Design Matters with Debbie Millman

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Design Matters with Debbie Millman is one of the world’s very first podcasts. Broadcasting independently for over 13 years, the show is about how incredibly creative people design the arc of their lives.

Episode Date
Design Matters from the Archive: Cindy Gallop
Debbie talks to Cindy Gallop about her career in advertising and about the trouble people have communicating about sex.
Aug 13, 2018
Barry Blitt
Debbie talks to New Yorker celebrated cover artist Barry Blitt about where his ideas come from.
Aug 06, 2018
Neville Brody
On this episode, Debbie brings the great English designer, typographer, and art director Neville Brody to the stage.
Jul 30, 2018
Paula Scher
“...The thing about your fifties is you have power...all those people you grew up with, they’re in their fifties too and they’ve got power, so they can actually give you some decent work.”
Jul 23, 2018
Steven Heller
Debbie talks to author and art director Steven Heller live on stage.
Jul 16, 2018
Matthew Carter
Debbie talks to the great type designer Matthew Carter live on stage.
Jul 09, 2018
Laurie Anderson
Debbie Millman brings artist Laurie Anderson live on stage to discuss her career, art, life, and politics.
Jul 02, 2018
Amy Sherald
Debbie talks to portrait painter Amy Sherald about her emotionally evocative work.
Jun 25, 2018
Lewis Lapham
On this episode Debbie talks to Lewis Lapham about his long career in journalism and the media landscape today.
Jun 18, 2018
Carmen Maria Machado
Debbie talks to writer Carmen Maria Machado about her writing, life, career, and the importance of ego.
Jun 11, 2018
Aminatou Sow
Debbie talks to Aminatou Sow about her podcast and her career in tech.
Jun 04, 2018
Erin McKeown
Debbie talks to muscian, playwright, and activist Erin McKeown about the ups and downs in her career, and about writing a musical for the first time.
May 28, 2018
Priya Parker
Debbie talks to author and conflict resolution mediator Priya Parker about meetings and gatherings and why so many of them don’t work.
May 21, 2018
Jack Ferver
Debbie talks to performance artist and dancer Jack Ferver about his career in dance theater and the politics in his work.
May 14, 2018
Pamela Paul
Debbie Millman talks with author and editor Pamela Paul about books and book reviewing.
May 07, 2018
Anand Giridharadas
Debbie Millman talks to journalist Anand Giridharadas about his career, about a divided America, and about tech monopolies.
Apr 30, 2018
David Spergel
Debbie talks to astrophysicist David Spergel about the origins of the universe.
Apr 23, 2018
Edel Rodriguez
Debbie talks to Edel Rodriguez about his career and his celebrated illustrations of Donald Trump.
Apr 16, 2018
Simon Doonan
On this episode, Debbie talks to Simon Doonan about his unlikely career and his formula for creative window displays.
Apr 09, 2018
Richard Haines
Debbie talks to Richard Haines about his late blooming career as an illustrator.
Apr 02, 2018
Nick Law
On this episode Debbie talks to Nick Law about working through failure.
Mar 26, 2018
David Korins
On this episode, Debbie talks with set designer David Korins about his impressive career on Broadway, his design process, and his latest projects.
Mar 19, 2018
Sukey Novogratz
On this episode, Debbie talks to Sukey Novogratz about meditation and recovery from trauma.
Mar 12, 2018
Edwin Schlossberg
On this episode, Debbie talks to interactive designer Edwin Schlossberg about his career and about the time he asked a Vatican archivist why they had cataloged so little of their historical treasures.
Mar 05, 2018
Steven Pinker
On this episode, Debbie talks to experimental psychologist and author Steven Pinker about measuring human happiness.
Feb 26, 2018
Kaki King
On this episode, Debbie talks to musician Kaki King about performing and composing.
Feb 19, 2018
David Cay Johnston
On this episode, Debbie talks to David Cay Johnston about the fun of investigative journalism..
Feb 12, 2018
Design Matters 2017 Highlights
Debbie looks back at some of her favorite highlights of 2017 including Thomas Kail, Elizabeth Alexander, Mike Mills, Sarah Jones, Anil Dash, and Brian Koppelman.
Jan 15, 2018
Barry Blitt
Debbie talks to New Yorker celebrated cover artist Barry Blitt about where his ideas come from.
Dec 26, 2017
Richard Saul Wurman
Debbie talks to TED founder Richard Saul Wurman about learning and education.
Dec 18, 2017
Marina Abramović
Debbie talks to performance artist Marina Abramović about her career, her art, and her incredible body of work.
Dec 11, 2017
Catie Lazarus
Debbie talks to podcast host, comic, and comedy writer Catie Lazarus about comedy, and about the grey area of comedians telling off-color jokes.
Dec 11, 2017
Tim Ferriss
Debbie talks to four time New York Times best selling author Tim Ferriss about depression, suicide, and major changes in his life.
Dec 04, 2017
Mike Mills
Debbie talks to artist and filmmaker Mike Mills about his career and his formative influences.
Nov 27, 2017
Deborah Kass
Debbie talks to artist Deborah Kass about her long and extraordinary career.
Nov 20, 2017
Kenny Fries
Debbie Millman talks to writer Kenny Fries about living with, and writing about disability.
Nov 13, 2017
Emma Donoghue
Debbie talks to novelist Emma Donoghue about gender, race, and the value of fiction.
Nov 06, 2017
Esther Perel
Debbie talks to therapist and author Esther Perel about marriage, polyamory, and adultry.
Oct 30, 2017
Brené Brown
Debbie talks to author and researcher Brené Brown about belonging, courage, and vulnerability.
Oct 23, 2017
Thomas Kail
Debbie talks to director Thomas Kail about his career and about the joys of collaboration.
Oct 16, 2017
Design Matters from the Archive: James Victore
Debbie talks to James Victore about his apprenticeship in graphic design, about the role of opinion in his work, and about his suspicions of surface beauty and polish.
Oct 09, 2017
Design Matters from the Archive: Marian Bantjes
Debbie Millman talks to Marian Bantjes about her daring typography and her highly ornamental design.
Oct 02, 2017
Design Matters From The Archive: Massimo Vignelli
Debbie talked to Massimo Vignelli about his favorite typeface, his fight against vulgarity and meaningless design, and what he means by forceful design.
Sep 25, 2017
Design Matters From The Archive: Massimo Vignelli
Debbie talked to Massimo Vignelli about his favorite typeface, his fight against vulgarity and meaningless design, and what he means by forceful design.
Sep 25, 2017
Design Matters from the Archive: Brian Koppelman
Debbie talks to Billions show runner Brian Koppelman about why he became a writer after years as a record promoter and producer.
Sep 11, 2017
Design Matters from the Archive: Eileen Myles
Debbie talks to poet Eileen Myles about poetry, fame, and politics.
Sep 04, 2017
Design Matters from the Archive: Cindy Gallop
Debbie talks to Cindy Gallop about her career in advertising and about the trouble people have communicating about sex. “People therefore find it bizarrely difficult to talk about sex with the people they’re having it with while they are actually having it.”
Aug 28, 2017
Design Matters from the Archive: Adam J. Kurtz
Debbie Millman talks to Adam J. Kurtz about designing for psychological health.
Aug 21, 2017
Design Matters from the Archive: Gail Bichler
Debbie talks to Gail Bichler about magazine design and the role of the magazine cover in the digital age.
Aug 14, 2017
Design Matters from the Archive: Alison Bechdel
Debbie talks to Alison Bechdel about how identifying herself as a lesbian when she was young led her into a career as a cartoonist.
Aug 07, 2017
Design Matters from the Archive: Lisa Congdon
Debbie talks with artist and writer Lisa Congdon about how she sometimes felt like an imposter.
Jul 31, 2017
Design Matters from the Archive: Anil Dash
Debbie talks to Anil Dash about politics, technology, and culture.
Jul 24, 2017
Design Matters from the Archive: Lynda Weinman
Debbie talks to lynda.com’s Lynda Weinman about how the internet is challenging the traditional classroom model.
Jul 17, 2017
Design Matters from the Archive: Caroline Paul
Debbie talks to writer Caroline Paul about her death-defying adventures, and how girls must learn the difference between fear and exhilaration.
Jul 03, 2017
Design Matters from the Archive: Chris Anderson
Debbie Millman talks to Chris Anderson about how the TED conference has helped changed the way we learn.
Jun 26, 2017
Design Matters from the Archive: Alain de Botton
Debbie talks to Alain de Botton about love and sex.
Jun 19, 2017
Design Matters from the Archive: Bonnie Siegler
Debbie talks to designer Bonnie Siegler about her career and about the conflict between designers and their clients. "The clients aren’t the problem, the clients aren’t jerks, they’re not assholes, it’s not that they have bad taste, or anything like that. Sometimes they just have no idea how to interact with professional creative people."
Jun 05, 2017
Design Matters from the Archive: Nico Muhly
Debbie talks to composer Nico Muhly about his music and about the musicians who interpret it. "I always feel like they appreciate something that’s detailed on the page to indicate that I know what I’m talking about, but with room for them to continue the conversation when I’m dead."
May 29, 2017
Design Matters from the Archive: Krista Tippet
On this podcast Debbie talks to Krista Tippet about her religious orientation, her struggle with depression, and about why it’s so hard to understand our historical moment.
May 22, 2017
Design Matters from the Archive: Amanda Palmer
On this podcast Debbie talks to Amanda Palmer about her wild and wandering path to the rock stage, and about how behind her artistic ambition is the drive to feel real.
May 15, 2017
Steven Heller
On this podcast Debbie talks to Steven Heller about his attitude when he was a young designer.
May 01, 2017
Brian Collins
Debbie talks to Brian Collins about why designers shouldn’t think of themselves as mere problem solvers.
Apr 24, 2017
DJ Stout
DJ Stout is a sixth generation Texan, award-winning designer, and partner at Pentagram.
Apr 17, 2017
Sarah Jones
On this podcast Debbie talks to playwright Sarah Jones about her relationship with her characters.
Apr 10, 2017
Elizabeth Alexander
Debbie talks to poet Elizabeth Alexander about the journey of her extraordinary life and how death makes us think about what we truly value.
Apr 03, 2017
Jonathan Adler
On this episode Debbie talks to Jonathan Adler about how his pottery defined his aesthetic.
Mar 27, 2017
Connie Birdsall
Debbie talks to Connie Birdsall about designing some of the most successful brands of our time and what to do when a meeting with clients is not going well.
Mar 20, 2017
Rochelle Udell
On this podcast Debbie talks to Rochelle Udell about her very creative professional life.
Mar 13, 2017
Mike Rigby
On this podcast Debbie talks to Mike Rigby about his international career in design and branding and how to stay creatively engaged.
Mar 06, 2017
Design Matters from the Archive: Su Mathews Hale
Debbie talks to Su Matthews Hale about her efforts to bring more attention to female designers
Mar 02, 2017
Sam Winston
On this episode Debbie talks to artist + writer Sam Winston about his life-long fascination with type.
Feb 27, 2017
Nicholas Blechman
On this podcast Debbie talks to Nicholas Blechman about the importance of political satire.
Feb 13, 2017
Seth Godin
Debbie talks to Seth Godin about how to live in our difficult political moment.
Feb 06, 2017
Anil Dash
Debbie Millman talks to Anil Dash about politics, technology and culture.
Jan 30, 2017
Brian Koppelman
Debbie talks to Brian Koppelman about why he became a writer after years as a record promoter and producer.
Jan 23, 2017
Design Matters: Best Of 2016
Debbie highlights some of her favorite conversations of 2016, including Alison Bechdel, Alain de Botton, Lisa Congdon, Chris Anderson, Krista Tippet, Eileen Myles, and Amanda Palmer.
Jan 02, 2017
Adam J. Kurtz
Debbie talks to Adam J. Kurtz about designing for psychological health. “I’m not going to change your life, I’m just going to share with you the tools that are helping me.”
Dec 26, 2016
Gail Bichler
Debbie talks to New York Times Magazine design director Gail Bichler about magazine design and the role of the magazine cover in the digital age.
Dec 19, 2016
Cindy Gallop
Debbie talks to Cindy Gallop about her career in advertising and about the trouble people have communicating about sex.
Dec 12, 2016
Cindy Gallop
Debbie talks to Cindy Gallop about her career in advertising and about the trouble people have communicating about sex.
Dec 12, 2016
Tim Ferriss Part 1
Debbie talks to writer Tim Ferriss about the strategies he has used to change his life.
Dec 06, 2016
Eileen Myles
Debbie talks to poet Eileen Myles about poetry, fame, and politics.
Nov 28, 2016
Keira Alexandra
Debbie talks to designer Keira Alexandra about what to do when you need extras for a video shoot.
Nov 21, 2016
Pierluigi Serraino
Debbie talks to architect Pierluigi Serraino about some of the things creative people have in common.
Nov 14, 2016
Grace Bonney
Debbie talks to Design*Sponge founder Grace Bonney about her new book on women entrepreneurs and makers and about the necessity and difficulty of change.
Nov 07, 2016
Steven Watson
Debbie talks to Stack Magazines founder Steven Watson about the passion behind the independent magazines that he loves.
Oct 31, 2016
Bonnie Siegler
Debbie talks to designer Bonnie Siegler about her career and about the conflict between designers and their clients.
Oct 24, 2016
Lana Z Porter
Debbie talks to designer, writer, and researcher Lana Z. Porter about branding for millennials + more.
Oct 17, 2016
Giorgia Lupi
Debbie talks to information designer Giorgia Lupi about data visualization and the data of our personal lives.
Oct 10, 2016
Joe Hollier
Debbie talks to Joe Hollier about an invention of his that is designed to bring back boredom in the era of the smartphone.
Oct 03, 2016
Kelli Anderson
Debbie talks to artist and designer Kelli Anderson about her new pop-up book, This Book is a Planetarium, and about her collaboration with They Might Be Giants.
Sep 26, 2016
Design Matters from the Archive: Tobias Frere-Jones
Debbie talks to type designer Tobias Frere-Jones about his career and why typefaces are like the air we breathe.
Sep 12, 2016
Design Matters from the Archive: Maira Kalman
Debbie talks to writer and illustrator Maira Kalman about how ordinary objects inspire her art, and about her collaborations with the likes of Mark Morris and Isaac Mizrahi.
Sep 05, 2016
Design Matters from the Archive: Maria Konnikova
Debbie talks to psychology writer Maria Konnikova about her career and her fascination with con artists. She explains why so many people fall prey to confidence games.
Aug 22, 2016
Design Matters from the Archive: Maria Konnikova
Debbie talks to psychology writer Maria Konnikova about her career and her fascination with con artists. She explains why so many people fall prey to confidence games.
Aug 22, 2016
Design Matters from the Archive: Eli Horowitz
Debbie talks to editor and digital novelist Eli Horowitz about the virtues of collaboration + more
Aug 15, 2016
Design Matters from the Archive: Roz Chast
Debbie talks to Roz Chast about how she earned a coveted spot as a cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine, and how her art is informed by the brutal reality of life.
Aug 08, 2016
Design Matters from the Archive: Timothy Goodman
Debbie talks to Timothy Goodman about how, after barely getting through high school, he went on to a very visible career that he is still in the process of defining.
Aug 01, 2016
Design Matters from the Archive: Tiffany Shlain
On this episode, Debbie talks to Tiffany Shlain about her films, about starting the Webby Awards, and about the growing presence of technology in our lives.
Jul 25, 2016
Design Matters from the Archive: Brandon Stanton
Debbie talks to photographer Brandon Stanton about his ongoing project “Humans of New York” and why total strangers open up to him.
Jul 18, 2016
Gretchen Rubin
Debbie talks to author Gretchen Rubin about happiness and the power of habit.
Jul 05, 2016
Alain de Botton
Debbie talks to Alain de Botton about  love and sex.
Jun 27, 2016
Chris Anderson
Debbie talks to Chris Anderson about how the TED conference has helped changed the way we learn.
Jun 20, 2016
Design Matters from the Archive: Isaac Mizrahi
Debbie talks to Isaac Mizrahi about why he loves fashion and why he does so many things outside of fashion.
Jun 13, 2016
Design Matters from the Archive: Julia Turshen
Debbie talks to Julia about cooking and writing, and how to peel a hard-boiled egg.
Jun 06, 2016
Design Matters from the Archive: Ben Schott
Debbie talks to Ben Schott about the importance of failing early in one’s career, about how to take a politician’s picture, and about writing and designing his own books.
May 30, 2016
Lisa Congdon
On this episode Debbie talks with artist and writer Lisa Congdon about how she sometimes felt like an imposter.
May 23, 2016
Steven Heller
On their annual podcast Debbie talks to graphic design guru Steve about how to deliver social critiques with a punch.
May 16, 2016
Alison Bechdel
Debbie talks to Alicon Bechdel about how identifying herself as a lesbian when she was young lead her into a career as a cartoonist.
May 09, 2016
Nico Muhly
Debbie talks to composer Nico Muhly about his music and about the musicians who interpret it.
May 02, 2016
Todd Waterbury
Debbie Millman talks to Target’s Chief Creative Officer Todd Waterbury about how technology is changing consumption and about how smart phones have raised our expectations for how companies should interact with us.
Apr 25, 2016
Caroline Paul
Debbie talks to writer Caroline Paul about her death-defying adventures, and how girls must learn the difference between fear and exhilaration.
Apr 18, 2016
Amanda Palmer
Debbie talks to Amanda about her wild and wandering path to the rock stage, and about how behind her artistic ambitions is the drive to feel real.
Apr 12, 2016
Krista Tippett
Debbie talks with radio host Krista Tippett about her religious orientation, her struggle with depression, and about why it’s so hard to understand our historical moment.
Apr 04, 2016
Greg Hahn + Ryan Moore
Debbie talks to branding designers Greg Hahn and Ryan Moore about their process when working with clients such as Netflix and MoMA.
Mar 28, 2016
Kate Bolick
Debbie Millman talks with writer Kate Bolick about society’s historically skeptical view of a single woman.
Mar 21, 2016
Mimi Váldes
Debbie talks to Mimi Valdés about her unstoppable career, from magazine editor to her creative partnership with the pop singer Pharrell Williams.
Feb 22, 2016
Ayse Birsel
Debbie talks to Ayse Birsel about her expansive career as an industrial designer and how she uses art and design to reconstruct her personal and professional life around a core idea.
Feb 15, 2016
Eric Zimmer
Debbie talks to Eric Zimmer about the twists and turns in his surprising career as a tech entrepreneur, and abot some of the things he’s learned along the way.
Feb 08, 2016
Tucker Nichols
Debbie talks to artist Tucker Nichols about his art, and the quality of the art he loves.
Dec 28, 2015
Doug Powell
On this episode Debbie talks to Doung Powell about how designers can use their skills beyond the confines of the profession.
Dec 21, 2015
Scott Clemons
Debbie talks to Scott Clemons about one of the great printers and designers of all time.
Nov 30, 2015
Simon Sinek
Debbie Millman talks to author Simon Sinek about the fruits of good leadership.
Nov 15, 2015
Robin Petravic + Catherine Bailey
Debbie talks with Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey about running Heath Ceramics.
Nov 09, 2015
Michael Bierut
Debbie talks to Design Observer co-founder Michael Bierut about why he thinks graphic design is so cool.
Nov 02, 2015
Jonathan Fields
Author and entrepreneur Jonathan Fields on his previous careers as a lawyer and personal trainer, and on The Good Life. "The Good Life is not a place at which you arrive, it’s a lens through which you see and create."
Oct 12, 2015
Design Matters From the Archive: Clement Mok
Debbie talks to designer Clement Mok about the early days of Apple computer, the heady days of the software bubble, and the joys of working for Steve Jobs.
Sep 28, 2015
Design Matters From the Archive: Bob Gill
Debbie talks to legendary designer Bob Gill about coming up in the profession in the 1950s, about working with the Beatles, and the problem with many designers today.
Sep 21, 2015
Design Matters from the Archive: Michael Donovan + Nancye Green
Michael Donovan + Nancye Green on their partnership in marriage and design.
Sep 14, 2015
Design Matters From the Archive: Michael Arad
The designer of the 9/11 memorial—Michael Arad— on the process of design.
Sep 07, 2015
Design Matters From the Archive: Chip Kidd
Debbie talks to book designer Chip Kidd about why his TED talk turned into the most terrifying 19 minutes of his life, and about his book of graphic design for children.
Aug 31, 2015
Design Matters From The Archive: Marion Deuchars
Debbie talks to illustrator and author Marion Deuchars about the expressiveness of hand-lettering, about how drawing is an intense form of looking, and the limited value of technology in teaching art to children.
Aug 24, 2015
Design Matters From the Archive: Louise Fili
Debbie talks to Louise Fili about designing book covers, designing for restaurants, about why she prefers working for small businesses, and about the importance of sketching.
Aug 17, 2015
Design Matters from the Archive: Peter Mendelsund
Debbie talks to Peter Mendelsund about what makes a great book cover, rebranding the classics, and about his fears of the iPad and Kindle.
Aug 03, 2015
Design Matters From The Archive: Caroline Paul + Wendy MacNaughton
Debbie talks to illustrator Wendy MacNaughton and author Caroline Paul about their unusually intimate collaboration on a book.
Jul 27, 2015
Design Matters from the Archive: Brian Rea
Debbie talks to Brian Rea about the value of being rejected, about art directing for the New York Times, and about his development as an illustrator.
Jul 20, 2015
Design Matters From The Archive: Rob Walker
Debbie talks to Rob Walker about the Sunggie and his fantasy branding project.
Jul 13, 2015
Design Matters From The Archive: Marian Bantjes
Debbie talks to Marian Bantjes about her daring typography and her highly ornamental designs.
Jul 06, 2015
Kelli Anderson
Debbie talks to Kelli Anderson about what design can tell us about the world.
Jun 29, 2015
Design Matters From the Archive: Tina Roth Eisenberg
Debbie talks to SwissMiss — aka Tina Roth Eisenberg — discusses her blog, CreativeMornings, and the beauty found in ordinary things.
Jun 22, 2015
Design Matters From The Archive: James Victore
Debbie Millman and James Victore discusses his book, putting his opinion in the work and the difference between God-jobs and money jobs.
Jun 15, 2015
Oliver Jeffers
Debbie talks to artist and illustrator Oliver Jeffers, who explains how illustrating and writing children’s books has changed his fine art painting.
Jun 08, 2015
Carolina Rogoll
Branding expert Carolina Rogoll talks about how to update a brand and why sabbaticals are a good idea.
Jun 01, 2015
Audrey Arbeeny
Recorded live at "What Design Sounds Like," Debbie talks to Audrey Arbeeny about audio branding.
May 18, 2015
Virginia Postrel
Debbie Millman talks to Virginia Postrel about the power of glamorous objects and glamorous people.
May 11, 2015
Elle Luna
Debbie Millman talks to Elle Luna about why she walked away from great design jobs with IDEO, Uber, and Mailbox.
May 04, 2015
Ron Burrage
Debbie Millman talks to Ron Burrage about his design career, his performance career, and about how to design fearlessly.
Apr 27, 2015
Julia Turshen
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Julia Turshen about cooking and writing (and how to successfully peel a hard boiled egg).
Apr 20, 2015
Steven Heller
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Steven Heller about his new book Graphic Style Lab.
Apr 13, 2015
Lynda Weinman
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie talks to lynda.com’s Lynda Weinman about how the internet is challenging the traditional classroom model.
Apr 06, 2015
Morley
On this episode of Design Matters Debbie Millman talks to Morley about her songs of social change.
Mar 30, 2015
Ben Watson
On this episode Debbie Millman talks to Herman Miller’s Ben Watson about how design affects people who never even think about design.
Mar 23, 2015
Louise Sandhaus
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman speaks with Louise Sandhaus about her macrobiotic past, her new book, and her struggles to get it published.
Mar 16, 2015
Jessica Walsh + Timothy Goodman
On this week’s episode Debbie Millman talks to Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman about their unusual collaboration
Mar 10, 2015
Isaac Mizrahi
To launch the 10th season of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Isaac Mizrahi about why he loves fashion and why he does so many things outside of fashion.
Mar 02, 2015
Chee Pearlman
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to editor, curator, and design fairy godmother Chee Pearlman about editing a design magazine and designing conferences.
Dec 29, 2014
Liz Danzico
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Liz Danzico about writing and designing, life in NYC, and why it’s so important to keep learning (and re-learning).
Dec 22, 2014
Justin Ahrens
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Justin Ahrens about designing for social change and his book.
Dec 15, 2014
Ji Lee
On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Debbie talks with designer Ji Lee about why he hates most advertising, but why he loves the idea of advertising on Facebook (where he works).
Dec 08, 2014
Emily Spivack
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to writer and curator Emily Spivack about how our clothes are more than fabric and thread.
Dec 01, 2014
Moira Cullen
On this episode of Design Matters Debbie Millman talks to Moira Cullen—design strategist, writer and educator—about her innovative design work for some of the world’s leading brands.
Nov 24, 2014
Tina + Ryan Essmaker
On this episode of Design Matters Debbie Millman talks to Tina and Ryan Essmaker, designers, photographers, creative directors and cofounders of The Great Discontent
Nov 17, 2014
Caroline Baumann
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Cooper Hewitt director Caroline Baumann about her career in museums and why the interest in design has surged in recent years.
Nov 10, 2014
Fritz Karch
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Fritz Karch on being a stylist for Martha Stewart, owning an antique shop, and what it means to be a collector.
Nov 03, 2014
Ben Schott
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Ben Schott about the importance of failing early in one’s career, about how to take a politician’s picture, and about writing and designing his own books.
Oct 27, 2014
Petter Ringbom
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Petter Ringbom about his years at the creative agency Flat, and how he moved away from graphic design into filmmaking.
Oct 20, 2014
Tom Geismar
In this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to legendary designer Tom Geismar about how the practice of design has changed since the 1950s.
Oct 13, 2014
Noah Brier
Noah Brier on brands, design and content in the age of social media.
Jun 02, 2014
Dani Shapiro
On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Debbie talks to writer Dani Shapiro about being raised an Orthodox Jew, about being vulnerable in her work, and about writing her way out of an existential crisis.
May 26, 2014
Brian Singer
On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Debbie talks to Brian Singer, Communication Design team leader at Facebook,.
May 19, 2014
Steven Heller
Steven Heller talks about graphic design before it was called graphic design, and about whether design magazines have a future in print.
May 12, 2014
Rachel Sussman
Artist Rachel Sussman discusses her new book and explains what it was like to be abandoned without supplies — or a phone — in Greenland.  
May 05, 2014
Scott Lerman
Scott Lerman talks about his new step-by-step book about brand strategy and about how consumer research can limit innovative thinking.
Apr 28, 2014
Maria Giudice
Maria Giudice talks with Debbie Milliman about the early days of design on the internet, and what it's like to work for Facebook.
Apr 21, 2014
Michael Donovan + Nancye Green
Debbie talks to Michael Donovan + Nancye Green about their life and work partnership and how good business is good design.
Apr 14, 2014
Debra Bishop
Design Director of More Magazine, Debra Bishop discusses her career designing for magazines, including her years working for Martha Stewart, and the tension between designers and editors.
Apr 07, 2014
Joe Marianek
Joe Marianek talks about decisions that shaped his career and about the process of getting hired at Apple.
Mar 31, 2014
Jonathan Harris
Jonathan Harris on his web and database art projects, his relationship to time and memory, and the sexuality of the internet.
Mar 24, 2014
Dana Arnett
VSA's Dana Arnett on getting kicked out of design school and making the transition from designer to CEO.
Mar 17, 2014
Irma Boom
Debbie Millman talks to Irma Boom about the art and craft of her celebrated book designs.
Mar 10, 2014
Amanda Michel + Amy Webb
Debbie Millman talks to Spark Camp founders Amanda Michel + Amy Webb about redesigning the traditional conference and its lasting effect on participants.
Jan 13, 2014
Bob Gill
Legendary designer Bob Gill talks about design in the 1950s, working with the Beatles and the problem with so many designers today.
Jan 06, 2014
Matteo Bologna
On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Debbie talks to Matteo Bologna about his early years in Italy, his addiction to typography and the question of self-confidence.
Dec 23, 2013
Alex Center
Lead designer for CocaCola's Vitaminwater and Powerade Alex Center talks about his love of brands.
Dec 16, 2013
Susan Szenasy
Susan S. Szenasy is editor-in-chief of METROPOLIS, the award-winning New York City-based magazine of architecture and design.
Dec 09, 2013
Terry Teachout
Terry Teachout discusses the early days of blogging, the poetics of theater and what it's like to be a drama critic for The Wall Street Journal.
Nov 25, 2013
Dawn Hancock
Firebelly Design founder Dawn Hancock discusses what it means to be a socially conscious designer.
Nov 18, 2013
Jennifer Kinon + Bobby Martin
OCD Designers Jennifer Kinon + Bobby Martin talk about their design philosophy — and their general willingness to do the unexpected.
Nov 11, 2013
Oded Ezer
Typographer Oded Ezer talks about the idea of a universal language — and how his limitations as a musican and poet led to his extraordinary typography.
Nov 04, 2013
Sheila Bridges
Debbie Millman talks to interior designer Sheila Bridges about being one of the only prominent African Americans in her industry, about losing her hair and having Bill Clinton as a client.
Oct 28, 2013
Chip Kidd
Legendary book designer Chip Kidd on why his TED talk was the 19 most frightening minutes of his life.
Oct 21, 2013
Hartmut Esslinger
Frog design co-founder Hartmut Esslinger talks about working for Steve Jobs in the early days of Apple.
Jul 29, 2013
Interaction of Color
Brenda Danilowitz, Chief Curator at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and Potion principal Philip Tiongson discuss the new Interaction of Color app.
Jul 22, 2013
Jean-Louis Cohen
Jean-Louis Cohen reveals a Le Corbusier who was not only a great architect, but also a savvy promoter of his own ideas and work.
Jul 15, 2013
Michael Rock
Michael Rock about self-hatred in design, the benefits of being an outsider, and his new book.
Jul 08, 2013
Maggie Macnab
Designer, educator and author Maggie Macnab talks about what designers can learn from nature — and what they can give back.
May 31, 2013
Jessica Walsh
Jessica Walsh once sold moss-covered rocks to her elementary school classmates. Today, she's Stefan Sagmeister's partner in Sagmeister + Walsh.
May 17, 2013
Ben Chestnut + Aarron Walter
Mailchimp CEO Ben Chestnut and User Expereince Lead Aaron Walter talk how they got where they are — and where Freddie the monkey came from.
May 10, 2013
Wendy MacNaughton + Caroline Paul
Wendy MacNaughton and Caroline Paul on a journey from advertising to Rwanda to illustration, and from Stanford to firefighter to author.
May 03, 2013
Emily Oberman
Emily Oberman's three acts — from Tibor Kalman at M&Co, to Number Seventeen with Bonnie Siegler, to becoming a partner at Pentagram.
Apr 19, 2013
Jennifer Sterling
Jennifer Sterling on her process, how money should be designed, and the way teaching has influenced her career.
Apr 12, 2013
Amy Webb
Digital strategist and author Amy Webb on how she gamed online dating to find her husband.
Apr 05, 2013
Cliff Sloan
On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman interviews Cliff Sloan about everything marketing.
Mar 29, 2013
Sara Blake
Debbie Millman talks to Sara Blake about collaborating with her sister, creating portraits of 100 girls and illustrating NBA players.
Mar 22, 2013
Steven Heller
Steven Heller discusses his new ebook, Design Cult, and reflects on what designers have in common with Harvey Weinstein.
Mar 08, 2013
Clement Mok
Clement Mok on the early days of Apple computer, the joys of working for Steve Jobs and starting his successful businesses.
Mar 01, 2013
Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich
Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich discusses growing up in Brazi, the role of art versus design, and why it is so important to be witty.
Feb 22, 2013
Sophie Blackall
Sophie Blackall discusses learning to draw, painting vs. illustration and her favorite postings from Craigslist.
Feb 15, 2013
Jen Bilik
Jen Bilik on being a certified entrepreneurial badass: she's the founder of the company Knock Knock.
Feb 08, 2013
Marion Deuchars
Marion Deuchars on the expressiveness of hand lettering, how drawing is an intensive form of looking, and the need to be messy when creating art.
Jan 11, 2013
Jason Kottke
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Jason Kottke talks about blogging for over fourteen years and what it means to be "old" online.
Jan 04, 2013
Christopher Simmons
Christopher Simmons discusses his lastest book, Just Design: Socially Conscious Design for Critical Causes, and reflects on why designers should be continually redefining their profession.
Dec 21, 2012
Jake Barton
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Jake Barton discusses wanting to be a doctor, how he became a media designer and how to get people to interact.
Dec 14, 2012
Louise Fili
Louise Fili discusses the importance of sketching, her obsession with typography and why she prefers working with small organizations.
Dec 07, 2012
Rafael Esquer
Rafael Esquer discusses growing up on a farm, working with the city and what it takes to make it in the design business.
Nov 30, 2012
Mirko Ilic
Bosnian-born designer and illustrator Mirko Ilic discusses his early career behind the iron curtain, his prolific drawing and his current career in New York.
Nov 16, 2012
Austin McGhie
Debbie Millman talks to her colleague Austin McGhie, who explains why brand could be a four letter word.
Nov 09, 2012
Aaron Draplin
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Aaron Draplin talks about being comfortable in his own skin, midwestern pragmatism and why Oregon beats the shit out of SoCal.
Nov 02, 2012
Scott Stowell
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Scott Stowell discusses using color separation in elementary school, interning at M&Co and the importance of language in design.
Oct 26, 2012
Chris Ware
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Chris Ware discusses his influences – including sending a Valentine to Charlie Brown – and explains why empathy figures so heavily into his work.
Oct 19, 2012
Steven Heller
Steven Heller discusses the big ideas that have changed graphic design – including the UPC code, teen magazines and the pointed finger.
May 04, 2012
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.
Apr 27, 2012
Randy J. Hunt
Etsy creative director Randy J. Hunt discusses working for Milton Glaser, his record label and the challenges of managing a brand as diverse as Etsy.
Apr 20, 2012
Khoi Vinh
Khoi Vinh on his role as design director at NYTimes.com, spending spring break in college setting type and the online relationship between publisher and consumer.
Apr 13, 2012
Roman Mars
Radio producer Roman Mars discusses the connection between ’zines and radio, why he ditched science and the reason he named his show “99% Invisible”.
Apr 06, 2012
John Flansburgh
John Flansburgh on being the son of a modernist architect, designing album covers for They Might Be Giants and of course, making music.
Mar 30, 2012
Maria Popova
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Maria Popova discusses growing up in Bulgaria, the evolution of Brainpicker and inventing the curator’s code.
Mar 09, 2012
Jen Bekman
Jen Bekman discusses managing a BBS in the early days of the internet, her first email exchange and the importance of everyone owning art.
Mar 02, 2012
Karl Heiselman
Wolff Olins CEO Karl Heiselman discusses the controversial London 2012 logo, designing the culture of his company and the relationship between branding and popularity.
Feb 24, 2012
James Biber
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, James Biber discusses growing up in a house with a womb chair, visual illiteracy and designing the Museum of Sex.
Feb 17, 2012
Cheryl Heller
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Cheryl Heller discusses  innovation, her new MFA program at SVA and why the word ‘brand’ is like leather pants.
Feb 10, 2012
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.
Feb 03, 2012
Martin Venezky
Martin Venezky discusses his journey to becoming one of the design innovators of our time.
Dec 16, 2011
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.
Dec 09, 2011
Andrew Gibbs
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Andrew Gibbs discusses his love of packaging, the role brands play in people's lives and his blog, The Dieline.
Dec 02, 2011
Brian Rea
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Brian Rea discusses the value of being rejected, art directing for The New York Times and his fascination with UFO’s.
Nov 18, 2011
John Hockenberry
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, John Hockenberry discusses The Takeaway — his morning news show on NPR — Steve Jobs and journalism in the age of social-media. 
Nov 11, 2011
Jake + Pum Lefebure
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Jake and Pum Lefebure of Design Army discuss how they met, the importance of sketching and keeping their firm small.
Nov 04, 2011
Margaret Roach
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Margaret Roach discusses her career with Martha Stewart and her love of gardening.
Oct 28, 2011
Linda Tischler
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Linda Tischler discusses failing her New Year’s resolutions, why the word “design” turns off business professionals and her new book.
Oct 14, 2011
Dori Tunstall
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Dori Tunstall discusses branding through the lens of a Design Anthropologist.
Oct 07, 2011
Alex Bogusky + John Bielenberg
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Alex Bogusky and John Bielenberg discuss branding, global warming and impact entrepreneurs.
Sep 30, 2011
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.
Sep 23, 2011
Michael Arad
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Michael Arad, discusses the World Trade Center Memorial.
Sep 16, 2011
Angus Hyland
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Angus Hyland discusses the peace sign, Deutsche Bank, and the play button.
Jul 08, 2011
Alissa Walker
Alissa Walker discusses her experience in advertising, her love affair with LA and of course, gelato.
May 13, 2011
Jennifer Morla
Jennifer Morla talks about leaving New York for San Francisco, her collaboration with Andy Warhol and the qualities of effective design.
Apr 22, 2011
Steve Frykholm
After a 40-year career with Herman Miller, Steve Frykholm discusses life inside this iconic, National Design Award-winning furniture company.
Apr 15, 2011
Grace Bonney
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Grace Bonney discusses being a Phish follower, shaking off the cute and the Design*Sponge scholarship program.
Apr 08, 2011
Heather B. Armstrong
Heather Armstrong on reconciling with her family after writing about them on her blog, taking photos of her dog Chuck and her broken Maytag washing machine.
Apr 01, 2011
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.
Mar 25, 2011
Jonathan Ford
Jonathan Ford discusses his eighteen job interviews before being hired by Michael Peters, his belief that a good idea cannot come from a computer and the importance of doing work that is truthful.
Mar 11, 2011
Eddie Opara
In this episode of Design Matters, Eddie Opara discusses being educated by Jesuits, creating the Brooklyn Museum brand at 2x4 and working at Pentagram.
Mar 04, 2011
Alina Wheeler
Philadelphia-based designer Alina Wheeler discusses branding, strategic imagination and her new book, Brand Atlas, co-authored with Joel Katz.
Feb 25, 2011
Gail Anderson
In this podcast with Debbie Millman, Gail Anderson discusses making little magazines as a child, working at Rolling Stone for fifteen years and what the next chapter in her life holds.
Feb 23, 2011
Kate Betts
Kate Betts discusses Michelle Obama as a style icon and addresses the inevitable comparisons (and differences) between our current First Lady and the legendary Jackie Kennedy.
Feb 11, 2011
Rob Walker
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Rob Walker discusses how our digital records remain online even after we die, and his desire to brand the idea of being “happy for what you have”.
Feb 04, 2011
James Victore
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, James Victore discusses his book, putting his opinion in the work and the difference between God-jobs and money jobs.
Dec 17, 2010
Alexandra Lange + Jane Thompson
Alexandra Lange and Jane Thompson discuss the power of imagination, Marimekko, Sir Lady Jane and Benjamin Thompson.
Dec 10, 2010
Steven Heller
Steven Heller talks to Debbie Millman about blogging from the bathroom, working with Patti Smith and Paul Rand's tombstone.
Dec 03, 2010
Alexander Isley
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Alexander Isley discusses his Mom, learning presentation skills from Tibor Kalman and believing that people are inherently good.
Nov 19, 2010
Kate Bingaman-Burt
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Kate Bingaman-Burt discusses Obsessive Consumption, the designer as reporter and her commitment to making something everyday.
Nov 12, 2010
Marian Bantjes
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Marian Bantjes discusses her new book, coded text and causing pain to type purists.
Nov 05, 2010
Ralph Caplan
In this interview with Debbie Millman, Ralph Caplan discusses the difference between making things right and making things nice, the Civil Rights movement and the responsibility of the designer.
Oct 29, 2010
Tina Roth Eisenberg
On this episode of Design Matters, SwissMiss — aka Tina Roth Eisenberg — discusses her blog, crowd sourcing and the beauty found in ordinary things.
Oct 22, 2010
Bill Moggridge
In this podcast with Debbie Millman, Bill Moggridge discusses the future of the laptop, human-centered design and the future of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
Oct 15, 2010
Eric Baker
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Eric Baker discusses working with Gordon Parks, living in New York City and working for himself.
Oct 08, 2010
Stephen Doyle
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Stephen Doyle discusses working for Tibor Kalman, renting his soul to the devil and working with his hands.
Sep 24, 2010
Massimo Vignelli
Vignelli Celebration: Season premiere of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, a podcast interview with Massimo Vignelli.
Sep 17, 2010
Stefan Sagmeister
Stefan Sagmeister discusses a year away from his New York-based design practice, spending personal time in Bali and his new documentary film, Happiness.
Nov 19, 2009
Tim Brown
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Tim Brown reviews his career at IDEO, explores the impact of design processes (drawing and storytelling) and discusses his new book, Change By Design.
Oct 12, 2009
William Drenttel + Julie Lasky
Editorial director of Design Observer William Drenttel and Change Observer editor Julie Lasky discuss the state of online media and reflect on the end of print.
Aug 17, 2009