Pep-talk Archives

How Designers Destroyed the World

Oct/20/2013 2 min read by Marco Monteiro

Mike Monteiro is a Portuguese/American designer, one of the founders of Mule Design. He's probably my favorite speaker when it comes to the subject of Design. He wrote one book called Design is a Job that I highly recommend.

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The "go rogue" philosophy

Nov/03/2012 3 min read by Marco Monteiro

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a long time now. The problem was I never quite find the right words to do it.

The ”go rogue” philosophy is something that people follow every-time they want something to change. See it as a way to fight the system. Imagine you’re told to do something, something that you know is wrong and there’s a lot of better ways to do it. You have three options when that happens:

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How the Internet will (one day) transform government

Oct/17/2012 1 min read by Marco Monteiro

The open-source world has learned to deal with a flood of new, oftentimes divergent, ideas using hosting services like GitHub — so why can't governments? In this rousing talk Clay Shirky shows how democracies can take a lesson from the Internet, to be not just transparent but also to draw on the knowledge of all their citizens.

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The six months rule

Oct/01/2012 2 min read by Marco Monteiro

Last week I had to make some changes into a really old project. The problem was: when I started, I didn’t remember how old the project really was.

This was actually my first MVC project using Codeigniter. When I opened the project there was a couple of things that I started missing. First, no version control. Second, no comments whatsoever.

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