Debbie is the author of six books, including two collections of interviews that have extended the ethos and editorial vision of Design Matters to the printed page: How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer and Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits. Both books have been published in over 10 languages. She is the author of two books of illustrated essays: Look Both Ways and Self-Portrait As Your Traitor; the latter of which has been awarded a Gold Mobius, a Print Typography Award, and a medal from the Art Directors Club. Her artwork from these books have been included in the Boston Biennale, Chicago Design Museum, Anderson University, School of Visual Arts, Long Island University, The Wolfsonion Museum, the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art and more.

Debbie has been asked to write forewords and contribute essays or back-cover blurbs to many books.


Designing Brand Identity: An Essential Guide for the Whole Branding Team, 5th Edition by Alina Wheeler, Wiley, 2017

Outside the Box: Hand-Drawn Packaging from Around the World by Gail Anderson, Princeton Architectural Press, 2015

Star Brands: A Brand Manager’s Guide to Build, Manage & Market Brands by Carolina Rogoll, Allworth, 2015

Building Better Brands by Scott Lerman, HOW Books, 2013

Fingerprint No. 2: The Evolution of Handmade Elements in Graphic Design by Josh Chen, F&W, 2011


Leave Me Alone With The Recipes: The Life, Art and Cookbook of Cipe Pineles edited by Wendy MacNaughton, Sarah Rich, Bloomsbury, 2017

As Seen: Exhibitions that Made Architecture and Design History, Art Institute of Chicago, edited by Zoe Ryan, 2017

Chris Ware: Conversations edited by Jean Braithwaite, University of Mississippi, 2016

Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America by Amy Arnold and Brian Conway, Gibbs Smith, 2016

How to Get a Mentor as a Designer, Guaranteed: The 12-Step Guide for Emerging and Established Designers by Ram Castillo, 2016

Leading Creative Teams: Management Career Paths for Designers, Developers, and Copywriters by Eleazar Hernandez, Apress, 2016

The Successful Mistake: How The World's Greatest Entrepreneurs Transform Failure Into Success by Matthew Turner, Turndog, 2016

Sharpie Art Workshop: Techniques and Ideas for Transforming Your World by Timothy Goodman, 2015

40 Days of Dating: An Experiment by Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman, Abrams, 2015

Way More than Luck: Commencement Speeches on Living with Bravery, Empathy, and Other Existential Skills by various writers, Chronicle, 2015

Designing Brand Identity: An Essential Guide for the Whole Branding Team, 4th Edition by Alina Wheeler, Wiley, 2014

Graphic Content: True Stories by Top Creatives by Brian Singer, Print, 2014

Worn Stories by Emily Spivack, Princeton Architectural Press, 2014

The Guided Sketchbook That Teaches You How To Draw! by Robin Landa, Peachpit Press, 2013

Breakthrough!: Proven Strategies to Overcome Creative Block and Spark Your Imagination by Alex Cornell, Princeton Architectural Press, 2012

Archetypes in Branding: A Toolkit for Creatives and Strategists by Josh Chen, How Books, 2012

I Heart Design: Remarkable Graphic Design Selected by Designers, Illustrators, and Critics by Steven Heller, 2011

Field Tested Books: A Guide For Reading a Certain Book in a Certain Place by Coudal Partners, The Crois Press, 2011

A Designer's Research Manual: Succeed in Design by Knowing Your Clients and What They Really Need by Jennifer Visocky O'Grady and Ken Visocky O'Grady, Rockport, 2009

Creative Grab Bag: Inspiring Challenges for Artists, Illustrators and Designers by Ethan Bodnar, How Books, 2009

Art Direction Explained, At Last! by Steven Heller, Laurence King Publishing, 2008

Design Disasters: Great Designers, Fabulous Failure, and Lessons Learned by Steven Heller, Allworth, 2008

Masters of Design: Logos & Identity by Sean Adams, Rockport, 2008

Caffeine for the Creative Mind: 250 Exercises to Wake Up Your Brain by Stefan Mumaw, How Books, 2007

The Word It Book: Speak Up Presents a Gallery of Interpreted Words by Bryony Gomez-Palacio & Armin Vit, How Books, 2007

Fingerprint: The Art of Using Hand-Made Elements in Graphic Design by Chen Design Associates, 2006


Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Tim Ferriss, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017

A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives by Lisa Congdon, Chronicle, 2017

Thinking in Icons: Designing and Creating Effective Visual Symbols by Felix Sockwell, Rockport, 2017

In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney, Artisan, 2016

Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far by Stefan Sagmeister, Abrams, 2013

Women in Graphic Design 1890-2012 by Sabine Bartelsheim and Ute Bruning-Jovis, 2012

Chief Culture Officer: How to Create a Living, Breathing Corporation by Grant McCracken, Basic Books, 2011

Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design by Bryony Gomez-Palacio & Armin Vit, Rockport, 2011

The Women of Design: Three Working Generations by Bryony Gomez-Palacio & Armin Vit, HOW Books, 2008

First, Break All The Rules by Curt Coffman & Marcus Buckingham, Pocket Books, 1999


Creative Courage: Leveraging Imagination, Collaboration, and Innovation to Create Success Beyond your Wildest Dreams by Welby Altidor, Wiley, 2017

Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives by Adam J. Kurtz, TarcherPerigee, 2017

In Progress: See Inside a Lettering Artist's Sketchbook and Process by Jessica Hische, Chronicle, 2015

Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist by Lisa Condon, Chronicle, 2014

Talent Is Not Enough: Business Secrets For Designers by Shel Perkins, New Riders, 2014

To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others by Dan Pink, Riverhead, 2013

The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion by Virginia Postrel, Simon & Schuster, 2013

Brand is a Four Letter Word: Positioning and The Real Art of Marketing by Austin McGhie, Advantage Media Group, 2012

Designers Don't Have Influences by Austin Howe, Allworth, 2011

Starting Your Career as a Freelance Web Designer by Neil Tortorella, Allworth, 2011

Identify: Basic Principles of Identity Design in the Iconic Trademarks of Chermayeff & Geismar by Tom Geismar, Sagi Haviv and Ivan Chermayeff, Print, 2011

Just Design: Socially Conscious Design for Critical Causes by Christopher Simmons, How Books, 2011