Relevant to many of the topics discussed in the book.

On pricing your skills

The dark art of pricing, by Jessica Hische
Bill for it, by Eric Karjaluoto
Double your prices, by Tara Gentile
Pricing strategy for creatives, by Jason Blumer, on A List Apart
Why I need to know your budget, by Mike Monteiro
Know your worth, on The Everygirl
Three keys to increasing your design fees, by Ted Leonhardt, on Design Taxi
How to price your design services, by Chris Do, on Logo Design Love

On contracts

Designing contracts for the XXI century, by Veronica Picciafuoco, on A List Apart
Contract Killer, on Andy Clarke’s Stuff and Nonsense
Dealing with late payment of invoices, by Emily Coltman, on the FreeAgent blog

On evaluating design work

Questions I ask when reviewing a design, by Jason Fried

On presenting your work

An insider’s guide to The Design Presentation, by Michael Johnson
The train is leaving the station, by Dave Trott
Brand identity style guides from around the world, on Logo Design Love
Ways designers screw up client presentations, by Mike Monteiro

On speaking

Suggestions for speakers, by Frank Chimero
Speaking and audience tips, by Mark Boulton

On entrepreneurship

Kern and Burn, 100 days of design entrepreneurship
25 bits of advice on making ideas happen, on 99U
Web designers making thousands of dollars in passive income, on Six Revisions
A naming handbook, by Wolff Olins
Eight principles of naming, by Matt Gordon and Nick Foley, on
Reflections on design self-employment, a collection of stories from various design business owners, on
Getting a job, about overcoming insecurities, on Ad Aged
How do you go on holiday? By Rachel Andrew, on A List Apart

On something else

George Lois on courage, via CreativeMornings
Focus groups are worthless, by Erika Hall


It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be, by Paul Arden (Phaidon, 2003)
How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie (Simon & Schuster, reissue edition, 2009)
Steal Like an Artist, by Austin Kleon (Workman, 2012)
The Win Without Pitching Manifesto, by Blair Enns (Rockbench, 2010)
Designing Brand Identity, by Alina Wheeler (Wiley, 2012)
100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People, by Susan Weinschenk (New Riders, 2011)
Don’t Make Me Think, by Steve Krug (New Riders, 2005)
How to Be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul, by Adrian Shaughnessy (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010)
Business and Legal Forms for Graphic Designers, by Eva Doman Bruck and Tad Crawford (Allworth Press, 2013)
How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer, by Debbie Millman (Allworth Press, 2011)
Made to Stick, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath (Random House, 2007)
Lateral Thinking, by Edward de Bono (Harper Colophon, 1973)
The Designer’s Guide to Marketing and Pricing, by Ilise Benun and Peleg Top (HOW Books, 2008)
101 Contrarian Ideas About Advertising, by Bob Hoffman (Hoffman/Lews, 2012)
Speak Human, by Eric Karjaluoto (smashLAB, 2009)
A Smile in the Mind, by Beryl McAlhone (Phaidon Press, 1998)
Logo Design Love, by me (New Riders, 2015)

(View more recommended reads on the Designers & Books website.)

Online reading

Seth’s Blog, by Seth Godin
Creative Review
Zen Habits, by Leo Babauta
the johnson banks thought for the week, by johnson banks
Subtraction, by Khoi Vinh
The Great Discontent, by Ryan and Tina Essmaker
I love Typography, by John Boardley
ideasonideas, by Eric Karjaluoto
CreativeMornings, founded by Tina Roth Eisenberg
Off The Hoof, by Mule Design Studio

Publishers of design books

(For when the writer in you pitches an idea.)

New Riders (my publisher)
A Book Apart
Allworth Press
Chronicle Books
F+W Media
Laurence King
Thames & Hudson

(Get a little extra help at the Society of Authors.)


(Not everyone will want to work with an established publisher.)

How to self-publish a bestseller
Self-publishing hangout highlights (reflections from self-published authors)
Paul Jarvis shared some useful advice for self-publishers
For reference, here are some typeface combinations used in design books
And a guest post titled pairing typefaces in book design

Ad providers

(They pay website owners to display a rotating banner of third-party ads.)

The Deck

Project help

(A few sites I like.)

WeTransfer (for sending files of up to 2GB)
Inker Linker (for finding recommended print companies, mainly US)
Lovely as a Tree (on being more environmentally aware)
Places to find good free stock photos

(Others have recommended these.)

AND CO (an app for invoicing, getting contracts signed, and managing payments)
Bonsai (project management for managers and freelancers)

From my blog

(A few relevant posts from

How to get 87,698 blog subscribers
Self-employment advice for designers, penned after the first five years in my company of one
Recommended UK print companies, “Google mapped” for “findability”
iMac buying tips, a couple of quick money-savers

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