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Friday, March 09, 2007

Shocker: Carson Cancels Design Matters Appearance

24 hours after confirming and a mere three-and-a-half-hours before showtime, Mr. Carson emailed me the following:

From: david carson
Subject: Re: Design Matters Today with David Carson 03.09.07
Date: March 9, 2007 11:33:34 AM EST
To: debbie.m@sterlingbrands.com

debbie,

im flying back today from

speaking to the denver aiga last night(sold out: )

sorry for th elate notice , but i will be in the air

at interview time. i hope we can reschedul...

my apoligies again,

david

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But fear not, dear listeners! For the eagle eyed that saw my embedded text in the previous post, I anticipated this might happen. The jist of the cryptogram was this: Now we all know that David Carson is notorious for cancelling, but don't worry, I have a back up plan if he is a no-show. Oh, and my monologue is killer! Killer!

So I hope you listen anyway.
: )

11 Comments:

Blogger Steve Portigal said...

Carson is clearly Carson. I had to re-read that 3x to figure out the carriage returns weren't really related to content, and then finally it made sense.

3/09/2007 03:57:00 PM  
Blogger Arash Giani said...

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3/09/2007 03:58:00 PM  
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3/09/2007 10:29:00 PM  
Blogger Tania Rochelle said...

Ouch! That was pretty brutal, posting the whole email, with the misspellings, etc.

Not that he didn't deserve it, hanging you out to dry like that.

3/10/2007 09:13:00 AM  
Blogger debbie millman said...

Actually what would have been more brutal was posting the email he sent me asking me to be on the show after I sent out my 2007 season line-up, and all the subsequent emails I sent out to my booked guests as I rearranged my schedule to accomodate him. That would have been shameful.

Then maybe, just maybe, I could have posted a link showing that the AIGA Denver event wasn't even Thursday night, since it wasnt'! That would have been really nasty.

But I really wanted to be more dignified than that.

And now I am sorry if I have disappointed anyone. Truly. Truly. Truly.

Hell hath no fury...

Arash--perhaps I should email you as opposed to posting my answer here? If so, please email me your address at debbie.m@sterlingbrands.com.

3/10/2007 10:33:00 AM  
Blogger minus five said...

you know you're not sorry about any of this. nor should you be.

is it bad if i tell everyone that his actual denver speaking time was:

Wed, Mar 7, 2007
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

and would it be even worse if i posted the link?

3/10/2007 01:13:00 PM  
Blogger Ghazaleh said...

he didn't even call? just an email? what if you didn't get it?

who cares if his denver show was "sold out"? Why is he smiling about it?

you cancelled your interview with DEBBIE MILLMAN. that's just lame david, laaaaaaame.

this is going down in history.

way to back up debbie, you clever woman =)

3/11/2007 11:31:00 AM  
Blogger jkh said...

worked out rather well.

-
also good to know that there is still a difference between a graphic designer and an mba after all...

3/13/2007 08:10:00 AM  
Blogger a/ok said...

HA! Nice Work. If they sold tickets to your alternate show, it would have been (sold out.)

3/13/2007 05:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Julio said...

Debbie,

Loved the show!

3/19/2007 04:14:00 PM  
Blogger Michael Holdren said...

No worries Debbie, Carson (and Sagmeister, for that matter) is a bit overrated. I would have skipped your show if he KEPT his commitment to be on with you.

You've always been a high-class woman, posting his email is tactful (especially in these circumstances), don't let anyone give you any grief over it.

3/20/2007 04:00:00 PM  

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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 FastCompany.com 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 DesignObserver.com. 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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