How Designers Destroyed The World

“We used to design ways to go to the moon, now we design ways to never have to get out of bed! We have more processing power, affordable tools and combined intelligence this very minute than at any point in the history of design and we are using it to build SHIT!”

These are the words of Mike Monteiro, a graphic designer, at Webstock ’13. He delivered a remarkable and riveting talk on the responsibility that we, as designers, have today – socially, ecologically and ethically. We are the gatekeepers to the products that make it out into the world. If we collectively say no to bad, useless and harmful products, services and brands we can make a huge difference in the world. This was the very reason I quit my last job. There’s no time for pointless design and life is too short to not do stuff that matters. And even if we fail in the process there’s always the opportunity to start over.

> View Mike Monteiro’s Talk on Vimeo

Thank you Max, for the great find!

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2 Comments

  1. Marek
    Posted November 27, 2013 at 14:06 | Permalink

    “And even if we fail in the process there’s always the opportunity to start over.” love this quote and the way you look at things. Keep on fighting! best wishes, Marek.

  2. ajay
    Posted April 9, 2014 at 13:36 | Permalink

    I cant agree more to what has been said in the article. Today the reality of design is find to new business opportunity. Sustainability of both nature and culture is irrelevant in this business context. A product truly last long if the thought behind it is clear and aesthetics evolves naturally to carry the thought until the end of time.

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