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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman interviews Cliff Sloan about everything marketing.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Louise Fili discusses the importance of sketching, Italy, typography and why she prefers working with small organizations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Peter Mendelsund discusses how he became a book designer and his fear of the Kindle and iPad.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman,
Margaret Roach discusses
her career with Martha Stewart and her love of gardening.
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.
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Dori Tunstall discusses branding through the lens of a Design Anthropologist.
Alex Bogusky and John Bielenberg
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Alex Bogusky and John Bielenberg discuss branding, global warming, and impact entrepreneurs.
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.
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Michael Arad, discusses the World Trade Center Memorial.
Celebrations of Curious Characters: Dickens the Magician
A selection of recorded broadcasts read and authored by Ricky Jay — brought to you along with the visual catalyst that inspired its tale. The last of four installments.
Celebrations of Curious Characters: Taking it on the Chin
A recorded broadcast read and authored by Ricky Jay — along with the visual catalyst that inspired its tale. The third of four installments.
Celebrations of Curious Characters: Twins
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.
Celebrations of Curious Characters: Calculations
A recorded broadcast read and authored by Ricky Jay — brought to you along with the visual catalyst that inspired its tale. First of four installments.
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.
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.
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, meet artist and designer Jennifer Morla...
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.
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Grace Bonney discusses being a Phish follower, shaking off the cute and Design*Sponge scholarship program.
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.
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.
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.
In this audio with Debbie Millman, Eddie Opara discusses being educated by Jesuits, creating the Brooklyn Museum brand at 2x4, and working at Pentagram.
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
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Milton Glaser Podcast Interview
Podcast 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.
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.
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.
Vignelli Celebration: Season premiere of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, a podcast interview with Massimo Vignelli.
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
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
Teddy Blanks on Figurines
Significant Objects is a much-discussed experiment conducted by Joshua Glenn and Rob Walker. This story by Teddy Blanks is recorded as an MP3...
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.
Founder of McSweeny's and author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
, You Shall Know Our Velocity!
and What Is The What
Dee Dee Gordon
Dee Dee Gordon, renowned youth culture expert. Featured on PBS's Frontline Special Merchants of Cool
Gary Hustwit, independent filmmaker, has produced six feature documentaries, including Helvetica.
Allan Chochinov, editor-in-chief of Core77, Coroflot.com and DesignDirectory.com.
Dan Pink is an entrepreneur, speaker and author.
Daniel Formosa, Ph.D. is a consultant in product design and research, and a founder of Smart Design.
Gong Szeto, director of design and product design at Peak6 Investment.
Patrick Coyne, editor of Communication Arts, with special guests Milton Glaser and Cheryl Heller.
Natalia Ilyin is a design critic and educator.
Joe Duffy & Nate Voss
Nate Voss interviews Joe Duffy, creative director, whose clients include: Aveda, Coca-Cola and Sony.
Steve Heller & Lita Talerico
Lita Talarico and Steven Heller, co-founders of the MFA Design as Author program at SVA (School of Visual Arts).
Neville Brody, British designer and art director, has been at the forefront of design for two decades.
Jessica Helfand is a partner at Winterhouse and author of Scrapbooks: An American History.
Spoken Word Broadcast
All spoken word show featuring poems, prose and a short story.
Robynne Raye & Michael Straussberger
Robynne Raye & Michael Straussberger are graphic designers and co-founder of the acclaimed firm Modern Dog.
All music show with DJ and designer Michael Hodgson, co-founder of the design firm Ph.D.
Abbott Miller, partner at Pentagram and art director of 2wice magazine.
Laurie Rosenwald is a graphic designer, artist, illustrator, writer, television actress and author.
An all music show with DJ and designer Gordon Hull, co-founder of the firm Surface to Air.
Stefan Bucher is a graphic designer, illustrator and author, and creator of the Daily Monster.
Petrula Vrontikis is a graphic designer and educator at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.
Jonah Lehrer, editor-at-large for Seed Magazine, and contributor to NPR's Radio.
Vaughan Oliver is a graphic designer, artist and author.
Kurt Andersen is an award-winning journalist, author and host of the Peabody-winning NPR program Studio 360.
Eric Kandel is a psychiatrist, neuroscientist and professor at Columbia University.
Chip Kidd, award-winning book designer, musician and author.
Shepard Fairey is a designer and illustrator and author of Supply and Demand: The Art of Shepard Fairey
Bad Boys of Design IV
Designers Marc Alt, Mike Essl, Alberto Rigau and others.
Josh Liberson & Ethan Trask
Josh Liberson and Ethan Trask are the designers and founders of the firm Helicopter.
Alan Dye is the creative director at Apple, previously he was the design director at Kate Spade.
Jan Wilker & Hjalti Karlsson
Jan Wilker & Hjalti Karlsson of karlssonwilker are designers and authors of Tell Me Why.
Alice Twemlow is a design critic, SVA educator and author of What Is Graphic Design For?
Luke Hayman is a designer and partner at Pentagram Design.
Janet Froelich, former creative director at The New York Times Magazine, is currently design director at Real Simple.
Barbara Kruger is an artist whose work has been exhibited in major museums throughout the world.
Jeffrey Keyton is the senior vice president, On-Air Design and Off-Air Creative, MTV.
Luba Lukova is a designer and illustrator.
Maira Kalman, a remarkable, magical, designer, illustrator, educator, author and national treasure.
Not David Carson
A special interview about David Carson, featuring guest vocalist Simon Lince.
Jakob Trollback is a designer, filmmaker and DJ.
Andrea Deszo is a designer, artist and educator.
Minda Gralnek is the executive vice president, creative at the Target Corporation.
Marty Neumeier is a brand consultant and author of Brand Gap, Zag and The Brand Dictionary.
Elliott Earls, designer, performance artist, and head of graphic design at Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Doyald, typographer and author of The Art of the Letter and Logotypes.
Designers, Writers & Magazines
Joyce Rutter Kaye of Print; Michela Abrahms, of Dwell; Barbara DeWilde of House Beautiful; Laetitia Wolff of Surface.
Ze Frank is a writer, designer and host of The Ze Frank Show.
Seth Godin is the author of Purple Cow and All Marketers Are Liars.
Malcolm Gladwell & Joyce Gladwell
Malcolm Gladwell, author New York Times bestseller The Outliers and Joyce Gladwell, author of Brown Face.
John Maeda, was head of the MIT Media Lab, and currently is president of Rhode Island School of Design.
Steve Sikora, Thomas R. Wright and Charlie Lazor
Steve Sikora, Thomas R. Wright and Charlie Lazor, talk pre-fab houses and modern design.
Stanley Hainsworth, former Design Director at Starbucks, currently founder of Tether in Seattle.
Paola Antonelli is a curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art.
Ann Willoughby is the creative director of Willoughby Design Group.
William Lunderman is the Vice President, Global Design, Colgate-Palmolive Company.
Todd Pruzan & Sam Potts
Todd Pruzan is an editor and writer, and Sam Potts is designer and writer.
Gael Towey is 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, led the brand innovation division of Ogilvy & Mather and then founded Collins.
Ed Fella, artist and graphic designer whose work has influenced contemporary typography and art.
Jessica Helfand and William Drenttel
Jessica Helfand and William Drenttel work in partnership at Winterhouse and are founders of Design Observer.
Steven Heller & Veronique Vienne
Veronique Vienne, writer, and Steven Heller, art director and author, talk books.
Over a few decades, Art s ideas and personal style have branded the look of popular culture
Peter Buchanan-Smith, founder of Buchanan-Smith LLC and the author of Speck and The Wilco Book.
Kenneth FitzGerald, artist, witer, and educator at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.
Christoph Niemann, New York based illustrator and humorist.
Grant McCracken PhD, author and a research affiliate at MIT.
Carin Goldberg was a staff designer at CBS before establishing her own firm, Carin Goldberg Design.
Hillman Curtis, motion graphic designer: clients include MTV, Rolling Stone and Adobe.
Paul Sahre, graphic designer and illustrator.
Bill Grant, founder of the Grant Design Collaborative in Atlanta.
Jonathan Hoefler & Tobias Frere-Jones
Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones, work with brand leaders, developing original typefaces.
Ellen Lupton, writer, graphic designer and a curator of contemporary design at the Cooper-Hewitt.
Rick Valicenti, founder of the design firm Thirst and author of the book Emotion As Promotion.
Chip Kidd, award-winning book designer, musician and author.
Emily Oberman, senior designer at M&Co, now partner of Number Seventeen, a New York design firm.
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, co-founded Koppel & Scher in the 1970s and is now a partner at Pentagram.
Stefan Sagmeister, a candid and revealing discussion with the design master.
Andrew Geller, Alastair Gordon & Jake Gorst
Andrew Geller, Alastair Gordon and Jake Gorst, talk about Jake's documentary Leisurama.
David Barringer, talks about his new book and his views on the state of graphic design today.
Design Blogs: The Good, the Bad and the Nasty
Rick Poyner, Armin Vit, Bryony Gomez-Palacio, Jen Beckman, Adrian Hanft and Bennett Holzworth, talk blogging.
Eames Demetrios, grandson of Charles and Ray Eames, discusses new innovations from the "House of Eames."
Sean Adams & Noreen Morioka
Sean Adams & Noreen Morioka: their client list includes MTV, VH1, Sundance and Nickelodeon.
Live From Las Vegas with Rossi Ralenkotter
Rossi Ralenkotter, President/CEO for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Susan Benjamin, Emmy Award nominated Set Designer.
A discussion about branding, design and cultural anthropology with leading practitioners in each discipline.
Michael Bierut, Pentagram partner, started at Vignelli Associates.
Marian Bantjes, Alexander Gelman & Michael Surtees
Marian Bantjes, typographer, Alexander Gelman, designer extraordinaire & 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, author and a research affiliate at MIT.
Steven Heller, art director, educator and author of over 100 books on design.
Bad Boys of Design
Designers Michael Ian Kaye, Mark Kingsley, Petter Ringbom, James Victore and Armin Vit.
Cheryl Swanson, founder of Toniq, applies her background in anthropology and psychology to branding.