is a funny and heartbreaking tale of making it (or not) in New York.
The presentation begins in early 2003 when a good friend sent Debbie Millman an email with a subject line that read: Begin drinking heavily before opening.
The email contained a link that took her to a “blog,” the first-ever
online forum about graphic design and branding. Suddenly she found
herself reading an article that disparaged her entire career to date.
This experience—in tandem with a number of historical rejections and
setbacks—sent Millman into deep despair, and she seriously considered leaving the design profession altogether.
In a series of poignant, revealing and sometimes hysterical anecdotes,
Debbie will share her journey out of despair and offer insight on how
the worst moments in your life can actually become the most profound and
About the Speaker
is a designer, author, educator and strategist. She is President of the
design division at Sterling Brands, where she has worked on the
redesign of over 200 global brands, including projects with P&G,
Colgate, Nestle, Kraft and Pepsi.
is also Co-Founder and Chair of the world’s first Masters in Branding
Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She is President
Emeritus of AIGA, the largest professional association for design in the
world and a contributing editor at Print magazine. In 2005,
she began hosting, “Design Matters,” the first podcast about design on
the Internet. In 2011, the show was awarded a Cooper Hewitt National
is the author of six books on design and branding. Her visual essays
have been on display at the Chicago Design Museum and Anderson
University in South Carolina.
Join us for this inspirational luncheon event with one of the most influential brand thinkers of our time!
Friday, September 26, 2014, 11:30 am
Vulcan Park & Museum
1701 Valley View Drive, Birmingham, AL 35209
FREE to members of AIGA Birmingham and AAF Birmingham
$10 - AAF Associate Members
$20 - Non-members