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Thursday, May 15, 2008

UPDATED: On The Radio With John Hockenberry, Friday At 6am

The Takeaway

The Takeaway is the new national morning news program that delivers news and analysis on WNYC, National Pubic Radio. Hosts John Hockenberry and Adaora Udoji, along with the BBC World Service, The New York Times, and WGBH BostonInvite listeners every morning to learn more and be part of the American conversation on-air and online at

Friday's show is all about OFFICE CUBICLES! In case you didn't know, it is the 40th anniversary of this egalitarian design travesty. Some history:

In 1968, an entrepreneur named Bob Propst was the first person to sell cubicles to American businesses. Now 40 years later, Propst's inventions are seemingly everywhere. Cubicles are the fences within which we daydream, the walls on which we hang pictures, and incidentally, the desks where we work. To mark the anniversary, John Hockenberry and his team at WNYC are showcasing pictures of the cubicles where you work. Send them a photo of how you've made a cubicle your own. Make sure it's a photo that you've taken and send it, along with your name and a description of the photo to If you're a Flickr user, you can simply tag a photo or two with both the "takeaway" and "cubicle" tags, and they will find them from there. Then come back Friday to view a slideshow of cubicle life in 2008.

I will be on the air with Host John Hockenberry at 6am (it repeats at 8am for the late risers) to talk about Cubicles, Cube Farms, Workstations, Systems Furniture and Action Offices. Please tune in!

You can listen to the entire show here.

You can listen to just the segment here.

You can see a collection of real-life cubicles with our commentary here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Debbie great interview topic! Question: you mentioned a study that was done showing how unproductive cubicles are. Can you repeat here? Thanks!

5/16/2008 06:41:00 PM  
Blogger Mary Elizabeth Williams said...

It was lovely meeting you and learning the lore of cubicles, Debbie! I can't wait to read your books.

5/18/2008 08:02:00 AM  

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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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