Design Is a Job

Design Is a Job 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 pa

  • Title: Design Is a Job
  • Author: Mike Monteiro
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 376
  • Format: ebook
  • 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.

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    1. Mike Monteiro is someone I have repeatedly followed and unfollowed on Twitter over the last few years. His occasional clever wit and insight is largely eclipsed by his brash and arrogant stream-of-consciousness. He picks fights, makes fun of people, and is probably one of the design field's most notorious smug assholes.Yet, somehow, in Design is a Job his grouchiness melts away. His arrogance becomes helpful confidence. His gripes transform into wisdom learned the hard way. Foul-mouthed cursing [...]

    2. Short and to the point, Design Is a Job is a must-read for anyone who works as a designer, and a great read for anyone who works with clients, period. Not everything will apply to everyone, but there are plenty of words of wisdom which will. Even as a software developer, I found plenty to chew on and digest. The book is punchy and useful, and it'll hardly hurt at all. In fact, you'll be done with it before you know it. Of course, then, you'll want to read it again.

    3. "Ever wonder why Batman didn’t just open up a secret facility and have Jim Gordon send him his best cops for some intensive training time? Because Batman has a huge ego is why."

    4. When I sat down to write this (and I wrote it once already but tumblr ate it so I’m hoping I can write it again with pretty much the same words) I knew I’d end up reviewing not just the book, but the author. Which is okay as in the case, the book is the man.If you know Mike Monteiro simply as @Mike_FTW on twitter - the guy with the acerbic wit, the guy willing to start and finish an argument with brutal belligerence, the guy who is as honest as he is funny - then what you probably don’t kn [...]

    5. This succinct book is densely packed with sage business advice for designers (especially web designers). Monteiro rightly calls it “a guide to making a living as a designer”, and shows that he has a lot of experience in the industry. It’s quite funny; I laughed out loud several times. My favorite chapters were Getting Clients, Choosing the Right Clients, Charging for Your Work, and Working with Contracts.I especially liked Monteiro’s description of the role of design. He says that design [...]

    6. Let’s face it, there are plenty of books around telling you how to run a business. It’s always more interesting (and somewhat rarer) when someone tells you how to run your type of business.That’s right, folks. Design is a Job is written by the leader of a website design company, Mule, and is primarily written for other website professionals.But, if you’re not a website designer, don’t look away now! It’s also extremely valuable for those who work with, or commission, almost any kind [...]

    7. I would work for Mike Monteiro. It's not often someone's personality comes across so clearly in a book. His book shows him as a forthright upstanding man. He has a wonderfully concrete style with humor smattered throughout. Design is a Job is his simple, straightforward advice on how to succeed as a designer. I expect a lot of this advice is common sense to people who have experience in business or networking, but it wasn't altogether obvious to me; I found it reassuring to read some basic princ [...]

    8. Llevo poco tiempo siguiendo a Mike Monteiro y la brutal honestidad que maneja sobre las cosas que le importan. De poco en poco este camino me llevó hasta este libro, el cual coincide con dos temas que son muy relevantes para mí en el momento: diseño web y ganarse la vida como diseñador.Es un libro con una extraña redacción, lleno de metáforas muy sencillas y puntuales, y una visión muy sincera, a veces recurriendo al sarcasmo, de cuáles son los procesos de trabajo que más le han funcio [...]

    9. Good quick read. Like good design, everything Monteiro says is technically obvious but somehow enlightening in the way he says it. I love his stand for being comfortable with money, for accepting that it's your failure for not educating your clients if they don't believe in the design process, for comic relief, among other things. Would have loved some more craft-specific references. At times came off like an extremely basic starter guide for a small business.

    10. This is probably the most important book you can read. I don't feel moved to put most of what I read up on GoodReads because writing a review is tedious work, and it lends itself to being a pompous douchebag. This isn't something I need help with.Here are 10 reasons that you should buy this book:1. Because life is short, and this book respects that. Every one of the 130+/- pages matters and is there for a reason. This isn't a bloated business book that should be just a tweet or two.2. Because yo [...]

    11. If I could have given 3.5 stars I probably would have. I found this book to be well organized and practical for design consultants. The practicality for traditionally employed designers is fairly limited to about 4-5 of the 10 chapters as much of the focus is on finding design work, negotiating for and receiving payment. That said, many concepts throughout the book are applicable for all design situations. I found the short structure of the book to be limiting. At times, large principles were st [...]

    12. First off, this book would have been really handy for me back when I was in school. I made a lot of freelancer mistakes right after graduation that this book could have helped me avoid, or even just handle a little better. This book needs to be a mandatory for design students everywhere. Actually, mandatory for designers everywhere, whatever the level of experience may be. I'd also extend my recommendation to anyone that is involved anywhere in the workflow of shipping design. From freelancers t [...]

    13. This book is more like an autobiography if you read it without knowing the title, the chapters have honest experiences and covers all possible things one has to deal with being in the field of design, many things are repeated across chapters which is bad (makes you wonder if you opened the book in the wrong page and started reading it again), but also good if anyone wants to just open a chapter and read it (so, its still full).

    14. This book is wonderful. Mike gives you all the advice teachers are afraid to give you. He digs into the awkward and difficult issues we all face, from how to write a contract to how to fire someone. I would recommend this to anyone figuring out how to run a business or be in-charge of people. Great read. Great topics.

    15. Although I started off biased (web design is not my thing), the book won me over by final chapters. The knowledge can be applied to any other job that deals with projects. Funny, easy to read, short and to the point.

    16. Solid advice on client relationships and most every other aspect of the work-a-day life of professional designers. A fast, enjoyably irreverent read. I learned a lot from reading it, much of which will directly benefit my work.

    17. A great high level view of your job as a designer and how to interact with key players. Mike is direct and to the point with a candor rare in the design world. Plus if you listen to this on audiobook its like Nick from the new girl is reading it to you!

    18. Lean, useful, and consistently entertaining, this is an excellent book for anyone looking to work as a designer, or creative professional.

    19. A must-read/pep talk for anyone striking out on their own. For a healthy freelance/client relationship, write a contract and get a lawyer involved.

    20. If you’re starting a business in the creative industry, this is a book you need to read and re-read every three months.

    21. A collection of hard-won lessons from a veteran designer and leader. The sort of insights that can help you apply meaning to difficulties as a creator. Firing is necessary and ultimately good for both parties. Hiring the best people requires courage. There's a good chance they will eventually surpass you, take your job, or leave you. Your estimate should feel like a slap in the face. Usually a late payment is not malicious. Design is difficult drudgery most of the time.Engineers are a designers [...]

    22. In short, this is a MUST read for anyone working as a designer. Period. I can't believe that I didn't read this book when I started my career. I learned a lot of things about how we (designers) should do our work and stop complaining about clients or stakeholders requests. Most of the things I read where lessons that I learned the hard way (and still), since no one is born with skills on dealing with clients/stakeholders. This book is short and straightforward and full of lessons from real-life [...]

    23. As an architect I am always looking for business advice on how to sell design. This book offers a lot of great advice on how to survive and thrive as a design business. Although the focus is on web design, many of the same debates and obstacles are present in architecture also.The audio was very casual and the writing is more conversational with a slight vulgarness to it. I appreciate the confidence of the writer; however, at times it does come off as a bit vain, butis is design afterall.

    24. Awesome book about the art of running a design agency / freelancer design work.Most of the principles do apply to running a small more-or-less creative business though, as it's packed with very sound customer and sales considerations and advice. It's very well written, concise and quite humorous, making this short read a true delight (that was half a Sunday afternoon in my case).Recommended!

    25. GREAT overview of the ins and outs of running a web design business. This skips over creative theory and really gets down to the nuts and bolts of finding and working with clients, dealing with legalities (or finding someone to handle them for you), and the curious ethics surrounding web design shops. Must-read for any freelancer, manager, or small business owner.

    26. ‪Smartly written by @mike_ftw this book does enough to focus on common sense. You may think you have it & are grounded enough to believe it. Then this book will support your confirmation bias. If you don’t have it then reading this book won’t help but it won’t hurt either‬

    27. Loved it. I found it reassuring about the work I do and the way I do and it and also took some of the points to heart about how I can correct some of the things I don't do as well as I could. I love his writing style but I can see how it might not be for everyone.

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