Debbie Millman offers tactical and practical advice for soon to be design grads applicable to anyone in any walk of life.

“A lot of people ask me how I’ve gotten to this place in my 50 year old life. I’m not that good, I’m just really unwilling to give up. I’ve gotten to a place where I realize that I want to have a good life that I feel proud of and the only way to do that is to keep trying, keep persisting.” Do not compromise.

“I think busy is a four letter word. Busy is a way of organizing your priorities and we use it as a reason to not do something that we really don’t want to do. If you really want to do something, you’ll find the time to do it.”

About the speaker

Debbie Millman is a partner and president of the design division at Sterling Brands, one of the leading brand identity firms in the country. Millman is president of AIGA, and chair of the School of Visual Arts’ master’s program in Branding. She is a contributing editor to Print magazine and host of the podcast “Design Matters.” She is the author of How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer (Allworth Press, 2007),The Essential Principles of Graphic Design (Rotovision, 2008) and Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design (How Books, 2009).

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    I just can't get over how rich and life-giving this presentation is. and what a resource for anyone who works with designers to understand a designer's heartbeat. Affirming, challenging, and reminds me why I truly love what I do. Thank you, Debbie for speaking so deeply about so many vital things regarding design.

    Laura Means

    I heard Debbie Millman give a similar talk at Kean University, and it was a refreshing perspective to hear. No more negatively and pessimism. No more worrying about what other people think about where you are in your station in life.

    Christine Ko

    Always find myself coming back to this talk (an excercise I recommend)

    Julieta Tourne Turner