Editors’ Favorite Highlights Over the Years

Many people on our Design Milk team have been with us for years, so each of our editors is sharing some of our fondest memories we’ve had along the way to celebrate our 15th anniversary. It’s impossible to have just one highlight, but we’ve done our best to narrow down the options!

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

Caroline Williamson, editor-in-chief
“This is an impossible task! After almost 10 years at Design Milk, I’ve made so many great memories, from trips to Berlin to see how Philippe Starck presented his new mixer with Axor, to Amsterdam for the launch of Marcel Wanders’ Circus Collection for Alessi, to Copenhagen, to check it out from Fritz Hansen, Royal Copenhagen and Dinesen and many more! Perhaps the most memorable, however, is taking a MINI to Finland to the Arctic Circle to drive cars and meet Santa Claus. The photo above shows the caravan of brand new MINI Paceman cars taking us to Santa Claus to deliver the most Christmas wishes ever to set the Guinness World Record. Besides all the memorable trips, I worked with TOTO a few years ago to renovate my basic bathroom and it was such a dramatic change that I am still in love with it! “

Gregory Han, tech editor
“First dates are often unforgettable, and I will always be remembered when I was asked in early 2014 to take on the new role of tech editor at Design Milk. I took some time off after joining another position. had left the time when I was in no rush to start a new job and enjoying my days criss-crossing California hiking road trips when Jaime sent a message. She asked if I could meet soon to discuss the possibility of joining Design Milk.

“We met a few days later at Torrey Pines State Reserve, a beautiful stretch of coast on the California coast, where we jogged / hiked along the beach together, ending up with some burritos for lunch while we discussed options, cover design Milk to expand the intersection of design and technology. Between bites and dabbing guacamole on my face, I would say “yes”. The casual and casual relationship we had, combined with the passionate enthusiasm we both shared for design in all its facets, really shaped the day as the start of something special, both personally and professionally, and I am always grateful that Jaime got in touch and so did I. That I said yes! If only all interviews could be remembered so positively! “

Vy Yang, lifestyle editor
“It’s so hard to choose. I’ve made so many great memories with Design Milk over the years, from meeting incredibly talented designers to taking part in a fun shoot for Pablo Designs to traveling the world to breathtaking places like Switzerland with Be Original Americas and Finland with Vitra and Artek. I personally enjoy these stories so much, but professionally I am most proud to have started our second Instagram channel @designmilkeveryday five years ago.

“At Design Milk we are always looking for emerging designers and brands. By discovering and showcasing 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 I love to do so. In everyday life I forget how far-reaching the power of social media is, but then I get an email that we helped someone grow their fan base, sold a product, got picked up by one magazine, and later on another Outlets featured – it’s the best news ever. It reminds me of why we do what we do. “

Kelly Beall, Senior Editor + Art Director
“I’m Senior Editor at Design Milk, but I’ve also been designing for DM since around 2012. The opportunity to create so much of DM’s graphic style through my design work feels really good when I look back at Evolution. From the different iterations of the milk carton – DM Travels, DM Pets, DM Everyday, and more – to the refresh of our main Design Milk logo, they have all been satisfactory. Designing the signage for the milk stand has always been an immensely profitable journey, and I am delighted that readers are seeing some of the works that were specially created for the 15th anniversary. “

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