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Let's Make Mistakes

Let's Make Mistakes

By Let's Make Mistakes
A podcast about design with your hosts, Mike Monteiro and Jessie Char.
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189 Terf’s Up
Mike and Jessie tear terfs a new asshole.
February 20, 2020
188 The Happy Episode
Mike and Jessie attempt to counter the mega dumpster fire 2020 managed to achieve in record time by talking about movies and TV. Mostly.
January 10, 2020
187 The Episode Where Jessie Calls Jack Dorsey a Pussy
We also talk about some other stuff, but seriously, the highlight is Jessie calling Jack Dorsey a pussy and that’s why you’re listening isn’t is?
December 5, 2019
186 Hard to Ride a High Horse From Inside a Snake
Mike and Jessie talk about what's going on at Facebook, which — Jesus. It’s a lot. Plus the usual random crap.
November 7, 2019
185 Jessie Goes to Meow Wolf
Jessie regales Mike with tales of visiting the new artist collective hot spot. Plus, Mike feels weird about something.
October 2, 2019
184 The Gang Joins a Union
Mike and Jessie try to figure out how to join a union.
September 19, 2019
183 The Gang Gets Canceled
Mike and Jessie tackle what makes a great event, which round to buy at the bar, and why Chad keeps taking all the credit for your work.
August 29, 2019
182 Two Industries Where You Can't Get Laid Without Assistants
Mike and Jessie discuss publishing and small dog breeding.
August 14, 2019
181 Getting Disneyland Out of the Way
You knew they’d spend at least one episode talking about Disneyland. This is that episode. It’s a good episode. Even if you’re the kind of cretin that prefers Disney World.
July 31, 2019
180 The Bad Swipe
Four years ago, on a hot Thursday afternoon in Anaheim, Jessie Char sat down for a Dole Whip in Disneyland while her friends went to the bathroom. When they got back she was gone. No note. No ransom demands. A few months ago, I got a call. “I’m back.” No explanation. We met at a diner. She was wearing a Minnie Mouse outfit. And an eyepatch. Her first words were “We’re recording next week.”
July 17, 2019
179 Furries of the Programming World
On this episode, we have interaction design pioneer Alan Cooper on the podcast, and we spend fully half of it talking about his model train project. Also we talk about technology’s history, future, and responsibility to the world our descendants will inherit. This is a good one, folks. Strap in.
August 3, 2017
178 Let's Talk About Severed Heads
Mike and Liam are joined by Amos Kennedy of Kennedy Prints to talk about printmaking, the tech industry, art (or not), and being black in the U.S. There is also some discussion of that time Amos and Mike met Chuck D.
June 17, 2017
177 That's My Thinkin' Face
This week we’re joined by Gabe Levine to talk about libel vs slander, post-election self care, and our fears for the next four years.
December 8, 2016
176 America, you made one
176 America, you made one by Let's Make Mistakes
November 26, 2016
175 Don't Just Jam Magnets in your Hand
Liam and Larisa are joined by Kara Platoni, science journalist and author of the book, We Have The Technology. Topics covered include biohacking, body modification, French smells, and worms.
October 20, 2016
174 A Rowboat Full of Cigarettes
Andrew Norcross of Reaktiv Studios joins us to chat about how to survive Florida. Mike ranks Disney properties. Steph and Liam plan a trip to the Holyland.
August 5, 2016
173 This Episode Is About Austin Kleon
This week Sarah Jeong joins us to talk about how a lawsuit works, and the ways a popular ridesharing “software company" skirts the law. Also, Mike gets banned from Facebook, and Steph is feeling cranky.
July 14, 2016
172 Bone For Boning
This episode we have Larisa Berger in the studio to talk about music and how it relates to code, the portrayal of female engineers on tv, and what’s new on Twitter.
June 7, 2016
171 hashtaggarbagefire
Stephen Fox joins us to talk about being authentic online, #brands, and making the world a better place.
April 12, 2016
170 Mike Hates Teal
This week we have Tracy Osborn in the studio to talk about self publishing, designers learning to code, and Westley the cat.
March 31, 2016
Robyn Kanner joins us to talk about MyTransHealth, the Pacific Northwest, how men can have babies, and basketball. We also discuss our three favorite feelings.
March 21, 2016
168 Donuts: Already in a moderated shape
We’re joined this week by a special guest Guro Røberg to talk about design thinking, Norway’s economy, why boys are stupid, and eating whale meat.
March 10, 2016
167 Look Who Thinks He’s John John
We discuss calendars and why they’re just a log of daily interruptions. Also proper technique for steaks and mating. This is a weird one, folks.
March 1, 2016
166 Hamwarmer
Channing Kennedy joins us in the studio to talk about race relations, SF Zinefest, and reminisce about our long lost Geocities pages. (Channing got more hits on his counter than we did.)
February 16, 2016
165 The Rabid Feminists
LMM is back from break! We're joined by Hampton and Michael Catlin to talk about words, why tech recruiting is broken, and food.
February 1, 2016
164 Goodbye 2015
Mike, Liam and Steph answer listener mail.
December 21, 2015
163 Weird and Unsafe with Dr Chuck
Noted ethnographer Charles Pearson joins the gang to talk about going deep into the Tea Party and how that leads to better design.
December 14, 2015
162 Jennifer Daniel is Capitalism
We explore the wonderfully perverse and frightening mind of Jennifer Daniel. Designer. Snakewoman. Mother. Megaphone.
November 23, 2015
161 Draplin of North America
Aaron Draplin, patron saint of the working class, joins us to talk about the value of clocking in and doing the job.
November 9, 2015
160 The Human Centipede
Stewart Scott-Curran joins us in the studio to talk about designing solutions to the problems that matter. Spoiler: we don’t mean another grocery delivery app.
November 2, 2015
159 To Whom it May Concern
This week we talk about job hunting! Learn why no one read your CV, why design tests are useless, and how your boss knows you’re interviewing for a new gig. Featuring our special guest Andy Davies: an employed person.
October 19, 2015
158 The Care and Feeding of Your New Designers
Mike, and new co-hosts Liam Campbell and Steph Monette, are joined in the studio by Jeff Veen.
October 5, 2015
157 Focus, Dammit!
Mike and Jessie talk about distractions. I think. I dunno, I was checking Twitter while we were recording.
May 15, 2015
156 Jerking Off In a Room Full Of Mirrors
Mike and Jessie shamelessly promote their new events, and discuss selling web design in an era of Squarespace.
May 8, 2015
155 That Time Jessie Started a Conference
Mike and Jessie discuss their hiatus. Jessie starts a conference but forgets to invite Mike. We answer reader mail. Don finally makes out with Peggy.
May 1, 2015
154 The Map King
Mike and Jessie chat with Eric Rodenbeck about maps, the past, and the future.
March 26, 2015
153 Pour-Over Gold-Plated Luxury Turd
Mike and Jesse discuss the Apple Watch and what happens when you run out of ways to make something good and start making them annoying. Like people are doing with coffee now.
March 12, 2015
152 Your Resume Doesn't Matter
Mike and Jessie discuss the importance of your college education when hunting for a design job.
February 12, 2015
151 Ummm, Actually
Mike and Jessie discuss the dumb things people say.
January 30, 2015
150 We’re back
Where have Jessie and Mike been? They’re back now and here to talk about how to keep a team motivated.
January 23, 2015
149 Codes of Conduct
Mike invites Nina Alter to the studio to discuss whether Codes of Conduct are effective measures against harassment.
December 22, 2014
148 Goatse the Vertical
What lies beyond the disruption horizon? Mike and Jessie discuss the land beyond what happens when you disrupt something so badly that it becomes distended.
November 24, 2014
147 The Ballad of Brian Nawu
Guest and gamer Brianna Wu explains what the hell has been happening in #gamergate.
November 16, 2014
146 Jessie Drops the Mic
"Everyone needs to shut up and listen.” -Jessie
November 6, 2014
145 Mike and Jessie Eat Crudité
It was hot and it was Saturday and we raided the fridge for leftovers from Mike’s book release party.
October 6, 2014
144 13 Ways Designers Screw Up Client Presentations
Mike and Jessie discuss all the terrible things designers do to screw up presentations, and how they can stop doing them.
September 19, 2014
143 Class War with Jessie
Jessie disappoints Mike by taking a job at Facebook.
September 16, 2014
142 Pussy Raining From the Cloud
Mike and Jessie discuss the celebrity hacking scandal. And Jessie sitting around between jobs.
September 5, 2014
141 Summer Mailbag
Mike and Jessie clean out their mailboxes.
July 28, 2014
140 Design Tests
Mike and Jessie answer a listener email about design tests during interviews and how to make them work to your advantage. Skill building episode, kids!
July 14, 2014
139 Church and State
Mike and guest host Essl interview Austin Kleon about the difference between art and design, and why his books sell so well at Walgreen's.
June 28, 2014
138 Catching up with Jared Spool
Mike and Jesse are joined by amateur magician, UX expert, college dean, and bane of United Airlines, Jared Spool.
June 22, 2014
137 Back From Lisbon
Mike and Jessie contemplate moving to Lisbon, talk about project management, and the value of higher education.
June 12, 2014
136 What Happened at Cooper Union?
Mike Essl joins us to discuss how the insane shenanigans at Cooper Union are affecting students. And also talk comic books.
May 22, 2014
135 How To Get Paid To Talk at a Conference
Jessie and Mike are both getting ready to give talks, so they talk about the process. Including how to get paid to do it. Which hasn't come up on the internet in, let's say a few days.
May 7, 2014
134 Grown Men Fighting On the Internet
Mike and Jessie talk about building relationships with clients and play you a song.
May 1, 2014
133 A History Lesson Apart
Mike sits down with internet favorite handsome boy model Jeffrey Zeldman to talk about the history of An Event Apart. From it's modest beginnings in a basement room at The Franklin Institute, to the inspiring institution it is today.
April 24, 2014
132 The Price of Doing Business
Let's talk about proposals. How much time should you put into them? How detailed should they be? And shouldn't we be getting paid for that time. Superfriendly Dan Mall joins us to discuss these matters and others.
April 17, 2014
131 Under a Blanket
Mike and Jessie give up and just talk about TV, slippers, blankets, and their mutual love of Endora from Bewitched. Also tabs.
April 9, 2014
130 Running Shit Is Hard
Greg Hoy of Happy Cog joins us in the studio to talk about running small businesses, the generosity of small business owners, and Owner Camp. Then we devolve into talking about Greg Storey’s restaurant habits.
March 26, 2014
129 Old Men Complaining
Mike and David McCreath take the opportunity of Jessie being away to complain about how terrible young people are.
March 20, 2014
128 Express Yourself
Fellow Mule Radio host Jeremy Fuksa joins Mike and Jessie to talk about working for a design studio, the design process, and “expression”.
March 5, 2014
127 Mike and Jessie Sell Out
Mike and Jessie talk about client services. The ups. The downs. The total lack of kombucha on tap. And why we enjoy it. Most of the time.
February 27, 2014
126 :jeans::sweat_drops:
Mike and Jessie talk to Scott Simpson about quitting your job to become a stand-up comic. (Episode contains crying.)
February 20, 2014
125 No One Destroys My Family But Me
Mike and special guest Austin Kleon talk about the joys and pitfalls of fatherhood, Costco, Austin’s fame and mentorship.
February 6, 2014
124 Inside the Sandwich’s Studio
The ever-delightful Adam Lisagor of Sandwich Video joins Mike and Jessie to talk about the joys and road bumps of client-based work.
January 30, 2014
123 Shoveling Out From Under Snowfall
Mike and Jessie talk about the current state of longform article design and if all the snowfall affected our brains.
January 23, 2014
122 The Ethics of Inspiration
Now Mike is in the hot seat, with Brad Ellis interviewing him about using inspiration in artwork. Great artists steal, but do they sell? Disclaimer: None of us are lawyers!
January 17, 2014
121 Let’s Save 2014
Mike and Jessie welcome Heather Willis to the show. When she’s not designing things Heather rescues marine mammals. And that’s what 2014 is going to be about. Focusing on the awesome things people do.
January 8, 2014
120 This Year Was Terrible
Mike and Jessie review the (mostly) shitshow that was 2013. Also, Mike wrote this description when he was in a bad mood, which is also pretty indicative of what the year was like. I dunno, go see if the cafeteria still has swordfish.
December 19, 2013
119 Designing A Better Democracy
Mike and guest co-host Jared Spool interview Dana Chisnell, who is doing some amazing work to ensure that voters true intent is registered at the polls. A fantastic show about the responsibility of design to civic duty.
December 6, 2013
118 Dick in a Blox
Chris Clark joins us for our final week of ladyvember to talk about copyright law, naked segregation, and circumcision. Ladies.
November 27, 2013
117 Artisanal Mayonnaise
Michaela McCann joins Mike and Jessie for Ladyvember to discuss client work, selfies, and high-end emulsifications.
November 21, 2013
116 Corn Hole
Maja Henderson (Global Facilities Manager, Square / Jessie’s BFF) visits Let’s Make Mistakes HQ to discuss office design, inspiration, and what it means to be a “woman in tech”.
November 14, 2013
115 A Box of Hair
Jessie kicks off Ladyvember with our favorite guest Amy Jane Gruber. Mike sits silently by.
November 7, 2013
114 A Dick and Three Peters
Mike and Jessie are joined by Sarah Szalavitz. We discuss recent events at Twitter, the lack of diversity on their board, yelling versus whispering, and what you and me can do to help make the world a fairer place. Also, Twitter flags Mike as a pornographer.
October 30, 2013
113 The Last Word on XOXO
Mike and Jessie are joined by the one and only Andy Baio himself. They talk about XOXO’s application process, the meaning of maker, the festival itself, and possible future plans. Also, Andy assures Mike he’s not banned from the festival. No matter what Glenn says.
October 23, 2013
112 A Company Town
Mike is back. And he has a very serious conversation with Jessie and Dan about all the feelings introduced in the show last week. Then they make up and start ripping on Facebook because, hey, fish in a barrel full of stupid, right?
October 9, 2013
111 No Mike Party
Some dude named Dan Sinker is sad about a fake horse being fake, and Frank Chimero comforts him with stories about a conference everyone loves to hate. We make fun of Mike along the way.
October 3, 2013
110 Horse_ebooks goes to XOXO
Mike and Jessie are joined in the studio by renowned author Erika Hall. We discuss Jessie’s visit to the XOXOfest, the @horse_ebooks reveal, and the passion of Dan Sinker. And we definitely say something about Glenn Fleishman, but I’m not saying what because I’m going to be a dick and make him listen to the whole thing. And you may miss it if you go at 2x speed, Glenn.
September 25, 2013
109 Doing the Angels’ Work
Mike and Jessie are joined in the studio by none other than Valleywag editor, and protector of the oppressed, Sam Biddle.
September 18, 2013