Design Is a Job (A Book Apart #7)
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 ...more
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 know is ...more
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 of designer. ...more
I especially liked Monteiro’s description of the role of design. He says that designers aren ...more
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 ...more
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 funcionado con e ...more
I found the short structure of the book to be limiting. At times, large principles were st ...more
Really glad I listened to it (audiobook) and I highly recommend it to designers of all types. Mike's got a nice sense of humor. It's entertaining while it's informative. And he reads the audiobook himself, which ...more
When you are new to something, every step seems nearly impossible. I started freelancing some ten months ago, about half a year after graduating. I started my own business for several reasons, the most important one being m ...more
I found it really relatable too, it covers pretty much every way I (and plenty of other designers I'm sure) have been burnt. I lost count of the number of times I went, 'Damn, now why didn't I think of doing that!'.
+ Liked the frank attitude; honest salesmanship never hurt anyone, especially in this industry.
+ Author broke down the mental toolkit of a (good) designer quite well
+ Strong examples of interacting with people (designers and non-designers) were given, along with a sense that they've been earned with many years of experience.
- Personally wanted more specifics and examples with several of the things mentioned; for example, excerpts from a sample contract, and repairing a fixed link that was broken...more
I would highly recommend reading this. Adding it to my favorites shelf.
Mike cultivates his reputation around being serious about design, human rights, a damn fine joke, and the Phillies. His philosophy of supportive antagonism helps Mule ...more