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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King; 1st edition (3 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856694100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856694100
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 23.1 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 424,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...both very readable and well worth reading... -- MacUser

...teaches you all the practical stuff you wouldn't learn in design school... -- European Business

...there has never been anything close to a career manual for graphic designers - until now, of course, and that's where `How to be a Graphic Designer: Without Losing Your Soul' comes in. -- Computer Arts

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...there has never been anything close to a career manual for graphic designers - until now, of course, and that's where `How to be a Graphic Designer: Without Losing Your Soul' comes in.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A. Benson on 7 Nov 2006
Format: Paperback
Following on from what other reviewers have said - I too don't read many books and often find design reference books are merely visual feasts with little insight or thoughtful discussion. However this book is different. Adrian Shaughnessy has performed a minor miracle in that he has run a very successful design studio and has also managed to create a book full of wit and intelligence that speaks to every designer at every level. I found myself nodding knowingly when I read this book, as he has captured exactly how it feels to be a designer. Whether coincidentally or not, I have recently decided to 'go it alone' as a designer - and I think this book has given me the impetus to do so. A MUST READ for anyone who is a designer or aspires to be one.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Galon on 21 Jun 2006
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I was flicking through this one evening at Borders, saw some interesting parts and bought it a day later on Amazon.

Its essentially a collection of nuggets of good advice gained from the (in)experience of a guy who's been in the design industry for a good few years.

I think there's a couple of good lessons in there that should be taught at college (well at least my old college). It doesn't teach you any design fundamentals but it attempts to show you ways of not messing up too bad when you go for interviews, if you're setting up your own your own studio, etc.

It's well written and some of it is self deprecating. It was nice to see that even well known super experienced designers have moments of self doubt now and then. I found it quite refreshing to read.

Definitely recommended it if you're interested in the ins and outs of doing well in graphic design when you are actually not doing any graphic designing.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Feb 2006
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I've bought lots of books written for graphic designers over the past couple of years, but none have proved to be as enjoyable as Adrian Shaugnhnessy's.
Adrian covers much that the modern designer needs to know, such as how to approach studios for employment and how to present your work. It's wide range of topics will probably mean there's the odd chapter that isn't relevant for you personally but the entire book is written in a way that still manages to hold your interest even when that is the case.
A recommended, refreshing read.
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Mr Steven Cairney on 4 Oct 2005
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I had my trepidation's about this book, another well designed beautiful to look at and in essence just that. Eye candy (see any of the Tomato publications). However, I read a small piece on the book in this months CR and since I'm starting a new studio myself, thought I'd pick it up.
Starting up a business is BORING. All the books and advice you get is generally in regard to fictional iron-mongers and the like. 'Without Losing Your Soul' has a ream of information regarding working for yourself to studio start up and everything else after that bold step. Interestingly the section of 'getting a job in the industry' is meagre in comparison. Perhaps this is due to the fact that many graduates just can't get the job they deserve.
'Without Losing Your Soul' covers other aspects of working life, clients and how to keep your artistic sanity and still get paid, right through to dealing with artists block. All in a witty but not too smug style (as the first chapter suggests all designers are 'self-centered obsessives', so I was expecting more smugness)
This is THE handbook for the graduate designer. I say THE because I haven't seen any others really. Don't be put off if you don't work in the 'traditional' sense of the word design (I don't. I'm in motion graphics/moving image). However if you are print to film and everything in between, the examples and advice in this book are applicable.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Mar 2006
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Such a well written book with a light and fresh layout. The topics covered are all relevant to the modern designer, with plenty of good tips for recent graduates. If only this book was around 7 years ago when I graduated from Ravensbourne - my lecturers could have learnt a few things from Adrian Shaughnessy.
Made me smile. Made me think. Made me want to write this review. A valuable book, especially for new designers. Oh, and those still with a ring-binder clip portfolio...!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marin Dugandzic on 18 Jun 2009
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its a very good book for aspiring designer, if youre just emabrking on the graphic design highway this is the book for you, you may be very talented and funky, avantgarde and bold, clever and fresh with your designs, but youll still need some practical advice on how to manage your financial side, how to find clients, how to deal with them, how not to lose clients you have, how to do eveything else except designing itself, in this book you wont find fancy new types and cool logos, but youll find big heap of clever advice from a guy who used to be a talent hunter, so dont you wanna know what they really want? and on top of that many interviews with established world known designers, i think this is the stuff that youll find hard if you were looking for it from your friends who are out there, they may not have time to tell you or not want to tell it to you, its all systematically layed out here, from phase to phase, tackling every important issue beside designing itself, youll be surprised to find out how much there is at the presentation itself and the body language, as i remember one episode of bill cosby show where hes criticising the awkward way in which his daughter introduced her new boyfriend to her family, he said ITS LIKE COOKING THE MOST DELICIOUS DINNER AND SERVING IT ON THE RUBBISH BIN LID, dont waste your beautifully cooked designs serving them on the rubbish bin lid, this book will tell you how to carefully do the job bearing in mind what they want
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