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Mike Monteiro Design Is a Job

  • From contracts to selling design, from working with clients to working with each other, you’ll learn why navigating the business of design is just as important as the craft of it.

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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, you’ll learn why navigating the business of design is just as important as the craft of it. Cultivated from his own experience, Mike packs this brief book with knowledge you can’t afford not to know.

Topics Covered

  • What Is a Designer?
  • Getting Clients
  • Choosing the Right Clients
  • Charging for Your Work
  • Working with Contracts
  • Sticking to Your Process
  • Presenting Design
  • Managing Feedback
  • Getting Your Money
  • Working with Others

This book will teach you how to be part of a service industry without becoming a servant.

Erik Spiekermann
Typographer, designer and writer
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What makes this book so unique is that it plainly and honestly describes how a successful design shop actually works.

John Gruber
Founder of Daring Fireball
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Design Is a Job is a generous, insightful text sure to become required reading in design schools across the country. I’m a better designer for having read it.

Mike Essl
Dean of The Cooper Union School of Art
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Mike Monteiro’s Design Is a Job is a must-read for any designer. If only this book had been around when I started my studio!

Tina Roth Eisenberg
Founder of Swissmiss and Creative Mornings
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Mike Monteiro

About the Author

Mike Monteiro is cofounder and design director of Mule Design, an interactive design studio whose work has been called “delightfully hostile” by The New Yorker. He’s written four books: Design Is a Job, You’re My Favorite Client, Ruined by Design, and The Collected Angers.  He’s not as smart as his wife, or as charming as his dog. He’s pretty much given up on tech and is considering a future as a lighthouse keeper or record store owner, or maybe opening a record store in a lighthouse.

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