Debbie Millman Quotes

Who the Hell 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

Books by Debbie Millman


Best 20 Quotes by Debbie Millman

“Branding is deliberate differentiation.”

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“Courage is the birthplace of confidence.”

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“Do not be afraid to want a lot.”

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“Everything in our world is branded.”

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

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

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

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

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“Our abilities are limited only by our perceptions.”

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“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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“Visual storytelling utilizes both language and art to pass on the essence of who we are.”

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“Hard decisions are only hard when you’re in the process of making them.”

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"Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits" Quotes

“I think market research is extremely valuable when it is used properly. But you must not use it to tell you what to do.”

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Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits

“If you can make a compelling argument, and win enough minds, and if you can transform various parts of our world sufficiently, then the moment belongs to you.”

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Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits

"How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer" Quotes

“Design is one of the few disciplines that is a science as well as an art. Effective, meaningful design requires intellectual, rational rigor along with the ability to elicit emotions and beliefs. Thus, designers must balance both the logic and lyricism of humanity every time they design something, a task that requires a singularly mysterious skill.”

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How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer

“If you perceive the universe as being a universe of abundance, then it will be. If you think of the universe as one of scarcity, then it will be.”

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How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer

"Look Both Ways" Quotes

“I recommend the following course of action for those who are just beginning their careers or for those like me, who may be reconfiguring midway through: heed the words of Robert Frost. Start with a big, fat lump in your throat, start with a profound sense of wrong, a deep homesickness, or a crazy lovesickness, and run with it.”

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Look Both Ways

“Lives are shaped by chance encounters and by discovering things that we don’t know that we don’t know. The arc of a life is a circuitous one. In the grand scheme of things, everything we do is an experiment, the outcome of which is unknown.”

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Look Both Ways

“Try not to compromise. So many people don’t do what they really want in their hearts because they feel like they’re not good enough, or they’re not smart enough, or they’re not talented enough… anything. And that doesn’t matter. In order for you to live a remarkable life — in order for you to live a life that is fulfilling — you need to be able to go after what you want. And if you don’t, you’re not going to achieve it — ever.”

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Look Both Ways

“You never know when a typical life will be anything but, and you won’t know if you are rewriting history, or rewriting the future, until the writing is complete.”

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Look Both Ways