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Design Matters with Debbie Millman

Design Matters with Debbie Millman is one of the world’s very first podcasts. Broadcasting independently for over 15 years, the show is about how incredibly creative people design the arc of their lives.

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Simon Sinek

Debbie Millman talks to author Simon Sinek about the fruits of good leadership.

59mins

15 Nov 2015

Rank #1

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Ingrid Fetell Lee

Debbie talks to designer and writer Ingrid Fetell Lee about joy.

56mins

25 Feb 2019

Rank #2

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Kate Bolick

Debbie Millman talks with writer Kate Bolick about society’s historically skeptical view of a single woman.

45mins

21 Mar 2016

Rank #3

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Tim Ferriss

Debbie talks to four time New York Times best selling author Tim Ferriss about depression, suicide, and major changes in his life.

1hr 1min

4 Dec 2017

Rank #4

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Stefan Sagmeister

Stefan Sagmeister discusses a year away from his New York-based design practice, spending personal time in Bali and his new documentary film, Happiness.

33mins

19 Nov 2009

Rank #5

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Esther Perel

Debbie talks to therapist and author Esther Perel about marriage, polyamory, and adultry.

1hr 5mins

30 Oct 2017

Rank #6

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Design Matters from the Archive: Maira Kalman

Debbie talks to writer and illustrator Maira Kalman about how ordinary objects inspire her art, and about her collaborations with the likes of Mark Morris and Isaac Mizrahi.

43mins

5 Sep 2016

Rank #7

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Seth Godin

Debbie talks to Seth Godin about how to live in our difficult political moment.

57mins

6 Feb 2017

Rank #8

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Aaron Draplin

In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Aaron Draplin talks about being comfortable in his own skin, midwestern pragmatism and why Oregon beats the shit out of SoCal.

40mins

2 Nov 2012

Rank #9

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Jessica Hische

In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Jessica Hische discusses her attachment to the internet, the differences between being a letterer and a type designer and working for Louise Fili.

38mins

23 Sep 2011

Rank #10

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Warren Lehrer

Writer, artist, and designer Warren Lehrer talks to Debbie about the intersection of images and letters and about the future of books.

54mins

21 Oct 2019

Rank #11

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Maria Popova

In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Maria Popova discusses growing up in Bulgaria, the evolution of Brainpicker and inventing the curator’s code.

52mins

9 Mar 2012

Rank #12

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Jessica Walsh

Jessica Walsh once sold moss-covered rocks to her elementary school classmates. Today, she's Stefan Sagmeister's partner in Sagmeister + Walsh.

37mins

17 May 2013

Rank #13

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Steven Pinker

On this episode, Debbie talks to experimental psychologist and author Steven Pinker about measuring human happiness..

56mins

26 Feb 2018

Rank #14

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Chris Ware

In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Chris Ware discusses his influences – including sending a Valentine to Charlie Brown – and explains why empathy figures so heavily into his work.

47mins

19 Oct 2012

Rank #15

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Massimo Vignelli

Vignelli Celebration: Season premiere of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, a podcast interview with Massimo Vignelli.

29mins

17 Sep 2010

Rank #16

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Kris Holmes

Debbie talks to calligrapher and type designer Kris Holmes, the co-creator of the Lucida typeface family.

41mins

13 May 2019

Rank #17

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Design Matters: Best Of 2016

Debbie highlights some of her favorite conversations of 2016, including Alison Bechdel, Alain de Botton, Lisa Congdon, Chris Anderson, Krista Tippet, Eileen Myles, and Amanda Palmer.

38mins

2 Jan 2017

Rank #18

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Jessica Hische

A conversation with Jessica Hische about her career, especially after having kids.

1hr 3mins

6 Jan 2020

Rank #19

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Paula Scher

“...The thing about your fifties is you have power...all those people you grew up with, they’re in their fifties too and they’ve got power, so they can actually give you some decent work.”

54mins

23 Jul 2018

Rank #20