debbie millman

Monday, November 19, 2007

Thanksgiving in Serbia

publikum book cover
Publikum Project Book

publikum credits
Publikum Project Contributors

publikum book excerpt
Publikum Book Excerpt

The Publikum Project originated fifteen years ago in wartime Serbia and in that time it has become a meaningful example of design working to overcome boundaries in both communication and in cultures. I am now heading off to Serbia to participate in the launch of the 2008 Publikum Project.

The year’s effort has resulted in two extraordinary publications and a documentary film. Guide for Living 2008, the over-sized twenty-four-page coffee-table book visually articulates hopes, dreams, desires, wishes and goals, and provides “advice” for how to measure time over the course of the year. Guide for Living 2008 also includes a wall calendar featuring extraordinary original contributions from twelve of the world’s greatest designers. Guide for Thinking 2008, the companion piece to this ambitious project, contains lively, entertaining and inspiring insight into the lives of the designers contributing to Guide for Living 2008. I worked on curating the project and co-edited the material with Nada Ray. George Mill was the Creative Director, and the principal designer of the 2008 project was the magnificent Sean Adams of Adams Morioka.

The following is footage of the Publikum Project including the work of Paula Scher and Karlsson Wilker.

Paula Scher

Karlsson Wilker


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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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