I’ve recently begun reading “How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer” by Debbie Millman. First, I have to say that it’s been a while since I’ve encountered Debbie Millman. Years ago I listened to as many podcasts as I could from her website Design Matters. Somehow I forgot about her amazing radio shows and now I have a LOT of catching up to do!
As I’m working my way through her book about influential graphic designers of today, she has piqued my interest about each of the people she features in this book. I’ve had to stop midway through the chapters to look up images and designs mentioned in the interview. This got me thinking about my recently completed education in design school and the distinct lack of research into current design greats. We studied art history and studied individual aspects of design elements like typography or layout. But we never had the opportunity to dig deep into what makes a graphic designer outstanding in the industry. So I want to do some digging and see what I find.
For those that know me, you know that I’m a research fanatic. I love to get my teeth into a topic and find out everything I can about it and figure out how that new information applies to my life, my work and my goals.