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Design Is a Job Paperback – 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • 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: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This books reads like a terroristic Dr. Seuss novel. Picked it up on a whim and after over 20 years in the field I was disappointed that a publisher even wasted the time to print this drivel. Gave it to another friend who just basically started his own design business and after he read it. His comments are as follows: It reads like Chinese stereo instructions and is not worth the paper weight it has to hold down a dirty napkin.
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First off, this book is an easy read. I think I read the whole thing in less than 4 hours. What makes it particularly easy, for me though, is the conversation style Mike uses in his writing. If you watch the videos above, that is exactly how he writes...my wife often gave me a weird look when I blurted out laughing. Again, if you follow Mike's musings at all, you understand why.

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.
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Format: Paperback
Terrible book. Save your money. Author is a prick who doesn't know what he is talking about.
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Format: Paperback
So bad, it was edited by a prince from Kenya. The only thing I enjoyed about it was the back cover. The only purpose the book serves is to prop up a table.

1/100 would not buy if I needed toilet paper.
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Format: Paperback
Designers are business people, and need to reflect that in their behavior and work. Monteiro gets straight to the point. He doesn't mince words. It's a wake up call to people who actively live up to the "creative" stereotype of the spacey artist. It's definitely one I recommend to students going into the workforce, or for those who are still early in their careers. This is a quick read, and easy to digest.
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Format: Paperback
What an absolute load of crap with no real world applications. The authors style of writing is condescending to the reader and his sense of self-entitlement becomes painfully obvious within the first three pages. I learned more during about composition, layup and visual appeal watching my nine month old explore the joys of water paints that I could have ever learned from this book.

I strongly believe in the costs of education - however in this case the only lesion I learned was not to purchase anything by "Mike Monteiro"... what a waste of time and money.
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Format: Audible Audio Edition
I should preface this review to say that this book was recommended to me by a colleague. I was unaware of Mike before reading this and haven't listened to his podcast. I assume you will enjoy this book a lot more if you are already a fan of his.

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.
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Format: Paperback
I think this book was rather bland... a lot of blank spaces and repetition. Honestly, for the amount of topoics he covered, he could have been a bit more concise. all in all, not work your money.
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