An impactful piece of advice that has stuck with me during my time as an undergrad at Indiana University was from a visiting artist, Debbie Millman. If you are not familiar with Debbie, she is a writer, designer, educator, artist, brand consultant, as well as founder and host of the podcast Design Matters, one of the world’s first and longest-running podcasts. She additionally co-founded the world’s first graduate program in branding at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Debbie Millman of Design Matters
Considered one of the most creative people in the graphic design industry, our University had the capability to invite her from New York City to speak with the students and faculty at the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture, and Design. Since she has many years of experience in the industry, I was able to take away several key components during her artist talk, mostly design-related.
Additionally, Debbie expounded on deeper concepts such as not giving up, staying motivated, steering away from trends, and most importantly staying original in a world full of brands and consumerism. Advice that I have written down and will continue to follow is, “The only thing you can’t metabolize is regret, so do it.” Beating yourself up over having done the best you could do at the time accomplishes nothing. In fact, it’s twice as punishing.
To learn more about Debbie Millman, visit her personal here!