About Debbie Millman

Debbie Millman is very busy. She is president of the design division at Sterling Brands in New York, host of the radio show Design Matters on Design Observer, chair of the new Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts, the author of the book Look Both Ways, and a contributor to many publications.

Wishes for 2013

Debbie Millman shares her New Year’s wishes for 2013, from world peace to happy puppies.  See also: Debbie Millman’s New Year’s wishes for 2012 and 2011—and her books Look Both Ways and Brand Thinking.

Thinking About Thanks

Because Sandy didn’t crush our spirits. Because the right man won. Because Hillman and Bill lived. Because there can still be a cease fire. Because a turkey got pardoned. Because dogs dream. Because Marcus Mumford sings. Because the Sullivan Street …

Watching Melancholia

Lars Von Trier’s latest film, Melancholia, is a dreamy, heartbreaking movie that isn’t really about what it is about. Melancholia has been described as a story of the discovery of a planet hiding behind the sun on a potential collision …

My Kinda Sad Portfolio Story

This week and next, we’re asking the judges of the Print Portfolio Review to tell us about their portfolios—specifically their first portfolios, and how they helped or hindered their early careers. Yesterday, Mirko Ilić told us about the “big paper …

Trashed and Found

Debbie Millman designs packaging. Sometimes she comes across her own work abandoned in the streets. Burger King wrapper, Los Angeles    No matter when it happens, it stops me in my tracks. I could be rushing to work, racing through an airport, or out …

Watching We Need to Talk About Kevin  

I first became aware of the film We Need To Talk About Kevin in 2010; the trailer was shown in the previews prior to a movie I’ve long since forgotten. There they were in front of me, larger than life: …

Watching The Descendants

I came to drawing movies quite by accident; my first attempt, “Watching Beginners,” was inspired by the actual illustrations featured in Mike Mills’s award-winning film. I drew the plot as I watched, live and in real time, without erasing, editing, or …