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WHAT IF YOU COULD ATTRACT DREAM CLIENTS AND MAKE MONEY WITH EASE?

THE COMPLETE ROADMAP FOR CreatING an in-demand GRAPHIC design studio without the business fatigue, client problems and money worries.

Click below to join our waitlist and get notified of our early bird offer!

Doors re-open February 2023!

You don’t have to wait until February 2023 to work with us.

EVEN THOUGH The Academy doors are now closed until 2023, WE DO HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER OF SPOTS AVAILABLE TO WORK WITH US 1:1!

If you are looking to fast track your business success and get laser-focused advice to achieve your goals, our one-to-one coaching is for you!

YOU CAN STILL MAKE 2022 YOUR BEST YEAR YET!

LEVEL up

Running a graphic design studio can feel so hard—whether you have been running a studio for years or are a brand new startup freelance designer.

How do I attract my ideal clients?

How do I maintain a consistent income and avoid the feast or famine with client work? 

How do I get clients to respect me, trust my ideas and take my prices seriously?

Is it possible to earn the money I want AND live a balanced lifestyle? 

How the heck do other designers charge so much and are booked out for months in advance? 

How do I know if the design and business systems I’ve got in place are the best ones?

You are not alone if you feel this way—we hear about how overwhelmed, frustrated and burnt out designers are time and time again. 

THERE’S JUST SO MUCH TO CONSIDER:

We believe there has never been a better time to have a graphic design business—really!

It’s our mission to help graphic and brand designers create a business with purpose and intention. One that nourishes your soul and helps you to achieve your lifestyle and money goals. 

We’ve had over 2 decades (4 decades combined!) experience working with graphic design clients from a wide range of industry sectors, some of whom have been working with us from the beginning of our careers. 

This is possible for you too! We would love to help you fast-track your success.

With us you get two unique perspectives, two hearts, two lots of business smarts. We have come together because of our shared passion for graphic design AND running a sustainable business. 

WE’VE GOT YOU—WE CAN HELP

HELLO LOVELY DESIGNERS, We’re KRIS & DONNA

We are your design business brains, tertiary graphic design lecturers, passionate creatives and we have both built multiple 6 figure graphic design businesses in our 20s. 

INTRODUCING:
THE DESIGN & PROSPER ACADEMY

WITH THE RIGHT STRATEGIES, YOU CAN THRIVE

Doors re-open February 2023!

A 12 WEEK BUSINESS COURSE FOR GRAPHIC DESIGNERS.

THE COMPLETE ROADMAP FOR CREATING AN IN-DEMAND BRAND DESIGN STUDIO WITHOUT THE BUSINESS FATIGUE, CLIENT PROBLEMS AND MONEY WORRIES.

Imagine having a friend who has done all this before. Who understands your frustrations, knows all the pitfalls, and is willing to hold your hand and guide you along the way to creating the design business you dream of. We longed for that friend so many times, and that’s why we’ve created the Academy. 

12 x powerful modules + bonuses carefully curated with transformative design business education .

12 x weekly ‘level up’ Q&A coaching + lesson overview sessions to help you adapt and implement the new knowledge in the way that works best for YOUR business.

Round the clock access to your peers in a nurturing group space.

Comprehensive resources and templates to streamline your workflow and design your presentations—you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time! 

The AcADEMY IS YOUR COMPLETE DESIGN BUSINESS ROADMAP  

no matter what stage of business you’re at THE ACADEMY IS HUGELY TRANSFORMATIVE—WHETHER YOU ARE Just starting OUT, HAVE Been in business for a couple of years OR HAVE Been in business for DECADES!

THE ACADEMY IS HERE TO BE YOUR GUIDE. With the resources we’ll share with you, YOU’LL HAVE THE PLAN, THE TOOLS AND THE KNOWLEDGE TO FINALLY FEEL LIKE YOUR DESIGN BUSINESS IS ON THE PATH YOU WANT IT TO TRAVEL. 

We know how lonely it can be, chained to your computer, feeling stuck, overwhelmed and like you’re not getting anywhere.

BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE ALONE.

Think of The Academy as THE business school for designers, where you’ll be joining the Design and Prosper community of like-minded creatives and receive the tools to shift those roadblocks out of your path.

We have an entire design business model of tried and tested systems and resources to share with you. We’re here to show you how to implement these strategies to get them working for YOUR business and helping you design YOUR dream. Everyone’s journey is a little different. We’re here to get you heading where you want to go.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN THIS

Let’s hear from people
who have been exactly where you are!

LOVE LETTERS

“This is the resource I've been searching for my entire design career! Kris and Donna are 100% legit and know absolutely what you are going through and how to get back to your happy place in business.”

The D&P Academy is truly a game changer for people like me who have put their heart and soul into their design business only to end up feeling completely burnt out, and out of time, energy and funds to keep it going.

Kris and Don’s wisdom has been pure gold and has reignited my joy and passion for what I do and aspire to do. On top of that, they are the warmest, most charming people who make the journey both fun and inviting, and have opened the door to an amazing community of other like-minded designers.

Bottom line: huuuge value and well worth the investment!" 


KIM O | GRAPHIC DESIGNER / ENTREPRENEUR / REIGNITED BOSS BABE

shall we do this?

Every single component of The Academy has been considered and finessed. We want to streamline your path to success, not bog you down with unnecessary extra bits and pieces. This is about freeing you up to be the creative you are—with solid, helpful templates, systems, strategy and support. 

shall we do this?

this is how the Design & Prosper Academy works

Round-the-clock access to like-minded graphic design business peers in a safe and nurturing group space.

12 x weekly live Q&A group coaching sessions + lesson overview with Kris and Don to gain extra clarity and get help with your mindset.

12 x pre-recorded modules drip released so you can work step by step through the lessons at your own pace without the feeling of overwhelm.  

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Access to all the Design & Prosper professional business systems, strategies and creative processes.

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TAKE A PEEK INSIDE
THE ACADEMY

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

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DISCOVER YOUR WHY
YOUR IDEAL DAY
YOUR PURPOSE IN A NUTSHELL
YOUR MOST PROFITABLE OFFERINGS
YOUR IDEAL BUSINESS MODEL

Discovering your your vision for the life you want to live is the first step towards creating the business you want.

Planning your business has to be powered by the dream for your life and work that makes your heart beat faster. What is the driving force behind your dream?

We’ve had feedback from our Academy students and 1 to 1 coaching clients that doing this work has been life-changing, totally transforming the whole way they think about the business they want to design.

00 // PRE-WORK— ESTABLISHING PURPOSE + GET CLEAR ON YOUR BUSINESS MODEL

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Our Academy students used to have to wait until Module 4 to access our incredibly powerful worksheet—Get Clear On Your Business Model, however we have brought it forward because it's such an exciting, motivational step in working out your business vision — it's a perfect partner to the Establishing Purpose work.

This powerful money tool is an essential foundational step in creating a business model that is going to help you achieve your business goals AND maintain a balanced life.

By completing this worksheet you will gain insight into the types of offerings that will be most profitable for YOU (because you and your business are unique). 

PRE-WORK RESOURCES

GOOGLE SPREADSHEETS / ESTABLISHING PURPOSE
+ GET CLEAR ON YOUR BUSINESS MODEL

BY THE END OF THIS MODULE
You will have a vision for the path you’re going to walk, clearing the way for you to make authentic business decisions aligned with the beautiful life you are designing for yourself.

MODULE 01 // ATTRACTING YOUR DREAM CLIENT

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DEFINING Your dream client
Perceptions about themselves 
Understanding their fearS AND PROBLEMS
The journey
The transformation

To discover who your ideal client is, the one who fits into your dream life and business that you identified in the pre-work ‘Establishing Purpose’.

To effortlessly attract the clients you want, you first need a clear vision of who they are! 

Once you know who you are reaching out to, you clear the way for planning how to align yourself with their goals, quell their fears and how to create their irresistible desire to work with YOU. 


This process will give you a clear understanding of your dream client’s needs, desires and psychographics—what makes them tick, what doubts are underlying their purchasing decisions and the transformation that you can bring to their brand and business.

BY THE END OF THIS MODULE
You will have a clear idea about the wording you are going to use on your website and throughout social media, and will have created the journey—a simple path, broken into easy steps, that will lead your dream client to you.

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MODULE 1 RESOURCES

GOOGLE SPREADSHEET  ATTRACTING YOUR DREAM CLIENT—
1. My Dream Client
2. The Transformation 

WHAT WE’LL COVER
- Brand Voice
- Brand Audit 
- Peer Analysis

In Module 2 it’s time to get crystal clear about your brand messaging, identify gaps in your brand strategy, and learn how to target yourself towards your dream client.

We’ll also look at inspirational peers who have businesses you aspire to, learning how they do what they do and how you can adapt their approaches to focus your own business.

MODULE 02 // CREATING YOUR BRAND VOICE

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BY THE END OF THIS MODULE
You’ll know where you’re going—you’ll have created a roadmap for your business based on your vision, values, mission and voice. This will transform your communication with your clients, attracting the projects you want to be working on and allowing you to confidently present exactly what YOU bring to the table.

MODULE 2 RESOURCES

GOOGLE SPREADSHEET 
SELLING YOUR BRAND—
1. Brand Voice
2. Brand Audit
3. Peer AnalysiS

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Lead Generation Brainstorm
Audience Targeting Strategy
Design Your Lead Magnet
Planning Your Content

The aim for module 3 is to explore and gain insights into the many lead-generating strategies available and to make a clear, easily acted on plan for how you will use these strategies to move your business forward.

There are so many ways to target the audience you dream of —and so many ways to miss them completely! This is where we find the strategies that will work for you. 




MODULE 03 // FINDING YOUR AUDIENCE

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BY THE END OF THIS MODULE
You’ll have a confident plan in place, complete with a blueprint for creating an effective and valuable lead magnet that converts anonymous visitors to your site into an engaged email list ready to take the journey you mapped out for them in Module 1.

MODULE 3 RESOURCES

GOOGLE SPREADSHEET /
LEAD MAGNET—includes 3 worksheets:
1. Lead Generation Brainstorm 
2. Audience Targeting Strategy
3. Design your lead magnet 


A COMPLETE SYSTEM FOR MANAGING & TRACKING MONEY IN YOUR BUSINESS
PRICING your work ACCURATELY AND with confidence
HOW TO WORK OUT YOUR PROFITABLE BUSINESS MODEL

In this powerful module we show you how to gain total clarity and control over your numbers. For you to succeed in business, it‘s essential to be all across your numbers—to show up with a CEO mindset, not an employee mindset.

There are many moving pieces to consider in order to build a profitable design business. Created with designers in mind, these  game-changing, easy-to-use money resources will help you create abundance with ease.



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BY THE END OF THIS MODULE
You’ll have your head around your money! You’ll know where you’re making it, where to focus your energy for wealth creation, how to price your work and how to plan for the future financial growth of your business.

MODULE 4 RESOURCES

GOOGLE SPREADSHEET /
DESIGN FOR PROFIT — includes 6 templates:

01 EASY BREEZY COST ESTIMATE CALCULATOR 

02 SWEET & SIMPLE TIME TRACKER

03 LOOK AHEAD CASH FLOW FORECAST

04 WRAP IT UP PROFITABILITY TRACKER

05 MAGIC METRICS AND GROWTH TRACKER

06 CHA-CHING CASHBOOK + PROFIT AND LOSS

WHAT WE’LL COVER
- Initial Touchpoint Brief
- Discovery Call Brief
- Brand Strategy Brief
- Brand Audit Questions
- Website Brief
- In-house Brief
- Photoshoot Brief

This module will totally empower you! We give you the tools to head into a brief knowing exactly the right questions to ask at the right time.

Confident briefing is essential to ensure accurate quoting and establishing powerful connections with clients.

We’ll teach you how to gather the intel you need to successfully create full-body ‘yes’ design solutions! 

MODULE 05 // ULTIMATE BRIEFING SYSTEM

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BY THE END OF THIS MODULE
You’ll have a briefing system that hands you the treasure, putting all the information you need to quote and work effectively at your fingertips. Knowing how to gather and curate accurate intel delivers you both sides of the magic coin—a highly profitable experience for your business and on brand, on brief, elevated design solutions for your clients.

MODULE 5 RESOURCES

GOOGLE SPREADSHEET 
Ultimate Briefing System—includes 6 worksheets
1. Initial Touchpoint Brief
2. Discovery Call Brief
3. Brand Strategy Brief
4. Brand Audit Questions
5. Website Brief
6. Inhouse Brief

INDESIGN TEMPLATE
Photography Brief Template
(11 page customisable template)

In this module you’ll learn how to create proposals and contracts that position you as the experienced professional, all the while building confidence and trust with prospective clients.

With our customisable InDesign template, you’ll be able to prepare high-end proposals with ease.



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Proposals that convert
Demystifying contracts, clauses & disclaimers
CUSTOMISING YOUR InDesign proposal & contract template

MODULE 06 // PROPOSALS THAT CONVERT

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BY THE END OF THIS MODULE
You'll send professional proposals and contracts to clients with absolute confidence.

MODULE 6 RESOURCES

INDESIGN TEMPLATE /
PROPOSAL & CONTRACT TEMPLATE
(24 pages, includes ideas for wording legal clauses)

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Scheduling
Managing your time
Folder System—Google Drive
Customising your InDesign Welcome Guide

Tearing out your hair about where your time goes and how to stay on track and organised? We’ve got you.

In module 7 we share a clear plan of how to schedule your time by creating a model week. You’ll learn how to track where your time is actually going from a bird’s eye viewpoint. And, we look at the easiest and most efficient way to save, store and archive your work.

MODULE 07 // CLIENT & STUDIO MANAGEMENT

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BY THE END OF THIS MODULE
You'll have a clear, stress-free system for handling client workflow and effectively managing your time, and you’ll know how to recognise and avoid those sneaky time sucks. You’ll also have access to our beautiful templates for customisable, high-end welcome guides.

MODULE 7 RESOURCES

GOOGLE SPREADSHEET 
Everything Time Tracker

GOOGLE FOLDER FILING SYSTEM 
Take a look inside our digital filing system 

GOOGLE CALENDAR SYSTEM
Model week structure 

INDESIGN TEMPLATE
Welcome Guide 12 page template

Managing your time is only a piece of the time management puzzle — setting clear boundaries with clients is also imperative for staying on track. Boundaries are beautiful, they ensure you get to run your business your way!

To support you with this, we provide our high end Welcome Guide template for you to adapt and implement with your clients.

In module 8 we teach you a professional process that impresses clients and encourages them to trust your expertise and knowledge - meanwhile being simple, easy and enjoyable for you to use.

Using a realistic example project, we show you step by step exactly how WE put together conceptual inspiration for branding projects.

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HOW TO EXTRACT ESSENTIAL CLUES FROM YOUR DESIGN BRIEF
BRAND STRATEGY BOARD
(IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS)
BRAND DIRECTION
(SIMPLIFIED STRATEGY)

MODULE 08 // DESIGN PROCESS: BRAND STRATEGY

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BY THE END OF THIS MODULE
You'll have an easily duplicated, enjoyable process for brand strategy for designers—one that ensures successful results every time without requiring you to become a marketing genius. This process is a lot of fun!

MODULE 8 RESOURCES

INDESIGN TEMPLATE
Brand Strategy Board Template 

INDESIGN TEMPLATE
Brand Direction Template

You'll have our exclusive Brand Strategy Board template, a highly conceptual, detailed process that will position you as a brand strategy expert and encourage a deep and lasting connection between you and your clients.

The Brand Direction is a simple alternative strategy to a deep dive that still demonstrates a depth of knowledge and discernment around brand direction, while offering a quick and efficient process for lower budgets.

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The importance of documenting research & inspiration
The difference between research & inspiration (with REALISTIC examples) 
What is divergent research?  
Brainstorming techniques

Struggling to develop your concepts? This module will give you access into our system for easily gathering research, thinking with a discerning designer’s mind, and creating design solutions that are original and exceptional—every time.

Many designers get stuck in an infinite loop of ‘same same’ inspiration! In this digital age, we’re brainstorming according to the algorithm—In this powerful module we teach how to break free of this.

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BY THE END OF THIS MODULE
You will have an easily duplicated method for researching, gathering inspiration and creating concepts that will help you develop unique and exciting design solutions that perfectly fit the brief for every single client you present to.

MODULE 9 RESOURCES

INDESIGN TEMPLATE 
Research/Inspiration Template
(15 page template)

PDF WORKSHEET 
Visual Matrix Icon
Brainstorming Template
(1 page template)

It’s nerve racking to present your work, we’ve all had  sweaty palms and wobbly knees! In module 10 we teach you a method for selling concepts that makes a ‘YES’ from your client irresistible.

You’ll not only receive our beautiful slidedeck and detailed written rationale template (with extensive scripts!), you’ll also get complete examples of a presentation and written rationale showing you exactly how we would present a branding project. 


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A STRATEGY to PRESENT one concept with confidence
HOW TO CUSTOMISE OUR Slidedeck rationale TEMPLATE
HOW GO DEEPER WITH A Written rationale USING OUR SCRIPTS

MODULE 10 // SELLING CONCEPTS

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BY THE END OF THIS MODULE
You will have easy to follow templates that allow you to confidently present your concept to your client, both in person and via printed material, and know how to use language that inspires them to engage at a level that can only result in one answer - YES! 

MODULE 10 RESOURCES

INDESIGN TEMPLATE 
Presentation Template/Example
(26 page template)

INDESIGN TEMPLATE 
Written Rationale Template/Example
(24 page template)


This is where you learn how to use beautiful design language that will elevate your solutions and communicate how you have successfully resolved your client’s design brief and met all project objectives, We call this design poetry and our scripts are all yours.

This is such an exciting module—these are the tools that will give you the key ingredients for showing up with confidence and inspiring your client to emotionally invest in your concept.

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What are Brand Manuals?
Why create Brand Manuals?
Brand Manual success factors
Brand Manual essential components
Brand Snapshot—a simple alternative 

Discover exactly what Kris and Don include in brand manuals! Module 11 will give you a resource that will enable you to confidently prepare a professional and credible brand manual with ease.

The resources in this module will allow you to up-level your business by providing professional brand manual design services to your clients.

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BY THE END OF THIS MODULE
You’ll have added a whole new level to your business by knowing how to easily and professionally provide Brand Manual services to your clients.

MODULE 11 RESOURCES

INDESIGN TEMPLATE
Brand Manual Template
(32 page template)
A user-friendly, adaptable template for creating a highly professional, industry-standard brand manuals.

INDESIGN TEMPLATE
Brand Snapshot Template
(7 page template)
A brand snapshot template that is quick and easy to use—as an addition to the main brand manual or as a standalone snapshot for lower budget projects.

When you connect with a client you love, all you want to do is keep working with them—and the more lovely repeat clients you have, the less work you have to put into attracting new business.

In module 12 we teach you how to create long term relationships with your clients and secure ongoing work that keeps you and your business ticking along happily.


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PROJECT LAUNCH TO-DO'S AND SCRIPTS
Your post-launch checklist
Feedback questionnaire 
Referral strategies with scripts
Retainer options with scripts

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BY THE END OF THIS MODULE
You’ll have the tools and strategies in place to keep the clients you love booking you over and over again. 

MODULE 12 RESOURCES

GOOGLE SPREADSHEET
Project Launches—includes 4 worksheets
1. Project Launch Checklist
2. Getting Feedback (Feedback Questionnaires)
3. Referral Strategies
4. Retainers


Here’s what some of our beautiful Academy students have to say...

CEO
DIGIALITY WEB DESIGN

DESIGNER & SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Kendra C Creative

WEB DESIGNER & COPYWRITER
ASHTON WEST DESIGN CO

ART DIRECTOR & DESIGNER
Lauren Babula Design

BONUS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
YEP—6 AMAZING BONUSES, WHEN YOU JOIN THE ACADEMY!

To complement your Trello Mini Course, we’ll give you THREE game-changing templates for managing your studio, client projects and scheduling promotional content.

1. Client Portal board
2. Studio management planner
3. Content Planning board

VALUE | $360 USD

You’ll also receive our second super helpful bonus—level up with a Trello Mini Course, which includes the following pre-recorded lessons:

1. How to use Trello for Studio Management
2. How to use Trello as a Client Portal
3. How to use Trello as a Content Planner.

VALUE | $450 USD

You’ll receive our amazing bonus—A Dubsado Tech Training. In this pre-recorded training we’ll demystify getting started with this powerful CRM. By the end of the training you'll know how to set up and send a proposal, contract and invoice all at once via Dubsado!

VALUE | $450 USD

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Library of ‘Resources We Love’, curated especially for Designers.
 
This bursting at the seams resource has everything from book recommendations, to our favourite places to find fonts, mockups, legal contracts and so much more!

This is a living, breathing resource, constantly being added to and updated when we find new goodies.

VALUE | Priceless

Access to The Academy  private Facebook community for the life of the group.‎

We are told by our Academy students that this is one of their very favourite bonuses.

Being a solopreneur can be very lonely and having around the clock access to like-minded business owners  who are experiencing the same things you are—is a game changer for elevated confidence!‏‏‎

VALUE | Priceless

Your fourth powerful bonus is our Print Savvy Kit, which contains an essential print production checklist and email templates for requesting quotes and placing orders. This baby is jam packed with info including our guide to purchasing Pantone books. We don’t want you (or your clients) to have any nasty surprises with production, so this is essential kit for all designers with print-based offerings!

VALUE | $100 USD

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YOU’LL BE AN ACADEMY STUDENT FOR LIFE

ONCE YOU’RE PART OF THE DESIGN & PROSPER ACADEMY, YOU’LL BE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY FOR THE LIFE OF THE COURSE.

As a member of The Academy you will have lifetime access to all course content you have receive, including an opportunity to attend future live Q&A coaching sessions.

Access to future Q&A coaching sessions provides that extra accountability, giving you a chance to check in with Kris and Don on the systems and processes you have implemented into your business.

Have you ever finished a course and said “Oh I wish I had of asked that!”?
With the Academy you can! There are multiple opportunities throughout the year where you can jump back in and gain the clarity you need.

“I just got back my first $10K proposal from a cool-as-heck dream client and I’m so excited to be able to use The Academy framework from start to finish!”

Kris and Donna are my favourite design educators in the online space! They are absolutely full of knowledge and wisdom about the industry. The online education space can feel a little overwhelming and same-same, so I loved being able to hear from Kris and Don with some really amazing experiences and perspectives. 

Being already full-time in my business, I wasn’t able to attend all the sessions live but I really loved The Academy portal and facebook group!

Madison / Founder of Atlas Studio

Is The Academy the right fit to help you elevate your business?

We’re all about making discerning decisions so let us help you unpack the pros and cons. Here are some points to consider to help you decide if Design and Prosper is your path to creating a beautiful business that reflects your goals for your work and life.

You feel like you know everything there is to know about running a brand design business

You already have a graphic design business that is in-demand and feels balanced and flowing (Yay, go you!)

You don’t enjoy learning in a creative community space

You’re not ready to challenge your current systems and do the work to put your business on the path to success

You’re not ready to explore what makes you YOU and how to make your business a genuine expression of your own brand voice and vision.

You’re coming from a competitive mindset—The Academy is all about there being plenty of goodness for everyone!

The Design and Prosper Academy is NOT the right fit for you if: 

You’ve been running your design business for a while now, but can't seem to kick it up to the next level

You’re freelancing or only in the early days of starting your design business and not sure how to make it all flow

You don’t have any professional qualifications in design and are lacking confidence (imposter syndrome, anyone?) 

You went to design school but are feeling overwhelmed by the business aspects of being a designer

You don’t have a unique brand style or a clear idea of how to carve out a niche for yourself

You don’t know how to attract clients, or how to attract the clients you dream of

You love and embrace the idea of inclusivity, diversity and community over competition

You have many design and creative courses gathering dust on your hard-drive, but you never seem to be able to incorporate the strategies in a way that works for you

The Design and Prosper Academy IS DEFINITELY the right fit for you if: 

If The Academy feels right for you, we’d love you to join us.

WHAT’S HOLDING YOU BACK? 

Love the idea of support and know-how, but still not sure if this is the right fit for you? We want to know too! Our hearts are in our business and we know there are lots of designers out there dreaming of exactly what we have to offer. We don’t want to sell you something that isn’t for you.

Here are some points to consider to help you decide if Design and Prosper is your path to creating a beautiful business that reflects your goals for your work and life.

You’ve been running your design business for a while now, but can’t seem to kick it up to the next level

You’re freelancing or only in the early days of starting your design business and not sure how to make it all flow

You don’t have any professional qualifications in design and are lacking confidence (imposter syndrome anyone?) 

You went to design school but are feeling overwhelmed by the business aspects of being a designer

You don’t have a unique brand style or a clear idea of how to carve out a niche for yourself

You don’t know how to attract clients, or how to attract the clients you dream of

You love and embrace the idea of inclusivity, diversity and community over competition

You have many design and creative courses gathering dust on your hard-drive, but you never seem to be able to incorporate the strategies in a way that works for you

The Design and Prosper Academy IS DEFINITELY the right fit for you if: 

If The Academy feels right for you, we’d love you to join us.

“Kris and Donna are graphic design angels. Wonderful wisdom, insights, and a truly human-centered approach which really resonates with me.”

I’ve increased my prices (and still increasing!) and my quotes are still converting. I've set up processes that meet my workload/time spent goals for a great work/life balance.

I loved everything! Thanks for taking the extra time to personalize the experience.


TAYSIA PETERSON
CEO / DIGIALITY WEB DESIGN

“Kris’s and Donna’s attention to detail is off the charts—leaving no question un-answered and no stone un-turned.”

“The Academy has been life-changing as a new graphic design business owner. The information is practical and delivered in such a fun way.”

These ladies are just amazing. Their dedication to their students is super impressive and the knowledge and tools they share are empowering. I feel thoroughly supported and motivated to keep rising. 


GENEVIEVE GINTY 
PHOTOGRAPHER & GRAPHIC DESIGNER 

It’s so much better than taking an ordinary class (from a university  etc) because Kris and Donna make the information easily digestible and ready to be incorporated into your own business, not to mention the amazing group you get to grow alongside.

You’ll learn valuable business information that’s tailored specifically to designers. It’s safe to say after taking this class I have found my footing as a designer AND as a business owner.”


ASHTON HOOT
GRAPHIC DESIGN BUSINESS OWNER

Q&A’s

I haven’t even started my design business yet, is the Design & Prosper Academy going to be a good fit for me? 

Yes, absolutely. In fact, The Academy is perfect for you. You get to set up strong, solid foundations from the get-go. So many of our 1:1 clients have already established businesses and some have been in their businesses for many years—the number one thing they say is…“I wish I had access to these systems, processes and strategies when I first started my business.”

I’m so busy with client work, HOW MUCH TIME DO I NEED TO ALLOCATE TO THE ACADEMY?

We are big believers of batching time, and you’ll learn empowering time management systems as part of The Academy. We recommend batching time to developing your business for a minimum of one morning a week to ensure that you run your business and it doesn’t run you. Each of The Academy Modules has instructional videos with a running time of approximately 2 hours per module plus worksheets and templates to implement. The time it will takes to work through the resources is highly individual and depends on your goals, intentions and what you want to get out of The Academy. 

While it is imperative for you to join when it is right for you—we want you to know that when you join you will have access to the resources for the life of the course. If clients or life derail you, you get to come back to the resources again and again. 

What if I can’t make the live Q&A Sessions?

Don’t worry, you will have access to all recordings of the live sessions (via the Design & Prosper Academy portal) within 24 hours. This means if you have any questions at any time you can post them in the Design & Prosper Academy portal to be addressed in the live Q&A sessions. Questions will be answered in order of when they were submitted and you will be able to watch everything back at a time that works for you. 

What time are the live Q&A COACHING sessions each WEEK?

All Q&A coaching + lesson overview sessions will be held on Thursdays at 9am AEST. We’ll kick off the first one on Thursday 8th September. Click here to check your timezone for these sessions. Remember, we will still answer your question even if you can’t attend live and you’ll be able to watch the replay within 24 hours.  

How do I get access to the private Facebook community?

As soon as you sign up The Academy, you’ll receive an email with a link to the Design & Prosper Academy portal. Within the Design & Prosper Academy portal you’ll be invited to join our private Facebook Community. This is a safe, supportive place to get feedback and thoughts from the wonderful Academy Alumni. 

do you have a refund policy?

We want you to feel really safe and supported in this decision — and we know it’s a big decision. If you decide The Design & Prosper Academy is not the right decision for you or your business, you may request to withdraw from this course within 14 days of your purchase date (by the 14th day at 11:59 AEST). 

After day 14, we will have moved too far into the course to issue a refund and you will be responsible for full payment regardless if you complete the program.

I’m really struggling with my finances at the moment. Besides the course, are there any other resources I’ll need to purchase to get the most out of this?

You will need Adobe InDesign to open our templates, but other than that all of the templates that we provide can be accessed for free or using free versions of software—for example we recommend Trello for project management and the first 10 boards are free. We also recommend Dubsado for CRM and they have the first 3 clients for free. A lot of our processes are delivered in the form of a Google sheet and all you need to access them is a free Google account. We are big believers of ease and simplicity. We were very intentional about making The Academy as highly accessible as possible.

How are the lessons and resources delivered?

All resources will be delivered via the Design & Prosper Academy portal, which you will gain instant access to upon joining. Each module will be released on a weekly basis for a total of 12 weeks.

Upon purchase you will receive immediate access to the Pre-Work ‘Establishing Purpose’, 'Get Clear On Your Business Model’, ‘Resources We Love’ and access to the ‘Facebook community’.

Each module comes with pre-recorded videos with closed captions (English). We also do a 30 minute overview of the lesson at the start of the Q&A coaching session each week (this is recorded if you can't make it live). 

All other bonuses will be released throughout the 12 weeks, starting from week 3. As some bonuses will be live, keep an eye out for dates and information via email. You’ll have all bonuses by the end of our 12 weeks together. 

Who will be FACILITATING the WEEKLY live Sessions? 

Kris and/or Donna will be hosting al the live sessions for 2022.

Will I get a certificate or official qualifications?

This is not a certificate based course and no qualifications will be awarded, however as we are two tertiary educators you will be given access to tools and knowledge that will take your professionalism to the highest level and will help kick imposter syndrome to the kerb.

Am I able to use the resources and templates as-is for my own clients?

Yes absolutely, however in the interests of maintaining your own brand’s integrity, we recommend you modify with your own aesthetic and language.

Can I on-sell the resources and templates in my online shop?

No, all materials supplied are copyright property of Design and Prosper Pty Ltd and have been shared with you for your personal use only.

I know I need this, but THE investment IS SCAry for ME.

We absolutely understand that this is a big investment. When levelling up in any way it is an investment of time and money. We encourage you to ask yourself...what if I don’t do this? What will my business look like without The Academy Roadmap? What projects could I get if I had The Academy resources and the confidence that comes with this new knowledge? Only you can answer this question.

I love Kris and Donna, and I want them all to myself. How much access will I have for them to answer my questions?

As well as our weekly Q&A coaching + lesson overview sessions (1.5 hours) there will also be bonus live sessions and gatherings planned throughout the 12 weeks of The Academy. Don’t worry if you can’t make the live sessions, as you will have access to all recordings via the Design & Prosper Academy portal within 24 hours. If you have a question for the Q&A and can’t attend, you can post your questions in the portal for Kris and Donna to answer during the session. We answer questions on a first in, first serve basis. 

can you guarantee results?

As with any business-related program, your results using The Academy framework may vary from the testimonials included on this website. Your results will be based on many variables, such as your level of effort, motivation, business acumen, personal qualities, knowledge, skills, and a host of other factors. Since these factors differ for each individual, we cannot guarantee that you will attain a particular result. Implementing the resources from The Academy takes lots of time, effort, dedication and follow-through. We believe that we provide you a great toolbox to achieve your desired results.

The testimonials and photos used on this website are of actual clients and represent what is possible for illustrative purposes only. They are not intended to represent or guarantee that current or future clients will achieve the same or similar results.

HOW LONG WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO THE COURSE?

You’ll get lifetime access to The Academy, which means as long as the course is live, the resources (and any future updates) will be all yours. If we ever decide to pivot in a different business direction, you’ll be given 6 months notice to access all resources before we retire the portal.  

STILL NOT SURE?

We want you to feel really safe and supported in this. We know it’s a big decision. 

That’s why we’d like to offer you a 14 day money back guarantee— no questions asked. This way you get to give the experience a test drive. 

Then, if you don’t feel like the Design and Prosper Academy is giving you the resources, support and accountability you need, send an email to team@designandprosper.co within 14 days of your purchase date. request a refund and we’ll give you your money back.

How does that sound?

There’s one more thing we wanted you to think about before you go....

Close your eyes and imagine yourself on the weekend 6 months from now. It’s a beautiful day. You are just waking up, and thinking about the week just gone and the week to come. Imagine your business is:

Made up of clients you love who are excited about your work 

Made up of the perfect balance of projects to keep you busy and inspired but never overwhelmed.

Making the money you need to be able to choose the projects you want to work on.

Clearly defined and something you feel really confident about and in control of

Full of things you look forward to getting back into on Monday, but leaving your weekend free for you to enjoy your beautiful life

Because the Design & Prosper Academy isn’t just about business systems or design and marketing strategies, it’s about supporting you to create a business that is an authentic part of the fulfilling life you want to design for yourself.

“Learning from Kris and Donna has been an absolute delight. These women are phenomenal mentors, teachers, and I have come to see them as friends too!”

Since finding Kris and Donna through their outstanding podcast, I knew they were special and would help me grow my business. Only a short while later they opened the doors to The Design & Prosper Academy and I signed up as soon as I could!

Kris and Donna have created this nurturing community of likeminded creatives, which is all about sharing, learning and supporting. I treasure this space.

To any designer that is considering joining The Academy – I encourage you to absolutely go for it!!! It has been the best investment I have made in my career. It is such a gift to work with Kris and Donna - take up this special opportunity.”


Sophie Walker | Graphic Design Business Owner