debbie millman

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

New York Launch of the Publikum Project tonight at AIGA

AIGA 365

The official U.S. launch of the Publikum Project is tonight at the AIGA Headquarters in New York along with the annual 365 exhibit. Publikum is a non-profit project whose mission is to facilitate a meaningful artistic dialogue between artists, designers and a global audience with diverse beliefs and cultures.

The 2008 Publikum Project includes a “Guide to Living” which visually articulates the hopes, dreams, desires, wishes and goals inherent in any fresh new year, and a calendar created by acclaimed designers from Asia, Europe, Africa and America. Each artist was asked to interpret the idea of tracking time. These calendar pages unite the world of numbers, art and imagination, and the result is an extraordinary celebration of the uniqueness of life, and living. I was incredibly fortunate to be able to co-edit and curate this extraordinary project! George Mill and Nada Ray founded the project 15 years ago in Serbia; Paula Scher created the calendar last year, and Sean Adams of Adams Morioka was the principal designer. Some of the other designers included Marian Bantjes, Matteo Bologna, Chip Kidd and Luba Lukova. Some of their work is included below:

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Detail of Marian Bantjes work.

publikum launch and lecture in belgrade, serbia
Luba Lukova's work.

publikum launch and lecture in belgrade, serbia
Chip Kidd's work.


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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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