About the Show

HONORS AND APPRECIATIONS

HONORS AND APPRECIATIONS
Winner, People’s Design Award, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum
HONORS AND APPRECIATIONS
#1 Design podcast, Creative Bloq
HONORS AND APPRECIATIONS
Top 10 Design Podcasts, Architectural Digest
HONORS AND APPRECIATIONS
Top Podcast For Entrepreneurs, MakeShift
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7 Great Podcasts For Web Designers, Web Designer Depot
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Design Podcast You Should Be Listening To, GoMedia
HONORS AND APPRECIATIONS
Best Podcast for Freelance Designers, Vandelay Design
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Top 4 Podcast Addiction, UrbaSmyth
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20 Podcasts To Help You Kick Ass, Bamboo Detroit
With michelle Obama
With Michelle Obama at the White House


ANNIVERSARY POSTER

10-year tribute
10-year anniversary tribute poster by Debbie Millman of all guests through February 2015. (Click here to see bigger)

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.

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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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