The BUSINESS SCHOOL for graphic, BRAND & WEB Designers

Learn how to build the graphic design business of your dreams.  

Learn how to build the graphic design business of your dreams.  

The BUSINESS SCHOOL for graphic Designers

Welcome to The Academy, for designers who are ready to build a sustainable business that works

Welcome to The Academy, the business school for designers.

THE complete business course + group coaching experience FOR creating A graphic design business that suits you, your financial goals and your lifestyle.

I cannot speak more highly of this course, or Kris & Don. Was worth every. single. cent investing in for my business but most importantly, myself. I did The Academy before I opened my studio and made back my investment with my first client.

—Ebony Sugars | Owner, Brand New Day Studio

IT’S TIME TO SHINE BEAUTIFUL DESIGNER

Do you want to learn:

If you answered:

YES

It’s time to fast track your design business transformation.

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How to attract your ideal clients?


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


How to get clients to respect you, trust your ideas and take your prices seriously?


How it IS possible to earn the money you want AND live a balanced lifestyle? 


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


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

it’s time

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

OWNER & DESIGNER
DEPARTMENT OF JUNE

OWNER & DESIGNER
CLARK & CO BRAND DESIGN

OWNER & DESIGNER
BRAND NEW DAY STUDIO

OWNER & DESIGNER
MORPHE MEDIA MANAGEMENT

DESIGNER & SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Kendra C Creative

WHAT YOU’ll GET

You are about to fall in love with your business. Allow yourself to believe it’s possible! 

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UNWAVERING CONFIDENCE AND A FEELING OF EMPOWERMENT TO BUILD A THRIVING GRAPHIC DESIGN BUSINESS WITH STRONG FOUNDATIONS AND EXPERT PROCESSES.

With 12 modules including over 80 video lessons, we’ll take you step-by-step through our processes. Plus you’ll get invaluable design and business templates to adapt and implement.


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

Elevated learning via Q&A group coaching sessions to help you adapt and implement the new knowledge in the way that works best for YOUR business.

Access to all the Design & Prosper professional business systems, templates and creative processes to streamline your workflow and elevate design solutions.

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For the lifetime of the course, you'll have access to past Q&A coaching session recordings and the complete library of Academy resources!

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Access to the minds of two graphic design university lectures and successful design business owners—passionate about supporting you to achieve your goals.

Knowledge

Empowerment

Community

Design Business Toolkit

VIP Access

Experienced Design + Biz Educators

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

I am now charging with confidence and feeling like I can finally breathe. My dream-days are coming to life! The Academy is pure GOLD. The value is more than I could have dreamed. The money you spend will come back to you in spades. Absolutely cannot recommend these lovely ladies enough!! They are the MAGIC you need.

—Nina Lota | Owner, Nina Lota Design

Got questions? Join us for a free 15 minute chat.

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!

“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!”

MADISON / FOUNDER OF ATLAS STUDIO 

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!" 


“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.”

KIM O | GRAPHIC DESIGNER / ENTREPRENEUR / REIGNITED BOSS BABE

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.”


“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!”

SOPHIE WALKER | GRAPHIC DESIGN BUSINESS OWNER

I'm just sending along the QUICKEST of notes to that say that - now a year out from last falls' academy - I'm about to send what's likely to be my final proposal for the year, and it will put me at over $100,000 in sales. 2022 has been HUGE. 💥💥💥

Thank you is never enough, but thank you - from my heart. xx 


“I would not be here without you both, and the wisdom // resources // confidence I gained from those 12 weeks.”

CARLY BURT | GRAPHIC DESIGN BUSINESS OWNER

Thank you both so so much. The Academy has been such an incredible experience for teaching me the ins-and-outs of running a business, and providing me with the confidence, security, and resources to feel that I am a high level professional.

You’ve taken the guesswork out of client communication, invoicing, and client processes, and the ongoing D&P portal and live-call support is invaluable.

I feel comfort in knowing that you and the community show up every week and that I can come for mentorship/support when I need it. Big big thank you, you’re both so uplifting, supportive, and wise in the ways of design and mentorship and communication. I’m grateful to be in the D&P community. xx 


“You’ve shown me the value of investing in coaching and mentorship, and growth.’

MARIA LOBO | OWNER/CREATIVE DIRECTOR PLANET LOBO

The Academy was created especially for you  if...

Aaand, you are ready to gain CLARITY on the exact next steps you need to take to get on track to consistent high income months and have the space and time back to really enjoy your business and your life.

Inside The Academy, you will find the plan, the tools and the knowledge to finally feel like your design business is on the path you want to travel. Our personalised guidance will help you avoid the biggest pitfalls that keep design business owners stuck and put you on the fast track to a profitable, balanced business.

you are a DESIGNER who has been in business for 2+ years, you love what you do and you know you are good at it. but, YOU ARE struggling to maintain consistent income and the work/life balance you went into business for in the first place is eluding you…

We’ve helped 100s of designers worldwide and counting!

READY TO JOIN US?

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

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TAKE A PEEK INSIDE
THE ACADEMY

ONE MODULE AT A TIME

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YOU’RE ONLY 12 MODULES AWAY FROM CREATING YOUR DREAM BUSINESS!

You’ll receive one module per week over the 12 weeks. If you need more time, you’ll have ongoing access to all the modules and updated resources.

This means you can take things at your own pace, catch up when it suits you, or even retake the course if you ever need a refresh!


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

Discovering your vision for your life is the first step towards creating the business you love.

Planning your business should be powered by a dream for your life that makes your heart beat faster. What is the driving force behind your dream?

The first step of this foundational module is, ‘Design Your Dream Life’, where you’ll unpack exactly what you want your business and life to look like. 

Then, you'll take this new knowledge and build a revenue plan using our 'Design Your Dream Business Model' worksheet. This powerful training will give you insight into the types of offerings that will be most profitable for YOU.  

MODULE 00 // DESIGN YOUR DREAM

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PRE-WORK RESOURCES

- DESIGN YOUR DREAM LIFE WORKSHEET
- DESIGN YOUR DREAM LIFE VIDEO TRAINING
- DESIGN YOUR DREAM BUSINESS MODEL WORKSHEET
- DESIGN YOUR DREAM BUSINESS MODEL TRAINING


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 aligned and profitable business decisions with integrity. 

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

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You and your business are unique and no two visions will be the same. You'll discover how it is possible to build a business model that matches both your revenue and lifestyle goals.  

We've designed this Pre-Work to be an exciting, motivational step in working out your vision for the future. It has the potential to transform the way you think about your life and business.

ESTABLISHING PURPOSE WORKSHEET
ESTABLISHING VIDEO TRAINING
GET CLEAR ON YOUR BUSINESS MODEL WORKSHEET
GET CLEAR ON YOUR BUSINESS MODEL TRAINING

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 aligned and profitable business decisions with integrity. 

MODULE 01 // ATTRACTING YOUR DREAM CLIENT

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

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ATTRACTING YOUR DREAM CLIENT WORKSHEET
MY DREAM CLIENT VIDEO TRAINING
THE TRANSFORMATION VIDEO TRAINING

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ATTRACTING YOUR DREAM CLIENT WORKSHEET
MY DREAM CLIENT VIDEO TRAINING
THE TRANSFORMATION VIDEO TRAINING

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.

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.

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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MODULE 04 // DESIGN FOR PROFIT

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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

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- 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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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
7. Repeat Client 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.

MODULE 09 // DESIGN PROCESS: CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT

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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

MODULE 12 // PROJECT LAUNCHES

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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


EXTRA VALUE BUILT IN

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WE WANT YOU TO FEEL COMPLETELY EMPOWERED SO WE LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED BY INCLUDING INTRODUCTORY TRAINING TO OUR FAVOURITE TOOLS!

As well as our supplemental training, we include MORE game-changing templates that are ready to adapt and implement. And, we share access our must-have Print Savvy Kit which is sure to up your print game and so much more... 


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Our super simple Dubsado training is all yours!

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, a contract and an invoice—all at once via Dubsado!

VALUE | $450 USD

You’ll also receive our super helpful Trello Training, 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
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

We share our 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 our private community for the life of the group is all yours!

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

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 | $800 USD

Our Print Savvy Kit is the ultimate production tool! Containing 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

There is so much more to The Academy than a 12-week course.

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It was so much fun and I’m so grateful every day that I had the opportunity to attend!!!

The group learning setting was so great, as well as the community that came along with it. I feel like I learn easier when I have peers to bounce ideas off of and ask questions. 

“The resources are absolutely genius and so easy to follow—I don’t know how Kris and Don made it so easy! Everything was just jam packed with value and I enjoyed every second of it.”

MIA FREDA / GRAPHIC DESIGNER

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. 

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

GENEVIEVE GINTY | PHOTOGRAPHER AND GRAPHIC DESIGNER 

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.


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

TAYSIA PETERSON CEO / DIGIALITY WEB DESIGN

I have a Bachelors in Fine Arts, but I never studied graphic design. I fell into it while trying to find something that would fit my now kid-filled life. I never felt like I had the confidence or polish to get out there and charge the right prices for my work. I spent (wasted) a ton of time trying out new business systems and felt I could never manage my time effectively.

I am now charging with confidence and feeling like I can finally breathe. My dream-days are coming to life! The Academy is pure GOLD. The value is more than I could have dreamed. The money you spend will come back to you in spades. Absolutely cannot recommend these lovely ladies enough!! They are the MAGIC you need. 


“Kris and Donna have held my virtual hand and introduced me to the most wonderful business systems and time management tools to make my graphic business dreams a reality! ”

NINA LOTA /NINA LOTA DESIGN — GRAPHICS AND BRANDING

YOU’ll GET
ONGOING ACCESS

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VIP ACCESS TO THE ACADEMY MEANS, AS LONG AS THE COURSE IS LIVE, RESOURCES (AND ALL FUTURE UPDATES) WILL BE ALL YOURS.

But we are told over and over from our current students—The Academy is so much more than the assets inside the modules. 


Over 80 Video Lessons (valued at $2,700)


Design Business Tools & Templates (valued at $2,700)


36 Live Group Coaching Sessions each year (valued at $2,880)


Community Support & Advice (valued at $800)


Supplemental Tech Trainings & Templates  (valued at $1,360 )


That’s a total of US$10,440 value!

The Academy investment for 2024 is $2400 USD*

*Payment plans and an AUD cart will also be available

Thank you for signing up! 🤗

Want to be notified when we open doors for our next intake in 2024? Join the waitlist below.

Doors to The Academy are currently closed. 

Need help now? Join us for a free 15 minute chat to find out how we can support you.

Here’s what our Academy Alumni have to say about their experience...

Brand Strategist, Graphic Designer, & Illustrator

IMMERSIVE BRANDING EXPERIENCE SPECIALIST

DIRECTOR | COVE STUDIOS

DIRECTOR | ELEM DESIGN CO

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?

Q&A coaching + lesson overview sessions will be held Thursdays at 9.30am AEST or AEDT (depending on the time of year) during each round of The Academy.  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.  

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 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 AEDT). 

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.

Who will be FACILITATING the WEEKLY live Sessions? 

Kris and/or Donna will be hosting all the live sessions for 2024.

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 DESIGN 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.

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?

As long as the course is live, you’ll get ongoing access to all 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.  

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