Alright, this -just- happened. Read it, it's awesome.
Yesterday, I had a chat with my manager and our boss. It was about a design related issue. Needless to say, we didn't see eye to eye when it came to the solution. Three different opinions, and in the end, just theirs versus mine. I had gotten to the point where I wanted to drop it. I was pissed off because I wasn't heard, and in the end just dropped the whole matter, telling them "Yeah, no worries, I'll do as you ask."
After work, I whinged about it to my girlfriend for a good hour. I showed her the designs, and she agreed with me well before I even explained all the aspects of the design decisions I had made. I felt at least a little better for having found out that a potential user of our application agreed with me.
Then today this talk was posted, and I listened to it while finalizing said design, in the way my superiors requested...
... and had to drop it half-way through, because it was still the wrong decision.
I dropped the design, went back to the drawing board, and returned to my manager for a chat about what we discussed yesterday. I pressed on, explained every single choice, took the "user's perspective" motto to heart, and convinced him.
As we speak, I'm working on the -correct- way of implementing this UI change.
The best part? My manager's final words in our last discussion:
"Thank you, for pressing on."
That’s a great way to earn respect. Congrats on winning the battle and hopefully improving the product in the process.
Haha, good choice of the word "hopefully". Yeah, I'm pretty sure I was right to press on ;)
I'm probably the only one who doesn't care about fighting the man, effecting economic change, or saving the environment, through my design work.
The thing is: No you aren't. That's the reason Mike gave this talk, that's the reason why something has to change and that's the reason the world is not as good of a place as it could be. :)
The world isn't as good as it could be due to a number of reasons having very little to do with how big a logo is, or how much packaging someone uses.
You might want to take a look at the talk. Doesn't seem like you actually watched it.
This is a beautiful talk! Which holds true when replacing designers with developers, architects, politicians, etc...
Love Monteiro. He's got a way of telling it like it is. Really inspiring.
Mike Monteiro laying it down. Thank you for sharing this little gem :)