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Graphic Design: A User's Manual. [Paperback]

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19 Oct 2009
This book offers students, novice designers, and battle-toughened professionals alike an insiders guide to the complexities of current graphic design practice and thinking. It contains all you need to know to survive and prosper in the complex, ever-shifting world of graphic design. Set out in A-Z style and written in a realistic, conversational, and insightful way, the book provides advice on the fundamental topics and issues that face designers in their daily lives, looking at everything from kerning to presenting; from budgeting to dealing with rejection; from annual reports to interface design. Adrian Shaughnessy, the author of the best selling 'How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul', himself a successful designer, brings a wealth of experience to this very useful and entertaining book.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King (19 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856695913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856695916
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 19.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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'.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Usefull 19 Aug 2010
This book wont teach you how to be a graphic designer. It's about a myriad of things noone will ever teach you at school or even at work.
Small things, like how to deal with bank or clients , how to survive if a client reject your work, how to deal with Envy. Every chapter is well writter , often whit the irony you will soon recognize as the Adrian Shaughnessy signature.
Full of illustration and design examples (in b/w, but with extended reference) , every insight ends with some recomended readings, books or articles or blog posts you can read to go deeper into the subject. I've found at least 10 new books to buy.

Overall i Love this book, it's well Written and perfectly Designed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 4 April 2013
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I like this book as it is split into sections, this allows you to find what you need easily and quickly. I think if you are planing on becoming a designer I would recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for any level of designer 23 Jan 2010
By Corey Allen - Published on Amazon.com
Graphic Design: A User's Manual written and designed by Adrian Shaughnessy is an absolute must read for a graphic designer. Actually, I should rephrase that, this book is an absolute must-reference for any designer. Structured as a very concise reference tool with each chapter, titled simply with a letter of the alphabet, addressing common and not so common topics in the design world.

If you're anything like me when flipping through a new book, regardless of it's topic there has to be plenty of visual stimulation and an equal amount of brain bending insight pulled from the text to summarize what I'm about to read (or summing up what I just read). [...].
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3.0 out of 5 stars Directions Please 11 Mar 2010
By John Sutton - Published on Amazon.com
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The content of Graphic Design: A User's Manual is fantastic. I enjoyed and learned something from every entry, and I would recommend it to anyone who has anything to do with graphic design in even the most tangential capacity. Every essay, without exception, contains nuggets of gold. I've bought copies for friends and I recommend you too, dear reader, secure a copy for yourself.

The only problem, and a glaring one in my opinion, is the lack of a table of contents. Without a table of contents good luck in getting a content overview. For that you have to physically flip through the pages of the whole book! What a pain in the neck. The index is comprehensive enough but I'm sorry, it doesn't help in this regard.

Someone wasn't thinking and whoever that someone is should carefully read and take to heart the section on 'Wayfinding' so clearly articulated on page --let me see now I have to flip through the whole book to find it.... ah yes, that would be on page 299. And while this person is at it they should also glance through the section on 'Accessibility'. One second now, that...would...be...page...8.

Other than this one criticism, congratulations on a fantastic book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful User's Manual 18 Dec 2009
By Jason A. Tselentis - Published on Amazon.com
Shaughnessy's 'Graphic Design: A User's Manual' covers all aspects of the creative process. It includes insight into business practices, media use, self-promotion, education and research, among others. Shaughnessy presents the information in a friendly, accessible manner without talking over your head or boring you with long-winded details.
4.0 out of 5 stars Graphic Designers Encyclopedia? 20 Sep 2011
By Jonny B - Published on Amazon.com
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At least once a week, I crack this baby open to a random subject and start reading. I'm almost always glad I did. There's just so much material in here, and it's not meant to flow in a linear fashion, so it's easier that way. This book is also good if you just want to read about a particular subject like 'kerning' etc...Adrian writes through his own experiences which are obviously more vast than my own. In that way it helps, even if you disagree with his opinion. Just one little caveat: WHERE'S the dang index?
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a user's manual 17 April 2010
By P. Li - Published on Amazon.com
I definitely made a mistake by reading this book the whole way through. When I first started the book, I was incredibly excited to start reading it. Definitely the book is really well laid out and the designs are quite interesting--something very important with a novel about graphic design.

Shaughnessy gives a lot of useful information to the beginning/intermediate/experienced graphic designer. Unfortunately for me, it is definitely a user's manual, i.e. something not really meant to be read through, but instead kept as a reference. Some of the information was purely for information's sake while other information was useful in the career of a graphic designer.

By the last third of the book, however, I was completely overwhelmed by all the information. It began to feel more like I was sloughing through the book rather than reading for enjoyment. Still, I like this book and it has enough information that I would go through it for different definitions, but I won't read it all the way through again.
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