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Chris Evert

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Jessica Nordell

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15 August 2022


Best of Design Matters: Rickie Lee Jones

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Long a believer in the impossible, Rickie Lee Jones has lived an extraordinary life of song. Here, she reflects on five decades of making music.

8 August 2022


Best of Design Matters: Catherine Opie

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At 8 years old, Catherine Opie realized “that history is made within an image culture”—and here, she discusses her incredible life as a photographer driven by culture.

1 August 2022


Antwaun Sargent

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Writer, editor, and curator Antwaun Sargent joins to talk about his remarkable career, positioned at the center of the explosion of interest in art made by Black Americans.

25 July 2022


Jason Reynolds

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Jason Reynolds—award-winning author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature—discusses his prolific writing career that inspires young readers to discover their own stories.

18 July 2022


Chip Kidd

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Chip Kidd—award-winning designer, musician, author, and all around rock star—joins for his fifth time to talk about his recent projects and so much more.

11 July 2022


Richard Tuttle

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One of the master artists of our time, Richard Tuttle joins to talk about his 60+ year career that has revolutionized the landscape of temporary art.

4 July 2022


The secret Somali mixtapes | Far Flung with Saleem Reshamwala

The secret Somali mixtapes | Far Flung with Saleem Reshamwala

It’s 1988, and Somalis are fleeing the city of Hargeisa. People are trying to get out, trying to save their families and sometimes their things. But in the city’s radio station, staff are packing cassettes and reel to reel recordings into a secret underground bunker. What's on them? A slice of the country’s musical heritage, to remain for years in an underground room—until now. Listen to songs from the episode on this special playlist on Spotify: https://tedtalks.social/3yct0Mj This story was produced in collaboration with Kerning Cultures, a podcast telling stories from the Middle East and North Africa, and the spaces in between. You can find the podcast wherever you're listening to this. This is an episode of Far Flung with Saleem Reshamwala, another podcast in the TED Audio Collective. If you want to hear more episodes exploring ideas in Caracas, Barcelona, Puerto Rico, the world of dreams and beyond, follow Far Flung with Saleem Reshamwala wherever you're listening to this.

30 June 2022


Brad Listi

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Described as a darkly funny meditation on creativity and family, Brad Listi joins to talk about his new book, “Be Brief and Tell Them Everything.”

27 June 2022


Celebrating Pride

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Catherine Opie, Adam J. Kurtz, Robyn Kanner, Michael Stipe, and the Indigo Girls reflect on their journeys in this special Pride episode of Design Matters.

20 June 2022


Susan Cain

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#1 New York Times best-selling author Susan Cain shares how a bittersweet, melancholic outlook makes emotional room for beauty, creativity, and love.

13 June 2022


Joan As Police Woman

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6 June 2022


Starlee Kine

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30 May 2022


Dylan Marron

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Writer, comedian, and podcast host, Dylan Marron, shares how hate on the internet fueled his podcast and new book, “Conversations with People Who Hate Me.”

23 May 2022


Carol Lim & Humberto Leon

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16 May 2022


Indigo Girls

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Amy Ray and Emily Saliers talk about their extraordinary 30-year creative collaboration as the music duo, Indigo Girls.

9 May 2022


Jack White and Ben Jenkins

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2 May 2022


Abbi Jacobson with Guest Host Dylan Marron

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25 April 2022


Min Jin Lee on Well-Read Black Girl

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21 April 2022


Best of Design Matters: Ethan Hawke

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From the profound experience of making “Dead Poets Society” to the “Before” trilogy and his new book, Ethan Hawke discusses a life spent celebrating creativity in its many forms.

18 April 2022


Best of Design Matters: Gabrielle Hamilton

Best of Design Matters: Gabrielle Hamilton

Chef and writer Gabrielle Hamilton talks dueling artistic passions—and how she has found balance and focus in her creative journey.

11 April 2022


Best of Design Matters: Cheryl Strayed

Best of Design Matters: Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed battled through remarkable adversity—and the most intense of hikes—to emerge as one of the best American writers working today.

4 April 2022


Best of Design Matters: Bobbi Brown

Best of Design Matters: Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown had a revolutionary idea: to create a natural-look makeup line that would make people feel like the best version of themselves. She launched it from her home to overnight success, and today is back with her blockbuster clean DTC brand, Jones Road.

28 March 2022


Best of Design Matters: Nick Cave & Bob Faust

Best of Design Matters: Nick Cave & Bob Faust

Nick Cave and Bob Faust discuss the incredible life of creativity, courageousness and community they have built together.

21 March 2022


Best of Design Matters: Jacqueline Woodson

Best of Design Matters: Jacqueline Woodson

In her inspiring creative journey, author Jacqueline Woodson went from struggling with words as a child to mastering them today.

14 March 2022


Best of Design Matters: Adam Grant

Best of Design Matters: Adam Grant

In an illuminating and cerebral discussion, Adam Grant discusses his new book “Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know”—and the value of checking in and checking up on yourself.

7 March 2022


Best of Design Matters: Karen Finley

Best of Design Matters: Karen Finley

Karen Finley reflects on her legendary performance pieces, censorship and decades of groundbreaking work—and the sheer joy in creating art.

28 February 2022


Best of Design Matters: Glennon Doyle & Abby Wambach

Best of Design Matters: Glennon Doyle & Abby Wambach

Soccer star Abby Wambach and author Glennon Doyle discuss their striking first meeting, falling in love as pen pals, addiction and sobriety, and the art of speaking out and speaking up.

21 February 2022


Best of Design Matters: Bisa Butler

Best of Design Matters: Bisa Butler

Fiber artist Bisa Butler discusses the AfriCOBRA tradition, the artistic breakthrough that led to her finding her voice, and the process behind her amazing life-size works.

17 February 2022


Best of Design Matters: Lisa Taddeo

Best of Design Matters: Lisa Taddeo

From The Last Days of Heath Ledger to Lebron James to the title characters of THREE WOMEN, writer Lisa Taddeo’s words have captured her subjects in extraordinary and enlightening ways.

14 February 2022


Best of Design Matters: Sarah Kay

Best of Design Matters: Sarah Kay

Sarah Kay thrives in poetry on and off the stage—and here, she discusses the immense power of the craft.

10 February 2022


Best of Design Matters: Shirley Manson

Best of Design Matters: Shirley Manson

After a lifetime on stage, musician Shirley Manson reflects on the extraordinary ways she sees the world today.

7 February 2022


Best of Design Matters: Pete Souza

Best of Design Matters: Pete Souza

Pete Souza has taken photographs for National Geographic, Life Magazine, and other dream outlets, leading to his ultimate subject as Chief Official White House Photographer, Barack Obama.

3 February 2022


Best of Design Matters: Priya Parker

Best of Design Matters: Priya Parker

Priya Parker discusses the art of gatherings—and how we can truly take the events that punctuate our lives to the next level.

31 January 2022


Best of Design Matters: Edwin Schlossberg

Best of Design Matters: Edwin Schlossberg

A master at creating interactive, immersive experiences—Edwin Schlossberg joins to talk about his artwork and the 40th anniversary of his firm, ESI Design.

27 January 2022


Best of Design Matters: Kaki King

Best of Design Matters: Kaki King

Rolling Stones has called Kaki King a genre unto herself—she joins to talk about her career path and even plays a song or two.

24 January 2022


Best of Design Matters: Richard Saul Wurman

Best of Design Matters: Richard Saul Wurman

Making information understandable both for himself and others—TED founder and author of numerous books, Richard Saul Wurman, joins to talk about education.

20 January 2022


Best of Design Matters: Deborah Kass

Best of Design Matters: Deborah Kass

Artist Deborah Kass joins to talk about her extraordinary career, examining the interactions of politics, pop culture, art history, and identity within a Pop art sensibility.

17 January 2022


Best of Design Matters: Sarah Jones

Best of Design Matters: Sarah Jones

Known for her multi-character, one-person Broadway hit Bridge & Tunnel—Sarah Jones joins to talk about identity, community, social justice, and her relationship with her characters.

13 January 2022


Best of Design Matters: Brian Koppelman

Best of Design Matters: Brian Koppelman

Brian Koppelman joins to talk about his remarkable life, sharing why he became a writer after years of working as a record promoter and producer.

10 January 2022


Best of Design Matters: Roz Chast

Best of Design Matters: Roz Chast

Roz Chast joins to talk about her remarkable life and how she earned a coveted spot as a cartoonist for The New Yorker.

6 January 2022


Best of Design Matters: Krista Tippett

Best of Design Matters: Krista Tippett

Debbie Millman talks with Krista Tippett about her religious orientation, her struggle with depression, and why it's so hard to understand our historical moment.

3 January 2022


Best of Design Matters: Simon Sinek

Best of Design Matters: Simon Sinek

“To see your team achieve more than they thought they were capable of, that they will advance the organization further than you even imagined—because they believe, and they are grateful, and they’re inspired—it’s all worth it. All the sacrifices. It always is.” —Simon Sinek

31 December 2021


Design Matters: Best of 2021

Design Matters: Best of 2021

On this special episode of Design Matters, we take a look back at 2021, revel in the collective brilliance of Catherine Opie, Ethan Hawke, Randa Jarrar, Nick Offerman, and Susan Orlean.

27 December 2021


Best of Design Matters: Wendy MacNaughton and Caroline Paul

Best of Design Matters: Wendy MacNaughton and Caroline Paul

Illustrator and author duo Wendy MacNaughton and Caroline Paul join to talk about their book, “Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology.”

23 December 2021


Best of Design Matters: Hrishikesh Hirway

Best of Design Matters: Hrishikesh Hirway

From practicing on his first piano—drawn on a piece of paper—to recording albums and launching the podcast and Netflix show “Song Exploder,” Hrishikesh Hirway has lived a marvelous life of music.

20 December 2021


Best of Design Matters: Amy Webb

Best of Design Matters: Amy Webb

Named “one of the five women changing the world” by Forbes—Amy Webb advises CEOs of the world’s most-admired companies, three-star admirals and generals, and the senior leadership of central banks and intergovernmental organizations, helping them prepare for complex futures.

16 December 2021


Anita Hill

Anita Hill

Thirty years ago, Anita Hill became a household name and a hero for many women when she told the world about how Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her at work. Today, she joins to talk about her extraordinary life and her new book, “Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence.”

13 December 2021


Best of Design Matters: Jason Kottke

Best of Design Matters: Jason Kottke

Founded in 1998, kottke.org is one of the oldest blogs on the web. It’s written and produced by Jason Kottke and covers the essential people, inventions, performances, and ideas that increase the collective adjacent possible of humanity.

9 December 2021


Michael Stipe

Michael Stipe

Michael Stipe joins to talk about his remarkable life, photography practice, and career as the lead singer and lyricist for the band R.E.M.

6 December 2021


Best of Design Matters: Roman Mars

Best of Design Matters: Roman Mars

Roman Mars is the host and creator of 99% Invisible, a sound-rich, narrative podcast about the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.

2 December 2021


Keenan Scott II

Keenan Scott II

A playwright, poet, actor, director, and producer—Keenan Scott II joins to discuss his powerful and captivating Broadway play “Thoughts of a Colored Man.”

29 November 2021


Best of Design Matters: Dr. Dori Tunstall

Best of Design Matters: Dr. Dori Tunstall

Dr. Dori Tunstall joined OCAD University in 2016 as Dean of Design. She is a design anthropologist, public intellectual, and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture, and design. She leads the Cultures-Based Innovation Initiative focused on using old ways of knowing to drive innovation processes that directly benefit communities.

25 November 2021


Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei joins to discuss his new memoir “1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows,” depicting a century-long epic tale of China told through a story of his family.

22 November 2021


Best of Design Matters: Rob Walker

Best of Design Matters: Rob Walker

Rob Walker discusses his interest in death and how our digital records remain online, being shy and how this influenced his decision to become a journalist, writing about the sleeved blanket known as the snuggie, and the wish to brand the idea of "be happy for what you have."

18 November 2021


Ashley C. Ford

Ashley C. Ford

Ashley C. Ford joins to discuss her memoir “Somebody’s Daughter,” capturing a complex childhood shaped by family secrets, incarceration, and resilience.

15 November 2021


From the Archive: Massimo Vignelli

From the Archive: Massimo Vignelli

Legendary graphic designer Massimo Vignelli, best-known for creating the iconic New York City subway map, discusses intellectual elegance, education, love, the pitfalls of marketing, and his long career in design.

11 November 2021


Toshi Reagon

Toshi Reagon

Shaped by music and activism, Toshi Reagon reflects on her upbringing and remarkable career writing, playing, singing, and producing music.

8 November 2021


Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman

Reflecting on his remarkable life and career, Nick Offerman shares his insights on acting, marriage and the current state of the world.

1 November 2021


Alisa Cohn

Alisa Cohn

Alisa Cohn—named Top Startup Coach in the World—shares her secrets, insights and strategies from nearly 20 years of turning startup founders into world-class CEOs.

25 October 2021


Adam J. Kurtz

Adam J. Kurtz

Adam J. Kurtz delves into the human experience and explores the duality of time—everything changes, yet tomorrow isn’t promised—in his new book, “You Are Here (For Now).”

18 October 2021


Amy Koppelman

Amy Koppelman

Amy Koppelman penned A Mouthful of Air, a powerful novel years ahead of its time—and now, 20 years on, she discusses the film version of it she directed that hits theaters this month.

11 October 2021


Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee Jones

Long a believer in the impossible, Rickie Lee Jones has lived an extraordinary life of song. Here, she reflects on five decades of making music.

4 October 2021


Jonathan Fields

Jonathan Fields

What makes you feel most alive? Jonathan Fields is here to help you figure it out—and infuse it into your career in truly transformative ways.

27 September 2021


Dorie Clark

Dorie Clark

In our short-term world, Dorie Clark is proof positive that there’s incredible power in long-term strategy—and here she riffs on her new book, “The Long Game.”

20 September 2021


Catherine Opie

Catherine Opie

At 8 years old, Catherine Opie realized “that history is made within an image culture”—and here, she discusses her incredible life as a photographer driven by culture.

13 September 2021


Design Matters From the Archive: V (Formerly Eve Ensler)

Design Matters From the Archive: V (Formerly Eve Ensler)

After surviving intense abuse as a child, V grew up to pen powerful prose and plays—and today fights for women suffering around the world.

6 September 2021


Design Matters From the Archive: Seth Godin

Design Matters From the Archive: Seth Godin

In his third Design Matters interview, writer Seth Godin riffs on his 20th book—“The Practice”—a milestone text exploring creativity and the sheer power of doing the work and putting it out into the world.

30 August 2021


Carly Kuhn

Carly Kuhn

From the Groundlings and “Chelsea Lately” to fashion illustration, textile work and beyond, Carly Kuhn—aka The Cartorialist—may not have set out to become an artist, but she became a brilliant one.

23 August 2021


Quiara Alegría Hudes

Quiara Alegría Hudes

After dreaming of becoming a musician, Quiara Alegría Hudes found her true future on the page—and in such works as “My Broken Language” and “In the Heights.” Here, the Pulitzer winner meditates on the many muses that were instrumental in her becoming the creative she is today.

16 August 2021


Suneel Gupta

Suneel Gupta

Forging on past failure, Suneel Gupta began to ask wildly successful people about their less-successful moments—and that laid the foundation for his own career highs, not to mention his new book that helps anyone with a great idea become Backable.

9 August 2021


Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown had a revolutionary idea: to create a natural-look makeup line that would make people feel like the best version of themselves. She launched it from her home to overnight success, and today is back with her blockbuster clean DTC brand, Jones Road.

2 August 2021


Design Matters From the Archive: Claire Danes

Design Matters From the Archive: Claire Danes

At 10, she announced that money or no money, she would be true to her art—and there was no plan B. And, well, actress Claire Danes stuck to it.

26 July 2021


Design Matters From the Archive: Bisa Butler

Design Matters From the Archive: Bisa Butler

Fiber artist Bisa Butler discusses the AfriCOBRA tradition, the artistic breakthrough that led to her finding her voice, and the process behind her amazing life-size works.

19 July 2021


Design Matters From the Archive: Miranda July

Design Matters From the Archive: Miranda July

Writer, director and actress Miranda July discusses the surreality of releasing a surreal movie in an even more surreal time—and the eternal magic of kissing, cakes and clothes.

12 July 2021


Jonny Sun

Jonny Sun

Feeling like an outsider, Jonny Sun turned to performance, comedy and Twitter—eventually channeling his thoughts into Jomny Sun and his signature Aliebn, and now his beautifully, happily sad book, “Goodbye, Again.”

5 July 2021


Design Matters: Celebrating Pride

Design Matters: Celebrating Pride

Alison Bechdel. Eileen Myles. Kenny Fries. Saeed Jones. Four icons reflect on their journeys in this special Pride episode of Design Matters.

28 June 2021


Ping Zhu

Ping Zhu

Ping Zhu’s parents were afraid her interest in illustration might just be a phase … and then she landed her first assignment ever at The New York Times. Here, she discusses her brilliant career trajectory.

21 June 2021


Fabien Baron

Fabien Baron

Fabien Baron wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps—so he dropped out of school to conquer the magazine world, and has since realized that storytelling is at the core of everything he does, including his latest passion: film.

14 June 2021


Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean takes what appears to be ordinary corners of everyday life—and brings them to the page with startling wonderment and wit.

7 June 2021


Nick Cave & Bob Faust

Nick Cave & Bob Faust

Nick Cave and Bob Faust discuss the incredible life of creativity, courageousness and community they have built together.

31 May 2021


Tavi Gevinson

Tavi Gevinson

She was a teenage media mogul—and now her story extends to the page and the stage … not to mention the reboot of “Gossip Girl.” Get to know Tavi Gevinson.

24 May 2021


Beeple

Beeple

Beeple began creating a new piece of art each day with his aptly titled “everydays” series … which ultimately led to an astonishing $69 million NFT sale. Here, he breaks down how it all happened.

17 May 2021


Futura

Futura

Across 50 years in the art scene, Futura has undergone a brilliant evolution from graffiti prodigy to design master.

10 May 2021


Tanya Selvaratnam

Tanya Selvaratnam

Tanya Selvaratnam has said that when life throws you lemons, make art—and she has profoundly done just that in the face of unimaginable circumstances over the course of a long career blending activism and creativity.

3 May 2021


Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke

From the profound experience of making “Dead Poets Society” to the “Before” trilogy and his marvelous new book, Ethan Hawke discusses a life spent celebrating creativity in its many forms.

26 April 2021


Design Matters From the Archive: Lisa Congdon

Design Matters From the Archive: Lisa Congdon

From finding and focusing in on your artistic voice to staying passionate and purposefully driven, creative sherpa Lisa Congdon once again helps listeners take their work to new heights.

19 April 2021


Design Matters From the Archive: Robert Wong

Design Matters From the Archive: Robert Wong

Robert Wong ditched accounting and pursued his artistic dreams, criss-crossing the world before co-creating the innovative Google Creative Lab.

12 April 2021


Design Matters From the Archive: Ira Glass

Design Matters From the Archive: Ira Glass

From creativity to creative struggles and what makes or breaks a “This American Life” story, Ira Glass reflects on a career in the airwaves.

5 April 2021


Robyn Kanner

Robyn Kanner

Robyn Kanner’s sponsor asked what her goals were. She said she was going to elect the next president of the United States. And in this episode exploring her powerful journey, she breaks down how she helped do exactly that.

29 March 2021


Randa Jarrar

Randa Jarrar

Randa Jarrar has made the world a sexier and more thoughtful place—and on this episode, she discusses her powerful new memoir, "My Love is an Ex-Country."

22 March 2021


Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson

In her inspiring creative journey, author Jacqueline Woodson went from struggling with words as a child to mastering them today.

15 March 2021


David Byrne

David Byrne

The legendary David Byrne reflects on his formative years, the mystery that underpins making music, and his cathartic Broadway experience, “American Utopia.”

8 March 2021


Jenna Lyons

Jenna Lyons

From her trend-setting career with J.Crew to the medley of new projects she has launched over the past year, Jenna Lyons has perpetually made the world a more stylish, joyful place.

1 March 2021


Adam Grant

Adam Grant

In an illuminating and cerebral discussion, Adam Grant discusses his new book “Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know”—and the value of checking in and checking up on yourself.

22 February 2021


Design Matters From the Archive: Marilyn Minter

Design Matters From the Archive: Marilyn Minter

Sex, power, feminism—Marilyn Minter reflects on her rise, being banished from the art world, and her return and personal revolution.

15 February 2021


Design Matters From the Archive: Esther Perel

Design Matters From the Archive: Esther Perel

Esther Perel explores the fascinating design of marriage, modern intimacy and relationships—and the complex dynamics of infidelity.

8 February 2021


Design Matters From the Archive: Brené Brown

Design Matters From the Archive: Brené Brown

Belonging. Human connection. Vulnerability. Failure. Perseverance. On this episode, Brené Brown discusses the highs and lows of her creative journey—and the essential elements of a life lived bravely.

1 February 2021


Design Matters From the Archive: Marina Abramović

Design Matters From the Archive: Marina Abramović

Marina Abramović reflects on all the moments that made her the performance genius that she is today—in which the artist is, indeed, utterly present.

25 January 2021


Hrishikesh Hirway

Hrishikesh Hirway

From practicing on his first piano—drawn on a piece of paper—to recording albums and launching the podcast and Netflix show “Song Exploder,” Hrishikesh Hirway has lived a marvelous life of music.

11 January 2021


Best of 2020

Best of 2020

On this special episode of Design Matters, we take a look back at 2020, revel in the collective brilliance of Bisa Butler, Miranda July, Marilyn Minter and V—and close the year out with a performance by Lucy Wainwright Roche.

28 December 2020


Wael Morcos & Jonathan Key

Wael Morcos & Jonathan Key

Hailing from Lebanon and Alabama, respectively, Wael Morcos and Jonathan Key discuss their amazing journeys that coalesced into their groundbreaking design work as MorcosKey today.

21 December 2020


Karen Finley

Karen Finley

Karen Finley reflects on her legendary performance pieces, censorship and decades of groundbreaking work—and the sheer joy in creating art.

14 December 2020


Laurie Haycock Makela

Laurie Haycock Makela

Laurie Haycock Makela discusses her revolutionary typography days at Cranbrook with Scott Makela, surviving two brain hemorrhages—and arriving at “the project of a lifetime.”

7 December 2020


Seth Godin

Seth Godin

In his third Design Matters interview, writer Seth Godin riffs on his 20th book—“The Practice”—a milestone text exploring creativity and the sheer power of doing the work and putting it out into the world.

30 November 2020


Design Matters From the Archive: Thomas Page McBee

Design Matters From the Archive: Thomas Page McBee

In his extraordinary journey, Thomas Page McBee traversed trauma and wound up in the ring at Madison Square Garden, brimming with a host of wisdoms on gender, identity, feminism and masculinity.

23 November 2020


Design Matters Live: Gemma O'Brien

Design Matters Live: Gemma O'Brien

From a life-changing letterpress moment to early viral fame and the current COVID crossroads, Gemma O’Brien remains a master of illustrious letterforms. Recorded live at Adobe Max.

16 November 2020


Design Matters From the Archive: Malcolm Gladwell

Design Matters From the Archive: Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell discusses his book "Talking to Strangers”—and how we default to truth … but not necessarily the whole truth.

9 November 2020


Glennon Doyle & Abby Wambach

Glennon Doyle & Abby Wambach

Soccer star Abby Wambach and author Glennon Doyle discuss their striking first meeting, falling in love as pen pals, addiction and sobriety, and the art of speaking out and speaking up.

2 November 2020


Design Matters From the Archive: Tiffany Shlain

Design Matters From the Archive: Tiffany Shlain

Tiffany Shlain completely unplugs from technology one day a week—and week after week, it completely refuels her creative well. Here, she reveals how the rest of us can take our own Tech Shabbat.

26 October 2020


Miranda July

Miranda July

Writer, director and actress Miranda July discusses the surreality of releasing a surreal movie in an even more surreal time—and the eternal magic of kissing, cakes and clothes.

19 October 2020


Design Matters from the Archive: Sarah Kay

Design Matters from the Archive: Sarah Kay

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

12 October 2020


Design Matters from the Archive: Priya Parker

Design Matters from the Archive: Priya Parker

On this pre-pandemic archive episode, Debbie talks to Priya Parker about meetings and gatherings and why so many of them don’t work.

5 October 2020


Design Matters from the Archive: Lynda Barry

Design Matters from the Archive: Lynda Barry

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

28 September 2020


Jacqueline Novogratz

Jacqueline Novogratz

On this episode, Jacqueline Novogratz talks about her long career fighting poverty around the world.

22 September 2020


Claire Danes

Claire Danes

On this episode Claire Danes talks to Debbie about her long career, and what she learned about spies from playing one.

15 September 2020


Bisa Butler

Bisa Butler

On this episode, artist Bisa Butler talks to Debbie about her career, and about how making a quilted portrait of her grandmother led to an artistic breakthrough.

7 September 2020


Michael R. Jackson

Michael R. Jackson

On this episode, Debbie talks to Michael R. Jackson about his latest musical, which is about a gay man trying to write a musical.

31 August 2020


Fanny Singer

Fanny Singer

Debbie talks to Fanny Singer about her career writing about art and food, and about cooking in the time of Coronavirus.

24 August 2020


Maurice Cherry

Maurice Cherry

On this episode, Debbie talks with Maurice Cherry about his education and career, and about why the profession of graphic design has been so slow to acknowledge Black designers.

3 August 2020


Gabrielle Hamilton

Gabrielle Hamilton

On this episode Debbie talks to Gabrielle Hamilton about her career as a chef, and as a late-blooming writer.

20 July 2020


Mauro Porcini

Mauro Porcini

Debbie talks to Mauro Porcini, Chief Design Officer at Pepsico, about his childhood and his corporate work.

13 July 2020


V

V

Debbie talks with V (formerly known as Eve Ensler) about her abusive father and how feminism has shaped her career.

6 July 2020


Katherine Gehl + Michael Porter

Katherine Gehl + Michael Porter

Debbie talks to Katherine Gehl and Michael Porter about their program for redesigning our politics.

29 June 2020


Kathryn Gallagher

Kathryn Gallagher

Debbie talks with Kathryn Gallager about her young career as an actor/singer/songwriter and about trauma on and off the stage.

22 June 2020


Design Matters with Debbie Millman: It's Nice That

Design Matters with Debbie Millman: It's Nice That

Debbie talks to the design duo of Alex Bec and Will Hudson of It’s Nice That about their close friendship, long collaboration, and about what they’ve learned along the way.

15 June 2020


Ina Mayhew

Ina Mayhew

Debbie talks to Ina Mayhew about her career designing for movies and tv shows, and about how the virus may change the very nature of her profession.

8 June 2020


Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed

Debbie talks to author Cheryl Strayed about her childhood, her career, and about the value of taking a very long hike.

1 June 2020


Design Matters from the Archive: Tea Uglow

Design Matters from the Archive: Tea Uglow

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

25 May 2020


Design Matters from the Archive: Lisa Taddeo

Design Matters from the Archive: Lisa Taddeo

Debbie talks with writer Lisa Taddeo about sex and desire.

18 May 2020


Design Matters From the Archive: Barry Blitt

Design Matters From the Archive: Barry Blitt

Last week Barry Blitt was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in journalism for editorial cartooning. Debbie to him about where his ideas come from.

11 May 2020


Ira Glass

Ira Glass

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

13 April 2020


Marilyn Minter

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.

6 April 2020


Design Matters at 15: Esther Perel

Design Matters at 15: Esther Perel

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

30 March 2020


Design Matters at 15: David Cay Johnston

Design Matters at 15: David Cay Johnston

David Cay Johnston talks to Debbie about the fun of investigative journalism.

23 March 2020


Design Matters at 15: Elizabeth Alexander

Design Matters at 15: Elizabeth Alexander

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

16 March 2020


Robert Wong

Robert Wong

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

9 March 2020


The Table is Turned: Roxane Gay Interviews Debbie Millman

The Table is Turned: Roxane Gay Interviews Debbie Millman

This episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman was recorded live at WNYC's Green Space as part of a celebration of 15 years of the podcast.

2 March 2020


Amber Tamblyn

Amber Tamblyn

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

24 February 2020


Lucy Wainwright Roche

Lucy Wainwright Roche

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

17 February 2020


Chanel Miller

Chanel Miller

A conversation with Chanel Miller about rape culture.

10 February 2020


Tosh Hall

Tosh Hall

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

3 February 2020


Chani Nicholas

Chani Nicholas

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

27 January 2020


Robert Fabricant + Cliff Kuang

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.

20 January 2020


Tatiana Schlossberg

Tatiana Schlossberg

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

13 January 2020


Jessica Hische

Jessica Hische

A conversation with Jessica Hische about her career, especially after having kids.

6 January 2020


Lawrence Azerrad

Lawrence Azerrad

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

30 December 2019


Best of 2019

Best of 2019

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

23 December 2019


Thomas Page McBee

Thomas Page McBee

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

16 December 2019


Tiffany Shlain

Tiffany Shlain

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

9 December 2019


Michael Dorf

Michael Dorf

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

2 December 2019


Lisa Congdon

Lisa Congdon

On this episode, a conversation with artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon about getting started creatively.

25 November 2019


Saeed Jones

Saeed Jones

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

18 November 2019


Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell

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

11 November 2019


Steven Heller

Steven Heller

On this episode, a conversation with Steven Heller, about the long and troubled history of the swastika.

8 November 2019


Chris Ware + Chip Kidd

Chris Ware + Chip Kidd

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

4 November 2019


Lynda Barry

Lynda Barry

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

28 October 2019


Warren Lehrer

Warren Lehrer

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

21 October 2019


Elissa Altman

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.

14 October 2019


Derren Brown

Derren Brown

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

7 October 2019


Lisa Taddeo

Lisa Taddeo

Debbie talks with writer Lisa Taddeo about sex and desire.

30 September 2019


Brian Rea

Brian Rea

Debbie talks to illustrator Brian Rea about the Grim Reaper.

23 September 2019


From the Archive: Simon Doonan

From the Archive: Simon Doonan

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

16 September 2019


From the Archive: Amy Sherald

From the Archive: Amy Sherald

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

9 September 2019


From the Archive: Pete Souza

From the Archive: Pete Souza

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

26 August 2019


From the Archive: Chrisoph Niemann

From the Archive: Chrisoph Niemann

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

19 August 2019


David Lee Roth

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.

12 August 2019


Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon

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

5 August 2019


Zoe Mendelson

Zoe Mendelson

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

29 July 2019


Lori Gottlieb

Lori Gottlieb

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

22 July 2019


Stephen Gates

Stephen Gates

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

15 July 2019


Seth

Seth

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

8 July 2019


Tea Uglow

Tea Uglow

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

17 June 2019


Elizabeth Gilbert

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.

27 May 2019


Shantell Martin

Shantell Martin

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

20 May 2019


Kris Holmes

Kris Holmes

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

13 May 2019


Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay

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

6 May 2019


Cey Adams

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.

29 April 2019


From the Archive: Anand Giridharadas

From the Archive: Anand Giridharadas

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

8 April 2019


From the Archive: Brené Brown

From the Archive: Brené Brown

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

1 April 2019


From the Archive: Christina Tosi

From the Archive: Christina Tosi

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

25 March 2019


From the Archive: Anne Lamott

From the Archive: Anne Lamott

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

18 March 2019


Jamie Myrold

Jamie Myrold

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

11 March 2019


James Victore

James Victore

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

4 March 2019


Ingrid Fetell Lee

Ingrid Fetell Lee

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

25 February 2019


Dustin Yellin

Dustin Yellin

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

18 February 2019


Kate Moross

Kate Moross

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

11 February 2019


Chase Jarvis

Chase Jarvis

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

4 February 2019


Bo Burnham + Elsie Fisher

Bo Burnham + Elsie Fisher

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

28 January 2019


Scott Belsky

Scott Belsky

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

21 January 2019


Dani Shapiro

Dani Shapiro

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

14 January 2019


Jocelyn K. Glei

Jocelyn K. Glei

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

7 January 2019


Josh Higgins

Josh Higgins

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

31 December 2018


Alice Rawsthorn

Alice Rawsthorn

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

24 December 2018


Sarah Kay

Sarah Kay

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

17 December 2018


Christoph Niemann

Christoph Niemann

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

10 December 2018


Shirley Manson

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.

3 December 2018


Christina Tosi

Christina Tosi

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

26 November 2018


Albert Watson

Albert Watson

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

19 November 2018


Thelma Golden

Thelma Golden

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

12 November 2018


Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott

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

5 November 2018


Pete Souza

Pete Souza

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

29 October 2018


Paul Sahre

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.

22 October 2018


Patricia Cronin

Patricia Cronin

Debbie talks to Patricia Cronin about art and politics.

15 October 2018


Michael Ovitz

Michael Ovitz

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

8 October 2018


Beth Comstock

Beth Comstock

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

1 October 2018


Design Matters from the Archive: Deborah Kass

Design Matters from the Archive: Deborah Kass

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

24 September 2018


Design Matters from the Archive: Brian Collins

Design Matters from the Archive: Brian Collins

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

17 September 2018


Design Matters from the Archive: Aaron Draplin

Design Matters from the Archive: Aaron Draplin

Debbie talks for Aaron Draplin about setting up his own shop, and about making money as a designer.

10 September 2018


Design Matters from the Archive: Esther Perel

Design Matters from the Archive: Esther Perel

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

3 September 2018


Design Matters from the Archive: Simon Sinek

Design Matters from the Archive: Simon Sinek

Debbie talks to optimist, ethnographer, and author Simon Sinek about the fruits of good leadership.

27 August 2018


Design Matters from the Archive: Thomas Kail

Design Matters from the Archive: Thomas Kail

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

20 August 2018


Design Matters from the Archive: Cindy Gallop

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.

13 August 2018


Barry Blitt

Barry Blitt

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

6 August 2018


Neville Brody

Neville Brody

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

30 July 2018


Paula Scher

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.”

23 July 2018


Steven Heller

Steven Heller

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

16 July 2018


Matthew Carter

Matthew Carter

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

9 July 2018


Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson

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

2 July 2018


Amy Sherald

Amy Sherald

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

25 June 2018


Lewis Lapham

Lewis Lapham

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

18 June 2018


Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado

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

11 June 2018


Aminatou Sow

Aminatou Sow

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

4 June 2018


Erin McKeown

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.

28 May 2018


Priya Parker

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.

21 May 2018


Jack Ferver

Jack Ferver

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

14 May 2018


Pamela Paul

Pamela Paul

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

7 May 2018


Anand Giridharadas

Anand Giridharadas

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

30 April 2018


David Spergel

David Spergel

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

23 April 2018


Edel Rodriguez

Edel Rodriguez

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

16 April 2018


Simon Doonan

Simon Doonan

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

9 April 2018


Richard Haines

Richard Haines

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

2 April 2018


Nick Law

Nick Law

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

26 March 2018


David Korins

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.

19 March 2018


Sukey Novogratz

Sukey Novogratz

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

12 March 2018


Edwin Schlossberg

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.

5 March 2018


Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker

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

26 February 2018


Kaki King

Kaki King

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

19 February 2018


David Cay Johnston

David Cay Johnston

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

12 February 2018


Design Matters 2017 Highlights

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.

15 January 2018


Barry Blitt

Barry Blitt

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

26 December 2017


Richard Saul Wurman

Richard Saul Wurman

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

18 December 2017


Marina Abramović

Marina Abramović

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

11 December 2017


Catie Lazarus

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.

11 December 2017


Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss

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

4 December 2017


Mike Mills

Mike Mills

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

27 November 2017


Deborah Kass

Deborah Kass

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

20 November 2017


Kenny Fries

Kenny Fries

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

13 November 2017


Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue

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

6 November 2017


Esther Perel

Esther Perel

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

30 October 2017


Brené Brown

Brené Brown

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

23 October 2017


Thomas Kail

Thomas Kail

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

16 October 2017


Design Matters from the Archive: James Victore

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.

9 October 2017


Design Matters from the Archive: Marian Bantjes

Design Matters from the Archive: Marian Bantjes

Debbie Millman talks to Marian Bantjes about her daring typography and her highly ornamental design.

2 October 2017


Design Matters From The Archive: Massimo Vignelli

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.

25 September 2017


Design Matters From The Archive: Massimo Vignelli

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.

25 September 2017


Design Matters from the Archive: Brian Koppelman

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.

11 September 2017


Design Matters from the Archive: Eileen Myles

Design Matters from the Archive: Eileen Myles

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

4 September 2017


Design Matters from the Archive: Cindy Gallop

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.”

28 August 2017


Design Matters from the Archive: Adam J. Kurtz

Design Matters from the Archive: Adam J. Kurtz

Debbie Millman talks to Adam J. Kurtz about designing for psychological health.

21 August 2017


Design Matters from the Archive: Gail Bichler

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.

14 August 2017


Design Matters from the Archive: Alison Bechdel

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.

7 August 2017


Design Matters from the Archive: Lisa Congdon

Design Matters from the Archive: Lisa Congdon

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

31 July 2017


Design Matters from the Archive: Anil Dash

Design Matters from the Archive: Anil Dash

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

24 July 2017


Design Matters from the Archive: Lynda Weinman

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.

17 July 2017


Design Matters from the Archive: Caroline Paul

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.

3 July 2017


Design Matters from the Archive: Chris Anderson

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.

26 June 2017


Design Matters from the Archive: Alain de Botton

Design Matters from the Archive: Alain de Botton

Debbie talks to Alain de Botton about love and sex.

19 June 2017


Design Matters from the Archive: Bonnie Siegler

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."

5 June 2017


Design Matters from the Archive: Nico Muhly

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."

29 May 2017


Design Matters from the Archive: Krista Tippet

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.

22 May 2017


Design Matters from the Archive: Amanda Palmer

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.

15 May 2017


Steven Heller

Steven Heller

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

1 May 2017


Brian Collins

Brian Collins

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

24 April 2017


DJ Stout

DJ Stout

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

17 April 2017


Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones

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

10 April 2017


Elizabeth Alexander

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.

3 April 2017


Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

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

27 March 2017


Connie Birdsall

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.

20 March 2017


Rochelle Udell

Rochelle Udell

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

13 March 2017


Mike Rigby

Mike Rigby

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

6 March 2017


Design Matters from the Archive: Su Mathews Hale

Design Matters from the Archive: Su Mathews Hale

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

2 March 2017


Sam Winston

Sam Winston

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

27 February 2017


Nicholas Blechman

Nicholas Blechman

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

13 February 2017


Seth Godin

Seth Godin

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

6 February 2017


Anil Dash

Anil Dash

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

30 January 2017


Brian Koppelman

Brian Koppelman

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

23 January 2017


Design Matters: Best Of 2016

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.

2 January 2017


Adam J. Kurtz

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.”

26 December 2016


Gail Bichler

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.

19 December 2016


Cindy Gallop

Cindy Gallop

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

12 December 2016


Tim Ferriss Part 1

Tim Ferriss Part 1

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

6 December 2016


Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles

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

28 November 2016


Keira Alexandra

Keira Alexandra

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

21 November 2016


Pierluigi Serraino

Pierluigi Serraino

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

14 November 2016


Grace Bonney

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.

7 November 2016


Steven Watson

Steven Watson

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

31 October 2016


Bonnie Siegler

Bonnie Siegler

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

24 October 2016


Lana Z Porter

Lana Z Porter

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

17 October 2016


Giorgia Lupi

Giorgia Lupi

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

10 October 2016


Joe Hollier

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.

3 October 2016


Kelli Anderson

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.

26 September 2016


Design Matters from the Archive: Tobias Frere-Jones

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.

12 September 2016


Design Matters from the Archive: Maira Kalman

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.

5 September 2016


Design Matters from the Archive: Maria Konnikova

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.

22 August 2016


Design Matters from the Archive: Eli Horowitz

Design Matters from the Archive: Eli Horowitz

Debbie talks to editor and digital novelist Eli Horowitz about the virtues of collaboration + more

15 August 2016


Design Matters from the Archive: Roz Chast

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.

8 August 2016


Design Matters from the Archive: Timothy Goodman

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.

1 August 2016


Design Matters from the Archive: Tiffany Shlain

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.

25 July 2016


Design Matters from the Archive: Brandon Stanton

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.

18 July 2016


Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

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

5 July 2016


Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton

Debbie talks to Alain de Botton about  love and sex.

27 June 2016


Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson

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

20 June 2016


Design Matters from the Archive: Isaac Mizrahi

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.

13 June 2016


Design Matters from the Archive: Julia Turshen

Design Matters from the Archive: Julia Turshen

Debbie talks to Julia about cooking and writing, and how to peel a hard-boiled egg.

6 June 2016


Design Matters from the Archive: Ben Schott

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.

30 May 2016


Lisa Congdon

Lisa Congdon

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

23 May 2016


Steven Heller

Steven Heller

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

16 May 2016


Alison Bechdel

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.

9 May 2016


Nico Muhly

Nico Muhly

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

2 May 2016


Todd Waterbury

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.

25 April 2016


Caroline Paul

Caroline Paul

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

18 April 2016


Amanda Palmer

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.

12 April 2016


Krista Tippett

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.

4 April 2016


Greg Hahn + Ryan Moore

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.

28 March 2016


Kate Bolick

Kate Bolick

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

21 March 2016


Mimi Váldes

Mimi Váldes

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

22 February 2016


Ayse Birsel

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.

15 February 2016


Eric Zimmer

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.

8 February 2016


Tucker Nichols

Tucker Nichols

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

28 December 2015


Doug Powell

Doug Powell

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

21 December 2015


Scott Clemons

Scott Clemons

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

30 November 2015


Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek

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

15 November 2015


Robin Petravic + Catherine Bailey

Robin Petravic + Catherine Bailey

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

9 November 2015


Michael Bierut

Michael Bierut

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

2 November 2015


Jonathan Fields

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."

12 October 2015


Design Matters From the Archive: Clement Mok

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.

28 September 2015


Design Matters From the Archive: Bob Gill

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.

21 September 2015


Design Matters from the Archive: Michael Donovan + Nancye Green

Design Matters from the Archive: Michael Donovan + Nancye Green

Michael Donovan + Nancye Green on their partnership in marriage and design.

14 September 2015


Design Matters From the Archive: Michael Arad

Design Matters From the Archive: Michael Arad

The designer of the 9/11 memorial—Michael Arad— on the process of design.

7 September 2015


Design Matters From the Archive: Chip Kidd

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.

31 August 2015


Design Matters From The Archive: Marion Deuchars

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.

24 August 2015


Design Matters From the Archive: Louise Fili

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.

17 August 2015


Design Matters from the Archive: Peter Mendelsund

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.

3 August 2015


Design Matters From The Archive: Caroline Paul + Wendy MacNaughton

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.

27 July 2015


Design Matters from the Archive: Brian Rea

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.

20 July 2015


Design Matters From The Archive: Rob Walker

Design Matters From The Archive: Rob Walker

Debbie talks to Rob Walker about the Sunggie and his fantasy branding project.

13 July 2015


Design Matters From The Archive: Marian Bantjes

Design Matters From The Archive: Marian Bantjes

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

6 July 2015


Kelli Anderson

Kelli Anderson

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

29 June 2015


Design Matters From the Archive: Tina Roth Eisenberg

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.

22 June 2015


Design Matters From The Archive: James Victore

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.

15 June 2015


Oliver Jeffers

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.

8 June 2015


Carolina Rogoll

Carolina Rogoll

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

1 June 2015


Audrey Arbeeny

Audrey Arbeeny

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

18 May 2015


Virginia Postrel

Virginia Postrel

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

11 May 2015


Elle Luna

Elle Luna

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

4 May 2015


Ron Burrage

Ron Burrage

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

27 April 2015


Julia Turshen

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).

20 April 2015


Steven Heller

Steven Heller

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

13 April 2015


Lynda Weinman

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.

6 April 2015


Morley

Morley

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

30 March 2015


Ben Watson

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.

23 March 2015


Louise Sandhaus

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.

16 March 2015


Jessica Walsh + Timothy Goodman

Jessica Walsh + Timothy Goodman

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

10 March 2015


Isaac Mizrahi

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.

2 March 2015


Chee Pearlman

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.

29 December 2014


Liz Danzico

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).

22 December 2014


Justin Ahrens

Justin Ahrens

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

15 December 2014


Ji Lee

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).

8 December 2014


Emily Spivack

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.

1 December 2014


Moira Cullen

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.

24 November 2014


Tina + Ryan Essmaker

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

17 November 2014


Caroline Baumann

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.

10 November 2014


Fritz Karch

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.

3 November 2014


Ben Schott

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.

27 October 2014


Petter Ringbom

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.

20 October 2014


Tom Geismar

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.

13 October 2014


Noah Brier

Noah Brier

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

2 June 2014


Dani Shapiro

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.

26 May 2014


Brian Singer

Brian Singer

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

19 May 2014


Steven Heller

Steven Heller

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

12 May 2014


Rachel Sussman

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.

5 May 2014


Scott Lerman

Scott Lerman

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

28 April 2014


Maria Giudice

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.

21 April 2014


Michael Donovan + Nancye Green

Michael Donovan + Nancye Green

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

14 April 2014


Debra Bishop

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.

7 April 2014


Joe Marianek

Joe Marianek

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

31 March 2014


Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris

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

24 March 2014


Dana Arnett

Dana Arnett

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

17 March 2014


Irma Boom

Irma Boom

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

10 March 2014


Amanda Michel + Amy Webb

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.

13 January 2014


Bob Gill

Bob Gill

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

6 January 2014


Matteo Bologna

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.

23 December 2013


Alex Center

Alex Center

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

16 December 2013


Susan Szenasy

Susan Szenasy

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

9 December 2013


Terry Teachout

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.

25 November 2013


Dawn Hancock

Dawn Hancock

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

18 November 2013


Jennifer Kinon + Bobby Martin

Jennifer Kinon + Bobby Martin

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

11 November 2013


Oded Ezer

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.

4 November 2013


Sheila Bridges

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.

28 October 2013


Chip Kidd

Chip Kidd

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

21 October 2013


Hartmut Esslinger

Hartmut Esslinger

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

29 July 2013


Interaction of Color

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.

22 July 2013


Jean-Louis Cohen

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.

15 July 2013


Michael Rock

Michael Rock

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

8 July 2013


Maggie Macnab

Maggie Macnab

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

31 May 2013


Jessica Walsh

Jessica Walsh

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

17 May 2013


Ben Chestnut + Aarron Walter

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.

10 May 2013


Wendy MacNaughton + Caroline Paul

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.

3 May 2013


Emily Oberman

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.

19 April 2013


Jennifer Sterling

Jennifer Sterling

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

12 April 2013


Amy Webb

Amy Webb

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

5 April 2013


Cliff Sloan

Cliff Sloan

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

29 March 2013


Sara Blake

Sara Blake

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

22 March 2013


Steven Heller

Steven Heller

Steven Heller discusses his new ebook, Design Cult, and reflects on what designers have in common with Harvey Weinstein.

8 March 2013


Clement Mok

Clement Mok

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

1 March 2013


Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich

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.

22 February 2013


Sophie Blackall

Sophie Blackall

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

15 February 2013


Jen Bilik

Jen Bilik

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

8 February 2013


Marion Deuchars

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.

11 January 2013


Jason Kottke

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.

4 January 2013


Christopher Simmons

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.

21 December 2012


Jake Barton

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.

14 December 2012


Louise Fili

Louise Fili

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

7 December 2012


Rafael Esquer

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.

30 November 2012


Mirko Ilic

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.

16 November 2012


Austin McGhie

Austin McGhie

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

9 November 2012


Aaron Draplin

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.

2 November 2012


Scott Stowell

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.

26 October 2012


Chris Ware

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.

19 October 2012


Steven Heller

Steven Heller

Steven Heller discusses the big ideas that have changed graphic design – including the UPC code, teen magazines and the pointed finger.

4 May 2012


Ken Carbone

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.

27 April 2012


Randy J. Hunt

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.

20 April 2012


Khoi Vinh

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.

13 April 2012


Roman Mars

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”.

6 April 2012


John Flansburgh

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.

30 March 2012


Maria Popova

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.

9 March 2012


Jen Bekman

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.

2 March 2012


Karl Heiselman

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.

24 February 2012


James Biber

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.

17 February 2012


Cheryl Heller

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.

10 February 2012


Erik Spiekermann

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.

3 February 2012


Martin Venezky

Martin Venezky

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

16 December 2011


Peter Mendelsund

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.

9 December 2011


Andrew Gibbs

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.

2 December 2011


Brian Rea

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.

18 November 2011


John Hockenberry

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.

11 November 2011


Jake + Pum Lefebure

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.

4 November 2011


Margaret Roach

Margaret Roach

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

28 October 2011


Linda Tischler

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.

14 October 2011


Dori Tunstall

Dori Tunstall

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

7 October 2011


Alex Bogusky + John Bielenberg

Alex Bogusky + John Bielenberg

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

30 September 2011


Jessica Hische

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.

23 September 2011


Michael Arad

Michael Arad

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

16 September 2011


Angus Hyland

Angus Hyland

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

8 July 2011


Alissa Walker

Alissa Walker

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

13 May 2011


Jennifer Morla

Jennifer Morla

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

22 April 2011


Steve Frykholm

Steve Frykholm

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

15 April 2011


Grace Bonney

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.

8 April 2011


Heather B. Armstrong

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.

1 April 2011


Dominique Browning

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.

25 March 2011


Jonathan Ford

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.

11 March 2011


Eddie Opara

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.

4 March 2011


Alina Wheeler

Alina Wheeler

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

25 February 2011


Gail Anderson

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.

23 February 2011


Kate Betts

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.

11 February 2011


Rob Walker

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”.

4 February 2011


James Victore

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.

17 December 2010


Alexandra Lange + Jane Thompson

Alexandra Lange + Jane Thompson

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

10 December 2010


Steven Heller

Steven Heller

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

3 December 2010


Alexander Isley

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.

19 November 2010


Kate Bingaman-Burt

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.

12 November 2010


Marian Bantjes

Marian Bantjes

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

5 November 2010


Ralph Caplan

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.

29 October 2010


Tina Roth Eisenberg

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.

22 October 2010


Bill Moggridge

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.

15 October 2010


Eric Baker

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.

8 October 2010


Stephen Doyle

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.

24 September 2010


Massimo Vignelli

Massimo Vignelli

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

17 September 2010


Stefan Sagmeister

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.

19 November 2009


Tim Brown

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.

12 October 2009


William Drenttel + Julie Lasky

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.

17 August 2009

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