The Discipline of the Visual Narrative with Debbie Millman

Debbie Millman has taken a rather unconventional approach to the process of brand strategy. The discipline of the visual narrative has been the driving force behind her work as writer, educator and a brand consultant. Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation

  • How working on a student newspaper shaped Debbie’s career
  • The role that the contemporary culture of 70’s influenced Debbie’s art
  • How brands influence of our emotions and impacted Debbie’s life
  • Finding vehicles that help you to navigate the turbulence of life
  • Why you need interesting enough reasons to create your art
  • The reason you’re not entitled to make any money from your art
  • Having endeavors that are purely creative and not about making money
  • Why there is no amount of money that will make you safe
  • Living in a 140 character culture and why it’s not success
  • Why success is earned over a series of accomplishments
  • The reason finding success in your 20’s is not the common 
  • Recognizing moments that mold us into who we are
  • Learning to identify the difference between failure and defeat 
  • The common denominator of self doubt that we all share
  • The danger of becoming satisfied with the quality of your work
  • Why growing older gives you much more material to work with
  • Mixing different art forms and pulling from different disciplines
  • Understanding why people are attracted to certain brands and experiences
  • The power  and necessity of deliberate differentiation  


Debbie Millman. is a writer, educator, artist, brand consultant and host of the radio show Design Matters


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