Interview with Mike Monteiro(@Mike_FTW)

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Today's interview is with Mike Monteiro co-founder and design director at Mule Design, the company responsible for Mule Radio the new home of one of my favorite podcasts, The Talk Show with John Gruber. I loved talking to Mike and he is the 92 interview I have done.

How/why/when was Mule design started?

Erika Hall and I started Mule in the fall of 2001. We met a couple of years before at another design studio. We were the bad kids who sat in the back of class and complained about everything. We're both terrible employees. And when we ran out of people who would hire us we decided to start our own studio together. At least this way, when we didn't like how something was going we had no one to blame but ourselves.

How/why/when was Mule Radio started?

Mule Radio was started a couple of years ago as a side project. I had a podcast on 5by5, which is a fine network. But eventually I wanted to see if I could do it myself. It's the bad employee thing again. When you start wishing other people would do things differently it's a pretty good sign that you should try doing it yourself.

How did you get into design?

Purely by accident. I was getting my masters in painting when I wandered over to the design wing in the art department and everyone was playing with these new things called Macintoshes, and it seemed like a lot of fun, so I started taking design classes and it stuck. Plus the girls were cuter.

What is it like working with John Gruber of the Talk Show?

I've know John and his wife for a while. We're all from Philadelphia, so we relate to each other. John's a total pro. He's incredibly passionate about design. And has an incredible eye for detail. He's done a fantastic job getting a more tech-minded audience to think about the importance of design. 

What is your favorite podcast?

I'm a big fan of Decode DC with Andrea Seabrook. I'm excited we're doing a podcast about politics and Andrea's amazing. She knows her stuff and puts a tremendous amount of energy into the production of her show, which shows how much she cares about her audience. Plus it's usually about 15 minutes long. I like short podcasts best.

I am a huge fan of Mule Radio and loved speaking with it's founder! Click the button to see the desktop wallpaper I designed for Mike.

David Silverman