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Friday, June 15, 2007

Design Matters Today with Alan Dye

Joining me today on Design Matters is Alan Dye.

Alan Dye dreamed of being a pro basketball player, but his love of type and lack of a jumpshot led to his becoming a designer. After working for various advertising and design agencies, including a four year stint at Ogilvy’s Brand Integration Group, Alan went in-house and became design director of kate spade in February 2004. Alan’s group was responsible for the overall aesthetic of the brand, from the advertising campaign and the website, to the paper line and the home collection, and more than a few things in between. In December, Alan moved to the west coast where he is currently a Creative Director with Apple’s graphic design team, where he focuses on all things music. Besides working with Apple, Alan has worked with the New York Times, Simon and Schuster, the National Basketball Association (as close as he’ll ever come to getting paid for basketball), and New York Magazine. Alan’s work has been recognized by a number of design shows and publications, and he is a regular speaker at design and advertising events. Before leaving the East Coast, Alan was the Vice President of the AIGA’s New York chapter, and served as the chairman of the ‘Young Guns’ committee for the Art Director’s Club. Alan lives in San Francisco, works in Cupertino, and continues to work on his jumpshot.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie, thanks for a fantastic radio show and podcast, I discovered your podcast a few months ago and very much like watching the sopranos i have been known to listen to too many shows in a row. I am super excited about listening to the alan dye show but unfortunatly any links to an mp3 of the show are, in fact, not the alan dye show. Also iTunes or your own website do not include it either. Perhaps someone could let Voice America Business know of the error so they can correct it? Thanks again.


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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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