Debbie Millman

“Design Matters” Podcast Host, Graphic Designer & Author 

“We can talk about making a difference, we can make a difference, or we can do both.”

Biography

Named “one of the most creative people in business” by Fast Company and “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA, Debbie Millman is also an author, educator, brand consultant, curator, and host of the podcast Design Matters – one of the first and longest running podcasts.

Debbie is the author of seven books, including two collections of interviews that have extended the ethos and editorial vision of Design Matters to the printed page: How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer and Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits. Her most recent work, Why Design Matters: Conversations with the World’s Most Creative People is a stunning anthology of Debbie’s best interviews with visionaries from across diverse fields. Of the anthology, Publisher’s Weekly writes, “This sparkling collection is one to be savored slowly.”

Debbie’s writing and illustrations have appeared in publications such as the New York TimesNew York MagazinePrint MagazineDesign Observer and Fast Company. Her artwork is included in the Boston Biennale, Chicago Design Museum, Anderson University, School of Visual Arts, Long Island University, The Wolfsonion Museum and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art. She has been critic-in-residence at Cranbrook University, Old Dominion University, and Notre Dame University, and has conducted visual storytelling workshops all over the world.

In 2010, Debbie co-founded the world’s first graduate program in branding at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and for 20 years, she was the President of Sterling Brands, one of the world’s leading branding consultancies. Debbie is also President Emeritus of AIGA, one of five women to hold the position in the organization’s 100-year history, as well as a board member of actor and activist Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation to eradicate sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and the rape-kit backlog.

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