The popular podcast interview series Design Matters, hosted by MPS Branding Department Chair Debbie Millman, was named the winner of the 2011 People’s Design Award at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s 12th Annual National Design Awards gala on October 20.
“Design Matters began in February of 2005 with an idea and a telephone line,” Millman said. “I thought it would be a great way to ask my heroes everything I wanted to know about their lives and their thoughts and their careers without seeming stalker-y…I realized the opportunity to share the brilliance of my guests with an audience I never expected was the gift of a lifetime.”
To clinch the People’s Choice Award, thousands of votes were cast for Design Matters, which edged out nominees including the High Line, the iPad2 and WordPress software.
“Design Matters harnesses the power of online radio to communicate insights about design, great design minds and the lives of designers,” said Bill Moggridge, director of Cooper-Hewitt. “I’m thrilled that the public has chosen to honor it.”
Upcoming guests on Design Matters include architect James Biber (November 11), designer Martin Venezky (November 18), book cover designer Peter Mendelsund (November 25) and designer and MFA Design for Social Innovation Department Chair Cheryl Heller.