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Meet Mule Design’s Mike Monteiro: Our 2017 Closing Keynote

April 15, 2017 by Corneliux

CanUX 2017 will conclude with an unforgettable keynote address.

How to Fight Fascism
} Nov 5, 2017   1:10pm / 50 MINUTES

All design is political, because all politics are designed. The world is a mess because a certain set of people designed it to be a mess. Now we need a different set of people to design our way out of it. This is not a choice. Regardless of whether this is what we wanted or not fascism is knocking on our front door. This is how we knock back.

Speaker Bio: Mike Monteiro

Mike Monteiro is the co-founder and design director of Mule Design, a San Francisco-based interactive design studio he created because, in his own words, he was “a terrible employee”. He prefers elegant, simple sites with clear language that serve a real need. He prefers that designers (and design books) have strong spines.

Mike writes frequently about the craft and business of design in the official Mule blog, and is one of the most memorable speakers on the design conference circuit. In early 2011, he gave a Creative Mornings talk entitled “F— You, Pay Me” that uplifted the downtrodden the world over, and got designers to start minding their business. His 2014 talk “How Designers Destroyed the World”, about designers and social responsibility, was awarded 2014 Talk of the Year by Net Magazine.

He loves client services so much he wrote two books on the topic. His first book, Design Is a Job, published in 2012, about handling yourself professionally as a designer, is being incorporated as a textbook in design programs across the country. His second book, You’re My Favorite Client, looks at the client/designer relationship from the client’s side, and deals with how to find the right designer, work better with them, and manage their moody selves. If you’re lucky, we’ll give a few of these away during CanUX.

In short, Mike is a design superhero. To confirm that hypothesis, he crashed a Plymouth Volaré station wagon into a tree, and walked away without a single bruise. For real. We’re actually a bit scared of the dude.

For more info, you can follow Mike on on Twitter @monteiro. And if you do, be forewarned, he truly despises guns and fascists… (don’t we all?).

*Image credit: AIGA & Frank Aymami


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