Debbie Millman on Deep Relationships, Creativity and Growth, The Importance of Therapy, Hope and Resilience, and More (#154)

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Debbie Millman : Named “one of the most creative people in business” by Fast Company, and “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA, Debbie Millman is also an author, educator, curator and host of the podcast Design Matters. As the founder and host of Design Matters, one of the world’s first and longest running podcasts, Millman has interviewed nearly 500 artists, designers and cultural commentators over the past 14 years. Debbie has interviewed guests including Tim Ferriss, Malcolm Gladwell, Marina Abramovic, Steven Pinker, Shepard Fairey, Laurie Anderson, Barbara Kruger, Amanda Palmer, Alain de Botton, Brene Brown, Hamilton Director Thomas Kail, and many, many more.

Debbie is the author of six books, including two collections of interviews that have extended the ethos and editorial vision of Design Matters to the printed page: How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer and Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits. Both books have been published in over 10 languages. She is the author of two books of illustrated essays: Look Both Ways and Self-Portrait As Your Traitor; the latter of which has been awarded a Gold Mobius, a Print Typography Award, and a medal from the Art Directors Club. Her artwork from these books have been included in the Boston Biennale, Chicago Design Museum, Anderson University, School of Visual Arts, Long Island University, The Wolfsonion Museum, the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art and more.

Debbie’s illustrations have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, Print Magazine, Design Observer and Fast Company.  In 2009 Debbie co-founded the world’s first graduate program in branding at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Now in its ninth year, the program has achieved international acclaim.

Debbie is currently working with Law & Order SVUactor and activist Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation to eradicate sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and the rape-kit backlog.

Her new book Why Design Matters: Conversations with the World’s Most Creative People is available to preorder on Amazon.

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  • You graduated in 1983, and you were majored in English and you had a minor in Russian literature. So I want to ask you, did you speak Russian or did you write or both?
  • What do you love about Russian literature?
  • How have you stayed in your team in 2020 during coronavirus? How were you hopeful in 2020?
  • Do you still have the dog Duff?
  • Whenever challenges come in our life. How do you cultivate the art of being thankful and grateful? Does it come naturally to you or do you have to practice on a constant basis?
  • What makes a good therapist and what is your relationship with therapy these days?
  • What is it that resonate with you the most with your therapy?
  • What is your frequency of visiting your therapist per week per month?
  • At what point did you realize that you needed to work on yourself in terms of emotional wellbeing or working with a therapist?
  • Did you ask your friend that what makes others or him feel jealous of you?
  • Do you have any advice or recommendation for somebody who is afraid of finding a therapist or seeking therapy to uncover the layers in their life?
  • What does your self-talk look like whenever you go through those obstacles? What do you tell yourself?
  • What are your practices to be optimistic, hopeful, and resilient?
  • How would you spouse Roxanne gay would describe of what do you do for a living.
  • What were your first few days of dating with Roxanne like?
  • How did you ask her for the first date? What did you tell her to go on a first date with you?
  • How do you find balance between showing your masculinity at your workplace and being feminine in your personal life, in your relationship, in your romantic relationship?
  • how do you communicate your differences or unpleasant emotions and feelings with your partner? If that happens?
  • Do you have any process or mental framework to process your grief or sadness?
  • Could you share any good memories from your childhood?
  • You got remarried in 2020, what does this love feel like to you in your fifties?
  • What do you think makes a great relationship work? (compatibility)
  • How do you create that white space in your everyday life to be more creative and seek joy and fulfillment?
  • What kind of practices do you have in your everyday life to seek joy, fulfillment fun? What concrete practices do you have?
  • What is the most important aspect for someone’s growth and creativity?
  • Do you ever fear of not being able to repeat your success?
  • What is your emotional critical need in the upcoming years? What do you think you are most excited about?
  • and much more

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