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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; New edition (September 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568989830
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568989839
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Adrian Shaughnessy is a designer and writer, and the author of How To Be A Graphic Designer, Without Losing Your Soul and Cover Art By: New Music Graphics. He co-founded the design company Intro and, since leaving in 2003, has worked as a consultant to various design studios and clients. He has lectured extensively on design and hosts the radio show 'Graphic Design On The Radio'. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I had to buy this book for class and I'm so glad I did.
C. Lines
Reading this book getting out of design school eased my mind it was like having an experience professional mentor in a book.
Josh Ryan
I do feel that the book had some good tips and personal examples.
J. Chen

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Patterson on June 2, 2011
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I got this book with high hopes, since it came highly recommended by authors that I respect and love, as well as the Amazon community of reviewers. Also I can relate to the title ;) Unfortunately, I felt this book was only so-so; a few good points and insider chuckles, but overall, the author was very vague and drawn-out in his advice.

And quite honestly, I disagreed with much of what he was encouraging others to do, especially if the point was NOT to lose your soul!

For example, he makes the case of making your clients happy even if what they want is horrible design--at least that's how I took it. Granted, there's a fine line between satisfying your clients and being a commodity. I personally am trying to side more with David Airey's (Logo Design Love, excellent book!) philosophy--you're the expert, don't sell your soul and be a doormat. Which, in my opinion, this book was more or less failed to do, despite the title.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Goffredo Puccetti on September 21, 2012
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This is book is a classic. It was very good when it came out years ago and it is simply a must today with this expanded edition.
Its place is firmly in the syllabus of any course on visual culture, communication and graphic design. Several lines from the chapter about the required qualities of graphic designers are now posters on my wall. Read this book if you are practicing, studying, loving graphic design. Not only you will keep your soul intact, you will indeed expand it. Every single page seems to have been written - and designed, I might add, as even the book's page layout reads as powerful statement - with the purpose of igniting conversations well beyond graphic design.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Lines on November 2, 2011
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I had to buy this book for class and I'm so glad I did. Definitely get the new version! (Most of the old one is available on google books for free anyway...) The edits are relavant to what's going on in graphic design now. As a student, I feel like this book contains a lot of helpful information not always taught in design programs. Get reading!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Chen on November 30, 2010
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I found this book a good enough read for people who are intrigued by the title, but don't expect any personal revelations after reading this book

Things I liked:

- shared personal experiences from the author
- easy book to read (no complex vocabulary)
- gives advice to young designers/students

Things I don't like about the book:

- the typesetting (I feel that the words are kerned way too close together, to a point where I find it distracting)
- author keeps name-dropping people/places he knows
- doesn't go indepth with some of the topics he present. The book claims to talk about the stuff that you don't learn in school, yet I feel that the author does not say anything that an astute student wouldn't already have figured out by themselves.
- Interviews at the back of the book not really that helpful for students

Personally, I would give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars, but I rounded up since I found the book interesting enough to read.
I would assume that I'm the target audience (young graphic designer right out of school), but I didn't really find any thing that I haven't already touched upon in my life. I do feel that the book had some good tips and personal examples.

conclusion: read it if you are interested with the title. Don't read it if your already deep into the graphic design world (though there are a few chapters about starting your own studio).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin S. Webb on July 11, 2013
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I wish I could go back in time about 10 years and tell younger me a lot of the wisdom about graphic design and business.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Felix Desroches on March 5, 2013
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I usually hate "business" books and those that deal with particular industries, as I often find them too vague and long-winded.

This book is neither of those things - the complete opposite in fact. Shaughnessy writes so clearly and with such honesty that I found it hard to put the book down. Every page has nuggets of wisdom, some practical and common sense ("when to hire an accountant", "interview dos and don'ts"), others more philosophical ("hire someone knowing they will your want to start their own studio", "how to work ethically"). The interviews at the end were also pretty great as it's always fascinating to take a peek at how others work.

A must-read for designers and those curious of what it takes to love and succeed in graphic design.
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