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Why Design Matters, Featuring Author and Podcast Host Debbie Millman

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From branding to resumé building and beyond, design touches almost every aspect of our lives. Join us as Tina Essmaker, cofounder of the publication ‘The Great Discontent,’ sits down with acclaimed podcast host and author Debbie Millman to chat about design, creativity, and how to master branding in today’s over-crowded marketplace during our very first #ScribdChat in partnership with WeWork in South Williamsburg.

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 the foremost authority on how to blend creativity with entrepreneurship. As the founder and host of Design Matters, the first and longest running podcast about design, Millman has interviewed nearly 300 design luminaries and cultural commentators, including Massimo Vignelli, Milton Glaser, Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Pink, Barbara Kruger, Seth Godin, and more. In the 13 years since its inception, the show has garnered over 5 million downloads per year, a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, and has been named one of iTunes’ best podcasts of the year. Millman is the author of six books, including ‘How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer,’ ‘Self-Portrait as Your Traitor,’ ‘Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits’ and ‘Look Both Ways’ -- all available on Scribd (

Attendance is free, hors-d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Limited to the first 80 RSVPs.


6:30-7:00 PM: Doors open -- networking with drinks and hors-d'oeuvres

7:00-8:00 PM: #ScribdChat with Debbie Millman and Tina Essmaker

8:00-8:30 PM: Networking and departure


Debbie Millman is a foremost authority on design, an established brand consultant, educator, and artist. Her written and visual essays have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, Print Magazine, Design Observer, and Fast Company. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Boston Biennale, Chicago Design Museum, Anderson University, School of Visual Arts, Long Island University, The Wolfsonion Museum, and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art. Debbie is the chair of the first grad program in branding at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. (


Tina Essmaker is a New York-based coach, writer, and interviewer. She is cofounder of the publication “The Great Discontent,” for which she interviewed more than 250 notable subjects, including Cheryl Strayed, Reggie Watts, Tavi Gevinson, and Leon Bridges. As a coach for the creative community, Tina helps clients reach beyond inspiration and take action to create the lives they want. In 2017, she was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn culture by Brooklyn Magazine and served as Chair of the 2017 AIGA Design Conference. Additionally, she writes and speaks about vulnerability, empathy, and the themes we wrestle with as creatives. (


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WeWork is a global network of workspaces where companies and people grow together. We transform buildings into dynamic environments for creativity, focus, and connection. More than just the best place to work, though, this is a movement toward humanizing work. We believe that CEOs can help each other, offices can use the comforts of home, and we can all look forward to Monday if we find real meaning in what we do.

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