Design Matters with Debbie Millman

Design Matters with Debbie Millman Podcast

Design Matters with Debbie Millman is one of the world’s very first podcasts. Broadcasting independently for over 15 years, the show is about how incredibly creative people design the arc of their lives.


Ira Glass
Walking is a form of creative trespassing, like tourism for the psyche....

Marilyn Minter
Debbie talks with artist Marilyn Minter about bringing her skills to the political arena, the ups and downs of her career, and the use of sexual imagery in her work....


Marilyn Minter
Debbie talks with artist Marilyn Minter about bringing her skills to the political arena, the ups and downs of her career, and the use of sexual imagery in her work....



Robert Wong
On this episode Debbie talks to Robert Wong, the executive creative director of Google Creative Lab....

Amber Tamblyn
A live conversation at WNYC’s Green Space with actor and poet Amber Tamblyn....


Lucy Wainwright Roche
A conversation with Lucy Wainwright Roche about her musical family, her career as a singer-songwriter, and her musical tastes....

Lucy Wainwright Roche
A conversation with Lucy Wainwright Roche about her musical family, her career as a singer-songwriter, and her musical tastes....

Chanel Miller
A conversation with Chanel Miller about rape culture....


Tosh Hall
A conversation with designer Tosh Hall about how to work with established brands....

Chani Nicholas
On this episode: a conversation with Chani Nicholas about her life in astrology....

Robert Fabricant + Cliff Kuang
On this episode Debbie talks to two designers about the history of user-friendly design and the importance of designing for feedback....


Tatiana Schlossberg
On this episode, Debbie talks to journalist Tatiana Schlossberg about what we can do, as individuals, about climate change....

Lawrence Azerrad
On this episode, a conversation with Lawrence Azerrad about the design of the Concorde....

Best of 2019
On this episode, some coming of age stories Debbie had during 2019....


Thomas Page McBee
On this episode Debbie talks to Thomas Page McBee about masculinity, from the point of view of a trans man....

Tiffany Shlain
On this episode Debbie talks to Tiffany Shlain about how cell phones have taken over our lives....

Michael Dorf
On this episode Debbie talks to music impresario and restaurateur Michael Dorf....


Saeed Jones
On this epsiode, a conversation with poet Saeed Jones about his memoir and about memory....

Malcolm Gladwell
On this episode a conversation with Malcolm Gladwell about why it is so easy to be fooled by dishonest people....

Malcolm Gladwell
On this episode a conversation with Malcolm Gladwell about why it is so easy to be fooled by dishonest people....


Chris Ware + Chip Kidd
On this episode Debbie talks to designer Chip Kidd and his good friend, graphic novelist Chris Ware....

Lynda Barry
On this episode cartoonist Lynda Barry talks about learning how to draw, and the damaging effects of one’s own opinion....

Warren Lehrer
Writer, artist, and designer Warren Lehrer talks to Debbie about the intersection of images and letters and about the future of books....


Elissa Altman
On this episode Elissa Altman talks to Debbie about life, food, love, and the new book she wrote on the difficult relationship she has with her mother....

Derren Brown
Debbie talks to Derren Brown about his risky stage performances as a mentalist and illusionist....

Lisa Taddeo
Debbie talks with writer Lisa Taddeo about sex and desire....



From the Archive: Pete Souza
Debbie Millman talks with Pete Souza about his years as the Obama administration official photographer....

David Lee Roth
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
Debbie talks with Austin Kleon, who describes himself as ‘a writer who draws’....

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

Cey Adams
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....



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

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

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


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

Chase Jarvis
Debbie talks to Chase Jarvis about his career as a photographer and entrepreneur....

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


Paul Sahre
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
Debbie talks to Patricia Cronin about art and politics....

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


Beth Comstock
Debbie talks to Beth Comstock about her career at General Electric and how big companies can innovate....



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

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.”...


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

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

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


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

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

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


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....

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....

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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....

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


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....

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

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


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

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....

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


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

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

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....


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

Thomas Kail
Debbie talks to director Thomas Kail about his career and about the joys of collaboration....


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.”...





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."...

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."...

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....


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....

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

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


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

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....

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


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....

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

Mike Rigby
On this podcast Debbie talks to Mike Rigby about his international career in design and branding and how to stay creatively engaged....


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

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


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

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

Brian Koppelman
Debbie talks to Brian Koppelman about why he became a writer after years as a record promoter and producer....


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....

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.”...

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....


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

Tim Ferriss Part 1
Debbie talks to writer Tim Ferriss about the strategies he has used to change his life....

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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....

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....


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....



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

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

Chris Anderson
Debbie talks to Chris Anderson about how the TED conference has helped changed the way we learn....


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....


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

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....

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


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....

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

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....


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....

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....

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


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

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....

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....


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

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

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


Simon Sinek
Debbie Millman talks to author Simon Sinek about the fruits of good leadership....

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


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."...

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....

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....


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....


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....

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....


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....


Kelli Anderson
Debbie talks to Kelli Anderson about what design can tell us about the world....


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....

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


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

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

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


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

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)....

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....


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

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....

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....


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

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....

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....


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)....

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

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)....


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....

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....

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...


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....

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....

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....


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....

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....

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


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....

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

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....


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

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....

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


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....

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

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


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

Irma Boom
Debbie Millman talks to Irma Boom about the art and craft of her celebrated book designs....

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....


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

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....

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


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

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....

Dawn Hancock
Firebelly Design founder Dawn Hancock discusses what it means to be a socially conscious designer....


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

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....

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....


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

Hartmut Esslinger
Frog design co-founder Hartmut Esslinger talks about working for Steve Jobs in the early days of Apple....

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....


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....

Michael Rock
Michael Rock about self-hatred in design, the benefits of being an outsider, and his new book....

Maggie Macnab
Designer, educator and author Maggie Macnab talks about what designers can learn from nature — and what they can give back....


Jessica Walsh
Jessica Walsh once sold moss-covered rocks to her elementary school classmates. Today, she's Stefan Sagmeister's partner in Sagmeister + Walsh....

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....

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....


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....

Jennifer Sterling
Jennifer Sterling on her process, how money should be designed, and the way teaching has influenced her career....

Amy Webb
Digital strategist and author Amy Webb on how she gamed online dating to find her husband....


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

Sara Blake
Debbie Millman talks to Sara Blake about collaborating with her sister, creating portraits of 100 girls and illustrating NBA players....

Clement Mok
Clement Mok on the early days of Apple computer, the joys of working for Steve Jobs and starting his successful businesses....


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....

Sophie Blackall
Sophie Blackall discusses learning to draw, painting vs. illustration and her favorite postings from Craigslist....

Jen Bilik
Jen Bilik on being a certified entrepreneurial badass: she's the founder of the company Knock Knock....


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....

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....

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....


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....

Louise Fili
Louise Fili discusses the importance of sketching, her obsession with typography and why she prefers working with small organizations....

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....


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....

Austin McGhie
Debbie Millman talks to her colleague Austin McGhie, who explains why brand could be a four letter word....

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....


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....

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....

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....


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....

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....

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”....


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....

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....

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....


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....

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....

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....


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....

Martin Venezky
Martin Venezky discusses his journey to becoming one of the design innovators of our time....

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....


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....

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....

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....


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....

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

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....


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

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

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....


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

Angus Hyland
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Angus Hyland discusses the peace sign, Deutsche Bank, and the play button....

Alissa Walker
Alissa Walker discusses her experience in advertising, her love affair with LA and of course, gelato....


Jennifer Morla
Jennifer Morla talks about leaving New York for San Francisco, her collaboration with Andy Warhol and the qualities of effective design....

Steve Frykholm
After a 40-year career with Herman Miller, Steve Frykholm discusses life inside this iconic, National Design Award-winning furniture company....

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....


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....

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....

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....


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....

Alina Wheeler
Philadelphia-based designer Alina Wheeler discusses branding, strategic imagination and her new book, Brand Atlas, co-authored with Joel Katz....

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....


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....

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”....

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....


Alexandra Lange + Jane Thompson
Alexandra Lange and Jane Thompson discuss the power of imagination, Marimekko, Sir Lady Jane and Benjamin Thompson....

Steven Heller
Steven Heller talks to Debbie Millman about blogging from the bathroom, working with Patti Smith and Paul Rand's tombstone....

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....


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....

Marian Bantjes
In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Marian Bantjes discusses her new book, coded text and causing pain to type purists....

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....


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....

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....

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....


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....

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

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....


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....

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....