The take-away from “the worst moments of your life”

Debbie Millman, former FIT professor of packaging design and current president of Sterling Brands’ design group, was a commanding presence at the seminar “Overcoming Failure: How the worst moments of your life can turn out to be the best (and visa-versa).” Millman’s talk held at Pratt Institute on September 29, was sponsored by the Graphic Artists Guild.

Ms. Millman has worked on the redesign of over 200 global brands and  authored five books on design including: “Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits,” “Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design,” and “How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer.”

Visual presentation and exhibition design professor Veronica Romano attended the event with three of her  students.

“An objective of my professional practices class is to inform students about the realities of the industry,” says Romano. “Debbie’s presentation was so honest and the take-away incredibly inspirational. The students seemed to hold on to every word. They got it! — her whole career and so much valuable knowledge in just a short two hours!” 

l-r: FIT students Tess Wieloszynski, Robyn Williamson & Vivian Warman; Debbie Millman, Prof. Veronica Romano


Robyn Williamson’s notes from the event:

“Overcoming Failure” notes
“Debbie Millman was a great speaker who definitely had a lot of insightful messages to share and a great way with words,” says VPED student Vivian Warman.  “She was very inspiring.  I think it had to do with her honesty and vulnerability with how she shared her own personal failures.”


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