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I’m finally finished with my new book “How They Got There: Interviews With Digital Designers About Their Careers” and it’s on sale right today! You can get your copy right now at howtheygotthere.us.
As I wrote when I announced it, the book features fourteen interviews that I conducted with digital designers of prominence—many of the names will be familiar to readers of this blog, while others are up and comers or have built fantastic careers outside of the main spotlight. I talked to studio designers, agency designers, startup designers, designer entrepreneurs—I worked hard to get a diversity of folks who have done meaningful work “online” in recent history. Here’s the full list:
- Dan Cederholm of Dribbble
- Alex Cornell of Firespotter Labs
- Nicholas Felton of Daytum
- Agnieszka Gasparska of Kiss Me I’m Polish
- Cemre Güngör of Branch
- Erika Hall of Mule
- Naz Hamid of Weightshift
- Karen McGrane of Bond Art + Science
- Wilson Miner of The Factory
- Jill Nussbaum of The Barbarian Group
- Evan Sharp of Pinterest
- Geoff Teehan of Teehan + Lax
- Justin Van Slembrouck of Digg
- Marcos Weskamp of Flipboard
The book has already gotten some great buzz from folks like Jason Kottke, Michael Bierut, Jeffrey Zeldman, Jessica Helfand, Cameron Moll and others.
This book is special to me in that it’s the book that I wanted to be able to read when I was starting out in my career. And even as I conducted the interviews, I found lots of sage advice to consider as I think about what’s next for my own career. I think you’ll get a lot out of it too, regardless of whether you’re new to digital design, you’re a longtime veteran considering a career change, or even if you’re an executive trying to understand what motivates the very best designers in their careers.
The full price of the book is US$30, but for a limited time, you can get a discount for just tweeting about the book and helping to spread the word. (If before today you were a subscriber to my mailing list here at Subtraction.com you get an even bigger discount—sign up for future sales if you haven’t already.) Find out more and buy your copy (you get PDF, iBooks and Kindle vesions all in one) at howtheygotthere.us.+