The design world’s favorite podcast takes its place alongside the likes of a bracelet that spells out the alphabet in Braille, Trek’s Lime Bike, and Toms Shoes as the winner of the 2011 People’s Design Award. Design Matters, hosted by the indefatigable Debbie Millman on Design Observer, bested hundreds of other nominees—from the Ford Model T and Jeanne Gang’s Aqua Tower to an all-glass mobile phone and cutlery for babies—to earn the title, which was announced by the unlikely duo of White House Social Secretary Jeremy Bernard and Pharrell at last week’s National Design Awards gala.
“Design Matters harnesses the power of online radio to communicate insights about design, great design minds, and the lives of designers,” said Bill Moggridge, director of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. “I’m thrilled that the public has chosen to honor it.” Millman, who recently completed a two-year term as national AIGA president, launched Design Matters as a radio show in 2005. Since then, she’s used the program to profile designers, artists, writers, and the odd Nobel Prize winner. We once made the mistake of listening to an episode featuring Brian Collins while jogging and ended up in a chuckling heap on the side of the road. Download Design Matters past and present here, and click below to watch First Lady Michelle Obama honor the National Design Award winners last month at the White House.