Burn Your Portfolio Stuff They Don't Teach You in Design School, but Should

ISBN-10: 0321918681

ISBN-13: 9780321918680

Edition: 2013

Authors: Michael Janda

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It takes more than just a design school education and a killer portfolio to succeed in a creative career. Burn Your Portfolio teaches the real-world practices, professional do's and don'ts, and unwritten rules of business that most designers, photographers, web designers, copy writers, programmers, and architects only learn after putting in years of experience on the job.Michael Janda, owner of the Utah-based design firm Riser, uses humor to dispense nugget after nugget of hard-won advice collected over the last decade from the personal successes and failures he has faced running his own agency. In this surprisingly funny, but incredibly practical advice guide, Janda's advice on teamwork and collaboration, relationship building, managing clients, bidding work, production processes, and more will resonate with creative professionals of all stripes.
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List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 6/4/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

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Two Types of Grandpas
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Half the Victory
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