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Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Visual Story about a Significant Object


I am thrilled to announce that New York Times Columnist (and author of one of my favorite books on branding) Rob Walker invited me to join him and project partner Joshua Glenn to participate in their Significant Objects project. Paraphrased from their website, the task is as follows: invite a writer to invent a story about an object. Invested with new significance by this fiction, the object should -- according to their hypothesis -- acquire not merely subjective but objective value. They decided to test their theory on eBay.

Rob and Joshua purchase objects -- for no more than a few dollars -- from thrift stores and garage sales. A writer is paired with an object. They then write a fictional story, in any style or voice, about the object. And then suddenly, a rather unremarkable trinket is transformed into a significant object.

Each significant object is then listed for sale on eBay. The object. is pictured, but instead of a factual description the object's newly written fictional story is used. The winning bidder is mailed the significant object, along with a printout of the object's fictional story. Net proceeds from the sale have been donated to 826 National and as of today, over $1,290 has been contributed to this group of eight nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping students, ages 6-18, with expository and creative writing.

You can see my object here, and you can bid on it here!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Recent Press for Look Both Ways

In case you haven't checked out my swanky new website (designed by Armin Vit), I am very excited about all the wonderful coverage of my new book, Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design!

Here are some of the recent reviews:

A full review and a slide show can be found here.

New York Magazine included the book in the "Brilliant/Highbrow" section of the November 16th Approval Matrix.

Look Both Ways is named one of Fast Company's Best Design and Architecture Books of 2009!

Look Both Ways is chosen by Dwell as product of the day!

Great review and Q&A from this prestigious site here and here.

Andrew Gibb covers Look Both Ways on the world's #1 package design website.

My friend Michael Surtees has taken the time to photograph Look Both Ways in flattering views. Here is a sampling from what you can find alongside his review.

Lovely review here.

Wonderful review here.

The Look Both Ways website gets a showcase on this uber-popular blog.

Hope you enjoy! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Look Both Ways Book Party Photographs!

Look Both Ways Book Party!

Lovely Look Both Ways book party photos by Brent Taylor here!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Look Both Ways website!

screen shot of new website!

Please check out the new website for my book, Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design, at

Thank you, as always!

Monday, December 07, 2009

Design Matters Television Pilot Filming Begins!

Design Matters Pilot!

Debbie Millman, Hillman Curtis and Richard Wilde
invite you to the taping of the Design Matters Television Pilot
December 11, 2009


Debbie will be interviewing
legendary designers Milton Glaser and Stefan Sagmeister
in front of a live, studio audience

School of Visual Arts Theater
333 West 23rd Street
New York City

Taping Schedule:
9-1: Debbie's monologues
2-6: Interviews with Milton and Stefan (separately)

We hope to see you there!

Monday, November 09, 2009

My new book, "Look Both Ways," makes NY Magazine's Approval Matrix!

My new book, "Look Both Ways," makes New York Magazine's Approval Matrix

The Best Possible Quadrant

I am so thrilled to announce that New York Magazine has included my brand new book, Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design, in this week's Approval Matrix. I couldn't be prouder. I have been reading NY Magazine for 26 years (!!!) and it has always been a favorite read. Even more so now! : )

In a few short weeks, is going to turn into a site for the book (there will still be a link to this blog. Armin Vit is designing the new site, and it will include sections on each chapter, and will also include the spoken word podcasts for the essays, a list of my readings from my book tour and even a workshop on "Visual Storytelling" that I am now conducting.

Stay tuned, and thank you for visiting!
: )
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