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Debbie Millman      

Writer, Educator, Artist, Brand Consultant & Host of the Podcast "Design Matters"

Named “one of the most creative people in business” by Fast Company, and “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA, Debbie Millman is also an author, educator, curator and host of the podcast "Design Matters."

As the founder and host of "Design Matters," one of the world’s first and longest-running podcasts, Millman has interviewed nearly 500 artists, designers and cultural commentators over the past 14 years. "Design Matters" won a 2011 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, in 2015 Apple designated it one of the best overall podcasts on iTunes, and in 2018 the show was honored by the Webby Awards. In addition, "Design Matters" has been listed on over 100 “Best Podcasts” lists, including one of the best podcasts in the world by Business Insider. The show is about how some of the world’s most creative people design the arc of their lives, and Debbie has interviewed guests including Tim Ferriss, Malcolm Gladwell, Marina Abramovic, Steven Pinker, Shepard Fairey, Laurie Anderson, Barbara Kruger, Amanda Palmer, Alain de Botton, Brene Brown, Hamilton Director Thomas Kail, and many, many more.

Millman 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 was a writer for the world’s first design blog, Speak Up, the Editorial and Creative Director of Print Magazine and a columnist for N Magazine. Her illustrations have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, Print Magazine, Design Observer and Fast Company. 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 is included in the Boston Biennale, Chicago Design Museum, Anderson University, School of Visual Arts, Long Island University, The Wolfsonion Museum and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art. She has been critic-in-residence at Cranbrook University, Old Dominion University and Notre Dame University, and has conducted visual storytelling workshops all over the world.

In 2009 Millman co-founded the world’s first graduate program in branding at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, which has achieved international acclaim. She is also President Emeritus of AIGA, one of five women to hold the position in the organization’s 100-year history and is currently working with Law & Order SVUactor and activist Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation to eradicate sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and the rape-kit backlog.

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