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March 11, 2016
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Design Matters with Tobias Frere-Jones

On the subject of typography, I missed type designer Tobias Frere-Jones on Design Matters with Debbie Millman at the end of last year:

October 20, 2014
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Design Matters with Tom Geismar

Kicking off a new season of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to pioneer of American graphic design Tom Geismar about how the practice of design has changed since the 1950s:

May 16, 2014
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Steven Heller and 100 Classic Graphic Design Journals on Design Matters

In his annual visit to Design Matters, Steven Heller talks to Debbie Millman about design journals, his new book 100 Classic Graphic Design Journals (co-authored with Jason Godfrey), and the future of design magazines in print: You can also read a short … Continue reading

March 21, 2014
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Design Matters with Irma Boom

Book designer Irma Boom spoke to Debbie Millman recently about her work for Design Matters:

October 22, 2013
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Design Matters with Chip Kidd

Kicking off a new season Design Matters, designer and art director Chip Kidd in conversation with Debbie Millman:

July 26, 2013
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Interaction of Color Reimagined

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of Interaction of Color by Josef Albers, Yale University Press has partnered with the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and Potion Design to create an interactive digital edition of the book for the iPad. In … Continue reading

February 25, 2013
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Design Matters with Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich

Designer Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich interviewed by Debbie Millman for Design Matters. Wonderful stuff: Roberto’s most recent book Men of Letters & People of Substance is published by Godine:  

December 14, 2012
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Design Matters with Louise Fili

Designer, and former art director of Pantheon, Louise Fili discusses her work with Debbie Millman on Design Matters: Design Matters With Debbie Millman: Louise Fili Interview mp3 Elegantissima, the first monograph of Fili’s work, was published earlier this year by Princeton … Continue reading

December 5, 2012
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The Universal Arts of Graphic Design

The latest episode of the PBS Arts series Off Book is all about graphic design. Contributors include Debbie Millman, Emily Oberman, Drew Freeman, and Ecco book designer Steve Attardo:

November 1, 2012
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Building Stories

Cartoonist Chris Ware has rightly been garnering a lot of attention for his new ‘graphic novel’ Building Stories, 14 books, booklets, magazines, newspapers and pamphlets that collect a decade of comics from The New Yorker, The New York Times and McSweeney’s, … Continue reading

May 7, 2012
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Design Matters with Steven Heller

In a fascinating and wide-ranging conversation, design historian Steven Heller talks about design and his recent book 100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design with Debbie Millman on Design Matters: Design Matters: Steven Heller mp3 Heller really is an astonishingly prolific … Continue reading

February 7, 2012
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Design Matters with Erik Spiekermann

Debbie Millman talks with designer and self-confessed typomaniac Erik Spiekermann on the latest episode of Design Matters: Design Matters with Debbie Millman: Erik Spiekermann mp3

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