Anderson University

Art and Design


Debbie Millman

Show Dates

October 20 – December 15, 2013

Artist Lecture

Wednesday, Novermber 13, 2013 - 7:00pm

Daniel Recital Hall
Reception to follow in the Vandiver Gallery

About the artist

Debbie Millman

Debbie Millman draws no distinction between life and work, career and calling. Her visual essays have been exhibited at the Chicago Design Museum and have graced the pages of Print Magazine. Since 2005, her radio show Design Matters has been a beacon of creative culture through conversations with luminaries like Malcolm Gladwell, Milton Glaser, Lawrence Weiner, Neville Brody, Maira Kalman, and dozens more. In 2011, the show received the prestigious Cooper Hewitt National Design Award.

A native New Yorker, Millman is the author of five books including Look Both Ways, Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits and How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer, and serves as President Emeritus of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). She co-founded and chairs the Masters in Branding program at the School of Visual Arts, and has worked with some of the world's most prominent brands as President of the design division at Sterling Brands. Millman has been pushing the limits of the possible in branding, design, and the communication arts for nearly two decades.

About the work

"Visual storytelling utilizes both language and art to pass on the essence of who we are. Today, the visualization of our personal stories is an integral and essential part of the human experience. I have been exploring the art of telling a story through a unique combination of images and words all of my life. Through this work, I try to investigate the ability stories have to honor the diversity and commonality of our collective human experience."

Debbie Millman

"Debbie Millman combines insights about design and everyday life with obsessive hand-drawn typography to create a new form of visual poetry, a 21st-century illuminated manuscript. That is, each piece of lettering seems to have been created to express the exact emotional subject matter at hand. A designer knows how to do this: to manipulate the visual components in order to evoke the appropriate feeling. It is a planned act. But a fine artist does it for herself, spontaneously, without a client or a brief. Debbie's elaborate doodles have more in common with Ed Fella's work than with editorial design. These drawings are communication from the heart. And they are the bravest, rawest, and most honest form of communication there can be. "

Paula Scher, Pentagram

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