Debbie and me (dressed in Debbie) for our Halloween party in the Branding Studio at School of Visual Arts

Debbie and me (dressed in Debbie) for our Halloween party in the Branding Studio at School of Visual Arts

 
If I could do one thing more, it would be, to be 95% honest as often as possible.

Debbie is the host of the award-winning podcast Design Matters - the world's first podcast about design, the Chair of the world’s first Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York city, Editorial and Creative Director of Print Magazine and President Emeritus of AIGA. She has authored six books on branding and design. 

Out of the many videos that are out there on her life, her career, advise to young students, this is one of my favourites, "Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time."

To me Debbie is a superwoman, teacher, guide, mentor and much more. Her kindness, love and drive to bring out the best in her students is remarkable. She believes "busy is a decision" and "you don't find the time to do things, you make the time do things". Nobody puts this into practise better than her.

 
 

If you could be rich with one thing, what would it be?

Infinite time. Because it all goes by too quickly and by the time you really know who you are and why, it’s almost over.

 
 

What do you have that you think the world should too?

A good therapist. She saved my life and helped me become who I am now.


If you could give more of one thing,  what would it be and why?

If I could do one thing more, it would be, to be 95% honest as often as possible. Right now i am less honest than I want to be because i don’t want hurt people’s feelings and I wish that I didn't worry about that so much.


Tell me about an action or an endeavor of yours that has created an observable impact in the world.

Well, my podcast. I had the first design podcast and now there are hundreds. It’s really interesting to meet people who have created a podcast of their own, who tell me that 'I inspired them to do it.' And that's a gift of a lifetime.