Design Talks NYC

Debbie Millman

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 an author, educator, curator, and host of the podcast Design Matters.


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 more than 10 languages. In 2009, Debbie cofounded, with Steven Heller, the world’s first graduate program in branding at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Now in its eighth year, the program has achieved international acclaim.


Millman’s 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 later of which was awarded a Gold Mobius 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, and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art.


Millman is also president emeritus of AIGA, one of five women to hold the position in the organization’s 100-year history. She is a frequent speaker on design and branding and has moderated Design Yatra in India, presented keynote lectures at Rotman School of Management, Princeton University, Michigan Modern, the Hong Kong Design Association, the Melbourne Writers Festival, Design Thinkers in Toronto, the Festival of Art and Design in Barcelona, Webstock in New Zealand, QVED in Munich, ING in Dubai, ND2C in Pakistan, and many more.



Debbie Millman