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Need some tough love for evolving your creative business? Brutally Honest is the book for you!
Need some tough love for evolving your creative business? Brutally Honest is the book for you!
854 backers pledged $49,089 to help bring this project to life.

A Sneak Peak

Posted by Emily Cohen (Creator)

On Press!

Last week, I was joined on press by Drianne of Once–Future Office – the talented design firm behind Brutally Honest – as well as my son to see my “baby” come to life. It was an awesome experience and I’m so happy that I decided to print the book locally. Brilliant Graphics in Exton PA did an incredible job; their facilities and equipment were impressive and their attention to detail and expertise resulted in very few changes on our part. 

While there is still much to do – including adding spot coating to the cover, cutting, binding, and, of course, shipping –, in the meantime, I thought you’d all love some snapshots we took of our three-day experience on press. The press folks joked that I should hand out sunglasses with the book because it’s so bright, courtesy of Mohawk paper and the colors we chose!

Fall Speaking & Book Signings

For the fall, I very excited about my jam-packed speaking and book signing schedule. If any of the following talks are in your neck-of-the-woods, please stop by and say hello!

  • Live Podcast – Design of Podcast, hosted by Justin Ahrens - NEW! 
  • August 23 – AIGA Central North Carolina - NEW!
  • September 6 – AIGA Jacksonville 
  • September 18 – AIGA Maine 
  • September 26 – Type Directors Club, NYC 
  • September 27 – Sonos Space (South Norwalk, CT) 
  • October 16 – Cella/Beyond the Creative Seminar (Chicago, IL) - NEW! 
  • October 17 – AIGA NY 
  •  October 18 – AIGA Baltimore - NEW! 
  • October 24 – RGD Design Thinkers Conference (Toronto, Canada) 
  • October 25 – Core77 Conference (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • November 13 – AIGA Miami

I am also currently managing various speaking requests for early 2019. So, if your local AIGA chapter, bookstore, or creative event/conference is interested in having me come to speak, please reach out! I’m looking to book some international conferences, so if you’re one of my internationally backers/supporters, I hope you’ll spread the word to your creative communities!

Schedule Update

The books are still scheduled to ship on time, beginning mid-September. At the same time, I will also provide access to the e-book version as well. We will be sending out surveys to confirm your addresses mid-August, so please look out for this email.

Spread the Word

If you’ve seen me speak and love my point-of-view and/or love the idea of the book, I hope you will continue to spread the word on social media and tell your friends and colleagues. Brutally Honest is still available for pre-orders on my website

Now that I’ve seen the book printed, I can’t wait to ship Brutally Honest out and share my baby with everyone! 

If you’d like me to speak to your creative community or have any questions about your order or the book, please feel free to send me an email at

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