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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Mike Monteiro (P)2014 Mike Monteiro

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Brilliant, bright and extremely useful.

Mike tells it like it is. Here's how to sport a healthy web / design business. His advice is sound and valid. I agree a 100% with him, as it's the way I've run my own business and dealt with clients since I started in 2009. It's what has made my business profitable and stable while some of my "best" competitors have burnt their noses on bad clients, big projects that drag on forever, doing too much free work due to lack of clear scope at project initiation etc etc etc.

He gives great advice on how to deal with problematic clients, how to charge, what to charge, what to look out for, how to work with freelancers, and more. Well, basically it's how to deal with all the stuff most web / designers struggle with.

I have already recommended this book to three people, all of whom I know will benefit greatly from it. One of them has already praised it as much as I do.

It's extremely useful and to the point.

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A must read for all designers

Great take always.
The most importants ones for me today:
- When the budget is low: meet the budget by narrowing the scope, not changing your processes (e.g. Dropping research)
- When writing a client contract: Intellectual Property transfers on full payment
- When hiring: tell them honestly where you think their skills are today and where they should be in 6 months

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Good except the lip smacking

Sorry Mike Monteiro, you really should have hired a professional to read your book for you. You also need better recording equipment. It was difficult to listen to this book when the narrator is constantly making lip smacking and spit slurping noises while monotonously droning through their own words.

That said, the book is a must have for all designers, art directors, creatives, or anyone who works with any of the above. Highly recommended.

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Great for Junior Designers

This book is filled with good advice while remaining short, enjoyable, and to-the-point. Beginning designers can learn a lot from this book. I imagine veterans designers will have learnt a lot of the lessons in the book but might still learn about blindspots they have. The book is short and not too demanding time-wise so it won't be a loss to almost anyone.

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Essential reading

I truly wish I read this book years ago. Listening to your repeated mistakes is hard.

Already recommended to many fellow designers, young and seasoned.

Mike Monteiro's own delivery is also priceless. Sounds sincere, serious and humorous at the same time. Thanks Mike, hope to meet you one day:)

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  • JB
  • 08-17-17

Not what I thought it was, not what I needed

This was probably on me. I wanted a book that would introduce me to the principles of design. I am not a designer, but I am interested in how principles of design can shape my thinking and approach in other areas such as strategic development, project management, innovation, or change management. So I intended to find a book that provided an intro into design thinking and methods generically.

This book seemed great for a designer who needs to learn how to sell his or her product and craft. It is full of great sales advice for perhaps temperamental or just inexperienced designers who need to make money. I have known several who could benefit from the clear, candid, almost fatherly way tge author presents the advice. But that is not me. I am still searching for the right book.

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amazing

as real as it gets. spectacular book. thank you for sharing your wisdom and life

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Pure gold

If you're a designer, stop whatever you're doing and read/listen to this book.
Thanks Mike, for putting the effort to write and read this!!

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  • TF
  • 03-17-17

Loved it ! Working and aspiring designers BUY IT !

What made the experience of listening to Design Is a Job the most enjoyable?

Im a working designer and illustrator but although I wished that I could attend school and get a degree I was not able to do so in my young adult years. There is priceless info in here that experience with big clients is the only school for alot of the info in this book. Great details and great narrator. Mike is a smart and skilled man.

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Worth every penny for any designer. Few people have the experience that Mike does and even fewer have written a detailed and entertaining book about it. I have shared it with as many of my designer and illustrator friends. :)

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Eye Opening

What did you love best about Design Is a Job?

I loved how hones it was. It was very convicting to hear about the responsibilities of a designer. I learned about mistakes I didn't even know I was making.

What did you like best about this story?

Very informative.

Have you listened to any of Mike Monteiro’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First Mike Monteiro book for me.

Any additional comments?

Must read for any designer, especially those that freelance, on any scale.

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  • Natalie Foo
  • 09-14-15

How all audio books should be

Great advice for all designers new and not so new. Narrated in a very entertaining and enjoyable way

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  • Jeremy Neech
  • 07-15-15

Essential reading for designers and design managers

Absolutely essential reading for anyone working in design - a life of lessons learnt so you don't have to do it the hard way too

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  • Bernie
  • 07-03-15

This will make you cry


Solid, honest and entertaining.
Good read for newbies and veterans :-)

( Probably something you should give to your boss to read )

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  • James
  • 02-12-15

Good book for anyone who is a designer

A good source of information on being or becoming a successful designer. A nice short book that doesn't waffle on with all that pointless stuff.

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  • James Cox
  • 07-11-17

very helpful for anyone in the design industry

an enjoyable listen. Although I am currently a print designer and this is coming from a web designers perspective, it's still very relevant. I enjoyed the narrator as it's always better when the actual writer reads their own book. enjoyable anecdotes and helpful throughout.

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  • C. Worthington
  • 06-06-17

Some great advice

Practical tips and some great advice for those with small businesses told in an entertaining way.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-17

Great Listen

I really enjoyed this book. Lots of good takeaways that I'm looking forward to putting into practice.

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  • Rob Gill
  • 01-25-17

Designers need to get this...

Great to see Mike making the leap to audio book. It would be awesome to see more of the A Book Apart series as audiobooks! :)

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  • Shaun Sandy
  • 11-26-16

Straight from the Mule

Great listen! Mike gets right to the point on many, if not all the challenges designers, or anyone really, needs to address to succeed in doing a great job and feeling good about it.

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  • Yulia
  • 10-21-16

Great for all designers

If you started in design this will help you tremendously. All of this sounded like something my mentor would say. It's fun to listen to too

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  • Suraj
  • 12-07-16

Practical Advice

Would you listen to Design Is a Job again? Why?

I have listened to it a few times. I am a freelancer, so a micro-business, and I find that as I become more experienced, I glean new gems from this book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Design Is a Job?

The need for a good lawyer.

What about Mike Monteiro’s performance did you like?

He's pretty funny and sarcastic. A nice mix.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really. It's good to think about some of the advice he mentioned before moving onto the next section.

Any additional comments?

Listening to this audiobook led me to a presentation by Mike called "F&*k you, pay me," which can be googled. It's a gem.

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  • Hugh D. Macfarlane
  • 01-18-16

Valuable guide to business for new designers

Mike's heart is 100% in the right place. Whilst this book may hold limited appeal for those with established and successful businesses, it is perfect for creatives yet to transition from hobby to business, and likely to not be earning fair rent on their labour.