Image - Debbie Millman and Roxane Gay

San Francisco

Debbie Millman and Roxane Gay: Why Design Matters

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Harboring the knowledge of more than 400 interviews with industry leaders and holding the same number of accolades herself, Debbie Millman is acutely attuned to how design influences each detail of our lives. Her podcast “Design Matters” is one of the first of its kind, highlighting a common thread of creativity, innovation and intentionality across diverse disciplines and weaving together a story of how design both influences and imitates life.

In her seventh book, Why Design Matters: Conversations with the World’s Most Creative People, Millman once again brings the ethos of "Design Matters" to written and illustrated words. Highlighting 80 interviews, in sub-categories of legends, truth tellers, culture makers, trendsetters, and visionaries, Millman demonstrates the wild beauty and profound importance of designing the life you want.

At INFORUM, Millman will pull back the curtains, giving us insight into what it is like to pick the brains of greats hundreds of times over and prove to us—yet again—why design matters in every iota of our days and lives. This conversation will be moderated by acclaimed New York Times bestselling writer Roxane Gay.


This program has 2 types of tickets available: In-person and online-only. Please pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event.

Safety Protocols:

• In-person capacity is limited.
• Masks are required in the building.
• We follow best practices laid out by the CDC and state and local guidelines.
• All guests, staff and volunteers must be vaccinated and show proof of vaccination.
• Elevators are limited to a maximum of four (4) people at a time.

Our LEED Gold-certified building is designed to cool with outside air, using digitally controlled moveable windows and large ceiling fans. We are deploying additional HEPA filters inside to scrub the air. This is all in addition to increased cleaning of surfaces throughout the building.

Copies of Why Design Matters can be purchased during checkout (U.S. domestic shipping only).

Millman photo by John Madere; Gay photo by Reginald Cunningham.

All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.

Wed, Nov 17 / 7:00 pm PST

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

Image - Debbie Millman
Debbie Millman
Writer; Host, "Why Design Matters" Podcast; Author, Why Design Matters: Conversations with the World's Most Creative People
Image - Roxane Gay
Roxane Gay

6:30–7 p.m. doors open & check-in
7–8 p.m. program
8 p.m. book signing
(all times PDT)