Debbie Millman Quotes

Who is Debbie Millman?

Debbie Millman is an American writer, educator, artist, curator, and designer who is best known as the host of the podcast 'Design Matters'.

Born November 02, 1962

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“A brand is simply a set of beliefs. And if you don't create a set of beliefs around your products or services, well, you stand for nothing – you have no values and no vision.”

“Actually – and ironically – people aren't really interested in a new brand form or flavor as much as they are interested in how a brand can change, impact, or improve their lives. They want brands around them that make them feel special and provide some social cache or confidence.”

“Authenticity in branding requires a step by step, measured methodology that doesn't veer from a brand's key identity.”

“Branding is deliberate differentiation.”

“Companies that are design-led understand that design is not a deliverable; it is a profound manifestation of the human spirit.”

“Courage is the birthplace of confidence.”

“Design and branding are inextricably linked to the way in which society, culture, the environment, and business interact.”

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“Do not be afraid to want a lot.”

“Even though brands are created by people, they belong to the corporations.”

“Ever since Marcel Duchamp appropriated mass market objects and pronounced them 'readymades' and Andy Warhol elevated the Campbell's soup can and Brillo Box to art, artists and designers have been blurring the lines between fine art and commerce.”

“Everything in our world is branded.”

“Humans metabolize their purchases very quickly, even if it seemed worth it for any number of reasons when you first bought it. After some time passes, people will go back to feeling the baseline feelings they had previously felt about themselves, no matter how shiny the object, the hair, or the experience.”

“I don't regret the decisions that I've made. I really truly understand why I made them.”

“I find working on brands some of the most interesting work you can do.”

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“I found that the only thing I felt passionate about drawing were words.”

“I love my iPad Pro and my Apple pencil. They have changed the way I work in really cool ways.”

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“Life forms illogical patterns. It is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return?”


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“I tell all my students, 'Learn how to code.' It's sort of like learning Spanish in third grade. When you're still young and you still have that sort of agile mind, that's when you should do it.”

“If I'd had more courage, I would've pursued a less commercial path. Maybe I would've gone into musical theater.”

“In design-led organizations, design permeates every initiative and expression. It's embedded in the culture.”

“Many brands have lost their way in the process of evolving from a small company to a much bigger corporation.”

“Millennials don't want to be bombarded by ads. But what is so interesting to me, though, is how willingly they accept native content. Or native advertising – it's not even native content.”

“Money is never about money. It's an intellectual exchange for something that you believe will make you feel better.”

“Never give up if it is something that you really want.”

“No matter how bleak the situation into which we have been thrown by the global economy, it does offer opportunities. Designers need only invent them.”

“No one likes someone who's really overconfident.”

“Obama really changed the way in which design can be used effectively for a candidate.”

“One bit of advice I can give people is to remember that anything worthwhile takes a long time.”

“Our abilities are limited only by our perceptions.”

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“People do not read first. First and foremost, they see color. Then they see numbers, then shape, and then, if you still have their attention and they understand what you put in front of them, then they will read.”

“Real education is a radical process. It thumps you on the head until everything you know makes no sense anymore. Then you run around picking up the pieces of your head and picking them back together. The pieces never go back together in the same way.”

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“Man enjoys living on the edge of his dreams and neglects the real things of the world which are so beautiful. The ignorant and indifferent destroy beautiful things merely by looking at the marble. Things that remake the soul of him who understands them.”


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