Press, News & Reviews

December 6, 2013

Listed as one of the Best “Lady Books” of 2013 and described as “A beautiful, hefty volume of illustrated essays by the cross-disciplinary artist, whose essay, ‘Fail Safe,’ remains one of the best contemporary manifestoes on following the artist’s way.”

The Fiddleback →


December 6, 2013

A short film.

Designers & Books →


December 5, 2013

Self-Portrait as Your Traitor is the top pick in The 13 Best Art and Design Books of 2013.

Brain Pickings →


December 3, 2013

“Debbie Millman’s collection of illustrated poems and essays Self-Portrait as Your Traitor is one of the year’s most striking books, the hand-lettered pieces both personal and evocative.”

With accompanying Spotify playlist.

LargeHearted Boy →


November 30, 2013

“Branding is deliberate differentiation.”

33 Voices →


November 25, 2013

The Storm Behind Millman’s Eyes: “All of which is a long-winded way of introducing Debbie Millman’s latest, and most personal, project: Self-Portrait as Your Traitor. A tome that in any other hands would’ve simply been yet another garble of bad poetry is transformed by the designer into an aggressive exploration of how design influences our processing of words, and vice versa.”

PaperSpecs →


November 20, 2013

“For anyone who has lived and simultaneously struggled as a creative human (and who among us hasn’t), the book is an tribute to personal strife, perseverance, and triumph.”

Lisa Congdon →


November 19, 2013

Debbie Millman Answers The Proust Questionnaire—Book Edition.

Designers & Books →


November 13, 2013

“Debbie Millman Turns Typography Into Poetry.”

Fast Company →


November 8, 2013

“[These] moving, lovingly crafted poems and essays — some handwritten, some drawn with colored pencils, some typeset in felt on felt — vibrate at that fertile intersection of the deeply personal and the universally profound.”

Brain Pickings →


October 18, 2013

Feature post on packaging blog The Dieline.

The Dieline →


October 17, 2013

Debbie Millman’s newest book Self Portrait as Your Traitor is coming out November 8th. WIth permission of the publisher, we are reprinting a visual poem from the book entitled “Card Shark”.

Design Observer →


October 15, 2013

“Q: The poems and essays in your book are not just wonderfully designed but also skillfully crafted — where do you pull your inspiration from when writing and designing your projects?”

Print magazine interview →


October 14, 2013

Self Portrait as Your Traitor (How Books, 2013), by Debbie Millman, chair of the MPS Branding Department (with an introduction by Paula Scher, BFA Design faculty member), is a visually poetic, hand-lettered memoir that candidly explores the tribulations and triumphs of a design life.”

SVA Close Up →


October 11, 2013

Cover image of GDUSA September/October issue
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GDUSA September/October →


October 4, 2013

Debbie chats with Jeffrey Zeldman.

The Big Web Show →


September 13, 2013

“‘Self-Portrait as Your Traitor,’ the new collection of visual essays by Debbie Millman, is a kind of modern-day illuminated manuscript that speaks to our deepest longings for beauty, honesty and the ineffable magic of what it means to live.”

A Wall Street Journal Tastemakers' Fall 2013 Selection →


August 13, 2013

“A spectacular collection of illustrated essays and poems on everything from love to (self-) forgiveness to the Super Bowl, blending the deeply personal mesmerism of a memoir with the profound, universal resonance of philosophy on our shared human triumphs and tribulations.”

Brain Pickings preview →