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Design Matters

Design Matters is a podcast founded and hosted by American writer, educator, artist, and designer Debbie Millman. Founded in 2005, Design Matters is considered "the first and longest running podcast about design".[1] It is now hosted on Design Observer, which is published in partnership with AIGA.[2] Debbie Millman has interviewed over 250 guests[1] including Amanda Palmer, Chris Ware, Malcolm Gladwell, Massimo Vignelli, Steven Heller, Marian Bantjes, Tina Roth Eisenberg, Alain de Botton, Alison Bechdel, and Stefan Sagmeister.[3]

Design Matters won a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2011[4] and was named one of iTunes Best Podcasts of 2015.[5][6]The podcast has also been on top of the charts by a number mainstream media publications, such as Business Insider,[7] HGTV,[8] Architectural Digest[9]and was recognized as a Webby Honoree in 2018.[10]



Design Matters is hosted by Debbie Millman and features personable, in-depth conversational interviews with "industry-leading graphic designers, educators, authors, change agents and thinkers".[11] Episodes are published approximately 30 times a year and generally range in length from 25 to 60 minutes. The show ends with the signature tagline, "And remember: We can talk about making a difference, we can make a difference, or we can do both."[12]


The podcast began in 2005 as an internet talk radio show airing on the Voice America Radio Network.[13] After the first 100 episodes, Design Matters began to be published by Design Observer, a website devoted to a range of design topics. There are now close to 300 episodes available.

In 2011, Design Matters won a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award.[4] In 2015, it was named one of iTunes Best Podcasts of 2015.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Debbie Millman". ADC • Global Awards & Club. Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  2. ^ "AIGA + Design Observer". Design Observer. Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  3. ^ Millman, Debbie. "About the Show on". Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  4. ^ a b "2011 National Design Awards: People's Design Award – Design Matters on Design Observer Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum". Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. December 9, 2011. Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  5. ^ Millman, Debbie. "About the Host on". Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  6. ^ a b "Apple's List of the Best Podcasts of 2015". December 29, 2016. Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  7. ^ "These are the best podcasts you should be listening to right now". Business Insider. 2016-04-21. Retrieved 2018-04-26. 
  8. ^ "10 Design Podcasts to Listen to Right Now". HGTV. Retrieved 2018-04-26. 
  9. ^ "The Best Architecture and Design Podcasts". Architectural Digest. 2014-12-31. Retrieved 2018-04-26. 
  10. ^ "DESIGN MATTERS WITH DEBBIE MILLMAN". Webby Awards. Retrieved 2018-05-13. 
  11. ^ "The 12 best graphic design podcasts". Creative Bloq. Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  12. ^ Millman, Debbie. "How to Listen on". Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  13. ^ "Seven Questions for Debbie Millman". Retrieved 2017-04-04. 

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