Design Is a Job
foreword by Sam Cabrera
Take care of yourself as a working designer and use design as a tool for good.
Design Is a Job is now available directly from the author in zine form at designisajob.com!
The first edition of this book taught you how to sell design, draw up contracts, work with clients, and navigate the business of design. And, yeah, that’s all still (mostly) there. But design has changed, and this book has changed with it. In this second edition, Mike Monteiro not only covers how to be a working designer, but also how to take care of yourself, deal with toxic workplaces, and learn to operate in a community rather than as individual practitioners.
If you are interested in using design as a tool for good, building a more sustainable and equitable society, creating workplaces where everyone is treated with respect, and doing all of these things while still making a living, this book is for you.
This book explores:
- What it means to work in the design industry today
- Finding the right work with the right people
- Negotiating jobs and projects—and getting paid fairly for them
- Understanding your value as a designer and as a worker