Talking about design, regardless of medium, is not impossible. It may be difficult but whether formal design criticism or more casual discussions of process, there are talented designers and critics out there having articulate conversations about the field. And while I am confident that Monteiro & Gillum are capable of bringing new ideas and opinions to the conversation, after thirteen episodes they have passed on that opportunity the overwhelming majority of the time.
If you happen to share their non-design related interests in specific corners of pop culture or sports, then you might be entertained by their banter. I personally had hoped that they would find their stride after a few episodes and focus in on design. I held onto that hope week after week as every now and then they stumble onto the subject.
As of episode #13, Let's Make Mistakes is 80% aimless talk, 15% references to a talented lawyer, 4% ugly comments about celebrities and 1% design-related topics. Let's Make Mistakes has proven a disappointing podcast, falling short of what 5by5 has to offer.