Q&A with Debbie Millman: author, educator and host of Design Matters

As a designer, artist, author, educator, and host of Design Matters, the first and longest-running podcast on design, Debbie Millman has been called “one of the most creative people working in business” by Fast Company. We caught up with Debbie at the opening of Text Me: How We Live in Language, an exhibit she’s curating at The Museum of Design Atlanta through February 2, 2018. As proud sponsors of the show, we wanted to chat with her about the inspiration behind the exhibit, the collaborators who helped bring it to life, and her work with Alina Wheeler on the new edition of the book, Designing Brand Identity.

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How Patreon uses Dropbox Paper to grow and share ideas

The idea that artists deserve to get paid for their work shouldn’t be that controversial. Yet two decades after the internet gave creators a direct connection to their fans, earning a living as a musician, comedian, or filmmaker remains a challenge. As half of the musical duo Pomplamoose, Patreon co-founder Jack Conte knows firsthand how creators struggle to translate a powerful fanbase into meaningful income. So he teamed up with developer Sam Yam to develop a platform that enables fans to fund the work of their favorite creatives through a subscription content service.

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How to streamline teamwork and track projects on the go

Teamwork is a contact sport. The better you keep in contact, the faster you get to the goal. But sometimes your teammates aren’t even playing on the same field, so it’s tough to keep work moving forward. If your team is having trouble tracking iterations and staying organized as contributions come in from all directions, we’ve got some ideas that can help. Here are four tips for streamlining teamwork and staying on top of projects in progress.

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Effective collaboration: 3 tips for teaming up with directors

As the leader of a marketing team, the Director needs high-level visibility and control of the broader vision. Whether they’re Marketing Director, VP of Marketing, or Head of Marketing, these leaders are responsible for overseeing the project, presenting work to stakeholders, and showcasing the impact of their efforts. Because of their accountability, directors are integral to the approval process.

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Effective collaboration: 3 tips for teaming up with artists

Whether you’re a graphic designer, UX/UI designer, or art director, being the designated artist on your team presents its own set of challenges. That goes beyond everyday miscommunications between right-brain creatives and left-brain analysts. Artists often follow their own set of processes that make them unique within a team of collaborators. To better understand how to bridge these differences, we talked with marketing and design professionals across the US. In part three of our series on effective collaboration, we’ll share what we learned, identify pain points, and suggest ways to address them. Here are three tips for teaming with artists.

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