To date, Debbie has been named by Fast Company as the most creative in the business, and one of the “most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA. Alongside her podcast pursuits, she’s also authored six books and is the president emeritus of the American Institute of Graphic Arts – one of five women to hold the position in 100 years. What’s more is that her podcast, Design Matters, has gained a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, six Webby nominations and named best overall podcast by Apple Podcasts. This new title, then, arrives as an apt addition to her expansive career. In the introductory page of the book, Debbie writes: “Here we are, a decade and a half into a grand experiment. This book represents a body of work, a love letter to creativity, a testament to the power of curiosity.”
Through her podcast, Debbie has become well-known for her relatable interview process; she’s able to pluck out unexpected and revealing responses from her subjects. “I’ve discovered that the arc of a creative life is a circuitous one and I am endlessly fascinated by how people become who they are, and how the decisions they make over the course of their lives impacts their work,” explains Debbie in the release.
Maria Popova, a Bulgarian writer who’s contributed to the books, says, “I have witnessed person after person leave her studio aglow with the ecstatic relief of feeling what we all ultimately wish to feel: deeply understood and appreciated, a little bit more in touch with ourselves beyond ourselves, reminded of who and what we are in the full of our being.”
Why Design Matters: Conversations with the World’s Most Creative People is available to pre-order here.