How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer

  • by Debbie Millman
  • Narrated by Nicole Vilencia
  • 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Revealing, intimate interviews with 19 giants of graphic design. Probing questions from a top interviewer and branding executive. Unique, compelling insights and inspirations.
Take a peek inside the heads of some of the world's greatest living graphic designers. How do they think, how do they connect to others, what special skills do they have? In honest and revealing interviews, 19 designers, including Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Beirut, David Carson, and Milton Glaser, share their approaches, processes, opinions, and thoughts about their work with noted brand designer Debbie Millman. The internet radio talk host of Design Matters, Millman persuades the greatest graphic designers of our time to speak frankly and openly about their work. How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer offers a rare opportunity to observe and understand the giants of the industry.
Designers interviewed include:

Milton Glaser
Stefan Sagmeister
David Carson
Paula Scher
Abbott Miler
Lucille Tenazas
Paul Sahre
Emily Oberman and Bonnie Siegler
Chip Kidd
James Victore
Carin Goldberg
Michael Bierut
Seymour Chwast
Jessica Helfand and William Drenttel
Steff Geissbuhler
John Maeda


Audible Editor Reviews

President of the design division of Sterling Brands and the American Institute of Graphic Arts, contributing editor at Print Magazine, and noted writer, Debbie Millman wrangles 19 of the best designing minds into one probing and insightful book. How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer is drawn from interviews with luminaries and is based around the essential questions, "How do you think? How do you connect to others? What are your special skills?" Pleasingly performed by Nicole Vilencia, Millman’s audiobook includes interviews with sages such as Stefan Sagmeister, Milton Glaser, and Paula Scher.


What the Critics Say

"A delightful opportunity to eavesdrop on some of the most curious and creative minds of our time." (Malcolm Gladwell, author, The Tipping Point and Blink)
"A journey to discover the motivations, ambitions and frustrations of successful designers working hard in a volatile profession." (Communication Arts)
"Anyone who struggles daily to create great work will be inspired and encouraged by these intimate glimpses into remarkable minds." (Joyce Rutter Kaye, Editor-in-Chief, Print magazine)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Not what I expected but

This wasn't quite what I expected based on the title but I did find it enjoyable, listening to the interviews of the various designers how they got their starts and their individual perspectives. I rated this 3 stars because I was expecting something after those to kind of summarize for the reader/listener to be able to apply the learnings from these interviews to their own personal approach.
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- Joseph R. Compton

Decent interviews on design, horrible reading

Where does How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Somewhere in the middle- these are fairly superficial interviews

How could the performance have been better?

The reader constantly mispronounces words- she butchers genre, milieu and segue. She mispronounces almost all pronouns- James Victore comes in for a beating.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Brief interviews with Designers

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-29-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios