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Friday, March 23, 2007

Design Matters Today with our very own National Treasure: MAIRA KALMAN!

Hello dear friends, family and colleagues!

Joining me on todays broadcast of Design Matters is Maira Kalman.

Maira Kalman is a National Treasure. She is also an illustrator, author and designer whose artwork is featured in a new edition of Strunk and White’s, “The Elements of Style.” She has created many covers for The New Yorker, including the famous map of “Newyorkistan” (created with Rick Meyerowitz). Ms. Kalman’s 12 children’s books include “Max Makes a Million,” “Stay Up Late,” “Swami on Rye” and “What Pete Ate.” She also has designed fabric for Isaac Mizrahi, accessories for Kate Spade, sets for the Mark Morris Dance Company and, with her late husband Tibor Kalman under the M&Co. label, clocks, umbrellas and other accessories for the Museum of Modern Art. Ms. Kalman's work is shown at the Julie Saul Gallery in Manhattan. Ms. Kalman lives in New York City and teaches graduate courses in design at the School of Visual Arts. Maira Kalman's illustrated essays, "The Principles of Uncertainty," is a monthly column on New York Times Select. It has been running since May 2006, and will be published as a book this coming October. You can see more of her work at

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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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