The human face of branding

There's no denying Debbie Millman is a big name in the branding world. She served as president of Sterling Brands for 20 years, working on major household names like Burger King and Häagen-Dazs, she also co-founded the world's first graduate branding course. 

However, in her talk at D&AD Festival, she said that working in the branding industry made her feel like her "soul was withering away". We caught up with her afterwards to find out what made her feel this way – and the shake-up in the industry that means she's much more optimistic for the future.

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Ruth Hamilton

Ruth spent a couple of years as Deputy Editor of Creative Bloq, and has also either worked on or written for almost all of the site's former and current print titles, from Computer Arts to ImagineFX. She now spends her days reviewing mattresses and hiking boots as the Outdoors and Wellness editor at, but continues to write about design on a freelance basis in her spare time.