Design Matters’ AIGA Women Lead podcast playlist
Since 2005, Design Matters has been the go-to podcast for engaging stories from creatives of all disciplines. Debbie Millman, the powerhouse behind this famed resource and a member of the AIGA Women Lead steering committee, is committed to celebrating women influencers and role models. Enjoy her curated playlist of episodes featuring leading graphic designers, illustrators, authors, entrepreneurs, educators, and artists. Subscribe to Design Matters for more inspiration.
Marian Bantjes is a typographer, designer, artist and writer. Working from a small island off the west coast of Canada, her personal and obsessive work has brought her international recognition. Her work has been published in books and magazines around the world and is included in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
Caroline Baumann is the director of Cooper Hewitt. Since joining the museum in 2001, Baumann has served as director of development, director of external affairs, and deputy director. As director of external affairs from 2003 to 2006, Baumann oversaw development, membership, special events, operations, finance, and retail. In 2006, Baumann was appointed deputy director, focusing on the museum’s Re:Design capital campaign, an ambitious reconfiguration of Cooper-Hewitt. Previously, Baumann worked at The Museum of Modern Art, where she raised funds for the museum’s Yoshio Taniguchi building project among other accomplishments.
Jen Bilik is the founder, owner, and overall head honcho of Knock Knock. Happenstance landed Bilik in coffee-table books, where she served as the point person for text on late-breaking books and enjoyed a series of deskside internships in graphic design. After a freelance stint of editing books as well as co-authoring two (Todd Oldham: Without Boundaries and Women of Taste: A Collaboration Celebrating Quilt Artists and Chefs), Bilik created Knock Knock, which aims to create products distinctive in concept, content, and design, immune to the disease of committee homogenization.
Debra Bishop is the creative director for More magazine. She came to More from Martha Stewart Weddings, where she served as VP/design director. Bishop started at Omnimedia in 1997 as the art director for the Martha by Mail catalog and was promoted to design director of Martha Stewart Baby and VP/design director of KIDS: Fun Stuff to Do Together and Body + Soul. During her tenure at KIDS, the publication won “Magazine of the Year” by The Society of Publication Design and an ASME for best-designed magazine. Previously, Bishop was at House & Garden, Rolling Stone, and also worked for Paula Scher.
Sophie Blackall’s editorial illustrations have graced many publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Architectural Digest, Town and Country, Vogue, and Gourmet, and she has animated nine tv commercials for the UK. In 2002 she illustrated the children’s book, Ruby’s Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges (Chronicle Books), which won the Ezra Jack Keats award in 2003. Since then, she has illustrated dozens of books for children including one she wrote about her son, Are You Awake? Her “Missed Connections” illustrated series was published in 2011.
Grace Bonney is the creator of the popular blog Design*Sponge, which she started in 2004. The site features store and product reviews, city, product, and gift guides, diy projects, before & after furniture and home makeovers, home tours, recipes, videos and podcasts, and trend forecasting. She been called the “Martha Stewart Living for the Millennials” by The New York Times. She is also the author of the forthcoming book Design*Sponge at Home (Artisan).
Many of the most beautiful books to have been designed in recent years are the work of designer Irma Boom. Born in Lochem, the Netherlands in 1960, Boom has won international acclaim for the iconoclastic beauty of her books. She works both nationally and internationally in the cultural and commercial sectors; her clients include the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Wiel Arets, Chanel, Paul Fentener van Vlissingen, Inside Outside, Museum Boijmans, Zumtobel, Ferrari, Vitra, NAi Publishers, and Camper. Since 1992 she has been a critic at Yale University, and has lectured and given workshops worldwide. She is the youngest person to have ever been honored with a Gutenberg Prize.
Moira Cullen is a design strategist, writer, and educator who has built a career directing creative business solutions that honor the essence and heritage of organizations, institutions, and brands. At the Hershey Company, she created a global strategic design function, while at the Coca-Cola Company, she led the influential redesign of the visual identity system—which won the premiere Grand Prix for Design and Golden Lion for packaging at Cannes. Cullen also built and led the corporate design group at Hallmark Cards, Inc. Previously she was Chair of Communication Arts at Otis College of Art and Design, design manager at Pentagram, AIGA’s national director of programs, and creative director for one of Japan's leading fashion specialty retailers. She is currently the Vice President of Global Beverage Design at PepsiCo.
Marian Deuchars is an illustrator, designer, and author. Her books, Let’s Make Some Great Art, Let’s Make Some Great Placemat Art, and Let’s Make Some Great Fingerprint Art, encourage everyone to create art. Deuchars studied illustration and printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. Together with other fellow RCA students, she formed an art and design studio in North London where she has created commercial work. Her distinctive hand-lettering has been featured in Esquire, Guardian, Jamie Oliver’s cookbooks, and Royal Mail stamps.
Louise Fili designs specialty food packaging and restaurant identities. A graduate of Skidmore College, Louise designed books at Alfred A. Knopf in the mid 70’s, worked for Herb Lubalin from 1976 to 78, then joined Random House as Pantheon’s art director in 1978. In her 11-year tenure as art director of Pantheon Books she reinvented book jacket design. Louise’s passion for 1930s Italian and French poster design migrated from her book covers to her restaurant design.
Innovator, artist, protagonist, and positive provocateur, Maria Giudice has pursued a vision of intelligent, elegant, people-centered design throughout her professional life. Under Maria’s leadership, Hot Studio, the experience design firm she founded in 1997, grew from a two-person outfit into a full-service creative agency with an impressive list of Fortune 500 clients. Maria’s new role as Director of Product Design at Facebook allows her to experience first-hand the challenges and opportunities DEOs face. She is the co-author of Rise of the DEO: Leadership By Design.
In 1999, Dawn Hancock founded Firebelly Design, a studio that does “work for people we think are making a difference in the world.” The studio is a pioneer in socially responsible design, and lives the principles of sustainable innovation and social responsibility. In 2004, Firebelly Design started the annual Grant for Good program, which inspired the Firebelly Foundation in 2006. Under the Foundation’s umbrella, she established the Humboldt Park non-profit Reason to Give and runs the 10-day intensive Camp Firebelly for hungry young designers. Most recently, she started Firebelly University, an entrepreneurial incubator that emphasizes taking risks and doing good. Hancock was named one of The 11 Most Generous Designers by Fast Company.
Cheryl Heller is a communication strategist, writer, and designer whose work focuses on using communication design to transform organizations into living systems. Heller believes that communication design has a vital role to play in the creation of a sustainable future, and is determined to prove it. She has been profiled by the New York Times, Boston Globe, BusinessWeek, Graphis Magazine, and Communication Arts. Her work is included in the Library of Congress permanent collection, and has been published in numerous books.
Jessica Hische is a letterer, illustrator, and self-described “avid internetter,” best known for her personal projects Daily Drop Cap and the Should I Work for Free flowchart. She currently serves on the TDC board of Directors and has been featured in most major American design and illustration publications as well as a few overseas. She’s been named one of Print magazine’s New Visual Artist (20 under 30), an ADC Young Guns, and a GDUSA Person to Watch.
Elle Luna works out of her studio in San Francisco, where she paints, designs, and writes. She recently launched Bulan Project, limited-edition collections of livable art, and had a show based on the challenge of painting 100 self portraits in 100 days. Prior to making art, she collaborated on the design and build of Mailbox’s iPhone app, the redesign Uber’s iPhone app, and helped scale the storytelling platform Medium. Before startups, Luna spent five years at IDEO, where she worked across a variety of industries to develop multi-channel, holistic design experiences.
Maggie Macnab is a designer, educator, and author. She founded Macnab Design in 1981 and received highest honors from the American Advertising Federation ADDY for logo design in 1983. She has continued to receive recognition for her unique approach which integrates symbolic information into design to create effective and accessible visual communications that translate into any language and culture. She is the author of Design by Nature and Decoding Design.
Wendy MacNaughton & Caroline Paul
Wendy MacNaughton and Caroline Paul are the illustrator and author of the new book Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology (Bloomsbury, 2013). MacNaughton is an illustrator and a graphic journalist whose documentary series Meanwhile tells stories of communities. She’s also illustrated Richard Betts’ book The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Wine (Houghton Mifflin, 2013). She’s currently an artist in residence at Intersection for the Arts.
Caroline Paul is an author who graduated from Stanford University, where she studied Communications. In 1989, she became a San Francisco firefighter. She is the author of Fighting Fire (Skywriter Books, 2011), about her thirteen years as a firefighter, and East Wind, Rain (2006).
Su Mathews Hale
Su Mathews Hale is the president of AIGA, and a senior partner in design in Lippincott’s New York office. Her work is at the intersection of graphic design and brand strategy, with clients including Chick-fil-A, eBay, Hershey’s, Hyatt, IHG, Liz Claiborne, New York Public Library, Samsung, the U.S. Department of State, and Walmart. Her work has been published in design books such as Designing Brand Identity, Go Logo, LogoLounge V, and Symbol, and was featured in leading design publications such as Communication Arts, Graphis, Identity, Mohawk Show 9, and PRINT.
Emily Oberman began her career working with Tibor Kalman at his legendary studio M&Co., where from 1987 to 1993 she collaborated with Kalman to create groundbreaking work for Knoll, Wieden & Kennedy, Talking Heads, and Bennetton’s Colors magazine. In 1993, she co-founded the design studio Number Seventeen with her partner Bonnie Siegler. She joined Pentagram’s New York office as partner in April 2012. Her clients have included NBC Universal, Herman Miller, Air America, and Lucky magazine, Type Directors Club, HBO, Glamour, and the deluxe illustrated edition of Stephen Dubner’s Superfreakonomics.
Chee Pearlman, design fairy godmother and principal of Chee Company, produces international conferences, exhibitions, and editorial content about design issues. She has written for The New York Times, Newsweek, and Wired, and is a former I.D. Magazine editor. Pearlman’s conferences integrate science, technology, activism, and the arts into the design discourse. Recent conferences include “Stories From the Source,” on design as storytelling; “Serious Play” on the force of play in design; and “Radical Craft,” on the power of thinking with your hands. She is an advisor to the TED Prize and the Curry Stone Design Prize.
Maria Popova is the editor of Brain Pickings, an inventory of cross-disciplinary interestingness and curiosity, bringing you things you didn’t know you were interested in—until you are. She has also written for Wired UK, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Nieman Journalism Lab, among others, and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow. She talks about curation, creativity as pattern-recognition, and more.
Tina Roth Eisenberg
Tina Roth Eisenberg is a “swiss designer gone NYC.” She started and runs Swissmiss, a design blog and studio located in Brooklyn, NY. She teachs at Parsons The New School for Design, organizes a monthly lecture/breakfast series called CreativeMornings, and runs a simple browser-based to-do app called TeuxDeux. Eisenberg discusses her blog, sharing her life with readers, crowdsourcing, living and working in Brooklyn, CreativeMornings, and the beauty found in ordinary things.
Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and educator, currently on faculty in the Graphic Design Program at California Institute of the Arts. Her design office, Louise Sandhaus Design, partners with multiple disciplines to realize interpretive projects from the simple to the complex. Clients include Los Angeles County Museum of Art, UCLA Hammer Museum, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, Los Angeles Natural History Museum, Los Angeles World Airports (LAX), and Association of Children’s Museums. Her work is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Devotion and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, and has been widely anthologized. She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, The New School and Wesleyan University, and is co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. She is a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure.
Emily Spivack has spent the past decade exploring how clothing functions from a variety of cultural, historical, and therapeutic perspectives. Since 2007, Spivack has been collecting stories about clothing and memory from eBay posts for the web-based art project she curates, Sentimental Value. In 2010, Spivack launched Worn Stories, a collection of stories from interesting people about clothing and memory. She is the creator and writer of the Smithsonian’s blog about fashion history called Threaded, and for six years, she was the Executive Director of Shop Well with You, a non-profit organization she founded to help women with cancer improve their body image and quality of life.
Jennifer Sterling is a designer, artist, typographer, book publisher, and the principal of Sterling Design. Her work has been exhibited and resides in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and the Library of Congress. In 2000 she was inducted into Alliance Graphique Internationale and Who’s Who in America. Graphis named her in their “Top Ten Designers in the World” list and USA GD as one of “12 Designers to change Design into the Millennium.”
Rachel Sussman is a contemporary artist based in Brooklyn. For nearly a decade, she’s been developing the critically acclaimed project “The Oldest Living Things in the World,” for which she researches with biologists, and travels all over the world to photograph living organisms 2,000 years and older. She’s received numerous awards, and spoken at TED, The Long Now Foundation, and UCLA, and she been featured on The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and NPR’s Picture Show.
Dori Tunstall is a Design Anthropologist, meaning she tries to understand how processes and artifacts of design help define what it means to be human. Design Anthropology argues that by taking into account how individuals experience the world differently, products and services can be designed in a way that work with people and nature rather than disrupt them. Dori is an Associate Professor of Design Anthropology at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia as well as Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Design.
Julia Turshen is a writer who specializes in food. Her cookbook—Small Victories—is forthcoming in 2016 from Chronicle Books. She is also a producer and private chef. She co-authored Spain: A Culinary Road Trip with Mario Batali and Gwyneth Paltrow, assisted Paltrow on her new book My Father's Daughter, and has written extensively for GOOP.com, interviewmagazine.com, and Food & Wine.
Jessica Walsh is a designer, art director, and illustrator who serves as a partner at design studio Sagmeister & Walsh and teaches at the School of Visual Arts. Her work has won numerous design awards from the Type Director’s Club, Art Director’s Club, SPD, Print, and Graphis. She has received various celebrated distinctions including Computer Art’s “Top Rising Star in Design,” Art Director’s Club “Young Guns” award, and Print’s “New Visual Artist.”
Amy Webb is the head of of Webbmedia Group, a digital strategy agency that solves problems related to disruptive technologies and emerging digital trends catalyzing change across industries. She co-founded Spark Camp, a 501(c)(3) invite-only working group bringing together the brightest minds in media and technology. Prior to Webbmedia Group, Amy was a reporter/ writer with Newsweek (Tokyo) and the Wall Street Journal (Hong Kong) where she covered emerging technology, media, and cultural trends. She has contributed to the New York Times, NPR, Economist and appears regularly as a commentator on broadcast shows.
Lynda Weinman is co-founder and executive chair of lynda.com. Lynda is a self-taught computer expert, author, educator, and entrepreneur. A web graphics and design veteran and author of best-selling books, Lynda wrote the first industry book on web design, Designing Web Graphics, in 1995. Before launching lynda.com, she was a faculty member at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and worked as an animator and motion graphics director in the special effects film industry. She also taught at UCLA Extension, American Film Institute, and San Francisco State University’s Multimedia Studies Program.