Design Matters Season Deux

Pregame Design Matters

Design Matters with Debbie Millman is an opinionated and provocative talk radio show that combines a stimulating point of view about graphic design, branding and topics of timely cultural consequence. In a business world that is dependent on change, design is one of the few differentiators left. Explore the challenging and compelling canvas of today’s design world with Debbie Millman with some of today’s design superstars heard live every Friday at Noon Pacific (3PM Eastern).

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Sean Adams and Noreen Morioka founded AdamsMorioka in 1993. The firm’s manifesto included an approach of clarity, purity and resonance as applied to content, form and business. In 1997, they were named to International Design magazine’s ID40 – a list of the 40 most influential designers with international influence. Recently, in a feature article for the Los Angeles Times, AdamsMorioka was described as “major influences of popular culture at the end of the century.” They have both lectured extensively throughout the world and have received the Award of Distinction from the International Design Annual Review, and are both Fellows of the International Design Conference at Aspen.


The Legacy of Eames: Eames Demetrios and Neenah Paper

The grandson of Charles and Ray Eames, Demetrios Eames will be joining Debbie for a discussion on the new innovations coming out of the “house of Eames.”


American Mutt?: David Barringer

David Barringer sent Rudy Vanderlans, editor of Emigre, a 35,000 word letter to the editor, which Rudy published in its entirety in Emigre #68. Titled “American Mutt Barks in the Yard,” David will join Debbie to talk about his views on the state of graphic design today.


Design at the Beach: Jake Gorst and Alistair Gordon

Jake Gorst, grandson of Andrew Geller and Alistair Gordon, author of Beach House, will be joining Debbie to talk about Jake’s phenomenal documentary “Leisurama,” the first “branded” community in America, located in Montauk, New York.


Nicholas Blechman: Artist and Auteur

Knickerbocker Design is an illustration graphic design studio founded by Nicholas Blechman, for Art Director of the New York TImes Op-Ed page and publisher of the alternative comic book NOZONE.


Andrew Zolli: Forecasting the Future

Z + Partners is a foresight think-tank which helps global companies and institutions see, understand and respond to complex change. Andrew Zolli is the founder, and will discuss the future of mass culture on this show.


Paula Scher: The Reigning Queen of Graphic Design

Paula Scher studied at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and began her graphic design career as a record cover art director at both Atlantic and CBS Records in the 1970s. In 1984 she co-founded Koppel & Scher, and in 1991 she joined Pentagram as a partner. She is arguably the most successful and influential woman working in design today.


The Substance of Style of Virginia Postrel

Virginia Postrel is the author of The Substance of Style and The Future and Its Enemies. She writes the Economic Scene column for The New York Times business section every fourth Thursday. She writes a column for Forbes four times a year and publishes articles on cultural and economic topics in a wide-range of other publications. Writing in Vanity Fair, Sam Tanenhaus described Postrel as “a master D.J. who sequences the latest riffs from the hard sciences, the social sciences, business, and technology, to name only a few sources,” while Camille Paglia has called her “one of the smartest women in America.”


Design Blogs: The Good, the Bad and the Nasty

Join the founders of three influential design blogs for a rousing discussion on the popularity of this new media. Joining Debbie will be Armin Vit and Bryony Gomez-Palacio from Speak Up, Jen Beckman from Unbeige and Adrian Hanft and Bennett Holzworth from Be A Design Group.


King of the World: Stefan Sagmeister

ID magazine has called Stefan’s work: “Distilled, intense, cunning, evocative and utterly complete. His inventions have set a new standard.” A candid and revealing discussion with the master of design.


Bad Boys of Design II

Our most listened to show last season is back with a vengeance, new group of (very) bad boys:

Rodrigo Corral

Marc English

Tan Le

Bennett Peji

Felix Sockwell

John Zapolski


Pervasive Design in our Culture

Join Joan Francolini, Senior Director of Global Design at Kraft Foods, Jeffrey Keaton, Creative Director of MTV Networks, and John Krajkowski, Director of Design at Kraft for a discussion on the state of the visual landscape of our culture. Other guests to be announced closer to show time.


Season Two Finale

The Goddesses of Graphic Design: Emily Oberman and Bonnie Siegler of Number 17.

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