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Insights Per Minute

One Idea. One Minute. One Voice. Just as certain ideas fit into an essay and others are more suited to a tweet, we believe that 60 seconds of a singular voice is a powerful format for new, uncluttered insight. 

Sandra Nuut on Fashion
Sandra Nuut on Fashion

Hala A. Malak on Lomo
Hala A. Malak on Lomo

Frederico Duarte on Boarding Passes
Frederico Duarte on Boarding Passes

Bryn Smith on Designer Dogs
Bryn Smith on Designer Dogs

Angela Riechers on Banks
Angela Riechers on Banks

Brigette Brown on Umbrellas
Brigette Brown on Umbrellas

Anne Quito on Quiet
Anne Quito on Quiet

Anna Marie Smith on “Apples to Apples”
Anna Marie Smith on “Apples to Apples”

John Thackara on <em>Avatar</em>
John Thackara on Avatar

Steven Heller on Panic
Steven Heller on Panic

Debbie Millman on Sleep
Debbie Millman on Sleep

John Bertram on Silence
John Bertram on Silence

Jeff Miller on Timing
Jeff Miller on Timing

Cheryl Heller on Words
Cheryl Heller on Words

John Caserta on Obfuscation
John Caserta on Obfuscation

Megan Whitmarsh on Originality
Megan Whitmarsh on Originality

Alexandra Lange on Performance
Alexandra Lange on Performance

Stanley Hainsworth on Acting
Stanley Hainsworth on Acting

Krista Donaldson on Users
Krista Donaldson on Users

Mariana Amatullo on Honesty
Mariana Amatullo on Honesty

Wendy Ju on Fun
Wendy Ju on Fun

Enrique Allen on Introductions
Enrique Allen on Introductions

Sean Adams on Typography
Sean Adams on Typography

Gabriel Brodbar on Iatrogenesis
Gabriel Brodbar on Iatrogenesis

David Womack on Space
David Womack on Space

Steff Geissbühler on Color Blind
Steff Geissbühler on Color Blind

Liz Gerber on Feedback
Liz Gerber on Feedback

Rob Forbes on Perfection
Rob Forbes on Perfection

Jake Nickell on Creating
Jake Nickell on Creating

Sara Ivry on Language
Sara Ivry on Language

J. D. McClatchy on Relationships
J. D. McClatchy on Relationships

Steven Heller on Recommendations
Steven Heller on Recommendations

John Foster on Colloquialisms
John Foster on Colloquialisms

Chip Kidd on Ready
Chip Kidd on Ready

Natalie Foster on Sharing
Natalie Foster on Sharing

Adam Harrison Levy on Questions
Adam Harrison Levy on Questions

Thomas Fisher on Survival
Thomas Fisher on Survival

Mark Lamster on Complaining
Mark Lamster on Complaining

Marvin Heiferman on Photography
Marvin Heiferman on Photography

Joanna Radin on Potential
Joanna Radin on Potential

John Maeda on Loops
John Maeda on Loops

Wendy MacLeod on Fasting
Wendy MacLeod on Fasting

Ricky Jay on Collecting
Ricky Jay on Collecting

Alice Twemlow on Home
Alice Twemlow on Home

Nicholas Christakis on Networks
Nicholas Christakis on Networks

Ralph Caplan on Titles
Ralph Caplan on Titles

Rob Walker on Seeing
Rob Walker on Seeing

Jessica Helfand on Brevity
Jessica Helfand on Brevity


Debbie Millman

Audio Show

Design Matters

Design Matters with Debbie Millman is a thought-provoking internet podcast, which profiles industry-leading graphic designers, change agents, artists, writers and educators. Design Matters has been published on Design Observer since 2009, with access to the full historic archive. The show is produced by Curtis Fox Productions.

Michael Donovan & Nancye Green Michael Donovan & Nancye Green
On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Debbie talks to Michael Donovan & Nancye Green about their partnership in marragie and design, about how good business is good design, and about what it's like to work for yourself. LISTEN >>

Debra Bishop Debra Bishop
On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Debbie talks to Debra Bishop, Design Director of More Magazine, about her career designing for magazines, including her years working for Martha Stewart, and the tension between designers and editors. LISTEN >>

Joe Marianek Joe Marianek
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Joe Marianek about wiorking with design legends like Milton Glaser, Paula Scher and Michael Bierut; about decisions that shaped his career; and about the process of getting hired at Apple. LISTEN >>

Jonathan Harris Jonathan Harris
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Jonathan Harris about his web and database art projects, his relationship to time and memory, and the sexuality of the internet. LISTEN >>

Dana Arnett Dana Arnett
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to VSA's Dana Arnett about getting kicked out of design school, about making the transition from designer to CEO and about showing enthusiasm for seemingly minimal jobs. LISTEN >>

Irma Boom Irma Boom
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Irma Boom about the art and craft of her celebrated book designs. "What I make is always very instrisic, the solution is already in the assignment." LISTEN >>

Amanda Michel & Amy Webb, co-founders of Spark Camp Amanda Michel & Amy Webb, co-founders of Spark Camp
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Amanda Michel & Amy Webb, co-founders of Spark Camp about how they've redesigned the traditional conference, and about their methods for having a lasting effect on participants. LISTEN >>

Bob Gill Bob Gill
On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Debbie talks to legendary designer Bob Gill about coming up in the prfoession in the 1950s, working with the Beatles, and the problem with many designers today. LISTEN >>

Matteo Bologna 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 about self confidence. LISTEN >>

Alex Center Alex Center
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Alex Center, lead designer for vitaminwater & Powerade at CocaCola about communicating with design, the brands he manages and where his love for brands comes from. LISTEN >>

Susan Szenasy Susan Szenasy
On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Debbie talk to Susan Szenasy, editor in chief of METROPOLIS, about her long career as a magazine editor, about sustainability in design and about what it takes to succeed as a designer. “You have to have a predisposition for inquiry and for curiosity.” LISTEN >>

Terry Teachout Terry Teachout
In this interview with Debbie Millman, Terry Teachout discusses the early days of blogging, the poetics of theater, what it's like to be a drama critic for The Wall Street Journal, and his new book, a biography of Duke Ellington. LISTEN >>

Dawn Hancock Dawn Hancock
On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Debbie talks to Firebelly Design founder Dawn Hancock about what it means to be a socially conscious designer and how she thrives off giving back to others. LISTEN >>

Jennifer Kinon & Bobby Martin Jennifer Kinon & Bobby Martin
On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Jennifer Kinon & Bobby Martin — designers and educators who co-founded OCD (Original Champions of Design) — talk about the philosophy behind their work and their willingness to do the unexpected. LISTEN >>

Oded Ezer Oded Ezer
On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, typographer Oded Ezer talks about how his limitations as a musican and poet led to his extraordinary typography, the idea of a universal language and how his first design job was in the military. LISTEN >>

Sheila Bridges Sheila Bridges
On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Debbie talks to interior designer Sheila Bridges about being one of the only prominent African Americans in her industry, losing her hair, having Bill Clinton as a client and her memoir The Bald Mermaid. LISTEN >>

Chip Kidd Chip Kidd
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie talks to book designer Chip Kidd about his new book Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design and why his TED talk was the 19 most frightening minutes of his life. LISTEN >>

Hartmut Esslinger Hartmut Esslinger
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to German-American industrial designer and co-founder of frog design, Hartmut Esslinger, about working for Steve Jobs in the early days of Apple, about how creating the design template for Apple, or any product line, is similar to playing music and about his book Design Forward: Creative Strategies for Sustainable Change. LISTEN >>

Interaction of Color Interaction of Color
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Brenda Danilowitz, Chief Curator at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, and Philip Tiongson, a principal at Potion, about Josef Alber's book Interaction of Color. To mark the 50th anniversary of this groundbreaking book, Yale University is realeasing an iPad app of the book. LISTEN >>

Jean-Louis Cohen Jean-Louis Cohen
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Jean-Louis Cohen about Le Corbusier — Cohen reveals a Le Corbusier who was not only a great architect, but also a savvy promoter of his own ideas and work. He tells how Le Corbusier derived his name and explains why he feels this is the right time for a major retrospective of Le Corbusier's work. LISTEN >>

Michael Rock Michael Rock
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to designer and writer Michael Rock about his book: Multiple Signatures, being both a writer and a designer, self-hatred in design, the benefits of being an outsider, branding and the complexity of design as an activity. LISTEN >>

Design Matters 2009-2013

Maggie Macnab
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to designer, educator and author Maggie Macnab about what designers can learn from nature, and what they can give back. (05.31.13)
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Jessica Walsh
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie talks to Jessica Walsh about selling moss covered rocks to her elementary school classmates, her quick assent in the world of design, becoming a partner with Stefan Sagmeister and, of course, taking those naked pictures. (05.17.13)
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Ben Chestnut and Aarron Walter
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Mailchimp's CEO Ben Chestnut and User Expereince Lead Aarron Walter about how they arrived where they are, why and how email marketing is fun, Freddie the monkey and how to create creativity. (05.10.13)
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Wendy MacNaughton and Caroline Paul
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Wendy MacNaughton and Caroline Paul about their first book collaboration, Lost Cat; Wendy's journey from advertising to Rwanda to illustration; and Caroline's path from Stanford to firefighter to author. (05.03.13)
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Emily Oberman
In this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to designer Emily Oberman about the three acts of her career: working with Tibor Kalman at M&Co, starting Number Seventeen studio with Bonnie Seigler, and what it was like becoming a partner at Pentagram. (04.19.13)
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Jennifer Sterling
On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Debbie talks to designer, artist and typographer Jennifer Sterling about the process behind her typgraphical designs, how money should be designed, the way teaching has influenced her career and coping with controversy over her work. (04.12.13)
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Amy Webb
On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Debbie talks to digital strategist and author Amy Webb about George Michael and music theory, why she makes herself available to her clients 24/7 and how she gamed online dating to find her husband (who was a little shocked). (04.05.13)
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Cliff Sloan
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman interviews Cliff Sloan about everything marketing. (03.29.13)
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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. (03.22.13)
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Sara Blake
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Sara Blake about being a weird child, getting fully tatooed, collaborating with her sister, creating portraits of 100 girls and illustrating NBA players. (03.22.13)
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Steven Heller
In this episode of Design Matters, Steven Heller discusses his new ebook, Design Cult, the death of a trend and what designers have in common with Harvey Weinstien. (03.08.13)
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Clement Mok
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Clement Mok discusses how he got his first job, the early days of Apple computer, the joy of working for Steve Jobs and starting his successful businesses. (03.01.13)
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Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich discusses growing up in Brazil and the lack of serif fonts in much of Brazilian design, the role of art vs the role of design, and adding wit into designs. "Life is hard, let's make it better." (02.22.13)
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Sophie Blackall
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Sophie Blackall discusses learning to draw, painting vs. illustration, writing children's book and her famous series: missed connections where she illustrates her favorite postings from Craigslist. (02.15.13)
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Jen Bilik
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Jen Bilik talks about her company – Knock Knock, her ability to combine designing, writing and humor in her product line, selling her New York City apartment, and being a certified entrepreneurial badass. (02.08.13)
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Marion Deuchars
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Marion Deuchars talks about the expressiveness of hand lettering, how drawing is an intensive form of looking, and the need to be messy when creating art. (01.11.13)
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Jason Kottke
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Jason Kottke discusses his blog, kottke.org: from the inception of the site to how he chooses content, his preference to be called a blogger rather than a curator, blogging for 14+ years and what it means to be "old" online. (01.04.13)
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Christopher Simmons
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Christopher Simmons discusses his lastest book, Just Design: Socially Conscious Design for Critical Causes, why San Francisco is a good place for designers and why designers should be continually redefining their profession. (12.21.12)
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Jake Barton
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Jake Barton discusses wanting to be a doctor, how he became a media designer, working with StoyCorps and how to get people to interact. (12.14.12)
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Louise Fili
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Louise Fili discusses the importance of sketching, Italy, typography and why she prefers working with small organizations. (12.07.12)
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Rafael Esquer
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Rafael Esquer discusses designing the 311 logo and working with the city, growing up on a farm, the amazing women he's worked with and what it takes to make it in the design business. (11.30.12)
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Mirko Ilic
In this audio interview Debbie Millman talks to Bosnian-born designer and illustrator Mirko Ilic and the translator of his monograph and Print Editor-in-Chief, Aaron Kenedi. Ilic discusses his early career behind the iron curtain, his prolific drawing and his current career in New York. (11.16.12)
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Austin McGhie
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman talks to her colleague Austin McGhie, who explains what a brand strategist is, the importance of positioning your brand and why brand could be a four letter word. (11.09.12)
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Aaron Draplin
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Aaron Draplin makes with the shout-outs, drops a respectable number of f-bombs and talks about being comfortable in his own skin, midwestern pragmatism and why Oregon beats the shit out of SoCal. (11.02.12)
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Scott Stowell
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Scott Stowell discusses using color separation in elementary school, interning at M&Co, Colors magazine, starting his own studio and the importance of language in design. (10.26.12)
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Chris Ware
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Chris Ware discusses his influences – including sending a Valentine to Charlie Brown – and why empathy figures heavily into his work. (10.19.12)
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Steven Heller
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Steven Heller discusses the big ideas that have changed graphic design – including the UPC code, teen magazines, white space and the pointed finger. (05.04.12)
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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. (04.27.12)
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Randy J. Hunt
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Etsy creative director Randy J. Hunt discusses landing a job with Milton Glaser, his record label and the challenges and approaches of managing a brand as diverse as Etsy. (04.20.12)
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Khoi Vinh
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Khoi Vinh discusses starting a studio in late 2001, his greatest accomplishments as design director at NYTimes.com, what he likes and doesn't about comic books, spending spring break in college setting type and what he feels is the proper way to think about the online relationship of publisher and consumer. (04.13.12)
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Roman Mars
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, radio producer Roman Mars discusses going to college at 15 to study science and then leaving science for radio, the connection between 'zines and radio, how to tell a good story and the reason he named his show "99% Invisible". (04.06.12)
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John Flansburgh
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, John Flansburgh discusses being the son of a Moderist architect, letraset, thinking that Anna Wintour smells nice, designing They Might Be Giants album covers and of course, making music. (03.30.12)
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Maria Popova
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Maria Popova discusses growing up in Bulgaria, her grandmother following her google alerts, problems with public space in Los Angeles, the evolution of Brainpicker, curation and pattern recognition and inventing the curator's code. (03.09.12)
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Jen Bekman
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Jen Bekman discusses managing a BBS in the early days of the internet, her first email exchange, being a 'zine queen, starting 20x200 and the importance of everyone owning art. (03.02.12)
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Karl Heiselman
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Wolff Olins CEO Karl Heiselman discusses the controversial London 2012 logo, designing the culture of Wolff Olins and his views on branding and popularity. (02.24.12)
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James Biber
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, James Biber discusses growing up in a house with a womb chair, visual illiteracy, the global impact of Waffle House design and designing the Museum of Sex. (02.17.12)
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Cheryl Heller
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Cheryl Heller discusses collaboration, innovation, her new MFA program at SVA and why the word "brand" is like leather pants. (02.10.12)
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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. (02.03.12)
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Malcolm Gladwell
A live episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman discussing the launch of Malcolm Gladwell's illustrated collection of The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers. Guests included artist and illustrator Brian Rea, designer Paul Sahre, Josh Liberson and DeeDee Gordon. (01.27.12)
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Martin Venezky
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Martin Venezky discusses his job as a coupon designer and his journey to becoming one of the design innovators of our time. (12.16.11)
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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. (12.09.11)
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Andrew Gibbs
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Andrew Gibbs discusses his love of packaging, the role brands play in people's lives, his blog the Dieline. (12.02.11)
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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 UFOs. (11.18.11)
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John Hockenberry
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, John Hockenberry discusses his morning NPR news show The Takeaway, journalism in the age of social-media, Steve Jobs and sex. (11.11.11)
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Design Army
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. (11.04.11)
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Margaret Roach
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Margaret Roach discusses her career with Martha Stewart and her love of gardening. (10.28.11)
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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 perfessionals and her new book. (10.14.11)
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Dori Tunstall
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Dori Tunstall discusses branding through the lens of a Design Anthropologist. (10.07.11)
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Alex Bogusky and John Bielenberg
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Alex Bogusky and John Bielenberg discuss branding, global warming, and impact entrepreneurs. (09.30.11)
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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. (09.23.11)
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Michael Arad
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Michael Arad, discusses the World Trade Center Memorial. (09.16.11)
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Angus Hyland
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Angus Hyland discusses the peace sign, Deutsche Bank, the play button, the London Olympics and his new book. (07.08.11)
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Alissa Walker
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Alissa Walker discusses, her experience in advertising and how it led her to writing, her love affair with LA, walking, biking, giving up driving and of course, gelato. (05.13.11)
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Jennifer Morla
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, meet artist and designer Jennifer Morla... (04.22.11)
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Steve Frykholm, Herman Miller
Steve Frykholm has worked for Herman Miller for the last 40 years. In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, he discusses the ups and downs in his long career with the National Design Award-winning furniture company. (04.15.11)
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Grace Bonney
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Grace Bonney discusses being a Phish follower, shaking off the cute and Design*Sponge scholarship program. (04.08.11)
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Heather B. Armstrong
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Heather Armstrong discusses reconciling with her family after writing about them on her blog, taking photos of her dog Chuck and tweeting about her broken Maytag washing machine. (04.01.11)
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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. (03.25.11)
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Jonathan Ford
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Jonathan Ford discusses going on 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. (03.11.11)
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Eddie Opara
In this audio with Debbie Millman, Eddie Opara discusses being educated by Jesuits, creating the Brooklyn Museum brand at 2x4, and working at Pentagram. (03.04.11)
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Alina Wheeler
In this podcast with Debbie Millman, Alina Wheeler discusses branding, strategic imagination, Gap logo fiasco, clients, and her new book, co-authored with Joel Katz, Brand Atlas. (02.25.11)
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Gail Anderson
In this podcast with Debbie Millman, Gail Anderson discusses making little magazines as a child, having Paula Scher as a teacher, her first job at Vintage, working at Rolling Stone for fifteen years and what the next chapter in her life holds. (02.23.11)
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Kate Betts
In this podcast with Debbie Millman, Kate Betts discusses what it means for First Lady Michelle Obama to be a style icon, the visual image she projects, her sculpted arms, and the inevitable comparisons and differences between her and Jackie Kennedy. (02.11.11)
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Rob Walker
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Rob Walker discusses his interest in death and how our digital records remain online, and the wish to brand the idea of "be happy for what you have." (02.04.11)
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James Victore
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, James Victore discusses his book, putting his opinion in the work, practicing cold-calls and  the difference between God-jobs and money jobs. (12.17.10)
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Alexandra Lange and Jane Thompson
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Alexandra Lange and Jane Thompson discuss their new book, the store Design Research, creating the power of imagination, Marimekko, Sir Lady Jane and Benjamin Thompson. (12.10.10)
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Steven Heller
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Steven Heller discusses his new book Pop: How Graphic Design Shapes Popular Culture, blogging from the bathroom, working with Patti Smith, Paul Rand's tombstone and, of course, writing. (12.03.10)
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Alexander Isley
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Alexander Isley discusses his mom, learning presentation from Tibor Kalman, the effort it takes to make things seem effortless and believing that people are inherently good. (11.19.10)
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Kate Bingaman-Burt
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Kate Bingaman-Burt discusses Obsessive Consumption, the designer as reporter, being in debt, feeling useful and making something everyday. (11.12.10)
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Marian Bantjes
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Marian Bantjes discusses her new book, I Wonder, hanging out and blogging on Speak Up, ornament, secrets, cipher, coded text and causing pain to type purists. (11.05.10)
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Ralph Caplan
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Ralph Caplan discusses the difference between making things right as a designer as opposed to making things nice, the civil rights movement and the responsibility of the designer. (10.29.10)
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Tina Roth Eisenberg
In this podcast 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. (10.22.10)
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Bill Moggridge
In this podcast with Debbie Millman, Bill Moggridge discusses, the future of the laptop, technology, human-centered design and plans for future work at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt. (10.15.10)
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Eric Baker

In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Eric Baker discusses working with Gorden Parks, living in New York City, the soul of a brand, Paul Rand and working for himself.

(10.08.10)
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Stephen Doyle
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Stephen Doyle discusses working for Tibor Kalman, renting his soul to the devil, fear of failure, magazines and working with his hands. (09.24.10)
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Massimo Vignelli
Vignelli Celebration: Season premiere of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, a podcast interview with Massimo Vignelli. (09.17.10)
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Stefan Sagmeister
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Stefan Sagmeister discusses his year away from his New York-based design practice, his personal time in Bali, as well as discussing his new, in-progress documentary film, Happiness. (11.19.09)
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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), as well as discussing his new book, Change By Design. (10.12.09)
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William Drenttel and Julie Lasky
William Drenttel, editorial director of Design Observer, and Julie Lasky, editor of Change Observer, discuss the new Design Observer, Change Observer, the state of online media, and the end of print. (08.17.09)
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Historical Archives

10.12.10: Milton Glaser Podcast Interview
05.22.09: Dave Eggers
05.15.09: Dee Dee Gordon
05.08.09: Gary Hustwit
05.01.09: Allan Chochinov
04.10.09: Dan Pink
04.03.09: Daniel Formosa
03.20.09: Gong Szeto
02.27.09: Patrick Coyne
02.20.09: Natalia Ilyin
02.13.09: Joe Duffy & Nate Voss
02.06.09: Steve Heller & Lita Talerico
01.16.09: Neville Brody
01.09.09: Jessica Helfand
04.24.08: Spoken Word Broadcast
04.18.08: Robynne Raye & Michael Straussberger
04.11.08: Michael Hodgson
03.28.08: Abbott Miller
03.14.08: Laurie Rosenwald
03.07.08: Gordon Hull
02.29.08: Stefan Bucher
02.22.08: Petrula Vrontikis
02.15.08: Jonah Lehrer
02.08.08: Vaughan Oliver
02.01.08: Kurt Andersen
01.25.08: Eric Kandel
01.18.08: Chip Kidd
06.29.07: Shepard Fairey
06.15.07: Bad Boys of Design IV
06.08.07: Josh Liberson & Ethan Trask
06.01.07: Alan Dye
05.25.07: Jan Wilker & Hjalti Karlsson
05.18.07: Alice Twemlow
05.11.07: Luke Hayman
04.20.07: Janet Froelich
04.13.07: Barbara Kruger
04.06.07: Jeffrey Keyton
03.30.07: Luba Lukova
03.23.07: Maira Kalman
03.16.07: Not David Carson
03.09.07: Jakob Trollback
03.02.07: Andrea Deszo
02.23.07: Minda Gralnek
02.16.07: Marty Neumeier
02.09.07: Elliott Earls
02.02.07: Doyald Young
01.26.07: Designers, Writers & Magazines
01.19.07: Ze Frank
01.12.07: Seth Godin
01.05.07: Malcolm Gladwell & Joyce Gladwell
06.30.06: John Maeda
06.23.06: Steve Sikora, Thomas R. Wright and Charlie Lazor
06.16.06: Stanley Hainsworth
06.09.06: Paola Antonelli
06.02.06: Ann Willoughby
05.26.06: William Lunderman
05.19.06: Todd Pruzan & Sam Potts
05.12.06: Gael Towey
05.05.06: Bad Boys of Design III
04.28.06: Brian Collins
04.21.06: Ed Fella
04.14.06: Jessica Helfand and William Drenttel
04.07.06: Steven Heller & Veronique Vienne
03.31.06: Art Chantry
03.24.06: Peter Buchanan-Smith
03.17.06: Kenneth FitzGerald
03.10.06: Christoph Niemann
03.03.06: Grant McCracken
02.24.06: Carin Goldberg
02.17.06: Hillman Curtis
02.10.06: Paul Sahre
02.03.06: Bill Grant
01.27.06: Jonathan Hoefler & Tobias Frere-Jones
01.20.06: Ellen Lupton
01.13.06: Rick Valicenti
01.06.06: Chip Kidd
08.12.05: Emily Oberman
08.05.05: Bad Boys of Design II
07.15.05: Paula Scher
06.29.05: Stefan Sagmeister
06.24.05: Andrew Geller, Alastair Gordon & Jake Gorst
06.17.05: David Barringer
06.15.05: Design Blogs: The Good, the Bad and the Nasty
06.10.05: Eames Demetrios
06.03.05: Sean Adams & Noreen Morioka
04.22.05: Live From Las Vegas with Rossi Ralenkotter
04.15.05: Brand Consulting
04.08.05: Michael Bierut
04.01.05: Marian Bantjes, Alexander Gelman & Michael Surtees
03.18.05: Grant McCracken, Part 2
03.11.05: Grant McCracken, Part 1
03.04.05: Steven Heller
03.01.05: Bad Boys of Design
02.11.05: Cheryl Swanson

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Design Observer: Ten Years


Design Observer was announced 10 years ago this month at the AIGA national conference in Vancouver. This year we celebrated our 10th anniversary at the AIGA national conference in Minneapolis with this film. WATCH >>


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National Design Award Trophy


On October 20, 2011, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum unveiled a new trophy for the National Design Awards. Originally designed in silicon carbide by Winterhouse in 2000, the trophy was launched as a part of an "asterisk" design exploratory. In 2011, Corning Museum's GlassLab undertook a new interpretation of the "asterisk" trophy in glass.
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Celebrations of Curious Characters: Dickens the Magician


Ricky Jay is an actor, a historian, a magician and a collector. Design Observer is pleased to share a selection of recorded broadcasts — all read and authored by Ricky Jay — brought to you along with the visual catalyst that inspired its tale. This is the last of four installments.
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Celebrations of Curious Characters: Taking it on the Chin


Ricky Jay is an actor, a historian, a magician and a collector. Design Observer is pleased to share a selection of recorded broadcasts — all read and authored by Ricky Jay — brought to you along with the visual catalyst that inspired its tale. This is the third of four installments.
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Celebrations of Curious Characters: Twins


Ricky Jay is an actor, a historian, a magician and a collector. Design Observer is pleased to share a selection of recorded broadcasts — all read and authored by Ricky Jay — brought to you along with the visual catalyst that inspired its tale. This is the second of four installments.
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Celebrations of Curious Characters: Calculations


Ricky Jay is an actor, a historian, a magician and a collector. Design Observer is pleased to share a selection of recorded broadcasts — all read and authored by Ricky Jay — brought to you along with the visual catalyst that inspired its tale. This is the first of four installments.
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Infrastructure


“How should we promote the Green Building Council’s 2011 conference, Greenbuild Next? How about with an abridged history of civilization in a series of 2,933 still photos?” The result? A stop-frame animation film on 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of paper — the history of civilization in 3 minutes and 44 seconds in the form of a concrete poem.
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Winterhouse: A Video


Andrew Sloat wrote and directed this short film about Winterhouse, the studio of William Drenttel and Jessica Helfand. It was made for the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in 2010.
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Designing, Writing, Teaching: Not My Real Job


In this funny and entertaining video, Designing, Writing, Teaching: Not My Real Job, Michael Bierut outlines the little decisions that led him to the work that he is doing today.
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892 Unique Ways to Partition A 3x4 Grid


The Dubberly Design Office recently published a poster depicting “the 892 unique ways to partition a 3x4 grid into unit rectangles.” This project was inspired by a patent received in 2006 by William Drenttel and Jessica Helfand of Winterhouse, Patent No. 7124360.
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Erik Spiekermann - Putting Back the Face into Typeface


In this video, Erik Spiekermann discusses his process and methods for designing type, his life's work and how sometimes graphic design can change lives.
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Michael Bierut on Clients


In January 2010, Michael Bierut gave at talk at CreativeMorning on the subject of clients.
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Michael Bierut on Typography


In a video interview with The Atlantic, Michael Bierut talks about typography, covering such topics as Stanley Kubrick’s favorite font, the cover design of The Catcher in the Rye and the link between phototypesetting and Free Love.
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Trailer for Film: Waiting for Superman


The trailer for the new film Waiting for Superman. WATCH >>


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John Madre: Massimo Vignelli


This film was directed and filmed by John Madere and edited by Aaron Wolfe in 2010. It is the first of a series featuring some of the preeminent figures in graphic design today. The films will be an extension of a still-portrait series of designers that Madere has been photographing since 2008.
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William Drenttel on Design and Social Innovation


A video of a talk on design and social innovation at the Feast Conference given by William Drenttel at the Feast Conference 2009.
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William Drenttel at Design Indaba


More than making beautiful things, design should be asking questions about how it can positively impact the world around us.
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Michael Bierut on 86 Notebooks


In this talk by Michael Bierut at the 99 Percent Conference in 2009, he gives tips on design productivity and five separate lessons using drawings and notes from his 86 notebooks.
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Aspen Design Summit: Film


This short film by GoodFocus Films captures participant perspectives at the Aspen Design Summit in November 2009.
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Stone River: The Passion of Jon Piasecki


Landscape architect Jon Piasecki, talks about nature, the woods, and a recent multi-year stone works project in New York State — Stone River.
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Start Asking: a Project by Ryan Fitzgibbon


Start Asking was Ryan Fitzgibbon's solution to the final challenge of Command X: Season 2, the graphic design reality show at the AIGA Make/Think Conference in Memphis.
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John Stossel on Graphic Design


This film was made in 2005 for 20/20, a beloved AIGA National Conference segment in which twenty designers are asked to talk about something for one minute each. This particular year, the conference itself had no theme, leaving Jessica Helfand no choice but to write a script for John Stossel, co-host, with Elizabeth Vargas, of the ABC-TV program, 20/20.
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Teddy Blanks on Figurines
Figurines

Significant Objects is a much-discussed experiment conducted by Joshua Glenn and Rob Walker. Their hypothesis: if a talented writer invents a story about a thrift-store object, that object will acquire not merely subjective but objective value — on eBay. In this instance, Design Observer contributor Teddy Blanks recorded his story as a song.
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Once Out of Chaos: Pauline Galiana


Natural sounds and natural lighting inform this elegiac mediation on making — on art formulated and gridded from the detritus of painting. This meticulously-paced video by Richard Devereaux takes the time to capture the beauty of hundreds of individually-sewn stitches, softly wavering in the breezes of a warm afternoon.
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Polling Place Photo Project


A retrospective of the Polling Place Photo Project, which asked American citizens to document the act of voting in all its glorious nationwide dissimilarity. Made in partnership with Winterhouse, co-sponsor of the Polling Place Photo Project. 2008
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Article 2 (for BHO)


Article 2 (for BHO) is a video short in honor of the historic swearing-in of our forty-fourth President, with the words Justice Roberts got mixed up on the big day. 2009
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More Perfect Union


More Perfect Union spells out the preamble to the United States Constitution with forty friends in a high school gym in New York City. 2007
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22nd Amendment


22nd Amendment, was made in the twilight of Bush's second term, a reminder that sometimes the Constitution is our best friend. 2007
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