Consumed Reader Q&A No. 2: Debbie Millman

Posted by Rob Walker on March 27, 2009
Posted Under: Reader Q&A

Continuing the effort to put Consumed readers in the spotlight, here’s the latest a series of mini-Q&As with some of the interesting people who have joined the Consumed Facebook page. Today: Debbie Millman, who heads the design division at Sterling Brands, hosts Design Matters, and is a painter and writer to boot.

n769270369_13711. What are you working on now, or making public soon, that you’re particularly excited about (and why)?

I primarily work in the business of designing what are considered FMCG’s or “fast moving consumer goods.” At the moment, I am working on several brands that are considered “comfort food.” I find this particularly interesting given the economic downturn we are experiencing and the sudden interest in these often-neglected, nearly vintage American stalwarts. Many are lumbering (but profitable) relics from my childhood, and it is fascinating to try to resuscitate and reinvigorate these sleepy giants.

Also, I am working on my third book, Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design, which is both thrilling and terrifying, depending on the day. Or the hour.

2. Is there something you would have bought, or used to spend money on, a year ago, that you would not today?

Showtime and HBO. Regular blow-outs for my hair. My landline. Taxis.

3. What have you bought/spent money on/or otherwise consumed lately that you’re really pleased with?

Scrabble. Online, on my phone and on my dining room table! I now know more words that contain the letter Q than anyone else I know.

4. And on a related note: Name, if you can, one thing that a friend/coworker/acquaintance bought lately that you find surprising or puzzling.

New boobs.

Wow, I didn’t see that one coming. Thanks for the answers! Next mini-Q&A in one week, with Janet Kim.

Join the Consumed Facebook page here, and if you’re interested in being Q&A’d, just let me know.

Further diversion may be found at MKTG Tumblr, and the Consumed Facebook page.

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