Reviews

In each interview, Millman cuts through all of the empty jargon and buzzwords to show the underpinnings of ways people reply to the information of designers, and the way the very best brands open avenues for cultural change in our daily lives-whether we’re acutely aware of it or not.

Design Weekly

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Brand Thinking offers 22 short interviews with an astounding array of heavy hitters in branding, identity design, and related disciplines. It’s a fascinating and invigorating read. Millman coaxes the likes of Tom Peters and Karim Rashid into moments of almost shocking candor; Dori Tunstall and Alex Bogusky unflinchingly address issues of social and environmental responsibility; Brian Collins’ insights into Apple’s brand left me literally open-mouthed.

Need More Demons?

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In Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits master interviewer Debbie Millman talks to 22 branding world personalities to get to the bottom of it all.

Brand New

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Whether you’re in advertising, marketing, an entrepreneur, or just want to better understand our relationship with brands as people, this is a helpful read. You get a variety of perspectives, with themes that develop yet each retain their own character, making this an insightful and useful book.

800 CEO Read

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Brand Thinking, at its core, is a book about human nature, the need to belong, and a philosophical exploration into the reasons we behave the way we do. Brand Thinking is a powerful look at the role brand plays in society, politics, economics, psychology and technology.

Forbes

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Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits, by designer extraordinaire Debbie Millman, contains twenty interviews with the world’s leading designers and thinkers in branding. The interviews contain spirited views on how and why humans have branded the world around us, and the ideas, inventions, and insight inherent in the search. The style and format of the book make this an interesting, informative, fun and thoroughly thought provoking read that design and branding lovers, newbies, and information junkies alike are sure to find enjoyable.

Pattern Pulp

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Millman’s interviewing style is, as always, sparse, capable and insightful. She provides ample room for her subjects to speak freely, only interjecting to continue the dialogue rather than demonstrate her personal knowledge. The interviewees are remarkably self-aware.

Core 77

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To gain insight into why we telegraph our affiliations or our beliefs with symbols, signs, and codes, Millman interviews twenty world leading designers and thinkers in branding. The interviews contain spirited views on how and why humans have branded the world around us, and the ideas, inventions, and insight inherent in the search.

Noire Digerati

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There can be no more passionate advocate for the pursuit, practice and parlance of branding than Debbie Millman.

Imprint

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Not just anyone can sandwich folks like Wally Olins, Brian Collins and Joe Duffy between hard covers without a single headshot among them. It takes a shape-shifter. It takes a snake charmer. It takes a Debbie Millman. There’s only one.

Neenah Paper's Against The Grain

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In her new book, Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits, Debbie Millman sits down with others who work around brands to try and figure out the lay of the land.

Uncover LA

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Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits is valuable primarily for those particularly interested in what the gurus of the branding industry have to say about where branding was in the past, where it is now, and the directions it could go.

New York Journal of Books

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Brand Thinking rounds up 22 of the most knowledgeable and diverse people in the industry, from marketing guru Seth Godin, cultural critic Malcolm Gladwell, designer Karim Rashid, and branding legend Wally Olins for a series of interviews on the subject of branding.

IDSGN

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Millman talks to a veritable who’s who of branding pros, including Seth Godin, Wally Olins, and Malcolm Gladwell, about what a “brand” means today. We, and most likely you, have been fans of Millman’s for years, so this seems like almost necessary reading.

UnBeige

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In each interview, Millman cuts through all the empty jargon and buzzwords to expose the underpinnings of how people respond to the ideas of designers, and how the best brands open avenues for cultural change in our daily lives-whether we’re aware of it or not.

SwissMiss

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Debbie Millman interviews 20-plus design, marketing and advertising big thinkers about all things branding.

HOW Magazine

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An insightful examination of the state of branding today.

Print Magazine

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An engaging collection of dialogues between Debbie and different leaders in the field.

David Airey

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You may know Debbie Millman, who recently completed her two-year tenure as national president of AIGA, as the high-spirited host of the radio show-cum-podcast “Design Matters.” She brings her signature form — the design dialogue — to the printed page in Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits.

Book Brew

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This book isn’t a systematic discussion of the word branding. The term is both too established and too squishy for that. Even so, branding has been far more durable than many other business buzzwords. And one of the great virtues of Millman’s book is that it acknowledges the term’s combination of mushiness and descriptiveness.

Gene Rebeck, Delta Sky magazine

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Debbie Millman’s visionary ideas have shaped global brands like Pepsi, Gillette, Colgate, Nestle and many more. In her new book Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits, she brings the insights she’s gained in her work to conversations with top brand thinkers, strategists and critics….and shares what she learned in these searching, memorable and above all entertaining discussions: the lessons, the surprises and why brand thinking is ultimately a noble pursuit.

Felt & Wire

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The word “brand” is “a challenge to define in our hyper-consumer economy: marketing differentiator, manipulative sales tool, creative triumph, all of the above. But Debbie Millman tackles the issue, or rather elevates the discussion.

Graphic Design USA

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In Brand Thinking And Other Noble Pursuits author and president of the design division at Sterling Brands, Debbie Millman gathers Olin’s and a host of other success stories from a wide variety of fields, roping in everyone from Malcolm Gladwell to Karim Rashid, to opine on what makes a successful brand and what branding means on a socio-cultural level.

Just Luxe

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No one today is talking and writing about branding more knowledgeably, open-mindedly, and charmingly than Debbie Millman, or doing so with so many of the world’s most interesting and influential thinkers and designers. Brand Thinking is jam-packed with intelligence and insight.”

kurt andersen, novelist and radio host of studio 360

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These wonderful interviews remind us why, in this age of infinite choice, brands remain more essential than ever. It doesn’t matter if you love brands or hate brands or simply want to understand how brands work—Debbie’s conversations with leading thinkers will give you plenty to think about.

jonah lehrer, author, how we decide and proust was a neuroscientist

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I arrived at the end of [Brand Thinking] having learned quite a bit. You will, too. Because this book is no rote anthology of boilerplate lectures. It’s more like a buzzingdinner party, where you never know who is going to say what.

Rob Walker, from the Introduction

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