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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.
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From the Archive: Christina Tosi

0:00 | Mar 25th

Debbie talks with pastry chef and Milk Bar founder Christina Tosi about her career and long apprenticeship.
Anne Lamott

0:00 | Nov 5th, 2018

Debbie talks with writer Anne Lamott about her life and her long career.
From the Archive: Chrisoph Niemann

0:00 | Aug 19th

Debbie talks to illustrator Christoph Niemann about his singular career as an artistic superhero.
David Lee Roth

0:00 | Aug 12th

Debbie talks to David Lee Roth about his childhood, about his long career and his new skincare business, and about how he has avoided crashing, like so many other rock stars.
Austin Kleon

0:00 | Aug 5th

Debbie talks with Austin Kleon, who describes himself as ‘a writer who draws’.
Zoe Mendelson

0:00 | Jul 29th

Debbie talks to writer and activist Zoe Mendelson about the importance of sexual knowledge for women.
Lori Gottlieb

0:00 | Jul 22nd

Debbie talks with author and therapist Lori Gottlieb about the importance of emotional awareness.
Stephen Gates

0:00 | Jul 15th

Debbie talks with designer Stephen Gates about why it’s important for a brand not to be liked by everybody.
Seth

0:00 | Jul 8th

Debbie talks with Seth, the artist behind the book Palookaville, about why his generation of cartoonists broke away from fantasy.
Tea Uglow

0:00 | Jun 17th

Debbie talks with Tea Uglow about experimental digital projects that are pushing the boundaries of tech and art.
Elizabeth Gilbert

0:00 | May 27th

Debbie talks with Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love about the love of her life and her latest book City of Girls.
Shantell Martin

0:00 | May 20th

Debbie talks with artist Shantell Martin about her unorthodox career, her collaborations, and about the business of making art.
Kris Holmes

0:00 | May 13th

Debbie talks to calligrapher and type designer Kris Holmes, the co-creator of the Lucida typeface family.
Cey Adams

0:00 | Apr 29th

Debbie talks to Cey Adams about how his days writing graffiti led to a major career as a designer for hip hop acts and as an artist.
From the Archive: Anand Giridharadas

0:00 | Apr 8th

Debbie Millman talks to journalist Anand Giridharadas about his career, about a divided America, and about tech monopolies.
From the Archive: Brené Brown

0:00 | Apr 1st

Debbie talks to author and researcher Brené Brown about belonging, courage, and vulnerability.
From the Archive: Anne Lamott

0:00 | Mar 18th

Debbie talks with writer Anne Lamott about her life and her long career.
Jamie Myrold

0:00 | Mar 11th

Debbie talks with designer Jamie Myrold about great problems to solve.
Roxane Gay

0:00 | Mar 6th

Debbie talks to writer Roxane Gay about loneliness, social media, and self-exposure.
James Victore

0:00 | Mar 4th

On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman designer James Victore talks about leading a creative life.
Ingrid Fetell Lee

0:00 | Feb 25th

Debbie talks to designer and writer Ingrid Fetell Lee about joy.
Dustin Yellin

0:00 | Feb 18th

Debbie talks to Dustin Yellin about his busy life making art, while also running a non-profit cultural center.
Kate Moross

0:00 | Feb 11th

Debbie talks to designer, illustrator, and art director Kate Moross about her early success, her projects, and the importance of over-delivering.
Chase Jarvis

0:00 | Feb 4th

Debbie talks to Chase Jarvis about his career as a photographer and entrepreneur.
Bo Burnham + Elsie Fisher

0:00 | Jan 28th

Debbie talks to Bo Burnham about his film Eighth Grade, and the young star of that movie, Elsie Fisher.
Scott Belsky

0:00 | Jan 21st

Debbie talks to Scott Belsky about why creative conflict can lead to good decision making.
Dani Shapiro

0:00 | Jan 14th

Novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro talks to Debbie Millman about her surprising genetic inheritance.
Jocelyn K. Glei

0:00 | Jan 7th

Jocelyn K. Glei talks to Debbie about how the internet can lead to burnout.
Josh Higgins

0:00 | Dec 31st, 2018

Josh Higgins talks to Debbie Millman about how to design software products that become popular with users.
Alice Rawsthorn

0:00 | Dec 24th, 2018

Debbie talks to Alice Rawsthorn about the growing status of design.
Sarah Kay

0:00 | Dec 17th, 2018

Debbie talks to performance poet Sarah Kay about teaching people to write.
Christoph Niemann

0:00 | Dec 10th, 2018

Debbie talks to illustrator Christoph Niemann about his singular career as an artistic superhero.
Shirley Manson

0:00 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Debbie talks to singer-songwriter Shirley Manson about her career, her music, and the long road that got her where she is today.
Christina Tosi

0:00 | Nov 26th, 2018

Debbie talks with pastry chef and Milk Bar founder Christina Tosi about her career and long apprenticeship.
Albert Watson

0:00 | Nov 19th, 2018

Debbie talks with famed photographer Albert Watson about his career and about the importance of preparing conceptually for a shoot.
Thelma Golden

0:00 | Nov 12th, 2018

Debbie talks to museum director Thelma Golden about the power of curation.
Pete Souza

0:00 | Oct 29th, 2018

Debbie Millman talks with Pete Sousza about his years as the Obama administration official photographer.
Paul Sahre

0:00 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Debbie talks to designer Paul Sahre about the power of saying no to clients, and about a meeting with Steely Dan that went off the rails.
Patricia Cronin

0:00 | Oct 15th, 2018

Debbie talks to Patricia Cronin about art and politics.
Michael Ovitz

0:00 | Oct 8th, 2018

Debbie talks to Michael Ovitz about his long and controversial career as a Hollywood power broker.
Beth Comstock

0:00 | Oct 1st, 2018

Debbie talks to Beth Comstock about her career at General Electric and how big companies can innovate.
Design Matters from the Archive: Deborah Kass

0:00 | Sep 24th, 2018

Debbie talks to artist Deborah Kass about her long and extraordinary career.
Design Matters from the Archive: Brian Collins

0:00 | Sep 17th, 2018

Debbie talks to Brian Collins about why designers shouldn’t think of themselves as mere problem solvers.
Design Matters from the Archive: Aaron Draplin

0:00 | Sep 10th, 2018

Debbie talks for Aaron Draplin about setting up his own shop, and about making money as a designer.
Design Matters from the Archive: Esther Perel

0:00 | Sep 3rd, 2018

Debbie talks to therapist and author Esther Perel about marriage, polyamory, and adultry.
Design Matters from the Archive: Simon Sinek

0:00 | Aug 27th, 2018

Debbie talks to optimist, ethnographer, and author Simon Sinek about the fruits of good leadership.
Design Matters from the Archive: Thomas Kail

0:00 | Aug 20th, 2018

Debbie talks to Hamilton director Thomas Kail about his career and about the joys of collaboration.
Design Matters from the Archive: Cindy Gallop

0:00 | Aug 13th, 2018

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

0:00 | Aug 6th, 2018

Debbie talks to New Yorker celebrated cover artist Barry Blitt about where his ideas come from.
Neville Brody

0:00 | Jul 30th, 2018

On this episode, Debbie brings the great English designer, typographer, and art director Neville Brody to the stage.
Paula Scher

0:00 | Jul 23rd, 2018

“...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.”
Steven Heller

0:00 | Jul 16th, 2018

Debbie talks to author and art director Steven Heller live on stage.
Matthew Carter

0:00 | Jul 9th, 2018

Debbie talks to the great type designer Matthew Carter live on stage.
Laurie Anderson

0:00 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Debbie Millman brings artist Laurie Anderson live on stage to discuss her career, art, life, and politics.
Amy Sherald

0:00 | Jun 25th, 2018

Debbie talks to portrait painter Amy Sherald about her emotionally evocative work.
Lewis Lapham

0:00 | Jun 18th, 2018

On this episode Debbie talks to Lewis Lapham about his long career in journalism and the media landscape today.
Carmen Maria Machado

0:00 | Jun 11th, 2018

Debbie talks to writer Carmen Maria Machado about her writing, life, career, and the importance of ego.
Aminatou Sow

0:00 | Jun 4th, 2018

Debbie talks to Aminatou Sow about her podcast and her career in tech.
Erin McKeown

0:00 | May 28th, 2018

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.
Priya Parker

0:00 | May 21st, 2018

Debbie talks to author and conflict resolution mediator Priya Parker about meetings and gatherings and why so many of them don’t work.
Jack Ferver

0:00 | May 14th, 2018

Debbie talks to performance artist and dancer Jack Ferver about his career in dance theater and the politics in his work.
Pamela Paul

0:00 | May 7th, 2018

Debbie Millman talks with author and editor Pamela Paul about books and book reviewing.
Anand Giridharadas

0:00 | Apr 30th, 2018

Debbie Millman talks to journalist Anand Giridharadas about his career, about a divided America, and about tech monopolies.
David Spergel

0:00 | Apr 23rd, 2018

Debbie talks to astrophysicist David Spergel about the origins of the universe.
Edel Rodriguez

0:00 | Apr 16th, 2018

Debbie talks to Edel Rodriguez about his career and his celebrated illustrations of Donald Trump.
Simon Doonan

0:00 | Apr 9th, 2018

On this episode, Debbie talks to Simon Doonan about his unlikely career and his formula for creative window displays.
Richard Haines

0:00 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Debbie talks to Richard Haines about his late blooming career as an illustrator.
Nick Law

0:00 | Mar 26th, 2018

On this episode Debbie talks to Nick Law about working through failure.
David Korins

0:00 | Mar 19th, 2018

On this episode, Debbie talks with set designer David Korins about his impressive career on Broadway, his design process, and his latest projects.
Sukey Novogratz

0:00 | Mar 12th, 2018

On this episode, Debbie talks to Sukey Novogratz about meditation and recovery from trauma.
Edwin Schlossberg

0:00 | Mar 5th, 2018

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.
Steven Pinker

0:00 | Feb 26th, 2018

On this episode, Debbie talks to experimental psychologist and author Steven Pinker about measuring human happiness..
Kaki King

0:00 | Feb 19th, 2018

On this episode, Debbie talks to musician Kaki King about performing and composing.
David Cay Johnston

0:00 | Feb 12th, 2018

On this episode, Debbie talks to David Cay Johnston about the fun of investigative journalism.
Design Matters 2017 Highlights

0:00 | Jan 15th, 2018

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.
Barry Blitt

0:00 | Dec 26th, 2017

Debbie talks to New Yorker celebrated cover artist Barry Blitt about where his ideas come from.
Richard Saul Wurman

0:00 | Dec 18th, 2017

Debbie talks to TED founder Richard Saul Wurman about learning and education.
Marina Abramović

0:00 | Dec 11th, 2017

Debbie talks to performance artist Marina Abramović about her career, her art, and her incredible body of work.
Catie Lazarus

0:00 | Dec 11th, 2017

Debbie talks to podcast host, comic, and comedy writer Catie Lazarus about comedy, and about the grey area of comedians telling off-color jokes.
Tim Ferriss

0:00 | Dec 4th, 2017

Debbie talks to four time New York Times best selling author Tim Ferriss about depression, suicide, and major changes in his life.
Mike Mills

0:00 | Nov 27th, 2017

Debbie talks to artist and filmmaker Mike Mills about his career and his formative influences.
Deborah Kass

0:00 | Nov 20th, 2017

Debbie talks to artist Deborah Kass about her long and extraordinary career.
Kenny Fries

0:00 | Nov 13th, 2017

Debbie Millman talks to writer Kenny Fries about living with, and writing about disability.
Emma Donoghue

0:00 | Nov 6th, 2017

Debbie talks to novelist Emma Donoghue about gender, race, and the value of fiction.
Esther Perel

0:00 | Oct 30th, 2017

Debbie talks to therapist and author Esther Perel about marriage, polyamory, and adultry.
Brené Brown

0:00 | Oct 23rd, 2017

Debbie talks to author and researcher Brené Brown about belonging, courage, and vulnerability.
Thomas Kail

0:00 | Oct 16th, 2017

Debbie talks to director Thomas Kail about his career and about the joys of collaboration.
Design Matters from the Archive: James Victore

0:00 | Oct 9th, 2017

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

0:00 | Oct 2nd, 2017

Debbie Millman talks to Marian Bantjes about her daring typography and her highly ornamental design.
Design Matters From The Archive: Massimo Vignelli

0:00 | Sep 25th, 2017

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

0:00 | Sep 25th, 2017

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

0:00 | Sep 11th, 2017

Debbie talks to Billions show runner Brian Koppelman about why he became a writer after years as a record promoter and producer.
Design Matters from the Archive: Eileen Myles

0:00 | Sep 4th, 2017

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

0:00 | Aug 21st, 2017

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

0:00 | Aug 14th, 2017

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

0:00 | Aug 7th, 2017

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

0:00 | Jul 31st, 2017

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

0:00 | Jul 24th, 2017

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

0:00 | Jul 17th, 2017

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

0:00 | Jul 3rd, 2017

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

0:00 | Jun 26th, 2017

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

0:00 | Jun 5th, 2017

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...Show More
Design Matters from the Archive: Nico Muhly

0:00 | May 29th, 2017

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 conti...Show More
Design Matters from the Archive: Krista Tippet

0:00 | May 22nd, 2017

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

0:00 | May 15th, 2017

On this podcast Debbie talks to Amanda Palmer about her wild and wandering path to the rock stage, and about how behind her artistic ambition is the drive to feel real.
Steven Heller

0:00 | May 1st, 2017

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

0:00 | Apr 24th, 2017

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

0:00 | Apr 17th, 2017

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

0:00 | Apr 10th, 2017

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

0:00 | Apr 3rd, 2017

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

0:00 | Mar 27th, 2017

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

0:00 | Mar 20th, 2017

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

0:00 | Mar 13th, 2017

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

0:00 | Mar 6th, 2017

On this podcast Debbie talks to Mike Rigby about his international career in design and branding and how to stay creatively engaged.
Design Matters from the Archive: Su Mathews Hale

0:00 | Mar 2nd, 2017

Debbie talks to Su Matthews Hale about her efforts to bring more attention to female designers
Sam Winston

0:00 | Feb 27th, 2017

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

0:00 | Feb 13th, 2017

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

0:00 | Feb 6th, 2017

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

0:00 | Jan 30th, 2017

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

0:00 | Jan 23rd, 2017

Debbie talks to Brian Koppelman about why he became a writer after years as a record promoter and producer.
Design Matters: Best Of 2016

0:00 | Jan 2nd, 2017

Debbie highlights some of her favorite conversations of 2016, including Alison Bechdel, Alain de Botton, Lisa Congdon, Chris Anderson, Krista Tippet, Eileen Myles, and Amanda Palmer.
Adam J. Kurtz

0:00 | Dec 26th, 2016

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

0:00 | Dec 19th, 2016

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

0:00 | Dec 12th, 2016

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

0:00 | Dec 12th, 2016

Debbie talks to Cindy Gallop about her career in advertising and about the trouble people have communicating about sex.
Tim Ferriss Part 1

0:00 | Dec 6th, 2016

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

0:00 | Nov 28th, 2016

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

0:00 | Nov 21st, 2016

Debbie talks to designer Keira Alexandra about what to do when you need extras for a video shoot.
Pierluigi Serraino

0:00 | Nov 14th, 2016

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

0:00 | Nov 7th, 2016

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

0:00 | Oct 31st, 2016

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

0:00 | Oct 24th, 2016

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

0:00 | Oct 17th, 2016

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

0:00 | Oct 10th, 2016

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

0:00 | Oct 3rd, 2016

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

0:00 | Sep 26th, 2016

Debbie talks to artist and designer Kelli Anderson about her new pop-up book, This Book is a Planetarium, and about her collaboration with They Might Be Giants.
Design Matters from the Archive: Tobias Frere-Jones

0:00 | Sep 12th, 2016

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

0:00 | Sep 5th, 2016

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

0:00 | Aug 22nd, 2016

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

0:00 | Aug 15th, 2016

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

0:00 | Aug 8th, 2016

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

0:00 | Aug 1st, 2016

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

0:00 | Jul 25th, 2016

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.
Design Matters from the Archive: Brandon Stanton

0:00 | Jul 18th, 2016

Debbie talks to photographer Brandon Stanton about his ongoing project “Humans of New York” and why total strangers open up to him.
Gretchen Rubin

0:00 | Jul 5th, 2016

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

0:00 | Jun 27th, 2016

Debbie talks to Alain de Botton about  love and sex.
Chris Anderson

0:00 | Jun 20th, 2016

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

0:00 | Jun 13th, 2016

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

0:00 | Jun 6th, 2016

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

0:00 | May 30th, 2016

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

0:00 | May 23rd, 2016

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

0:00 | May 16th, 2016

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

0:00 | May 9th, 2016

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

0:00 | May 2nd, 2016

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

0:00 | Apr 25th, 2016

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

0:00 | Apr 18th, 2016

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

0:00 | Apr 12th, 2016

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

0:00 | Apr 4th, 2016

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

0:00 | Mar 28th, 2016

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

0:00 | Mar 21st, 2016

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

0:00 | Feb 22nd, 2016

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

0:00 | Feb 15th, 2016

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

0:00 | Feb 8th, 2016

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

0:00 | Dec 28th, 2015

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

0:00 | Dec 21st, 2015

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

0:00 | Nov 30th, 2015

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

0:00 | Nov 15th, 2015

Debbie Millman talks to author Simon Sinek about the fruits of good leadership.
Robin Petravic + Catherine Bailey

0:00 | Nov 9th, 2015

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

0:00 | Nov 2nd, 2015

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

0:00 | Oct 12th, 2015

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

0:00 | Sep 28th, 2015

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

0:00 | Sep 21st, 2015

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

0:00 | Sep 14th, 2015

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

0:00 | Sep 7th, 2015

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

0:00 | Aug 31st, 2015

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

0:00 | Aug 24th, 2015

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

0:00 | Aug 17th, 2015

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

0:00 | Aug 3rd, 2015

Debbie talks to Peter Mendelsund about what makes a great book cover, rebranding the classics, and about his fears of the iPad and Kindle.
Design Matters From The Archive: Caroline Paul + Wendy MacNaughton

0:00 | Jul 27th, 2015

Debbie talks to illustrator Wendy MacNaughton and author Caroline Paul about their unusually intimate collaboration on a book.
Design Matters from the Archive: Brian Rea

0:00 | Jul 20th, 2015

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

0:00 | Jul 13th, 2015

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

0:00 | Jul 6th, 2015

Debbie talks to Marian Bantjes about her daring typography and her highly ornamental designs.
Kelli Anderson

0:00 | Jun 29th, 2015

Debbie talks to Kelli Anderson about what design can tell us about the world.
Design Matters From the Archive: Tina Roth Eisenberg

0:00 | Jun 22nd, 2015

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

0:00 | Jun 15th, 2015

Debbie Millman and James Victore discusses his book, putting his opinion in the work and the difference between God-jobs and money jobs.
Oliver Jeffers

0:00 | Jun 8th, 2015

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

0:00 | Jun 1st, 2015

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

0:00 | May 18th, 2015

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

0:00 | May 11th, 2015

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

0:00 | May 4th, 2015

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

0:00 | Apr 27th, 2015

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

0:00 | Apr 20th, 2015

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

0:00 | Apr 13th, 2015

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

0:00 | Apr 6th, 2015

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

0:00 | Mar 30th, 2015

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

0:00 | Mar 23rd, 2015

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

0:00 | Mar 16th, 2015

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

0:00 | Mar 10th, 2015

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

0:00 | Mar 2nd, 2015

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.
Chee Pearlman

0:00 | Dec 29th, 2014

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

0:00 | Dec 22nd, 2014

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

0:00 | Dec 15th, 2014

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

0:00 | Dec 8th, 2014

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

0:00 | Dec 1st, 2014

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

0:00 | Nov 24th, 2014

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

0:00 | Nov 17th, 2014

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

0:00 | Nov 10th, 2014

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

0:00 | Nov 3rd, 2014

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

0:00 | Oct 27th, 2014

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

0:00 | Oct 20th, 2014

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

0:00 | Oct 13th, 2014

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.
Noah Brier

0:00 | Jun 2nd, 2014

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

0:00 | May 26th, 2014

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

0:00 | May 19th, 2014

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

0:00 | May 12th, 2014

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

0:00 | May 5th, 2014

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

0:00 | Apr 28th, 2014

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

0:00 | Apr 21st, 2014

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

0:00 | Apr 14th, 2014

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

0:00 | Apr 7th, 2014

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

0:00 | Mar 31st, 2014

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

0:00 | Mar 24th, 2014

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

0:00 | Mar 17th, 2014

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

0:00 | Mar 10th, 2014

Debbie Millman talks to Irma Boom about the art and craft of her celebrated book designs.
Amanda Michel + Amy Webb

0:00 | Jan 13th, 2014

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

0:00 | Jan 6th, 2014

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

0:00 | Dec 23rd, 2013

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

0:00 | Dec 16th, 2013

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

0:00 | Dec 9th, 2013

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

0:00 | Nov 25th, 2013

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

0:00 | Nov 18th, 2013

Firebelly Design founder Dawn Hancock discusses what it means to be a socially conscious designer.
Jennifer Kinon + Bobby Martin

0:00 | Nov 11th, 2013

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

0:00 | Nov 4th, 2013

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

0:00 | Oct 28th, 2013

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

0:00 | Oct 21st, 2013

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