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“So I wrote you a book. It has a spine and by the time you’re done reading so will you.”

Mike Moneteiro, co-founder and Design Director of Mule Design has penned the latest release from A Book Apart. His 135 page guide, Design Is a Job tackles difficult issues head-on. Problems such as working with contracts, collaborating with other designers, deciding what to charge and dealing with clients are all covered. The book has a foreword by Erik Spiekermann, who commented “this book will teach you how to be part of a service industry without becoming a servant.”

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A Book Apart, home to publisher Jeffrey Zeldman, designer Jason Santa Maria and editor Mandy Brown, publishes short guides about various aspects of web design. The concise books are aimed at designers and developers who “can’t afford to waste time” and titles include The Elements of Content Strategy by Erin Kissane, Designing for Emotion by Aarron Walter and Mobile First by Luke Wroblewski. The books are available in both paperback and ebook form, and are focused on emerging topics at the forefront of web design.

Monteiro, well-known for his CreativeMornings talk “F— You, Pay Me” has designed for ReliefWeb, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Glaucoma Research Foundation and Six Apart, and founded Mule Design with the company’s Director of Strategy, Erika Hall in 2001. Over the years, Mule have worked with such clients as Art.com, Yahoo!, The Wall Street Journal, probono.net, MedicAlert and Financial Times, and pride themselves on creating a “positive difference” with their work.

The long-awaited Design Is a Job has been a hit; founder of Swissmiss Tina Roth-Eisenberg said “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!”

Karen McGrane, Managing Partner at Bond Art + Science said, “‘Design Is a Job’ is so good it made me want to cry. I am absolutely using it as a textbook in my class this year. I am so grateful that I can point to an actual book, written by a smart and experienced person, that says all the things I’ve been trying to teach my students.”

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A chapter of the book can be previewed in Issue No. 348 of A List Apart, and the entire title can be bought from A Book Apart for $18 + shipping in paperback form, $9 in ebook form or $23 for both.