Design Observer

About
Books
Job Board
Newsletters
Archive
Contact



Observer Media

About
Submissions
Contact


Podcasts

Design Matters with Debbie Millman
Insights Per Minute


Departments

Audio
Video


Design Matters 2009-2013


Design Matters with Debbie Millman is a thought-provoking internet podcast, which profiles industry-leading graphic designers, change agents, artists, writers and educators.

04.14.14

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 >>

04.07.14

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 >>

03.31.14

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 >>

03.24.14

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 >>

03.17.14

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 >>

03.10.14

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 >>

01.13.14

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 >>

01.06.14

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 >>

12.23.13

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 >>

12.16.13

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 >>

12.09.13

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 >>

11.25.13

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 >>

11.18.13

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 >>

11.11.13

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 >>

11.04.13

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 >>

10.28.13

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 >>

10.21.13

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 >>

07.29.13

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 >>

07.22.13

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 >>

07.15.13

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 >>

07.08.13

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 >>

05.31.13

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.
LISTEN >>

05.17.13

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.
LISTEN >>

05.10.13

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.
LISTEN >>

05.03.13

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.
LISTEN >>

04.19.13

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.
LISTEN >>

04.12.13

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.
LISTEN >>

04.05.13

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).
LISTEN >>

03.29.13

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

03.22.13

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.
LISTEN >>

03.22.13

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.
LISTEN >>

03.08.13

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.
LISTEN >>

03.01.13

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.
LISTEN >>

02.22.13

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."
LISTEN >>

02.15.13

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.
LISTEN >>

02.08.13

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.
LISTEN >>

01.11.13

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.
LISTEN >>

01.04.13

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.
LISTEN >>

12.21.12

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.
LISTEN >>

12.14.12

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.
LISTEN >>

12.07.12

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.
LISTEN >>

11.30.12

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.
LISTEN >>

11.16.12

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.
LISTEN >>

11.09.12

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.
LISTEN >>

11.02.12

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.
LISTEN >>

10.26.12

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.
LISTEN >>

10.19.12

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.
LISTEN >>

05.04.12

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.
LISTEN >>

04.27.12

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.
LISTEN >>

04.20.12

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.
LISTEN >>

04.13.12

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.
LISTEN >>

04.06.12

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".
LISTEN >>

03.30.12

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.
LISTEN >>

03.09.12

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.
LISTEN >>

03.02.12

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.
LISTEN >>

02.24.12

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.
LISTEN >>

02.17.12

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.
LISTEN >>

02.10.12

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.
LISTEN >>

02.03.12

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.
LISTEN >>

01.27.12

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.
LISTEN >>

12.16.11

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.
LISTEN >>

12.09.11

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.
LISTEN >>

12.02.11

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.
LISTEN >>

11.18.11

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.
LISTEN >>

11.11.11

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.
LISTEN >>

11.04.11

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.
LISTEN >>

10.28.11

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

10.14.11

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.
LISTEN >>

10.07.11

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

09.30.11

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

09.23.11

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.
LISTEN >>

09.16.11

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

07.08.11

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.
LISTEN >>

05.13.11

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.
LISTEN >>

04.22.11

Jennifer Morla
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, meet artist and designer Jennifer Morla...
LISTEN >>

04.15.11

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.
LISTEN >>

04.08.11

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.
LISTEN >>

04.01.11

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.
LISTEN >>

03.25.11

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.
LISTEN >>

03.11.11

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.
LISTEN >>

03.04.11

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.
LISTEN >>

02.25.11

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.
LISTEN >>

02.23.11

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.
LISTEN >>

02.11.11

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.
LISTEN >>

02.04.11

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."
LISTEN >>

12.17.10

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.
LISTEN >>

12.10.10

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.
LISTEN >>

12.03.10

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.
LISTEN >>

11.19.10

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.
LISTEN >>

11.12.10

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.
LISTEN >>

11.05.10

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.
LISTEN >>

10.29.10

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.
LISTEN >>

10.22.10

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.
LISTEN >>

10.15.10

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.
LISTEN >>

10.08.10

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.


LISTEN >>

09.24.10

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.
LISTEN >>

09.17.10

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

11.19.09

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.
LISTEN >>

10.12.09

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.
LISTEN >>

08.17.09

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.
LISTEN >>

ABOUT THE CREATOR

Debbie Millman is the president of the design division at Sterling Brands. She is also President of the AIGA, a contributing editor at Print Magazine, and on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts. In 2005, she began hosting "Design Matters with Debbie Millman."
More Bio >>

DESIGN OBSERVER JOBS