Book review: “Design is a Job” by Mike Monteiro

Chances are, if you work in design — or one of it’s many offshoots — you enjoy it. You love it. Putting all those hours in, creating awesome, cool stuff… But we make mistakes. We sell ourselves short. We’re too easy. We burn the midnight oil, off the clock. Living up the cliche that those creative types – they’re a talented bunch, but they can’t “do” business. This book addresses these issues, and points out that talent is only half the story when it comes to being a successful design professional: on top of the hands-on expertise in your trade, there’s also the business side to attend to.

Rodney Mullen: How context shapes content

TED talks are great. I can lose myself for hours; whether working or just killing time, I can pick one at random, pop it on in the background and pretty much guarantee it’ll be interesting, thought provoking and worth sharing with my friends and colleagues. More often than not, these talks can be applicable in some way to myself, my profession and the industry in which I work. I recently stumbled across this talk from none other than Rodney Mullen, the “Godfather of Modern Skateboarding” himself.