- Publisher: A Book Apart (2012)
- ISBN-10: 1937557049
- ISBN-13: 978-1937557041
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Design Is a Job Paperback – 2012
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Hands down, this book is worth it's weight in gold because of the confidence that it will build. The chapters on what to charge for work, contracts and sticking to your process makes one feel that they are not on an island as we all deal with these same issues, but Mike will fire you up to deal with it professionally and in a manner that will make you look like an even bigger asset to the client or proposed client. And in the end, if you don't get the client, you can feel confident that you did everything that you wanted to do to make it happen and can roll on to the next one without any regret.
I definitely recommend reading this one.
I've been a designer for 8 years (6 if you go by his reasoning), and found myself agreeing with most of what he said. The problem is, the book is far too simplified to be of any real use to anyone but an absolute beginner, and if you are a beginner, this will serve as little more than a primer to things you should research more in depth elsewhere. The stuff he talked about, from contracts to what to charge, are all good, but simplified a little too much to give confidence with what to do with the knowledge. There are very little, if any, actionable items to take away from the book.
Another note, I listened to the audible version, and would recommend the print version instead. The sound quality was lacking; it sounded like it was recorded on an iphone in an echoey room, but was listenable. It also sounded like he had a cold and a cough drop in his mouth the entire time (maybe that's just his voice; I don't know) and there were several errors where he repeated the sentence with the intention of cutting out the bad take and didn't, and you could hear someone talking in the back at the end of one chapter.
Again, he seems like a good guy, his company looks great, and this book provides some good insight if you are at the very start of your career. Otherwise, I would look elsewhere.
It's also a blast to read - full of funny asides and winks to the sometimes bizarre realities of business interactions.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best books I've read on design in a long time. I'm a huge fan of Mike Monterio and have had the pleasure of seeing him speak in person. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Broo77777
I heard about this book from another designer I really respect and it has really provided some great insight as I cross-over to design.Published 4 months ago by Jim Stephens
An amazing way to think about how to do things!!! If you're willing to try new ideas - it's amazing what happens when you think outside the box!!!!Published 16 months ago by Heather
If you like straight up advice, get this book. No nonsense (and funny).Published 17 months ago by OxfordWillows
Great tips, hints, and suggestions. Easy and entertaining read.
Solid guidelines to handling clients, getting work, and understanding the worth of you service.