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Mike Montiero 2021: My People were in Shipping

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Mike has never been shy from speaking his mind and his FBTB talk 2021 is no different.

He wants you to feel uncomfortable... well... some of us at least. Let’s call them the white elephants (sorry elephants). From the times of the slave trade to today, Mike reflects on his own heritage and responsibility to the unjust, unequal world we still live in.

How does this relate to design you might ask? Firstly, Mike believes a designer’s job is to solve problems and this – in his mind – is the biggest problem still unaddressed. Secondly, how things are designed perpetuates inequality and his questions and examples make this so blatantly clear. Take a look for yourself:

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