Survive and Thrive: Book Illustrations

Emily created illustrations for John Meese’s book, Survive & Thrive: How to Build a Profitable Business in Any Economy (Including this one)

Design Lead

Emily Mills



John Meese

About the Client

John Meese is a traditionally trained economist turned serial entrepreneur and author. He is on a personal mission to eradicate generational poverty by inspiring entrepreneurs and views entrepreneurship as the most effective path to worldwide change.

About the project

This is the hands-on guide to adapting your existing business, and/or building a new business, in response to the current economic crisis, which became more important than ever when COVID-19 hit. 

John approached Emily to illustrate some of the key concepts in this debut book after working together on past projects for Platform University.



John already had a clear vision of the desired style and contents of for each illustration, which made this project go quickly and smoothly. John provided examples and direction in a shared Notion document, and I uploaded files as we progressed through the drafts. Eventually, we settled on final versions, and the illustrations were sent to print with the book, which was slated for release in July 2021.

Let’s work together.