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How To Be A Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul.
Written by Adrian Shaughnessy

Posted by Daniel Lignini,

How to be a graphic designer without loosing your soul, provoked me to think about the nature of the soul.
Milton Glaser. Print, February 2006.

I bought this book in 2010 after advice of a friend and colleague of mine. At the time, we were working at the same design consultancy, and as it often happens, we found ourselves debating about the importance of good design and how hard is sometimes not to loose our souls while working with some clients… you know what kind I’m talking about. After I read it, I felt I wasn’t alone, and it was of such a great comfort to me, it reminded me what a wonderfully exciting and interesting profession it is.

Written by a designer for designers, How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul, not only is well written and beautifully design by Bibliothèque but it is also the testimony of a successful graphic design career like Adrian’s. It guides young designers toward civility and integrity in their approach to a life in design, and I’m sure it would also help the most seasoned professional.

Graphic designers constantly complain that there is no career manual to guide them through the profession. Design consultant and writer Adrian Shaughnessy draws on a wealth of experience to provide just such a handbook. It offers straight-talking advice on how to establish your design career and suggestions – that you wont have been taught at college – for running a successful business.

I have read it back then, and of course I totally enjoyed reading it. A week ago, I started re-reading it and even after being in the business for about 16 years, there is always something left to learn from it.

I still love it.

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This is my copy of the book :)

“….a practical and inspirational user’s guide for designers who want ro create meaningful work without losing their souls” David Quay, Grafikmag

How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul, New Edition. Written by Adrian Shaughnessy and published by Laurence King. The book also includes inspiring Q&A with leading designers, including Jonathan Barnbrook, Sara De Bondt, Stephen Doyle, Ben Drury, Paul Sahre, Dmitri Siegel, Sophie Thomas, and Magnus Vol Mathiassen.

About the Author:
Adrian Shaughnessy is a graphic designer and writer based in London. In 1989 he co-founded the design company Intro and, since leaving in 2003, has worked as a consultant to various design studios and clients. Today he runs ShaughnessyWorks, a consultancy combining design and editorial direction. He is a founding partner in Unit Editions, a publishing company producing books on design and visual culture. He has lectured extensively on design and hosts the radio show ‘Graphic Design On The Radio’.

How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul – New Edition

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