December 15, 2011

Peer Book Report: The Education of a Design Entrepreneur, edited by Steven Heller

The Education of a Design Entrepreneur, edited by Steven Heller

Being a Designer often means being your own boss and running your own business. "Getting a job right out of school" was never a very common luxury, but it's less of a luxury in the present economic climate. But that doesn't mean Designers don't have the opportunity to succeed: being a self-starter is more important now than ever, and it is crucial to recognize that those who succeed are willing to take some risks and leaps of faith. Steven Heller explores this notion one-on-one with many successful Designers, some of whom are:

  • Stephan Van Dam, Mapmaker, Vandam's Digital Map Library in New York
  • David M. Kelley, CEO of IDEO
  • Ellen Shapiro, Principal of Ellen Shapiro Design
  • Maira Kalman, Cofounder of M&Co.
  • Gary Baseman, Illustrator and Creator of Teacher's Pet (a cartoon from the late 1990s)
  • Chip Kidd, Author and Designer
  • Jay Vigon, Graphic and Fashion Designer
  • Alexander Isley, Principal of Isley Design
  • David Volgner, Designer of "Gak" for Nickelodeon Consumer Products

This is just a small handful from the collection of Designers and their invaluable advice. There are over 250 pages here of help and encouragement. As cheesy as it sounds, you can learn the secrets of a lot of success stories.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like an interesting book and from the premise derived from this post, it empowers designers to be designers to influence business and commerce. As a practicing freelancer of business management consulting, I could learn a lot from this book.