The Designer’s Handbook Book

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Do you need help reaching your goals as a designer? The Designer’s Handbook is designed to help you navigate the design industry and take control over your career.

If you’re stuck with huge ambitions you can’t seem to achieve, The Designer’s Handbook provides you with lessons to move your career forward!

The Designer’s Handbook doesn’t teach you about craft. Instead, it equips you with the knowledge of what it really takes to have a successful design career.

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Why I Wrote The Designer’s Handbook

Most young designers I meet have huge design ambitions, but they lack the knowledge on how to gain control over their careers and reach their goals. No matter how hard they perfect their craft, they simply feel stuck. Most designers dream about the day they can start creating the work they are proud of and earn the respect they strive for. They know what they want, but they’re not sure how to get there.

After hearing and reading these stories on a fairly regular basis, I began to think about my own experiences. From starting out as a young designer (trying to find my way) to building my very own design studio. It was then that I realized that most of what I’ve learned (outside of the craft) is the result of my own successes and failures. I then asked myself, “Why didn’t I learn this stuff in design school?” Shortly after, The Designer’s Handbook was outlined.

It’s Not Entirely About How Well You Design

Many designers feel like the only way they will ever reach their goals is by becoming the best designer in the world and winning prestigious awards. However, being great at the craft of design only goes so far. Anyone can learn how to become a great designer, but more importantly, you need to learn how to work hard, and provide real value to your clients and employers.

Through my career, I have learned that the most successful and richest designers in the world are not always the best designers. The Designer’s Handbook will teach you how to become a great designer away from your desk. You’ll learn how to position yourself in the market, what the power of networking is, and how to balance work and life, plus so much more!

Only the Right Experience Matters

I graduated the same way as most designers, with a student portfolio, a resume, and a dream. Surprisingly, my first project out of school was designing for the NFL. How much “experience” did I have? A semester-long internship at a local design studio and a job creating yard signs at a sign shop. The success was in how I packaged myself to employers.

The Designer’s Handbook will help you build the confidence you need to present your work with pride, as well as break down what types of experiences really matter and which ones don’t, early on in your career. I’ll even answer whether or not you need to know how to develop websites in order to be a successful designer in the industry.

On Feedback, Time Management, and Staying Motivated

Yes, being a designer in the industry is truly awesome, but the demand of creating great solutions can be tiring. After years of running a successful web design studio, I’ve learned a few things about handling feedback and staying motivated as a designer. The Designer’s Handbook provides tips that will ensure you remain fresh.

You have a long way before you can hang up the mouse. The sooner you learn how to handle the frustrations of being a designer, preventing burnouts, and carve out time for further education, the quicker you can focus on all your other life goals. Yes, the demand is high, but you can find the balance.

I believe everyone deserves to be the designer they want to be! I’m excited to have reached most of my goals by the age of 30, and I want you to reach yours.

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“The content Dennis provides in The Designer’s Handbook is gold! It’s the kind of valuable insight I wish someone would’ve given me coming out of college!”

- Andy Johnson, UI Designer


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is This a Book for Beginners or Is It for Designers With Years of Experience?

Both! If you’re just starting off in your career, this book will serve as your guide. It will help you navigate through critical milestones, ensuring that you stay in control. If you’ve been designing professionally for a while, this book will help you stay motivated and find the next path, while reminding you about what's important in your career.

What Will I Learn in This Book?

This book does not cover the practice of design. So you will not learn how to design or how to get better at grids, typography, etc. What you will learn, is how to take control over your career and become more valuable to clients and employers, as well as to appreciate the joys of being a designer in this amazing industry. It’s also worth noting that this book doesn’t teach you about how to be a freelancer, win clients, etc. However, this book will lay the foundation of core concepts that will make you a more successful freelancer.

Where Do You Get Your Expertise From?

Simply put, my experience. I’ve been very fortunate to have had a wide range of experiences so early on in my career. All the advice in this book comes from the hard sweat and tears of working in small studios, large global studios, managing and running my own design studio, working for tiny start-ups and well-funded start-ups, small local clients and Fortune 500 clients. All of these experiences have shaped me, and I want you to learn from them too.

What’s Included in the E-Book?

The e-book includes 34 chapters and 133 pages of my best career advice. It’s focused and to the point. It also includes a list of my favorite tools. You’ll also get a peek into the day and the life of a few of your fellow designers. The book comes in PDF, epub, formats.

What’s the Bonus Guide?

The bonus offering is a mini-guide full of career wisdom from 20 of the best designers and industry professionals working at companies like Slack, Dropbox, Priceline, InVision, Buffer, Basecamp, Amazon, and more!

Do You Have a 100% Money-Back Guarantee?

Yup! If at any point during your first 30 days of buying the book you regret your purchase, please just shoot me an email and I’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked.

Can I Buy in Bulk for My Team or Classroom?

Yup! If you want to purchase a copy of this book in bulk, shoot me an email me, and we can discuss your options. Don’t forget that with enough notice, I’m available for speaking arrangements.

What If I Have Problems Purchasing the Package I Want?

If you’re having any issues completing your purchase, please shoot me an email me, and we can explore alternative purchase options.

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About the Author

Dennis Field

Dennis Field

I’m a designer and educator who works @invisionapp. I’m also writing a book that helps other designers reach their goals. You can find me on Twitter @dennis_field.