debbie millman

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Poem: The Need

It took twenty-four years to get over it.

Still I remember when it first occurred--
The sky was as pink as a milkshake,
thick and soft and as
I walked up the long, gray stairs
my heart was thick and dull,
and I didn’t know why.

I’ve used you all these years
to fill up the bitter space
to push away the pettiness:
I wanted that and that and that.

You’ve filled me well and delivered me much.
You’ve pushed and pushed and pushed,
and though the envy remains, it is calmer.
Still thick, still soft, sometimes bitter
but no longer, after twenty-four years, so pink.


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Debbie Millman has worked in the design business for over 25 years. She is President of the design division at Sterling Brands. She has been there for nearly 15 years and in that time she has worked on the redesign of global brands for Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Campbell’s, Colgate, Nestle and Hasbro. Prior to Sterling, she was a Senior Vice President at Interbrand and a Marketing Director at Frankfurt Balkind. Debbie is President of the AIGA, the largest professional association for design. She is a contributing editor at Print Magazine, a design writer at and Brand New and Chair of the Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2005, she began hosting the first weekly radio talk show about design on the Internet. The show is titled “Design Matters with Debbie Millman” and it is now featured on In addition to “Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design,” (HOW Books, 2009, she is the author of "How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer" (Allworth Press, 2007) and “The Essential Principles of Graphic Design” (Rotovision, 2008).

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