My People Were In Shipping — In Conversation with Mike Monteiro


The first talk Mike Monteiro wrote during the Trump administration was titled How to Fight Fascism. It ended with a slide that said MADE BY AN IMMIGRANT; a slide which he’s copied over into every talk he’s given since then. He was very proud to stand defiantly in front of that slide at the end of his talks, convincing himself that he was standing in solidarity with other immigrants in the crowd, and he was, but there was a word missing. Yes, Mike is an immigrant, but his lineage is a little more complex than that. He’s a Portuguese immigrant. His people were in shipping.

If you are a white man this talk will make you uncomfortable. Which is excellent. Because if we’re gonna fix the mess we made, things are gonna get uncomfortable.


Mike Monteiro
Mike Monteiro is the co-founder and design director of Mule Design. He prefers that designers have strong spines. Mike writes and speaks frequently about the craft, ethics, and business of design. He loves design so much he wrote two books on the topic, Design is a Job and You’re My Favorite Client, both from A Book Apart. Mike received the 2014 Net award for Conference Talk of the Year for his inspirational polemic on responsibility, “How Designers Destroyed the World.”

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