Author Archives: Debbie Millman

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.

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 stopping. I filled an entire Moleskine notebook in one sitting. After the experience, I...


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Watching Beginners

A couple of week ago, I was watching the movie “Beginners”, the amazing Mike Mills directed movie about an older man who comes out to his son after his wife of 40 years dies. Christopher Plummer stars and won a best supporting actor Oscar award last night for his work. If you haven’t seen it,...


Special Thanks to Chip Kidd for the title of this piece.  Resources Recommended by Imprint Available now: Print Magazine’s Guest Art Director Digital Collection There’s still time to enter your work in the Regional Design Annual. Register now! Get an inside look at logo design from Chermayeff & Geismar Hear the original “Mad Man” George Lois speak live about his life...

Paul Sahre, Graphic Designer, Video Director, Monster Truck Lover

John Flansburgh and John Linnell, the cofounders of They Might Be Giants, aren’t just known for brainy, unconventional indie rock. They also have a history of working with great graphic designers and artists—Helene Silverman, Barbara Glauber, Marcel Dzama, and Sam Potts. So when Flansburgh emailed Paul Sahre an invitation to work with the group on...

What I Wish for 2012

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Behind the Scenes of "Lucky"

Since July of 2010, I have been creating monthly visual essays for Imprint. These pieces are part art, part poetry, part storytelling and part design. They combine poetry and prose, illustrations, photography, paper sculpture or three-dimensional typography to create the visual language of my life. For the last two months, my voice has been absent...


Photographs by Brent Taylor. (Tune in tomorrow for a behind-the-scenes look at how these pages were created, arranged, and photographed).