How to be a Graphic Designer...2nd edition

How to be a Graphic Designer...2nd edition

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Graphic designers constantly complain that there is no career manual to guide them through the profession. Adrian Shaughnessy draws on a wealth of experience to provide just such a handbook. Aimed at the independent-minded, it addresses the concerns of young designers who want to earn a living by doing expressive and meaningful work and avoid becoming a hired drone working on soulless projects. It offers straight-talking advice on how to establish your design career and suggestions - that you won't have been taught at college - for running a successful business.

This revised edition contains all-new chapters covering professional skills; design thinking; and global trends, including social responsibility, ethics and the rise of digital culture. Also included are interviews with leading designers: Jonathan Barnbrook, Sara De Bondt, Stephen Doyle, Ben Drury, Paul Sahre, Dmitri Siegel, Sophie Thomas and Magnus Voll Mathiassen.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 190 x 230 x 18mm | 508g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 Revised edition
  • 45 colour illustrations
  • 1856697096
  • 9781856697095
  • 39,395

Table of contents

Introduction / Foreword by Stefan Sagmeister / Includes interviews with: Stephen Doyle (USA) - employing designers / Sara De Bondt (UK) - gender in design / Sophie Thomas (UK) - green design / Ben Drury (UK) - design for music industry / Magnus Vol (Nor) - starting from scratch / Paul Sahre (USA) - design and illustration / Jonathan Barnbrook (UK) - design and ethics Chapter 1: Attributes needed by the modern designer. Chapter 2: Non-designing skills Chapter 3: How to find a job Chapter 4: Freelance or setting up a studio Chapter 5: Running a studio Chapter 6: Finding new work and self-promotion Chapter 7: Clients Chapter 8: What is graphic design today? Chapter 9: The creative process
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About Adrian Shaughnessy

Adrian Shaughnessy is a designer and writer. He co-founded the design company Intro and, since leaving in 2003, has worked as a consultant to various design studios and clients. He is a Senior Tutor at the Royal College of Art and hosts the radio show 'Graphic Design On The Radio'.
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recommend to all juniors and people who are thinking about bacoming freelance or full time GD, great view of the field from a professional GD perspectiveshow more
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