Inspiring creative women

Today I want to introduce you to three inspiring women who have touched me, made me think, and awed me in their accomplishments, their naturalness, and their eloquence.

Monday I met Maira Kalman.  Illustrator and writer, designer of handbags, clothes and sets,  a woman of depth and quirkiness, a mother, born in Tel Aviv, who grew up in the Bronx and is of late a dog-lover! Here is how I met her in discussion with Debbie Millman and here she is chatting about her recent AIGA 2016 medal.

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Tuesday was Tiffany Shlain. Tiffany is an award-winning documentary film-maker, the founder of the Webby awards, honoring the best of the internet, a writer, and the mother of two who strongly believes that family and grounding in the moment is so important she has been “performing” a weekly tech shabbat for 7 years, where the whole family disconnects from any technology for 24 hours.

One of Tiffany’s movies, Adaptable Mind, expounds on the importance of practicing the five skills of curiosity, creativity, initiative, multi-disciplinary thinking, and empathy in order to navigate and expand with the internet. Here she is being interviewed by Debbie Millman on Design Matters.

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And Wednesday I met Ayse Birsel, a Turkish-born designer and writer, who brings new solutions to old problems by thinking differently, using her user-centered, humanistic design approach. Aside from the interesting projects and products she has worked on, including the very comfortable Toto Japanese toilet seat, she also does workshops on her four-step process to Design the life you love through Deconstruction, Point of View, Reconstruction and Expression. This is how I met her, in conversation with Debbie Millman.

Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 6.04.54 AM Who did you meet this week who impressed, moved and intrigued you? Please share!



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