Design Matters & Debbie Millman in Edmonton

Marian Bantjes on Design Matters

Being on Debbie’s radio program was an unreal experience. To be included with such a distinguished group of people (Debbie Millman, Marian Bantjes and Alexander Gelman) that I’ve respected for a long time is a little weird. You can listen to the program H E R E

image above: Marian Bantjes getting ready to speak up

About 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).

Images from Debbie Millman Talk
Debbie Millman Talk

Debbie’s talk captivated the Edmonton audience, you can view images from her great talk at flickr. The entire video will be available soon to watch.

Design Stories from New York: Debbie Millman

The GDC Alberta North Chapter presents Debbie Millman, managing partner and president of the design division at Sterling Group, one of the USA’s leading brand identity firms. She has been there for nearly ten years and in that time she has had the distinct fortune of working with such amazing clients as Gillette, Unilever, Kraft, MTV, Star Wars, the NBA, Pepsi and Campbell’s.

Thursday March 31st
MacEwan Lecture Theatre 7pm
Edmonton, AB

GDC Members $10
Student GDC Members (w/RSVP) Free
ACE, IABC & MADE Members $15
Students with ID $5
Guests $20

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See Debbie’s work at
Listen to her radio program “Design Matters” HERE


As they note: TYPO is an inspiring bi-monthly magazine on typography, graphic design and visual communication.

TYPO is a unique magazine. The name TYPO gives away the main focus of the magazine – typography, which is discussed from different points of view and with connection to other fields such as architecture, photography, social science, and aesthetics. It introduces, in a very lively and readable manner, all outstanding individuals of typography and their work. Each issue is organized into clearly distinguished sections that cover main theme, significant people in the industry, interesting projects and events, exotic photo-essays and many others.

TYPO is a valuable resource of information and stimulation for professional typographers, graphic designers, marketing agents, students and their educators, as well as for any typography enthusiast.

Download all 13 issues (pdf’s) HERE


“At Tiny Mix Tapes, we provide both up-to-date and dated news, reviews, interviews, and articles on different genres in the vast music world, including independent releases, major label releases, and even self-releases. Contrary to what you may think, we don’t do it because we are paid; contributing to Tiny Mix Tapes is 100% voluntary. The little money that we do receive in donations is used to fund the server. Tiny Mix Tapers are a bunch of over-achievers, and our primary jobs range from studenting, teaching, receptioning, cooking, and being full-time girlfriends of past models, to curing cancer and supplying Merriam-Webster with new words like "studenting" and "receptioning." It does help, of course, that two of our core members have been diagnosed with mild to medium cases of obsessive-compulsive disorder and schizophrenia. We like to refer to these two writers as "troubled geniuses" in the vein of Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf. In short, we are all geniuses who deserve jobs at Rolling Stone and/or Hustler. We write because we get off on it — it is a sheer love of music and a unified obsession with Jim O’Rourke that keeps Tiny Mix Tapes in greased, working order.”

Things that make you go hmmm… [and makes you wonder what they’re thinking?]

Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2005 09:52:02 -0500
Subject: [news] Offshore production with all the comforts of home
From: “William T. Manfull”
To: Undisclosed-Recipients:;

Dear fellow DMI member,

If you’re like most of my fellow DMI members, you’re always looking for reliable, high-quality, cost-effective production services. You may even have weighed using offshore facilities. After all, the potential savings are very tempting. But until now, the barriers–from language to time zones to currency exchanges–have been even more daunting.

Now offshore savings of 50% or more are as close as your nearest Aquent office.

At Aquent, we’ve spent the past 20 years helping companies worldwide find the most efficient, affordable production solutions. Drawing upon all that experience, we’ve now found a way for you to do business locally while enjoying all the cost advantages of our new, state-of-the-art studio in Mumbai, India.

The key is your local Aquent representative. He or she will serve as your one point of contact for all communications with the studio. So nothing will get lost in translation. Time zone and technology differences will vanish. And your payments will be in good old American dollars.

In short, it will be just like using a U.S. production facility–except your costs can be 50% or more lower. That goes for all kinds of print and electronic production services:

· Graphic design, illustration, animation, presentation design
· Copy editing for scientific, technical and medical journals, and book and textbook manuscripts
· Graphic reproduction and prepress (including color and monochrome, scanning of reflective art and transparencies, and more)
· Book and publication composition, using such applications as QuarkXPress, PageMaker, InDesign and TeX/LaTeX
· Advanced coding (SGML/HTML/XML/ICADD) for pagination systems, Braille production and e-Book conversions for Internet publishing

Find out what it’s like to work locally and save globally. To discuss all the details of how you can cut your production costs by half or more, just contact me by replying to this email. Or call me at 617.535.6011 today.



Bill Manfull
Solutions Director, Offshore Publishing Services

AQUENT | 711 Boylston Street | Boston MA 02116
P: 617.535.6011 | F: 617.535.6001 | C: 603.205.2791

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Photo Ops

A couple weeks ago Jessica from DesignObserver posted a thread about flickr. I took the plunge with flickr and have been shooting ever since. Just like drawing, photography can really help with the creative process. When you keep your eyes open, visualizing ideas is a lot easier. Just as being a designer is a lifestyle, I’m starting to think flickr is the same way. Not only is it great to get feedback, it’s been a lot of fun to see what other people are doing. However photography for me is more of an exploration as opposed to a job. Below are five great editorial photographers from Alberta that come highly reccomended and do nothing but shoot.

Chad Johnston Photographics

Curtis Trent

John Gaucher Images

Laughing Dog Photography

Ewan Nicholson Photography

Information Overload

Three ways to rethink information:

10 x 10
10×10 scans the RSS feeds of Reuters World News, BBC World Edition and New York Times International News. At the end of each hour, the top 100 words are ranked. “In this way, a constantly evolving record of our world is formed, based on prominent world events, without any human input.”×10.html

Hive Group (Demo)
Look to hear more about the Hive Group in the future… “This Honeycomb map reflects the Top 100 songs in Apple Comuter, Inc.’s iTunes music service. The map updates every 24 hours by reading current information from Apple’s iTunes XML feed.”

News Map
“Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. A treemap visualization algorithm helps display the enormous amount of information gathered by the aggregator. Treemaps are traditionally space-constrained visualizations of information.”

Models, Tools, and Ideas for Building a Bright Green Future

Driven by a vision of progressive collaboration and reform, WorldChanging explores the democratizing potential of modern technology with sharp insight and unwavering idealism.

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