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Design Matters by Debbie Millman features interviews with designers, artists and cultural leaders, including Lawrence Weiner, Barbara Kruger, Malcolm Gladwell, Eric Kandel, Stefan Sagmeister, John Maeda, Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones, Michael Arad, Milton Glaser, Massimo Vignelli, Paula Scher, Steven Heller, Jonah Lehrer, among others.

In 2011, Design Matters received the People’s Design Award from the prestigious Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards.

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Nell Irvin Painter

Nell Irvin Painter

2024-04-1501:17:56

Throughout her prolific writing career, Nell Irvin Painter has published works on such luminaries as Sojourner Truth, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Malcolm X. Her unique vantage on American history pushes the boundaries of personal narrative and academic authorship and asks readers to reconsider ideas of race, politics, and identity. She joins to discuss her legendary career as a distinguished historian, award-winning author, and artist.
David Remnick

David Remnick

2024-04-0859:48

Since 1998, David Remnick has been the editor of The New Yorker and has written hundreds of pieces for the magazine, including reporting from Russia, the Middle East, and Europe and Profiles of Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Katharine Graham, Mike Tyson, Bruce Springsteen and more. He also hosts the magazine’s national radio program and podcast, “The New Yorker Radio Hour.” He joins live at the On Air Fest to talk about his legendary life and career.
Lucy Sante

Lucy Sante

2024-04-0101:02:081

Renowned writer, cultural critic, and scholar of the demimonde Lucy Sante joins to discuss her career and a new memoir, “I Heard Her Call My Name,” reflecting on her transition and self-actualization in her sixties.
Es Devlin

Es Devlin

2024-03-2501:08:41

From acclaimed pop spectacles to Super Bowl halftime shows to the Closing Ceremony for the London Olympics, artist and stage designer Es Devlin has transformed large-scale performative sculptures and environments transporting audiences. She joins to discuss two decades of design spanning opera, theatre, and stadium extravaganzas.
Priscilla Gilman

Priscilla Gilman

2024-03-1801:11:42

The Critic's Daughter is an exquisitely rendered portrait of a unique father-daughter relationship and a moving revelation of family and identity. Author Priscilla Gilman joins to talk about her memoir, a candid account of loss and grief, forgiveness, and love.
Carrie Brownstein

Carrie Brownstein

2024-03-1101:05:34

Celebrated musician, comedian, writer, and director Carrie Brownstein joins to talk about her remarkable career as the co-founder, guitarist, and vocalist of the legendary punk band Sleater-Kinney, her role in the iconic TV series Portlandia, and her new memoir.
Suleika Jaouad

Suleika Jaouad

2024-03-0401:26:331

New York Times bestselling author and journalist Suleika Jaouad began writing her Emmy Award-winning column, “Life, Interrupted,” from her hospital room, chronicling her experiences as a young adult with cancer. She joins to discuss her remarkable life, career, and bestselling memoir, Between Two Kingdoms.
Aminatou Sow discusses her extraordinary journey that took her from Africa to Texas, from a job in a toy store to Google to co-host of one of today’s most brilliant podcasts, Call Your Girlfriend.
Across 50 years in the art scene, Futura has undergone a brilliant evolution from graffiti prodigy to design master.
As a child, Thelma Golden dreamt of a life in art museums—and that’s exactly the path she followed, breaking brilliant and historic new ground along the way.
The daughter of folk-music royalty, singer-songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche joins to talk about her life, family, and multi-decade career in the music industry.
James Clear has been writing about habits, decision making, and continuous improvement for over a decade. Author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Atomic Habits, he joins to talk about his career and how we can stop sabotaging our efforts with insurmountable goals.
Shaped by music and activism, Toshi Reagon reflects on her upbringing and remarkable career writing, playing, singing, and producing music.
Stefan Sagmeister

Stefan Sagmeister

2024-01-1501:01:112

Iconic graphic designer, typographer, author, and educator Stefan Sagmeister joins live on the CreativeMornings stage to talk about his multi-decade, ever-evolving career and his newest book, Now is Better, transforming facts about the state of our world into abstract data visualizations.
Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers

2024-01-0801:07:34

Working in painting, bookmaking, illustration, collage, performance, and sculpture, Oliver Jeffers joins to talk about his career making art and telling stories. His new book, Begin Again, explores humankind’s impact on itself and our planet, asking the big question: Where do we go from here?
On this special episode of Design Matters, we take a look back at the collective brilliance of the filmmakers interviewed in 2023. Best of Design Matters 2023 with Siân Heder, Sarah Polley, and Kyra Sedgwick is live!
On this special episode of Design Matters, we take a look back at the collective brilliance of writers interviewed in 2023. Best of Design Matters 2023 with Alexandra Horowitz, Rick Rubin, and Kevin Kelly is live!
Roy Wood Jr.

Roy Wood Jr.

2023-12-1848:16

Roy Wood Jr. is an Emmy-nominated comedian, writer, producer, actor, radio personality, and podcaster known for his stand-up comedy and work as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. He joins the Design Matters Live Tour to discuss his career, entertaining millions across the stage, television, and radio.
Audie Cornish

Audie Cornish

2023-12-1158:55

The legendary Audie Cornish—anchor, correspondent, journalist, host, and interviewer—joins live from the Design Matters Tour to talk about her career in journalism, covering national, political, and breaking news for over two decades.
Rosanne Cash

Rosanne Cash

2023-12-0401:11:04

For decades, Rosanne Cash has soared through the ranks of music with her powerhouse poetic skills and wistful reflections on her past. She has released 15 albums, won four Grammys, and authored four books, including a best-selling memoir. She joins to talk about her life and legendary career as a singer, songwriter, and author.
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Rosa Alden

Wonderful interview!

Jul 12th
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Gabo

one of the most temperamental, and thought-provoking, guests Debbie has had so far.

Feb 9th
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Gabo

Borinnnnnnnng

Jun 16th
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Ilya Kondratev

what is a book?

Feb 9th
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Jennifer Wong

Wonderful interview! Thoughtful questions and Esther is riveting.

Oct 31st
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Bahar Alagheband

👌👌👌

Sep 23rd
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Anina

what was the singers name? I'm trying to find her online but I have no idea how it's spelled

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Matuesz Ginta

Funk

Jan 3rd
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Matuesz Ginta

Elo

Jan 3rd
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Rich Hutka

At the 41 minute mark this episode went from analyzing the swastika to calling Trump supporters racist and having nazi tendencies... disappointing.

Nov 20th
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Anina

11:30 what's the name of the designer mentioned? Edward who?

Sep 23rd
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Gabo

Boring

Jun 15th
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Amin Jefferson

now I have someone I can lookup to thanks Debbie for making this possible thumbs up Eddie

May 5th
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Gabo

He is sooooo boriiiiing

Jan 5th
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Trung Duong

like

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Merissa Lyons

46

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Merissa Lyons

43!!!

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Merissa Lyons

42

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