Editors’ Favorite Highlights Over the Years

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Many people on our Design Milk team have been around for years, so in celebration of our 15th Anniversary, each of our editors are sharing some of our favorite memories we’ve experienced along the way. It’s impossible for us to only have just one highlight but we did our best to narrow down the options!

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Chief Creative Officer
“One of my most memorable moments was launching the first Milk Stand at ICFF in 2015. We accepted the project just three weeks before the show and somehow pulled it off!”

Caroline Williamson, Editorial Director
“This is an impossible task! After almost 10 years with Design Milk, I’ve accumulated so many great memories, from traveling to Berlin to see Philippe Starck present his new faucet with Axor, to Amsterdam for the launch of Marcel Wanders’ Circus Collection for Alessi, to Copenhagen to check out Fritz Hansen, Royal Copenhagen and Dinesen, and so much more! Perhaps the most memorable, though, is heading to Finland with MINI to the Arctic Circle to race cars and meet Santa Claus. The photo above is the caravan of brand new MINI Paceman cars carrying us to Santa to deliver the most Christmas wishes ever to set the Guinness World Record. Besides all the unforgettable travel, I got to work with TOTO a few years ago to renovate my basic bathroom and it was such a dramatic transformation that I’m still in love with!”

Gregory Han, Tech Editor
“First dates are often memorable, and thus I’ll always cherish the memory when I was asked to join Design Milk to assume the new role of tech editor back at the start of 2014. I was taking some time off after leaving another position at the time, in no real rush to start a new job yet, enjoying my days criss-crossing across California on road trips to hike when Jaime messaged. She asked if I was free to meet up soon to discuss the possibility of joining Design Milk.

“We’d end up meeting a few days afterward, in Torrey Pines State Reserve, a beautiful stretch of California coastline where we jogged/hiked together along the beach, finishing with some burritos for lunch while discussing the possibilities of expanding Design Milk coverage to include the intersection of design and technology. Between bites and dabbing my face clean of guacamole, I would say “yes!” The easy and casual rapport we had, combined with the passionate enthusiasm we both shared about design in all its facets really stamped the day as the beginning of something special, both personally and professionally, and I’m ever grateful Jaime reached out and I also that I said yes! If only all job interviews could be so positively memorable!”

Vy Yang, Lifestyle Editor
“This is so hard to choose. I have made so many amazing memories with Design Milk over the years, from getting to know incredibly talented designers to being a part of an fun shoot for Pablo Designs to traveling across the world to stunning locations like Switzerland with Be Original Americas and Finland with Vitra and Artek. These stories bring me so much joy personally, but professionally, I’m most proud of launching our second Instagram channel @designmilkeveryday five years ago.

“At Design Milk, we’re always rooting for emerging designers and brands, so by discovering and featuring these talents on the channel, I’ve been able to play a small role in telling their stories and sharing their work with the world, and I love doing that so much. In the day-to-day, I forget how far-reaching the power of social media is, but then receiving an email that we’ve helped someone increase their following, sell out of a product, get picked up by a magazine, get subsequently featured on other outlets – it’s the best news ever. It reminds me why we do what we do.”

Kelly Beall, Senior Editor + Art Director
“I’m a Senior Editor at Design Milk, but I’ve also been designing for DM since around 2012. Having had the opportunity to create so much of DM’s graphic style through my design work feels really good when I look back on the brand’s evolution. From the various iterations of the milk carton – DM Travels, DM Pets, DM Everyday and more – to giving our main Design Milk logo a refresh, they were all satisfying. Creating the Milk Stand’s signage has always been a journey with immense payoff, and I’m really excited for readers to see some work created especially for the 15th anniversary.”

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