Design Matters – “And remember, we can talk about making a difference, we can make a difference, or we can do both.” – Good Podcast

Host: Debbie Millman – full bio
Who She Is: Named “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA, and “one of the most creative people working in business” by Fast Company, Debbie Millman is also an author, educator, brand strategist and host of the podcast Design Matters.
Tag Line: “And remember, we can talk about making a difference, we can make a difference, or we can do both.” — Debbie Millman
Summary: Design Matters with Debbie Millman is one of the world’s first podcasts. Broadcasting independently for over 14 years, the show is about how incredibly creative people design the arc of their lives.

Good Podcast Basics

Ability To Inspire (Would you change any aspects of your life?)10/10
Time Invested vs Value Gain (Ads, pauses, ramblings, digressions)10/10
Audio Production Quality (Pleasantness to Listen To, Music)10/10
Longevity (How long the podcast has been around relative to others)10/10
Would Recommend To A Friend (Podcast newbies, postcast junkies)10/10
Podcast Technical Production (Art, Show Notes, Chapter Markers)5/10

Why Is Design Matters a Good Podcast?

Debbie and her team do their homework in researching little known facts about their creative guests. Because of the research and preparations, her dialog and questions elicit surprising insights from the creative people she talks with. We favorite and bookmark many of her episodes in order to good deeper and learn more about here guests later on.

Our Favorite Episode

Click To ListenWhy We Love The Episode
Getting inspired by people
who didn’t start out with wanting
to be potters, recognizing a creative
business that was not doing well,
and taking the business into a brand,
a style and ultimately a business that
is thriving. While still retaining a strong
sense of the original design of Heath
On this episode, Debbie talks with Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey about their qualifications to run Heath Ceramics. “I threw a pot in high school … it was pretty good;” why they don’t advertise: “It’s better to be interesting than to hire someone to make you sound interesting when you’re not;” and their aim to build a holistic business model, one that integrates designing, making, and selling. design

Supporting The Podcast

Debbie started a Patreon page in 2019 where she has the full transcript of each episode along with other benefits for her most avid fans. Check out

Learning More

Published by Tony Tam

Senior Engineer Manager, Engineering Productivity @ Splunk, &

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