Monday Feb 20, 2023

Mike Monteiro - Burning Down Design

Mike Monteiro sets fire to design orthodoxy, tech overlords, and his own Portuguese American history in this delightfully dark conversation.

Highlights include:

  • Why is it important to re-examine your beliefs?
  • Why do you have nothing further to tell people?
  • What shocked you about your Portuguese heritage?
  • How is unionisation a positive thing for tech workers?
  • Why do you want some people who listen to you to get angry?


Who is Mike Monteiro?

Mike is the Design Director of Mule Design, the outspoken, outstanding, and slightly outrageous design consultancy that he co-founded with Erika Hall 21 years ago.

During that time, Mike has made an outsized contribution to the field of design. He is the Co-Host the Voice of Design podcast and has authored several books, including “You’re My Favourite Client”, “Ruined By Design”, and “Design Is a Job” - which is now in its 2nd edition!

With a unmissable emphasis on ethics, Mike pulls-no-punches as he singles out the failings of design and the industries that employ it, while also illuminating the opportunities and challenges we face - as designers - to right the ship.

His talks, like “How Designers Destroyed the World”, “How to Fight Fascism”, “My People Were In Shipping” and “Let’s Destroy Silicon Valley” have raised more than a few eyebrows, heart rates and figurative pitch forks.


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