Design Is a Job. 30 Honest Quotes by Mike Monteiro

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For plenty of people design is a synonym of art. And for some creative guys who do not make their living or their business that way, it perhaps is. However, for those who decide on making design their job solving somebody’s problems and pains, it obtains other perspective and requires different approach. Sometimes it becomes a great discovery what a goal-centered activity design is and how many problems can be solved with it, far more than just aesthetic satisfaction. It is vitally important to understand that from the first steps on the path to avoid disappointment and achieve access.

In one of earlier articles with tips to beginners in app and web design our first advice based on practical experience was rather simple. The first and really crucial thing may sound quite primitive: you should make sure that you really want to make it your job. There are lots of people who, being great artists, deeply creative and inspired, get broken by the necessity to work systematically with strict deadlines and loads of requirements and wishes (sometimes illogical or not-too-professional) from the customers. Clear up the nature of your job: designer is not a pure artist free of obligations and fully devoted to creativity. Nope. In different stages of your project, you’re also going to be a researcher, an analyst, a time-manager and so on and so forth. Bear in mind all those things from the very start of the way.

For those who have made this vital decision, today we would like to recommend a useful and helpful book «Design Is a Job» by witty expert Mike Monteiro, the co-founder of Mule Design. The book reveals all the stages of design job, including communication with clients, organization of the process, drawing contracts, working in teams of colleagues and so on and so forth.

The author doesn’t try to make the profession look like magic: he is deeply and sometimes sharply honest about not only the benefits but also pitfalls. In the foreword to the book, Erik Spiekermann says: «Contrary to popular belief, designers are not artists. We employ artistic methods to visualize thinking and process, but, unlike artists, we work to solve a client’s problem, not present our own view of the world.» The ideas shared by Mike Monteiro are highly practical in supporting this thesis. It is not about design process inside only, it is more about the outer part of the design world, full of clients, requirements, goals, metrics, iterations, presentations and discussions.

Here we would like to share a new set of design quotes which we grabbed from this book for Tubik Studio Quotes Collection. This time it will be fully loaded with honest and informative thoughts by Mike Monteiro. Join in!

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A designer requires honest feedback and real criticism, and that’s not going to happen in a realm where colleagues or clients are worried about crushing the spirit of a magical being. The sparkly fog of affirmation gets in the way.

Originally written for tubikstudio.com

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