Design Matters Wins The People’s Design Award

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum presented its sixth People’s Design Award to Design Matters, a show about design and culture, Thursday, Oct. 20, at its 12th annual National Design Awards gala in New York. White House Social Secretary Jeremy Bernard and musician and fashion designer Pharrell announced the winning design and presented the award to Design Matters creator Debbie Millman.

After thousands of votes were cast during the course of the People’s Design Award competition, Design Matters emerged as the public’s favorite design. Offered as a free design podcast, Design Matters features interviews with designers, artists and cultural leaders, including Lawrence Weiner, Barbara Kruger, Malcolm Gladwell, Eric Kandel, Stefan Sagmeister, John Maeda, Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones, Michael Arad, Milton Glaser, Massimo Vignelli, Paula Scher, Steven Heller, Jonah Lehrer, among others.

Launched in 2005 on Voice America Business Network, Design Matters is now exclusively published on Design Observer and all broadcasts can be downloaded for free on iTunes. Under the editorial direction of William Drenttel, Design Observer encompasses five channels of programming and publishes more than 400 essays and features a year on design, urbanism, social innovation and visual culture.

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