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?

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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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