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Debbie
Millman

Design Matters

In 2005, I started a little radio show called Design Matters. I often say that Design Matters began with an idea and a telephone line. After an offer from the Voice America Business Network to create an online radio show in exchange for a fee — yes, I had to pay them — I decided that interviewing designers who I revered would be an inventive way to ask my heroes everything I wanted to know about them. I started broadcasting Design Matters live from a telephone modem in my office at Sterling Brands in the Empire State Building. After the first dozen episodes, I began to distribute the episodes free on iTunes, making it the first ever design podcast to be distributed in this manner. I realized the opportunity to share the brilliance of my guests with an audience I never expected was the gift of a lifetime, but as the show grew in popularity, I recognized that I needed to upgrade both the sound quality and the distribution. After 100 episodes on Voice America, I was invited to publish Design Matters on Design Observer by co-founder Bill Drenttel. Design Matters is now the anchor show on Design Observer's media channel, and the show is produced at the specially built podcast studio located at my Masters in Branding program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. I've done nearly 200 episodes to date. In 2011, the show was awarded the People's Choice Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. In 2012, at a celebratory luncheon at the White House, I was congratulated by the one and only First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.

For a full archive of Design Matters please visit SoundCloud.

Some of my favorite episodes

Chris Ware

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Michael Rock

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Jake Barton

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Massimo Vignelli

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Wendy MacNaughton and Caroline Paul

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Steven Heller

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Jessica Hische

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Austin McGhie

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Maria Popova

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John Hockenberry

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Dori Tunstall

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Dominique Browning

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Marian Bantjes

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Tina Roth Eisenberg

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Stefan Sagmeister

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Interaction of Color

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Design Matters Live

Malcolm Gladwell & Friends




Massimo Vignelli




Lawrence Weiner




Alan Dye (presented by Adobe & AIGA SF)




Marian Bantjes (presented by Adobe & AIGA SF)




Elliott Earls (presented by Adobe & AIGA SF)




ON! at the Contemporary Art Center

ON! at the Contemporary Art Center

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Seth Godin at the HOW Conference

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Designers & Books

A special five-episode series on the theme of "designers and books." The series has been developed in collaboration with Designers & Books. More information about this episode.


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