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What They Didn't Teach You In Design School: The Essential Guide to Growing Your Design Career

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  12 reviews
You'll appreciate this design career guide if:
You're a recent graduate and looking for a job as a designer
You want resume and interviewing advice, as well as tips for working in the design industry
You'd like to learn how to avoid common pitfalls of asserting yourself in the design industry
What They Didn't Teach You in Design School by Phil Cleaver provides advice on the st
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by HOW Books (first published April 1st 2014)
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Donny Truong
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-design
Ironically I just finished a course on professional design practices that taught me most of the skills Phil Cleaver wrote in his new book titled What They Didn’t Teach You in Design School . Similar to the topics in the book, we worked on our resume, business card, leave behind, video resume and portfolio. We discussed extensively on job interview, freelance and presentational skills. This book would have been a perfect companion for that class. Prof. Phil has some good tips on typography and r ...more
Josh Farkas
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You can tell this book was made in the spirit of helping new designers. But it is sadly outdated and filled with misinformation that could harm a new career.

Most of the advice feels pulled from a time capsule. On the surface this isn’t bad, as smart ideas are always in style, but these haven’t aged well. Designers shouldn’t hold back their best work within their portfolios, illustration shouldn’t be something to contract out, you likely won’t be pigeonholed in the industry if you can sho
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Carys
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is some really valuable advice from Phil, and like Know Your Onions and Show Your Work, the books would be great to have on the shelf as a new designer needing help or a definition. The book is beautifully designed, and because of the way Phil has written, it's easy to dip in and out of. I did find Phil's opinions (on computers particularly) almost condescending and repetitive, but if you can get past his personal vendetta against (what feels like) 'young designers using computers all the ...more
Jennifer
Jun 02, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Easy to read and understand and does have some useful tips for getting noticed but..., I really wish people in the design industry would stop pushing that recent graduates work/intern for free. We have bills to pay just like everyone else.

And I know its a popular way to arrange text, but I can't stand when type is all jumbled like it is for some of the pages in the book. If someone without a graphic design job can't read what is written, its not a good idea to use that format.
Foz
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
it was literally ok. Everything I learnt could have been compressed into 20-30 pages otherwise everything else seems like an 8 hour long interview about life as a designer. Nevertheless, it is very resourceful in regards of the quotes. I can't wait to learn more about the people mentioned in it.
Lefteris
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
No other book on Design and design education comes close to the genuine insights that are grounded in real life experience, tremendous expertise and exceptional professionalism. Highly recommended!!!
Dreia
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It does what it says on the tin. A must have for graphic designers/communicators. Also, it’s not just for those who came out of design school - it also applies to self-taught ones.
Turbanlady
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Claramente un libre básico para la transición entre academia y la oficina.
Me sirvió mucho y lo vuelvo a mirar cada vez que puedo.
Claudia Yahany
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-ones
Me gustaría regresar en el tiempo unos 10 años y regalármelo. Mi carrera profesional hubiera iniciado muy diferente.

El contenido es excelente y el diseño editorial impecable. Para regalárselo a todos los diseñadores (y creativos) universitarios.
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Declan
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A must read for a designer at any point in their career. Concise information which is all useful and presented in a beautiful typeset book.
Muzayun
Dec 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Great for 'just out from school' digital artists and graphic designers
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