks to Seth Godin about how to live in our difficult political moment.


Anil Dash
Debbie Millman talks to Anil Dash about politics, technology and culture.


Design Matters: Best Of 2016
Debbie highlights some of her favorite conversations of 2016, including Alison Bechdel, Alain de Botton, Lisa Congdon, Chris Anderson, Krista Tippet, Eileen Myles, and Amanda Palmer.


Adam J. Kurtz
Debbie talks to Adam J. Kurtz about designing for psychological health. “I’m not going to change your life, I’m just going to share with you the tools that are helping me.”


Gail Bichler
Debbie talks to New York Times Magazine design director Gail Bichler about magazine design and the role of the magazine cover in the digital age.


Cindy Gallop
Debbie talks to Cindy Gallop about her career in advertising and about the trouble people have communicating about sex.


Tim Ferriss
Debbie talks to writer Tim Ferriss about the strategies he has used to change his life.



Eileen Myles
Debbie talks to poet Eileen Myles about poetry, fame, and politics.


Pierluigi Serraino
Debbie talks to architect Pierluigi Serraino about some of the things creative people have in common.


Grace Bonney
Debbie talks to Design*Sponge founder Grace Bonney about her new book on women entrepreneurs and makers and about the necessity and difficulty of change.


Steven Watson
Debbie talks to Stack Magazines founder Steven Watson about the passion behind the independent magazines that he loves.


Bonnie Siegler
Debbie talks to designer Bonnie Siegler about her career and about the conflict between designers and their clients.


Lana Z Porter
Debbie talks to designer, writer, and researcher Lana Z. Porter about branding for millennials + more.


Giorgia Lupi
Debbie talks to information designer Giorgia Lupi about data visualization and the data of our personal lives.


Joe Hollier
Debbie talks to Joe Hollier about an invention of his that is designed to bring back boredom in the era of the smartphone.


Kelli Anderson
Debbie talks to artist and designer Kelli Anderson about her new pop-up book, This Book is a Planetarium, and about her collaboration with They Might Be Giants.


Design Matters from the Archive: Tobias Frere-Jones
Debbie talks to type designer Tobias Frere-Jones about his career and why typefaces are like the air we breathe.


Design Matters from the Archive: Maira Kalman
Debbie talks to writer and illustrator Maira Kalman about how ordinary objects inspire her art, and about her collaborations with the likes of Mark Morris and Isaac Mizrahi.


Design Matters from the Archive: Maria Konnikova
Debbie talks to psychology writer Maria Konnikova about her career and her fascination with con artists. She explains why so many people fall prey to confidence games.


Design Matters from the Archive: Eli Horowitz
Debbie talks to editor and digital novelist Eli Horowitz about the virtues of collaboration + more


Design Matters from the Archive: Roz Chast
Debbie talks to Roz Chast about how she earned a coveted spot as a cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine, and how her art is informed by the brutal reality of life.


Design Matters from the Archive: Timothy Goodman
Debbie talks to Timothy Goodman about how, after barely getting through high school, he went on to a very visible career that he is still in the process of defining.


Design Matters from the Archive: Brandon Stanton
Debbie talks to photographer Brandon Stanton about his ongoing project “Humans of New York” and why total strangers open up to him.


Gretchen Rubin
Debbie talks to author Gretchen Rubin about happiness and the power of habit.


Chris Anderson
Debbie talks to Chris Anderson about how the TED conference has helped changed the way we learn.


Design Matters from the Archive: Isaac Mizrahi
Debbie talks to Isaac Mizrahi about why he loves fashion and why he does so many things outside of fashion.


Design Matters from the Archive: Julia Turshen
Debbie talks to Julia about cooking and writing, and how to peel a hard-boiled egg.


Design Matters from the Archive: Ben Schott
Debbie talks to Ben Schott about the importance of failing early in one’s career, about how to take a politician’s picture, and about writing and designing his own books.


Lisa Congdon
On this episode Debbie talks with artist and writer Lisa Congdon about how she sometimes felt like an imposter.


Steven Heller
On their annual podcast Debbie talks to graphic design guru Steve about how to deliver social critiques with a punch.


Alison Bechdel
Debbie talks to Alicon Bechdel about how identifying herself as a lesbian when she was young lead her into a career as a cartoonist.


Nico Muhly
Debbie talks to composer Nico Muhly about his music and about the musicians who interpret it.


Todd Waterbury
Debbie Millman talks to Target’s Chief Creative Officer Todd Waterbury about how technology is changing consumption and about how smart phones have raised our expectations for how companies should interact with us.


Caroline Paul
Debbie talks to writer Caroline Paul about her death-defying adventures, and how girls must learn the difference between fear and exhilaration.


Amanda Palmer
Debbie talks to Amanda about her wild and wandering path to the rock stage, and about how behind her artistic ambitions is the drive to feel real.


Krista Tippett
Debbie talks with radio host Krista Tippett about her religious orientation, her struggle with depression, and about why it’s so hard to understand our historical moment.


Greg Hahn + Ryan Moore
Debbie talks to branding designers Greg Hahn and Ryan Moore about their process when working with clients such as Netflix and MoMA.


Kate Bolick
Debbie Millman talks with writer Kate Bolick about society’s historically skeptical view of a single woman.


Mimi Váldes
Debbie talks to Mimi Valdés about her unstoppable career, from magazine editor to her creative partnership with the pop singer Pharrell Williams.


Ayse Birsel
Debbie talks to Ayse Birsel about her expansive career as an industrial designer and how she uses art and design to reconstruct her personal and professional life around a core idea.


Eric Zimmer
Debbie talks to Eric Zimmer about the twists and turns in his surprising career as a tech entrepreneur, and abot some of the things he’s learned along the way.


Tucker Nichols
Debbie talks to artist Tucker Nichols about his art, and the quality of the art he loves.


Doug Powell
On this episode Debbie talks to Doung Powell about how designers can use their skills beyond the confines of the profession.


Scott Clemons
Debbie talks to Scott Clemons about one of the great printers and designers of all time.



Simon Sinek
Debbie Millman talks to author Simon Sinek about the fruits of good leadership.



Robin Petravic + Catherine Bailey
Debbie talks with Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey about running Heath Ceramics.


Michael Bierut
Debbie talks to Design Observer co-founder Michael Bierut about why he thinks graphic design is so cool.


Jonathan Fields
Author and entrepreneur Jonathan Fields on his previous careers as a lawyer and personal trainer, and on The Good Life. "The Good Life is not a place at which you arrive, it’s a lens through which you see and create."


Design Matters From the Archive: Noah Brier
Debbie talks to Noah Brier about brands, design, and content in the age of social media.


Design Matters From the Archive: Clement Mok
Debbie talks to designer Clement Mok about the early days of Apple computer, the heady days of the software bubble, and the joys of working for Steve Jobs.


Design Matters From the Archive: Bob Gill
Debbie talks to legendary designer Bob Gill about coming up in the profession in the 1950s, about working with the Beatles, and the problem with many designers today.



Design Matters from the Archive: Michael Donovan + Nancye Green
Michael Donovan + Nancye Green on their partnership in marriage and design.


Design Matters From the Archive: Michael Arad
The designer of the 9/11 memorial—Michael Arad— on the process of design.


Design Matters From the Archive: Chip Kidd
Debbie talks to book designer Chip Kidd about why his TED talk turned into the most terrifying 19 minutes of his life, and about his book of graphic design for children.


Design Matters From The Archive: Marion Deuchars
Debbie talks to illustrator and author Marion Deuchars about the expressiveness of hand-lettering, about how drawing is an intense form of looking, and the limited value of technology in teaching art to children.



Design Matters From the Archive: Louise Fili
Debbie talks to Louise Fili about designing book covers, designing for restaurants, about why she prefers working for small businesses, and about the importance of sketching.


Design Matters from the Archive: Peter Mendelsund
Debbie talks to Peter Mendelsund about what makes a great book cover, rebranding the classics, and about his fears of the iPad and Kindle.


Design Matters From The Archive: Caroline Paul + Wendy MacNaughton
Debbie talks to illustrator Wendy MacNaughton and author Caroline Paul about their unusually intimate collaboration on a book.


Design Matters from the Archive: Brian Rea
Debbie talks to Brian Rea about the value of being rejected, about art directing for the New York Times, and about his development as an illustrator.


Design Matters From The Archive: Rob Walker
Debbie talks to Rob Walker about the Sunggie and his fantasy branding project.



Design Matters From The Archive: Marian Bantjes
Debbie talks to Marian Bantjes about her daring typography and her highly ornamental designs.


Kelli Anderson
Debbie talks to Kelli Anderson about what design can tell us about the world.


Design Matters From the Archive: Tina Roth Eisenberg
Debbie talks to SwissMiss — aka Tina Roth Eisenberg — discusses her blog, CreativeMornings, and the beauty found in ordinary things.


Design Matters From The Archive: James Victore
Debbie Millman and James Victore discusses his book, putting his opinion in the work and the difference between God-jobs and money jobs.


Oliver Jeffers
Debbie talks to artist and illustrator Oliver Jeffers, who explains how illustrating and writing children’s books has changed his fine art painting.


Carolina Rogoll
Branding expert Carolina Rogoll talks about how to update a brand and why sabbaticals are a good idea.


Chris Ware
Debbie Millman talks to graphic novelist Chris Ware about how Charles Schultz, George Herriman, and Art Spiegelman figured into his life and career, and why empathy is fundamental to his work.


Audrey Arbeeny
Recorded live at "What Design Sounds Like," Debbie talks to Audrey Arbeeny about audio branding.


Virginia Postrel
Debbie Millman talks to Virginia Postrel about the power of glamorous objects and glamorous people.


Elle Luna
Debbie Millman talks to Elle Luna about why she walked away from great design jobs with IDEO, Uber, and Mailbox.


Ron Burrage
Debbie Millman talks to Ron Burrage about his design career, his performance career, and about how to design fearlessly.


Julia Turshen
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Julia Turshen about cooking and writing (and how to successfully peel a hard boiled egg).


Steven Heller
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Steven Heller about his new book Graphic Style Lab.


Lynda Weinman
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie talks to lynda.com’s Lynda Weinman about how the internet is challenging the traditional classroom model.


Morley
On this episode of Design Matters Debbie Millman talks to Morley about her songs of social change.


Ben Watson
On this episode Debbie Millman talks to Herman Miller’s Ben Watson about how design affects people who never even think about design.


Louise Sandhaus
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman speaks with Louise Sandhaus about her macrobiotic past, her new book, and her struggles to get it published.


Jessica Walsh + Timothy Goodman
On this week’s episode Debbie Millman talks to Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman about their unusual collaboration



Isaac Mizrahi
To launch the 10th season of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Isaac Mizrahi about why he loves fashion and why he does so many things outside of fashion.


Design Matters Celebrates 10 Years
Announcing the Tenth Anniversary Season of Design Matters with Debbie Millman


Chee Pearlman
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to editor, curator, and design fairy godmother Chee Pearlman about editing a design magazine and designing conferences.


Liz Danzico
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Liz Danzico about writing and designing, life in NYC, and why it’s so important to keep learning (and re-learning).


Justin Ahrens
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Justin Ahrens about designing for social change and his book.


Ji Lee
On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Debbie talks with designer Ji Lee about why he hates most advertising, but why he loves the idea of advertising on Facebook (where he works).


Emily Spivack
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to writer and curator Emily Spivack about how our clothes are more than fabric and thread.


Moira Cullen
On this episode of Design Matters Debbie Millman talks to Moira Cullen—design strategist, writer and educator—about her innovative design work for some of the world’s leading brands.


Tina + Ryan Essmaker
On this episode of Design Matters Debbie Millman talks to Tina and Ryan Essmaker, designers, photographers, creative directors and cofounders of The Great Discontent


Caroline Baumann
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Cooper Hewitt director Caroline Baumann about her career in museums and why the interest in design has surged in recent years. 


Fritz Karch
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Fritz Karch on being a stylist for Martha Stewart, owning an antique shop, and what it means to be a collector.


Ben Schott
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Ben Schott about the importance of failing early in one’s career, about how to take a politician’s picture, and about writing and designing his own books.


Petter Ringbom
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Petter Ringbom about his years at the creative agency Flat, and how he moved away from graphic design into filmmaking.


Tom Geismar
In this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to legendary designer Tom Geismar about how the practice of design has changed since the 1950s.



Design Matters Fall 2014 Schedule Announced
A new season of Design Matters starts Monday!



Gary Hustwit
Gary Hustwit is an independent filmmaker who has produced six feature documentaries, including Helvetica.


Noah Brier
Noah Brier on brands, design and content in the age of social media.


Dani Shapiro
On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Debbie talks to writer Dani Shapiro about being raised an Orthodox Jew, about being vulnerable in her work, and about writing her way out of an existential crisis.


Brian Singer
On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Debbie talks to Brian Singer, Communication Design team leader at Facebook,.


Steven Heller
Steven Heller talks about graphic design before it was called graphic design, and about whether design magazines have a future in print.


Rachel Sussman
Artist Rachel Sussman discusses her new book and explains what it was like to be abandoned without supplies — or a phone — in Greenland.  


Scott Lerman
Scott Lerman talks about his new step-by-step book about brand strategy and about how consumer research can limit innovative thinking.


Maria Giudice
Maria Giudice talks with Debbie Milliman about the early days of design on the internet, and what it's like to work for Facebook.


Michael Donovan + Nancye Green
Debbie talks to Michael Donovan + Nancye Green about their life and work partnership and how good business is good design.



Debra Bishop
Design Director of More Magazine, Debra Bishop discusses her career designing for magazines, including her years working for Martha Stewart, and the tension between designers and editors.


Joe Marianek
Joe Marianek talks about decisions that shaped his career and about the process of getting hired at Apple.


Jonathan Harris
Jonathan Harris on his web and database art projects, his relationship to time and memory, and the sexuality of the internet.


Dana Arnett
VSA's Dana Arnett on getting kicked out of design school and making the transition from designer to CEO.


Irma Boom
Debbie Millman talks to Irma Boom about the art and craft of her celebrated book designs.


Amanda Michel + Amy Webb
Debbie Millman talks to Spark Camp founders Amanda Michel + Amy Webb about redesigning the traditional conference and its lasting effect on participants.


Bob Gill
Legendary designer Bob Gill talks about design in the 1950s, working with the Beatles and the problem with so many designers today.



Matteo Bologna
On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Debbie talks to Matteo Bologna about his early years in Italy, his addiction to typography and the question of self-confidence.


Alex Center
Lead designer for CocaCola's Vitaminwater and Powerade Alex Center talks about his love of brands.


Susan Szenasy
Susan S. Szenasy is editor-in-chief of METROPOLIS, the award-winning New York City-based magazine of architecture and design.


Terry Teachout
Terry Teachout discusses the early days of blogging, the poetics of theater and what it's like to be a drama critic for The Wall Street Journal.



Dawn Hancock
Firebelly Design founder Dawn Hancock discusses what it means to be a socially conscious designer.



Jennifer Kinon + Bobby Martin
OCD Designers Jennifer Kinon + Bobby Martin talk about their design philosophy — and their general willingness to do the unexpected.



Oded Ezer
Typographer Oded Ezer talks about the idea of a universal language — and how his limitations as a musican and poet led to his extraordinary typography.



Sheila Bridges
Debbie Millman talks to interior designer Sheila Bridges about being one of the only prominent African Americans in her industry, about losing her hair and having Bill Clinton as a client.



Chip Kidd
Legendary book designer Chip Kidd on why his TED talk was the 19 most frightening minutes of his life.


Hartmut Esslinger
Frog design co-founder Hartmut Esslinger talks about working for Steve Jobs in the early days of Apple.


Interaction of Color
Brenda Danilowitz, Chief Curator at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and Potion principal Philip Tiongson discuss the new Interaction of Color app.



Jean-Louis Cohen
Jean-Louis Cohen reveals a Le Corbusier who was not only a great architect, but also a savvy promoter of his own ideas and work.



Michael Rock
Michael Rock about self-hatred in design, the benefits of being an outsider, and his new book.



Maggie Macnab
Designer, educator and author Maggie Macnab talks about what designers can learn from nature — and what they can give back.



Jessica Walsh
Jessica Walsh once sold moss-covered rocks to her elementary school classmates. Today, she's Stefan Sagmeister's partner in Sagmeister + Walsh.



Ben Chestnut + Aarron Walter
Mailchimp CEO Ben Chestnut and User Expereince Lead Aaron Walter talk how they got where they are — and where Freddie the monkey came from.



Wendy MacNaughton + Caroline Paul
Wendy MacNaughton and Caroline Paul on a journey from advertising to Rwanda to illustration, and from Stanford to firefighter to author.



Emily Oberman
Emily Oberman's three acts — from Tibor Kalman at M&Co, to Number Seventeen with Bonnie Siegler, to becoming a partner at Pentagram.



Jennifer Sterling
Jennifer Sterling on her process, how money should be designed, and the way teaching has influenced her career.



Amy Webb
Digital strategist and author Amy Webb on how she gamed online dating to find her husband.



Cliff Sloan
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman interviews Cliff Sloan about everything marketing.



ON! at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati
In this special Design Matters video episode, Debbie Millman gives you on a preview the new exhibit ON! at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati.



Sara Blake
Debbie Millman talks to Sara Blake about collaborating with her sister, creating portraits of 100 girls and illustrating NBA players.



Steven Heller
Steven Heller discusses his new ebook, Design Cult, and reflects on what designers have in common with Harvey Weinstein.



Clement Mok
Clement Mok on the early days of Apple computer, the joys of working for Steve Jobs and starting his successful businesses.



Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich
Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich discusses growing up in Brazi, the role of art versus design, and why it is so important to be witty.



Sophie Blackall
Sophie Blackall discusses learning to draw, painting vs. illustration and her favorite postings from Craigslist.



Jen Bilik
Jen Bilik on being a certified entrepreneurial badass: she's the founder of the company Knock Knock.



Marion Deuchars
Marion Deuchars on the expressiveness of hand lettering, how drawing is an intensive form of looking, and the need to be messy when creating art.



Jason Kottke
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Jason Kottke talks about blogging for over fourteen years and what it means to be "old" online.



Christopher Simmons
Christopher Simmons discusses his lastest book, Just Design: Socially Conscious Design for Critical Causes, and reflects on why designers should be continually redefining their profession.



Jake Barton
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Jake Barton discusses wanting to be a doctor, how he became a media designer and how to get people to interact.



Louise Fili
Louise Fili discusses the importance of sketching, her obsession with typography and why she prefers working with small organizations.



Rafael Esquer
Rafael Esquer discusses growing up on a farm, working with the city and what it takes to make it in the design business.



Mirko Ilic
Bosnian-born designer and illustrator Mirko Ilic discusses his early career behind the iron curtain, his prolific drawing and his current career in New York.



Austin McGhie
Debbie Millman talks to her colleague Austin McGhie, who explains why brand could be a four letter word.



Aaron Draplin
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Aaron Draplin talks about being comfortable in his own skin, midwestern pragmatism and why Oregon beats the shit out of SoCal.



Scott Stowell
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Scott Stowell discusses using color separation in elementary school, interning at M&Co and the importance of language in design.



Chris Ware
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Chris Ware discusses his influences – including sending a Valentine to Charlie Brown – and explains why empathy figures so heavily into his work.



Steven Heller
Steven Heller discusses the big ideas that have changed graphic design – including the UPC code, teen magazines and the pointed finger.



Ken Carbone
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Ken Carbone discusses meeting his design heros, his celebrated sketchbooks and journals and what he really thinks about his relationship with his corporate clients.



Randy J. Hunt
Etsy creative director Randy J. Hunt discusses working for Milton Glaser, his record label and the challenges of managing a brand as diverse as Etsy.



Khoi Vinh
Khoi Vinh on his role as design director at NYTimes.com, spending spring break in college setting type and the online relationship between publisher and consumer.



Roman Mars
Radio producer Roman Mars discusses the connection between ’zines and radio, why he ditched science and the reason he named his show “99% Invisible”.



John Flansburgh
John Flansburgh on being the son of a modernist architect, designing album covers for They Might Be Giants and of course, making music.



Maria Popova
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Maria Popova discusses growing up in Bulgaria, the evolution of Brainpicker and inventing the curator’s code.



Jen Bekman
Jen Bekman discusses managing a BBS in the early days of the internet, her first email exchange and the importance of everyone owning art.



Karl Heiselman
Wolff Olins CEO Karl Heiselman discusses the controversial London 2012 logo, designing the culture of his company and the relationship between branding and popularity.



James Biber
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, James Biber discusses growing up in a house with a womb chair, visual illiteracy and designing the Museum of Sex.



Cheryl Heller
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Cheryl Heller discusses  innovation, her new MFA program at SVA and why the word ‘brand’ is like leather pants.



Erik Spiekermann
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Erik Spiekermann discusses why numbers are harder to design than letters, finding his print shop burned to the ground and why he's trying to get out of work.



Malcolm Gladwell
A live episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman withe special guest Malcolm Gladwell.



Martin Venezky
Martin Venezky discusses his journey to becoming one of the design innovators of our time.



Peter Mendelsund
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Peter Mendelsund discusses how he became a book designer and his fear of the Kindle and iPad.



Andrew Gibbs
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Andrew Gibbs discusses his love of packaging, the role brands play in people's lives and his blog, The Dieline.



Brian Rea
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Brian Rea discusses the value of being rejected, art directing for The New York Times and his fascination with UFO’s.



John Hockenberry
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, John Hockenberry discusses The Takeaway — his morning news show on NPR — Steve Jobs and journalism in the age of social-media. 



Jake + Pum Lefebure
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Jake and Pum Lefebure of Design Army discuss how they met, the importance of sketching and keeping their firm small.



Margaret Roach
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Margaret Roach discusses her career with Martha Stewart and her love of gardening.



Linda Tischler
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Linda Tischler discusses failing her New Year’s resolutions, why the word “design” turns off business professionals and her new book.



Dori Tunstall
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Dori Tunstall discusses branding through the lens of a Design Anthropologist.



Alex Bogusky + John Bielenberg
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Alex Bogusky and John Bielenberg discuss branding, global warming and impact entrepreneurs.



Jessica Hische
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Jessica Hische discusses her attachment to the internet, the differences between being a letterer and a type designer and working for Louise Fili.



Michael Arad
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Michael Arad, discusses the World Trade Center Memorial.



Angus Hyland
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Angus Hyland discusses the peace sign, Deutsche Bank, and the play button.



Alissa Walker
Alissa Walker discusses her experience in advertising, her love affair with LA and of course, gelato.



Jennifer Morla
Jennifer Morla talks about leaving New York for San Francisco, her collaboration with Andy Warhol and the qualities of effective design.



Steve Frykholm
After a 40-year career with Herman Miller, Steve Frykholm discusses life inside this iconic, National Design Award-winning furniture company.



Grace Bonney
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Grace Bonney discusses being a Phish follower, shaking off the cute and the Design*Sponge scholarship program.



Heather B. Armstrong
Heather Armstrong on reconciling with her family after writing about them on her blog, taking photos of her dog Chuck and her broken Maytag washing machine.



Dominique Browning
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Dominique Browning discusses her tenure as Editor in Chief at House & Garden, her recent book, Slow Love, and the effects of love on a stuffed animal.



Jonathan Ford
Jonathan Ford discusses his eighteen job interviews before being hired by Michael Peters, his belief that a good idea cannot come from a computer and the importance of doing work that is truthful.



Eddie Opara
In this episode of Design Matters, Eddie Opara discusses being educated by Jesuits, creating the Brooklyn Museum brand at 2x4 and working at Pentagram.



Alina Wheeler
Philadelphia-based designer Alina Wheeler discusses branding, strategic imagination and her new book, Brand Atlas, co-authored with Joel Katz.



Gail Anderson
In this podcast with Debbie Millman, Gail Anderson discusses making little magazines as a child, working at Rolling Stone for fifteen years and what the next chapter in her life holds.



Kate Betts
Kate Betts discusses Michelle Obama as a style icon and addresses the inevitable comparisons (and differences) between our current First Lady and the legendary Jackie Kennedy.



Rob Walker
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Rob Walker discusses how our digital records remain online even after we die, and his desire to brand the idea of being “happy for what you have”.



James Victore
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, James Victore discusses his book, putting his opinion in the work and the difference between God-jobs and money jobs.



Alexandra Lange + Jane Thompson
Alexandra Lange and Jane Thompson discuss the power of imagination, Marimekko, Sir Lady Jane and Benjamin Thompson.



Steven Heller
Steven Heller talks to Debbie Millman about blogging from the bathroom, working with Patti Smith and Paul Rand's tombstone.



Alexander Isley
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Alexander Isley discusses his Mom, learning presentation skills from Tibor Kalman and believing that people are inherently good.



Kate Bingaman-Burt
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Kate Bingaman-Burt discusses Obsessive Consumption, the designer as reporter and her commitment to making something everyday.



Marian Bantjes
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Marian Bantjes discusses her new book, coded text and causing pain to type purists.



Ralph Caplan
In this interview with Debbie Millman, Ralph Caplan discusses the difference between making things right and making things nice, the Civil Rights movement and the responsibility of the designer.



Tina Roth Eisenberg
On this episode of Design Matters, SwissMiss — aka Tina Roth Eisenberg — discusses her blog, crowd sourcing and the beauty found in ordinary things.



Bill Moggridge
In this podcast with Debbie Millman, Bill Moggridge discusses the future of the laptop, human-centered design and the future of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.



Milton Glaser
An interview with Milton Glaser — graphic designer, illustrator, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and 2010 recipient of the National Medal of Arts.



Eric Baker
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Eric Baker discusses working with Gordon Parks, living in New York City and working for himself.



Stephen Doyle
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Stephen Doyle discusses working for Tibor Kalman, renting his soul to the devil and working with his hands.



Massimo Vignelli
Vignelli Celebration: Season premiere of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, a podcast interview with Massimo Vignelli.



Stefan Sagmeister
Stefan Sagmeister discusses a year away from his New York-based design practice, spending personal time in Bali and his new documentary film, Happiness.



Tim Brown
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Tim Brown reviews his career at IDEO, explores the impact of design processes (drawing and storytelling) and discusses his new book, Change By Design.



William Drenttel + Julie Lasky
Editorial director of Design Observer William Drenttel and Change Observer editor Julie Lasky discuss the state of online media and reflect on the end of print.



Dave Eggers
McSweeney’s Founder Dave Eggars is also the author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, You Shall Know Our Velocity! and What Is The What.



Dee Dee Gordon
Dee Dee Gordon is a renowned youth culture expert whose research has been featured in numerous media outlets including The New York Times Magazine.



Allan Chochinov
On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Debbie speaks with Allan Chochinov, editor-in-chief of Core77.com, the widely read design website.



Dan Pink
Dan Pink is an entrepreneur, speaker and the author of three groundbreaking books on the changing dimensions of the workplace. 



Daniel Formosa
Daniel Formosa, a founder of Smart Design, is a member of the design team that developed IBM’s first personal computer, the OXO Good Grips kitchen tools and XM Satellite Radio. 



Gong Szeto
Former principal of the interaction design firm io360, Gong Szeto is Director of design and product design at Peak6 Investments.



Patrick Coyne
An interview with Patrick Coyne, editor of Communication Arts, with special guests Milton Glaser and Cheryl Heller.



Natalia Ilyin
Natalia Ilyin is a design critic and educator and ithe author of two books — Blonde Like Me, and Chasing the Perfect: Thoughts on Modernist Design in Our Time.



Joe Duffy + Nate Voss
The Reflex Blue's Nate Voss interviews Joe Duffy about his work for some of the most highly admired companies in the world, including Coca-Cola, Toyota and Sony. 



Steve Heller + Lita Talerico
Debbie Millman interviews Lita Talarico and Steven Heller, co-founders of the MFA Designer as Author program at the School of Visual Arts.



Neville Brody
An interview with former Face Magazine art director Neville Brody who has been at the forefront of design for more than two decades.



Jessica Helfand
Jessica Helfand discusses growing up in a family of collectors, her love of visual biography and why history should be more important to designers than it seems to be.



Spoken Word Broadcast
All spoken word show featuring poems, prose and a short story.



Robynne Raye + Michael Straussberger
Robynne Raye and Michael Straussberger are graphic designers and co-founders of the acclaimed Seattle-based firm Modern Dog.



Michael Hodgson
Michael Hodgson is a DJ and a designer and is co-founder of the design firm Ph.D.



Abbott Miller
An interview with Abbott Miller, Pentagram partner and an award-winning graphic designer and writer. Miller is also the art director of 2wice magazine.



Laurie Rosenwald
On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Debbie talks with graphic designer, artist and actress Laurie Rosenwald.



Gordon Hull
An all-music show with DJ and designer Gordon Hull, co-founder of the firm Surface to Air.



Stefan Bucher
An interview with graphic designer, illustrator and Daily Monster creator Stefan Bucher.



Petrula Vrontikis
Petrula Vrontikis is a graphic designer and educator at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.



Jonah Lehrer
Jonah Lehrer, editor-at-large for Seed Magazine, is also a contributor to NPR’s RadioLab. He is the author of Proust was a Neuroscientist.



Vaughan Oliver
Legendary graphic designer Vaughan Oliver is also an artist and the author of several books, including Exhibition/Exposition and This Rimy River.



Kurt Andersen
Kurt Andersen is an award-winning journalist, author and host of the Peabody-winning public radio program, Studio 360.



Eric Kandel
Nobel prize winner Eric Kandel is a psychiatrist, neuroscientist and professor of biochemistry and biophysics at Columbia University.
 




Chip Kidd
Book designer extraordinaire Chip Kidd is also the author of several books including The Cheese Monkeys and The Learners: A Novel.
 




Shepard Fairey
Designer and illustrator Shepard Fairey is the author of Supply and Demand: The Art of Shepard Fairey and Shepard Fairey: Post No Bills.



Bad Boys of Design IV
Designers Marc Alt, Mike Essl, Alberto Rigau and others.



Josh Liberson + Ethan Trask
Josh Liberson and Ethan Trask are designers and the founders of the firm Helicopter.



Alan Dye
An interview with former Kate Spade Design Director Alan Dye who is currently Creative Director at Apple.



Jan Wilker + Hjalti Karlsson
Jan Wilker and Hjalti Karlsson are partners in karlssonwilker and the authors of Tell Me Why.



Alice Twemlow
British-born Alice Twemlow is a design critic and the author of What Is Graphic Design For? She also chairs the Design Criticism department at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

 

  




Luke Hayman
Previously Design Director at I.D. Magazine, Brill’s Content,Travel + Leisure, and New York Magazine, Luke Hayman is now a partner in the New York office of Pentagram.



Janet Froelich
An interview with Janet Froelich, former Creative Director at The New York Times Magazine, who is currently Design Director at Real Simple.



Barbara Kruger
An interview with American artist Barbara Kruger.



Jeffrey Keyton
An interview with Jeffrey Keyton, Senior Vice Ppresident, On-Air Design and Off-Air Creative, MTV.



Luba Lukova
An interview with award-winning illustrator Luba Lukova, whose work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Library of Congress and Bibliotheque Nationale in France. 


Maira Kalman
An interview with the remarkable Maira Kalman — the closest thing we in the United States have to a National Treasure.



Not David Carson
A special interview about David Carson, featuring guest vocalist Simon Lince.



Jakob Trollback
On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, an interview with designer and filmmaker Jakob Trollback — who is also a DJ.



Andrea Deszo
An interview with designer, artist and educator Andrea Deszo.



Minda Gralnek
On this episode, Debbie Millman interviews Minda Gralnek, Executive Vice President for Creative Services at the Target Corporation.



Marty Neumeier
Marty Neumeier is a brand consultant and the author of Brand Gap, Zag and The Brand Dictionary.



Elliott Earls
On this episode, Debbie interviews designer and performance artist Elliott Earls, designer-in residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art.



Doyald Young
Master typographer Doyald Young is also the author of The Art of the Letter, Logotypes, and Letterforms: Handlettered Logotypes and Other Typographic Considerations.



Designers, Writers + Magazines
A conversation with Print’s Joyce Rutter Kaye; Dwell’s Michela Abrahms; Barbara DeWilde of House Beautiful and Laetitia Wolff of Surface.



Ze Frank
Debbie Millman interviews Ze Frank — writer, designer and host of The Ze Frank Show.



Seth Godin
Seth Godin is the author of Purple Cow and All Marketers Are Liars.



Malcolm Gladwell + Joyce Gladwell
An interview with Malcolm Gladwell, author of The New York Times bestseller Outliers and Joyce Gladwell, author of Brown Face.



John Maeda
A disussion with former MIT Media Lab Director John Maeda, who is currently the 16th President of the Rhode Island School of Design.



Steve Sikora, Thomas R. Wright + Charlie Lazor
Steve Sikora, Thomas R. Wright and Charlie Lazo discuss the finer points of pre-fab houses and modern design.



Stanley Hainsworth
On this episode, Debbie Millman interviews Stanley Hainsworth, former Design Director at Starbucks and the founder of Tether in Seattle.



Paola Antonelli
An interview with Paola Antonelli, curator in the department of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art.  



Ann Willoughby
Debbie Millman interviews Ann Willoughby, president and creative director of Willoughby Design Group, a brand, innovation and identity design firm she founded in 1978.  



William Lunderman
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman interviews William Lunderman, Vice President for Global Design at the Colgate-Palmolive Company.



Todd Pruzan + Sam Potts
Todd Pruzan is an editor and writer. Sam Potts is designer and writer.



Gael Towey
On this episode, Debbie Millman talks to Gael Towey — the editor and founding Creative Director at Martha Stewart Living.



Bad Boys of Design III
This group of Bad Boy designers are: Josh Chen, Manuel Toscano, Alan Dye and Layne Braunstein.



Brian Collins
Brian Collins led the brand and innovation division of Ogilvy and  Mather for nearly a decade, before founding his own firm — Collins — in 2007.



Ed Fella
Ed Fella is an artist, graphic designer and educator whose work has had a critical influence on contemporary typography in the United States and in Europe. 



Jessica Helfand + William Drenttel
Jessica Helfand and William Drenttel work in partnership at Winterhouse and are co-founders, with Michael Bierut and Rick Poynor, of Design Observer.



Steven Heller + Veronique Vienne
A conversation with writer Véronique Vienne, writer and prolific design historian Steven Heller.



Art Chantry
Art Chantry works and lives in Seattle where his ideas and personal style branded the look of popular culture, not only in the northwest and its bohemian underground, but also in the pop and alternative culture of the last few decades.  



Peter Buchanan-Smith
Peter Buchanan-Smith, founder of Buchanan-Smith LLC, is the author of Speck and The Wilco Book.



Kenneth FitzGerald
Artist, educator and writer Kenneth FitzGerald is currently Associate Professor of Art and Graduate Program Director in the art department at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.



Christoph Niemann
An interview with German-born designer and illustrator Christoph Niemann, who claims to have only one trick: “sitting in front of a white piece of paper and thinking, staring and drawing until my head hurts.”  



Grant McCracken
Grant McCracken is the author of Culture and Consumption IPlenitudeBig HairCulture and Consumption II: Markets, Meaning and Brand ManagementThe Long InterviewFlock and Flow, and Transforming Selves.  



Carin Goldberg
Carin Goldberg was a staff designer at CBS Records and Atlantic Records before establishing her own firm, Carin Goldberg Design, in 1982.



Hillman Curtis
Hillman Curtis has designed motion graphic spots for clients such as MTV, Rolling Stone and Adobe and his innovative design solutions have garnered him numerous awards all over the world.



Paul Sahre
Graphic designer, illustrator and author Paul Sahre established his own design company in 1997. His office is part design studio and part silkscreen lab: he designs book covers and prints posters.



Bill Grant
Bill Grant founded the Atlanta-based Grant Design Collaborative in 1996 and has worked with clients including Adobe Systems, Georgia-Pacific Papers and Steelcase, among many others.



Jonathan Hoefler + Tobias Frere-Jones
Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones are partners in their own eponymous type foundry where they developing and digitize original typefaces.



Ellen Lupton
An interview with Ellen Lupton — writer, educator, designer and a Curator of Contemporary Design at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.



Rick Valicenti
Rick Valicenti, founder of the Chicago design firm Thirst and author of the book Emotion As Promotion, talks to Debbie Millman.



Chip Kidd
On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Debbie talks to Chip Kidd, award-winning book designer, musician and author.



Emily Oberman
An interview with Emily Oberman, formerly senior designer at M&Co and now partner, with Bonnie Siegler, in the New York design firm Number Seventeen.



Bad Boys of Design II
A new group of (very) bad boys: Rodrigo Corral, Marc English, Tan Le, Bennett Peji, Felix Sockwell and John Zapolski



Paula Scher
Paula Scher — arguably the most successful and influential woman working in design today — began her graphic design career as a record cover Art Director in the 1970s. She has been a Pentagram partner since 1991.



Stefan Sagmeister
A candid and revealing discussion with design innovator Stefan Sagmeister, whose work has been hailed as “intense, cunning and evocative.” 



Andrew Geller, Alastair Gordon + Jake Gorst
Andrew Geller, Alastair Gordon and Jake Gorst talk about Gorst's new documentary Leisurama.



David Barringer
Debbie Millman interviews Winterhouse Writing Award winner David Barringer, who discusses his new book and his views on the state of contemporary graphic design.



Design Blogs: The Good, the Bad and the Nasty
Rick Poynor, Armin Vit, Bryony Gomez-Palacio, Jen Beckman, Adrian Hanft and Bennett Holzworth discuss the finer points of design blogging.



Eames Demetrios
Debbie Millman interviews Eames Demetrios — the grandson of Charles and Ray Eames — a multimedia designer, exhibit designer, lecturer, filmmaker and author.  



Sean Adams + Noreen Morioka
Los Angeles-based graphic designers Sean Adams and Noreen Morioka work with a range of clients including MTV, VH1, Sundance and Nickelodeon.



Live From Las Vegas with Rossi Ralenkotter
Debbie Millman interviews Rossi Ralenkotter — President of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority — and Emmy Award nominated Set Designer Susan Benjamin.



Brand Consulting
A discussion about branding, design and cultural anthropology with leading practitioners in each discipline.



Michael Bierut

Michael Bierut studied graphic design at the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. and worked for a decade at Vignelli Associates before joining Pentagram as a partner in 1990.





Marian Bantjes, Alexander Gelman + Michael Surtees
An interview with Marian Bantjes, Alexander Gelman and Michael Surtees of DesignNotes.



Grant McCracken, Part 2
Grant McCracken PhD, author and a research affiliate at MIT.



Grant McCracken, Part 1
Grant McCracken PhD, is an author and a research affiliate at MIT.



Steven Heller
Debbie Millman interviews Steven Heller — art director, educator and the author of more than 100 books on design, design history and contemporary culture.



Bad Boys of Design
Designers Michael Ian Kaye, Mark Kingsley, Petter Ringbom, James Victore and Armin Vit.



Cheryl Swanson
Cheryl Swanson, founder of Toniq, applies her background in anthropology and psychology to the visual task of branding.



Observed | October 17

The current threat level is violet: one nation under cynicism. [BV]

Design and dissent: the reissue. [JH]

Lucienne Roberts: “We’re on a mission to show what graphic design can do.” [MB]

It’s time for companies to let design expand its influence to the core of the business. [JH]


Observed | October 16

It was scary when the graphic designers seized control of the country... [BE]

Does design thinking live up to the hype? Business leaders apparently think so. (Not sure design leaders would agree.) [JH]

Spark Awards: call for entries announced. More here. [JH]


Observed | October 13

Poster Girls! An exhibition of work by forgotten women at the forefront of graphic design. At the London Transport Museum. [JH]

Half the universe’s missing matter has just been finally found. [BV]

Another view of Google, design, and the future. [JH]


Observed | October 12

Rob Walker thinks this is the best headline he’s seen in a while. We agree. [JH]

Can design minimize hate speech? [JH]

Three designers win MacArthur “genius” grants. [JH]


Observed | October 11

Get some advice from your potential future self. [BV]

Three design projects that promote good mental health. [MB]


Observed | October 10

A look at the iconic New York Film Festival poster. [BV]

Do you want to know everything? Oxford has your answer. [BV]

Did you know there are scissors in the MoMA permanent collection? Of course they‘re orange. [BV]


Observed | October 09

School buses: A massive mass transit system in need of a tech upgrade. [BV]

How to train an algorithm to understand a hurricane. [BE]

So long, cubicles: introducing “palettes of places”. [JH]


Observed | October 06

See some of the entries in National Geographic’s 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year contest. [BV]

Changing the math on gerrymandering: a visual guide to redistricting shows what a proper Congressional district might look like. [BV]

“This guy is the best”: best-selling Instagram poet Rupi Kaur wants Peter Mendelsund to design her next book. [BE]


Observed | October 05

In 1930, Alexander Calder became a married man. In 1931, he became an abstract artist. These were the foundations on which he would build for the rest of his life. (via Arts and Letters Daily) [BV]

From book critiques to music choices, computation is changing aesthetics. Does increasingly average perfection lie ahead? [BV]

One hundred and fifty seven shades of grey. [JH]


Observed | October 04

A celebration of the human brain, consciousness, and failure or: How to build a self-conscious machine. [BV]

“Verbs like ‘hacking’, ‘hustling’, and ‘disrupting’ are particularly galling, as they absolve their practitioners of the obligation to build skills and understand systems before performing design.” One student’s reflection on The Next Stage. [BV]

How the Russian Revolution spurred mid-century design. [BV]



Jobs | October 17