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Studio Culture: The Secret Life of a Graphic Design Studio Paperback – November 4, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing (November 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956207103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956207104
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Adrian Shaughnessy co-founded the design studio Intro. In 2003 he left to pursue a career as an independent art director and writer. He has written, edited and designed numerous books including How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul. He writes for all the leading design magazines, and is a contributor to Design Observer, the world's most widely read design blog. He is editor of Varoom magazine and hosts a radio show called Graphic Design on the Radio. He is a frequent lecturer and has been interviewed on radio and TV.

Tony Brook is a highly respected graphic designer. He is creative director and founder of design company Spin, the innovative multidisciplinary London studio. Brook has won countless awards, and has designed numerous books and publications. He has designed, edited and published the successful Spin series of publications. He is president of the UK chapter of AGI, and is a recognized collector of graphic design artifacts. He lectures extensively around the world.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ondrej Ilincev on July 7, 2010
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The book content follows a linear path as most of the interviewed studios are asked simmilar questions so you can compare. Here is what I got from it, most studios:

- are small (75% of them have 1-10 people),
- suggest you get a good accountant (and project manager),
- don't want to get a loan,
- use macs,
- don't compromise their creative vision,
- don't do it for the money,
- have lot's of books, toys,
- are painted white,
- quote each other as their inspiration, or quote no one.

That being said, the layout of the book is suboptimal. The font in particular is very small (I am guessing 9pt), thin weight and sans serif. Part of it is light grey and it is a pain to read.
All photos are thumbnails and lack detail. On the other hand, the paper of both the cover and the inside is very nice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth C. Smith on April 14, 2010
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The interviews in this book are excellent, but visually it is a chore to read. Poor typography choices, from the typeface to the grid to the complete lack of typographic color make what should be an enjoyable, fast and riveting read a tedious one. I still recommend the book for fans of the studios interviewed -- their thoughts are a great insight into their processes -- but am disappointed by the irony of a book about designers that lacks such fundamentals of design.
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By Jimbo83478 on April 13, 2013
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Awesome perspective into a large selection of studios. Visuals could be bigger, but that's not really the point of the book. It gives great insight into small shops, how they are run and how they got started. Love it.
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By Kenya on July 30, 2012
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This book is not a guide but more of an encyclopedia of a collection of stories from studio owners and a couple of pages of photos. It certainly wasn't worth the price.
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