Breaking Barriers through Design


Emerging and independent talent energizes the design community in so many ways–from fresh perspectives and visions, to novel creative expression and objects. On this episode of The Mic, we explore how emerging designers can bring their voices to the spotlight through group exhibitions, building communities and fostering their unique creative sparks. Using their recent NYCxDESIGN Festival exhibitions, CURRENT, Pink Essay’s Physical Education Series, and JONALDDUDD, as a guide, guests Marcus DePaula, Matt Pecina and Chris Held chat with our host, Debbie Millman, about their independent design journeys, the experience of curating their shows, and making space for the future generation of designers.


The Mic

Hosted by Debbie Millman, The Mic offers an inside look into New York City’s most creative minds.

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Debbie Millman

Named “one of the most creative people in business” by Fast Company, and “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA, Debbie Millman is also an author, educator, curator and host of the podcast Design Matters. 

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