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Voice of Design

24 EpisodesProduced by Mule DesignWebsite

Having the conversations about design we want to have, sometimes with guests. Hosted by Erika Hall and Mike Monteiro. You should listen.

24 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

Episode 24: Technology and Society

May 8th, 2020


We sit down with Max-Beverton Palmer, Head of Tech and Society at Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, to discuss his work helping policy-makers …

Episode 23: How to Negotiate

February 12th, 2020


We get the band back together! Our lawyer Gabe Levine joins us to reminisce about contract negotiations past and discuss the fundamentals of …

Episode 22: Accessible Design for Everyone

January 18th, 2020


Accessibility consultant and trainer Elle Waters joins us to talk about the importance of inclusive design, and why we aren’t there yet.


Episode 21: Union Strong

November 26th, 2019


Yonah Camacho Diamond, union organizer with the Communications Workers of America explains how unions works in the US. We discuss why tech workers might want to consider organizing and the process for doing so.

Episode 20: Design is Gay

November 18th, 2019


John Hanawalt, designer and co-founder of the Queer Design Club, returns to Mule to tell us about his work to celebrate queer contributions to the …

Episode 19: Talking to Strangers

October 24th, 2019


Kio Stark, author of When Strangers Meet, TED speaker, and person who by her own admission makes strange faces, joins us to talk about the benefits …

Episode 18: Not Content with Content

September 11th, 2019


Kristina Halvorson, founder of Brain Traffic and Confab: the Content Strategy Conference joins us to talk about content, and strategy, and why some people continue to be wrong on the internet. Also, what’s up with …

Episode 17: Design is the Solution?

August 22nd, 2019



Design pioneer, entrepreneur, author, and longtime friend of Mule Nathan Shedroff joins us to talk about innovation, sustainability, and the Cats …

Episode 16: Ruined by Design

May 1st, 2019


Mike wrote a book about ethics. We also talk inexpertly about equines and touch on the stupidity of gender reveal parties and Ayn Rand fans.

Episode 15: Designer Yells at Cloud

April 11th, 2019


Jeff Tidwell, entrepreneur and long-time friend of Mule joins us to talk about his latest project. Next For Me is a resource for people 50+ as they …

Episode 14: Quant to Qual

March 8th, 2019


We are joined by Lynne Polischuik, a veteran researcher, founder of LynneUX, and Canadian with a small weird dog. She shares what she’s learned over …

Episode 13: Funny, you don’t LOOK like designers

February 21st, 2019

Mike, who makes better coffee than Larisa, and Larisa, who is better at math than Mike, are joined in the studio by David Dylan Thomas to talk about …

Episode 12: What’s Up With The Web?

February 8th, 2019


We sit down with the legendary Jen Simmons, currently Designer and Developer Advocate at Mozilla, to take stock of the web in 2019. Design, …

Episode 11: Design Strategy for the Birds

January 22nd, 2019


We catch up with John Mahoney, Vice President of Digital Products at National Audubon Society for the National Audubon Society. Four years after a …

Episode 10: Humans Talk to Humans

December 14th, 2018


We welcome Nate Bolt, the founder of Ethnio and author of Remote Research, to talk about talking to the right people, why so many businesses go about …

Episode 9: Empathy for the Devil

November 16th, 2018


Stephanie Lucas, Senior UX Designer at LinkedIn joins us to share how she incorporated principles from the Mule ethics workshop into her practice. …

Episode 8: It’s All Practice

November 2nd, 2018


It’s a new season of VOD, and the theme is design practice. After contemplating the tyranny of seaside pumpkins, Erika and Larisa talk about the promise and pitfalls of various approaches to design in the …

Episode 7: Towards Civic Futures

September 21st, 2018


Is the problem with systems design that we’ve forgotten how to make good compromises? Strategic designer and co-founder of Dash Marshall Bryan Boyer talks about his work thinking about the future from the vantage point …

Episode 6: Public Interest

August 17th, 2018


Scratch a follower of Ayn Rand and you’ll find someone who looks to the government for help in a hurricane. Pragmatic design leader and public sector …

Episode 5: Design and The Triple Storyline

July 27th, 2018


While we weren’t paying attention, software ate the world and barfed up a hellscape. By taking a broader set of perspectives, designers can work with informed intention to create ethical and profitable systems.

Episode 4: People Are the Problem

June 28th, 2018


We sat down with Dan Brown to talk about the joy and pain of facilitation, issues with various types of maps, and why designers have to get comfortable talking to people. Dan is a titan of Information Architecture, …

Episode 3: The Learning Loop

June 15th, 2018

Don’t call it gamification. Author, game designer, and CEO of Shufflebrain, Amy Jo Kim joins us to talk about her Game Thinking methodology, the joy …

Episode 2: The Democratization of Design

May 30th, 2018

Designer Khoi Vinh joins us to talk about his take on the job of a designer and his efforts to make the field more accessible.     EPISODE LINKS  

Episode 1: What is the job of a designer?

May 16th, 2018


What is the job of a designer? This is our first episode and this topic will be the theme of our first season.

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