This Is the Golden Age of Design (and we’re screwed.)

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Mike Monteiro: This is the Golden Age of Design (and we’re screwed.) Everywhere you look companies are hiring designers! 

Two hundred over here! A thousand over there! We need a lot of them and we need them fast. 


Companies have come to understand the importance of design in building successful products and services. Isn't that great? Except where in the world are we going to find a thousand designers? And how good can we expect a thousand of anything to be? And how in the world do you incorporate them into your company?

Find out.

How to grow — as a designer or a business

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For Those Who...

  1. Do design work for a living,

  2. Would like to do design work for a living, or

  3. Employ, may employ, or outsource to those who do design work for a living...

This presentation is for you!

Come spend a Friday evening with like-minded folk enjoying the "delightfully hostile" expertise and wit of Mike Monteiro, author of Design Is a Job and You’re My Favorite Client,  and co-founder/design director of Mule Design in San Francisco, California. 

About Mike Monteiro

...delightfully hostile...
The New Yorker

Mike Monteiro is the co-founder and design director of Mule Design, an interactive design studio whose work has been called “delightfully hostile” by The New Yorker. He also is on the board of Dear Design Student, dedicated to educating about design. Mike burst not the scene in early 2011 when he gave a Creative Mornings talk entitled “F— You, Pay Me” that not only uplifted the downtrodden the world over, but fueled his first book, Design Is a Job and led to his second book, You’re My Favorite Client. In 2014 he won .net’s Talk of the Year award for “How Designers Destroyed the World,” a screed about designers taking responsibility for their work. He can be heard weekly as the co-host of Let’s Make Mistakes. None of the terms Mike has coined are printable on a family website.

Mike’s Books

Design Is a Job

by Mike Monteiro

Design Is A Job, by Mike Monteiro of Mule Design in San Francisco, CA, as part of the A Book Apart series

What People Are Saying:

This book will teach you how to be part of a service industry without becoming a servant.
, Typographer & Designer

‘Design Is a Job’ is a generous, insightful text sure to become required reading in design schools across the country. I’m a better designer for having read it.
, Department Chair, Graphic Design, The Cooper Union School of Art

You’re My Favorite Client

by Mike Monteiro

You’re My Favorite Client, by Mike Monteiro of Mule Design in San Francisco, CA, as part of the A Book Apart series

What People Are Saying

The client-designer relationship is so poorly documented and so fraught that it’s a miracle anything good comes from it. It doesn’t have to be that way. If you want to change the game, Mike Monteiro has written the game changer.
Khoi Vinh
Designer and writer at

FAQs — Frequently Asked Questions

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

E&H Students are required to show student identification with their ticket when checking in. Valid ID and ticket are required of AAF members and Really Big Fans. There is no age limit, but if adult language is of concern, you should not attend this event.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Ticket holders must provide their own transportation to the event, located off Exit 26 on Interstate 81 in Emory, Virginia at the Woodrow W. McGlothlin Center for the Arts, Emory & Henry College. Parking is available for free on location.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact 6_B{lrXAG7#R]#[rR3o&XA{PwjH with any questions you may have.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, please. Who knows, you may get an autograph on it!


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