Some of my greatest work will never appear in my portfolio.
I’ve spent 15+ years building and leading global agency and in-house teams with a combination of creativity, business strategy, and political skill. I have done everything from leading small but highly specialized agency teams to founding, building, and leading design, UX, strategy, research, operations, and design systems teams made up of hundreds of full-time, freelance, and agency contributors.
I also work to share what I have learned about leadership with the international creative community through my podcast, blog, workshops at companies like Apple and IDEO, working as an advisor to SYPartners Leadfully program, helping to found the Amazing Design People List, and lecturing at colleges including Yale, Parsons, MIT, Princeton, SVA, and others.
A lot of people can talk about leadership in theory but I have built and led multiple teams who have created truly innovative work but they have also been able to generate real results and create a real impact within the company. I haven’t been able to do that across multiple companies by mistake. I ground all my teams in four core areas – performance, execution, artisanship, and leadership.
The originality of our thinking
We use inclusive design methodologies to create customer-centered solutions with our partners and executives.
We always create original and impactful ideas because a cover band never changed the world.
The measurable results of our work
We establish KPI’s that measure the performance of work to iterate and evolve it.
We work with partners to support their goals and roadmaps.
The refinement of our craft
We execute our work with the same passion and attention to detail we used to create the Idea it is visualizing.
We work to evaluate, refine, and evolve our methodologies, tools, and process.
The depth of our culture
We create an inclusive culture where we understand, respect, and grow everyone’s unique creative process and skills
We activate the best in others by building sincere and transparent relationships and trust with our partners.
Our way of seeing the possibilities
We embrace an intrepreneurial mindset to build belief and inspire action through our thinking and teamwork
We enter every situation to see possibilities where others see problems.
The connection to the people we design for
We put our customers are at the center of everything we create
We live the problems we are trying to solve to find the unsolved need
I love helping people all over the world to be more creative and become better leaders.
I have always been very public with my career journey and what I have learned through The Crazy One podcast and YouTube channel which has over 800k downloads from listeners in over 160 countries. I also work as a coach and teacher helping to build better leaders, stronger teams, more innovative products, and much more.
Over the past 11+ years, I have written a number of articles about the innovative work I have done and insights into the emerging technologies I have designed for. These articles have been featured on multiple different sites including LinkedIn.com Design, Social Media, Recruiting & Hiring, and Big Ideas & Innovation channels.
The inverse Facebook experiment
Practice safe design. Always use a strategy.
Are you a creative leader or manager?
Why ‘Move Fast and Break Stuff’ became ‘Slow Down and Fix Your Shit’
Why is client-side creativity too often a self-defeating process?
Creativity is a blue collar profession
I have also appeared on a number of different podcasts discussing everything from creativity to leadership to design systems.
Design Matters with Debbie Millman
Design Matters with Debbie Millman is one of the world’s very first podcasts Broadcasting independently for over 15 years, the show is about how incredibly creative people design the arc of their lives.
Bringing clarity to how the best companies approqch, communicate, and deploy design. We’ve hand picked the design industries 25 greatest influencers and change-makers to bring you 1000min of deep dive conversations.
Design Systems Podcast
Design Systems Podcast interviews industry leaders and product makers to share best practcies and explore the areas where design and development come together.
That Special Moment
My guests will provide the inspiration you have been looking for, to take action because you will understand the process of life-changing decision making, and you will be able to apply them to yourself immediately.
Partner and advisors to some of the world’s most innovative companies.
I work to find real sociological insights, understand consumer needs, and create concepts that use technology to influence consumers, drive revenue, and meet business goals. As a result of this work, I have been asked to work as a partner with brands like Apple, Google, IBM, Adobe, and others to create some of the first experiences on Apple Watch, iOS, Apple Passbook, Google Glass, and more. I also regularly work as a beta tester and advisor on apps and products like IBM Watson, multiple releases of Adobe Creative Cloud, Astropad, Milanote, and more.
I’ve worked with Apple as a launch partner for Apple Watch, iOS 7, iOS 6, and Apple Passbook. Apple has featured my work in 8 keynotes, 4 commercials, in Apple Stores, Apple.com, the iTunes App Store, in the Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines and my work has been chosen to their ‘Best of’ yearly app list.
I was one of the world’s first designers to receive and launch an app on Google Glass with the SPG App for Google Glass and have worked with them on refining their Material Design language.