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Design Is a Job


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 Mike's own experience, this brief book is packed with knowledge you can’t afford not to know.

Design Is a Job

What People Are Saying

This book will teach you how to be part of a service industry without becoming a servant.
Erik Spiekermann
What makes this book so unique is that it plainly and honestly describes how a successful design shop actually works.
John Gruber, Daring Fireball
‘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, Department Chair at The Cooper Union School of Art
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

About the Author

Mike Monteiro is the co-founder and design director of Mule Design, an interactive design studio whose work has been called “delightfully hostile” by The New Yorker. In early 2011, he gave a Creative Mornings talk entitled “F— You, Pay Me” that not only uplifted the downtrodden the world over, but fueled his first book, Design Is a Job. In 2014, Mike won the net awards Talk of the Year for “How Designers Destroyed the World,” a screed about designers taking responsibility for their work. In the same year, he released his second book, You’re My Favorite Client, a succinct guide to hiring and working with designers. He can be heard weekly as the co-host of Let’s Make Mistakes. None of the terms Mike has coined are printable on a family website.

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April 10, 2012