We recently opened the forum for emerging designers to tweet their burning questions to Ram Castillo, career expert, senior designer and author
How to Get a Job as a Designer, Guaranteed. Tweet your questions about scoring a great design job @thegiantthinker and check back here to read his insights.
What book(s) would you recommend to jobseekers in the creative field? —@Cesardsgns
Books about problem solving, running a business, or creative execution will be the most beneficial to those seeking a creative job, because these are the three pillars that a true designer stands on. Designers must come up with “humanized” solutions to solve business problems. At certain times they
must also set aside their artistic expression (to a degree) and balance the need to produce creative work with the importance of providing a service and
making a living.
There are literally thousands of how-to-succeed-at-business books, so to save you the headache of an Amazon.com reader-review wormhole, I recommend the
following, in no particular order:
The 4-Hour Work Week, Timothy Ferris
The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow
The Lean Startup, Eric Ries
The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, John C. Maxwell
It's Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be, Paul Arden
Be, A.C. Ping (see also his follow ups Do and Faith)
(While you’re at it you might as well pick up a copy of
How To Get A Job As a Designer, Guaranteed
by yours truly.)
In order to become well-rounded designers, we must understand human behavior. And in order to do that, we must first understand ourselves. These books are
a great starting point.
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Ram is an award winning Design Director, Blogger, top ranking Podcaster, Speaker, CreativeLive.com Instructor and Author of the internationally acclaimed book 'How to get a job as a designer, guaranteed'.
He's based in Sydney, Australia and in 2012, started the blog
GiantThinkers.com which helps thousands of design students and graduates be employed. Ram has since been featured in Communication Arts, HOW magazine, Herman Miller, deFrost*, AIGA.org and Apple.
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