Co-founder of Mule Design and raconteur Mike Monteiro wants to help you do your job better. From contracts to selling design, from working with clients to working with each other, this brief book is packed with knowledge you can’t afford not to know.
"This book will teach you how to be part of a service industry without becoming a servant." —ERIK SPIEKERMANN
"Running a design shop is hard. When someone actually gets one off the ground, they’ve got something rare and valuable, so they keep their strategies and practices secret. What makes this book so unique is that it plainly and honestly describes how a successful design shop actually works." —JOHN GRUBER, Daring Fireball
"‘Design Is a Job’ is so good it made me want to cry. I am absolutely using it as a textbook in my class this year." —KAREN MCGRANE, Managing Partner, Bond Art + Science
After reading this book, I feel like I've just had a very valuable business lunch with the author. Maybe better, because I am forced to listen instead of doing my share of the talking. This book is not about the design process, but rather the business of design. If you are working in the design industry, you've undoubtedly realized that communication with clients far out weighs how good any actual design output might be. This book provides solid advice and encouragement - along with a swift boot to the rear - on getting your communication skills on par with your design skills. And, it does so with surprising humor and very frank, no BS language. Definitely recommended.
Highly recommended reading for anyone that works in client services. As a front-end web dev who works with designers I still found the advice in this book incredibly applicable to my role.
This book isn't about life hacks, tips, or tricks. It's about being an incredible communicator, taking responsibility, and being an adult.
I am thinking of buying this for everyone in my office.
This is the best book I have ever read. Ever.
Ok, I might be a bit bias because I am a designer who has worked full time, freelance, and tried to start his own company (and failed), but, it is a great book that is HIGHLY educational, entertaining, easy to read, and straight forward in a way where tactics are spelled out for you, no having to read between the lines! Where was this book 10 years ago!? As a designer I relate to so many of the scenarios the author writes about I just shake my head and laugh about how dead on he is about so many scenarios. There is some real wisdom in here and some true gems that you don’t have to dig deep to mine. Buy it now, buy it twice to pay this guy what this book is really worth because in the long run his advice is going to make you more money.