11 comments

  • Dirk HCM van BoxtelDirk HCM van Boxtel, 4 years ago

    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."

    11 points
    • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 4 years ago

      That’s a great way to earn respect. Congrats on winning the battle and hopefully improving the product in the process.

      3 points
  • John LeschinskiJohn Leschinski, 4 years ago

    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.

    2 points
    • Marcel Wichmann Marcel Wichmann , 4 years ago

      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. :)

      3 points
      • John LeschinskiJohn Leschinski, 4 years ago

        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.

        0 points
  • Andreas EberharterAndreas Eberharter, 4 years ago

    This is a beautiful talk! Which holds true when replacing designers with developers, architects, politicians, etc...

    1 point
  • Hamish MacphersonHamish Macpherson, 4 years ago

    Love Monteiro. He's got a way of telling it like it is. Really inspiring.

    0 points
  • Stefan HoardStefan Hoard, 4 years ago

    Mike Monteiro laying it down. Thank you for sharing this little gem :)

    0 points
  • Viktor TViktor T, 4 years ago

    Very inspiring!

    0 points