Mike Monteiro: "Design's Lost Generation
For episode four, we hear from designer and founder Mike Monteiro, who has a strong word for his creative ilk. In “Design’s Lost Generation,” he insists that designers, especially UX designers — who play a huge role in theorizing and building the technological systems that determine much of the future of humanity — should only be able to practice their craft after getting licensed. After reading the story, he chats with host Manoush Zomorodi about it.
“We’ve been moving fast. We’ve been breaking things,” he points out. “Sometimes on purpose. Sometimes out of ignorance. The effects are the same.” Whether you’re a designer or not, the piece ignites an important debate about personal and political responsibility amongst the creative class. And Mike’s argument is compelling: Doctors do it, lawyers do it, even San Franciscan dog walkers do it! So should we do it, should we get licensed?