Debbie Millman: What We Talk About When We Talk About Talking

Debbie Millman, host of the award-winning Design Matters podcast, has interviewed nearly 500 of the world's most creative and inventive artists, designers, musicians, writers, musicians and performers over the past 17 years. Develop your own interview skills as Debbie leads this webinar based on her upcoming book, "Why Design Matters: Conversations with the World's Most Creative People."

Takeaways include how to:

  • Begin and immediately engage the interviewee
  • Research your interviewees to develop original questions
  • Listen proactively and retain content throughout the interview
  • Strategize and conduct an interview like a game of billiards
  • Introduce difficult topics and understand the limits
  • Conclude the interview and leave the audience satisfied

Following the webinar, Dian Holton leads a Q&A with Debbie on her upcoming book. Pre-order a signed book here and save 15% for all attendees! The webinar will be recorded unless technical issues occur.

Graphics designed by Deveney Williams.


Debbie Millman (she/her/hers) is a designer, author, educator and the host of the award-winning podcast Design Matters, one of the first and longest running podcasts in the world. She is also co-founder and chair of the world’s first graduate program in branding at the School of Visual Arts; editorial director of Print magazine; and the author of seven books on design and branding. She has worked on the design and strategy of over 200 of the world’s biggest brands. Social: Instagram and Twitter.

Dian Holton (she/her/hers) is a Senior Deputy Art Director at AARP where she oversees creative for The Girlfriend, Sisters Letter and The Ethel. She routinely contributes designs to AARP The Magazine and specifically cover stories. Her background includes book design, branding, retail installation, styling and footwear design. She is a former AIGA Washington DC chapter board member and is serving as a mentor for several mentorship programs. Her passions include education, philanthropy, fashion and pop culture. Social: Instagram and Twitter.


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Design Continuum Fund

Proceeds from this event will go to the AIGA DC Design Continuum Fund (DCF) scholarship, fostering the next generation of designers through helping local design-minded and underrepresented students as they pursue their education.

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When & Where
Mon, Nov 1, 2021 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT