- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (September 8, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568985592
- ISBN-13: 978-1568985596
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How To Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul Paperback – September 8, 2005
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His likable and generous voice guides young designers toward civility and integrity in their approach to a life in design. -- Communication Arts, November 23, 2005
"A sort of career manual guide for young graphic designers who want to earn a living by doing expressive and meaningful work but want to avoid becoming a hired drone working on soulless projects." --Lurzers International Archive, December 2005/January 2006
"Quick read, great insight." -- Craig Brimm --Graphic Design USA, January, 2006
"Tips for young creatives on how to avoid turning into a dreary design drone." --How, February, 2006
"I love a book by Adrian Shaughnessy called How to Be a Graphic Designer: Without Loosing Your Soul " -- Mark Stringer --Computer Arts, June, 2008
"More than seduction by color. The text easily appeals to all of lifes types who might crack its binding: the student crowd who have spent four years learning how to learn; those weighing the decision to go in-house or freelance; the seasoned designer who wants to set up his or her own studio... " -- Lisa Ryers --San Francisco Bay Guardian, January, 2006
"If Adrian Shaughnessy hasn't already started a 'Without Losing Your Soul' franchise of 'How To' books, he should consider it. His likable and generous voice guides young designers toward civility and integrity in their approach to a life in design." --Communication Arts, November, 2005
"A no-holds-barred manual for being a graphic designer . . . a refreshing take on the populated design book genre, sure to help even the most seasoned professional." --Step Inside Design, November/December 2005
"This practical and philosophical how-to offers less fill-in-the-blanks advice than wisdom learned in the field. . . . 'Designers have an unwritten duty to pass on their experience and give support to the next generation of designers,' Shaughnessy writes. You could say that he does his part with this invaluable guide." --CMYK, June, 2006
"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
Graphic designers love to talk about sources of inspiration, but less willing to discuss the basics on location work, pricing, and how to handle irate or non-paying clients - so it's essential that any graphic designer operating independently have this practical reference.
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Overall I think this is a great book. What I think it lacks is a lot of actionable advice. The author definitely leaves much of her observation open-ended. Despite that small downside and the fact that much of the book's topics are a little too advanced for someone like me, I think it is a book that all designers should have in their design library.
I definitely recommend this one to everyone.