Named “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA, Debbie Millman is also an author, educator, brand strategist and host of the podcast Design Matters. As the founder and host of Design Matters, the first and longest running podcast about design, Millman has interviewed more than 250 design luminaries and cultural commentators, including Massimo Vignelli, Milton Glaser, Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Pink, Barbara Kruger, Seth Godin and more.
In the 11 years since its inception, the show has garnered over a million download per year, a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award and—most recently—iTunes designated it one of the best podcasts of 2015.
Debbie’s written and visual essays have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, Print Magazine, Design Observer and Fast Company.
Millman is a woman to admire. She has grown her name and her success on the principals of hard work and a good eye. She has taken risks, built a reputation and protected that reputation. She fought to build something for herself, rather than follow the pack. She lives on her own terms and continually teaches others to do the same.
In this interview on The Great Discontent, the inimitable Debbie Millman offers five pieces of advice for young people starting out in any creative field. These pieces of advice can be used in all aspects of life and should be recited, written down and constantly called upon. Enjoy.