Design Matters: On Books

Design Matters Podcast on Books: Debbie Millman & Michael Rock

By Steve Kroeter July 8, 2013

We are pleased to announce that Design Matters, hosted by Design Observer’s Debbie Millman, is releasing a special five-episode series on the theme of “designers and books.” The series has been developed in collaboration with Designers & Books.

The episodes will air each Monday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. (EST) for five weeks beginning July 8. This special summer series features five interviews with authors of recently published books in the design fields: graphic designer Michael Rock, author of Multiple Signatures; Le Corbusier scholar Jean-Louis Cohen, co-author of the catalogue produced to accompany the current MoMA exhibition “Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Landscapes”; Brenda Danilowitz and Phillip Tiongson talking about the iPad version of Joseph Albers’s Interaction of Color developed for Yale University Press on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the book; product designer Hartmut Esslinger, author of Design Forward: Creativity and Sustainable Change; and Léon Krier, author of Albert Speer: Architecture 1932-1942.

The first episode, on air as of July 8, features graphic designer Michael Rock of the studio 2x4, whose book, Multiple Signatures: On Designers, Authors, Readers and Users, has just been released by Rizzoli.

In October 2011, Design Matters was the proud recipient of the People’s National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the award chosen by public voting for a National Design Award. Debbie Millman notes, “Design Matters began in February of 2005 with an idea and a telephone line. I thought it would be a great way to ask my heroes everything I wanted to know about their lives and their thoughts and their careers without seeming stalker-y. In the process, I gleaned the most magnificent view of some of the greatest design thinkers and practitioners of our time. I realized the opportunity to share the brilliance of my guests with an audience I never expected was the gift of a lifetime.” The shows take place in a recording studio at the Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts.

Support for this series is generously provided by Shutterstock and

You can listen to these special episodes on Designers & Books, Design Observer, iTunes, and SoundCloud.


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