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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; New edition (Sept. 8 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568989830
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568989839
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Adrian Shaughnessy was co-founder of the leading London-based design company Intro and was the company's creative director for 15 years before leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a design writer. He writes regularly for Print magazine and for UK design magazines Eye, Creative Review, Design Week, and Grafik, and is a contributor to The Wire magazine.

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How to Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul gave me tools and confidence to pitch ideas and follow thru. It covers every aspect of being a freelancer to opening you own shop. Consider this book as a guideline to those designers lost in this world of commercial art.
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Even if I usually speaks french, this book is still easy to understand and really usefull. I just began reading it, and as a student I found really good tips about dealing with clients. ( I've just red that part so far... )
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I picked up the kindle version. It was good, practical for the price. More e-books shoukd be like this.
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Average read, disappointed June 2 2011
By Patterson - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this book with high hopes, since it came highly recommended by authors that I respect and love, as well as the Amazon community of reviewers. Also I can relate to the title ;) Unfortunately, I felt this book was only so-so; a few good points and insider chuckles, but overall, the author was very vague and drawn-out in his advice.

And quite honestly, I disagreed with much of what he was encouraging others to do, especially if the point was NOT to lose your soul!

For example, he makes the case of making your clients happy even if what they want is horrible design--at least that's how I took it. Granted, there's a fine line between satisfying your clients and being a commodity. I personally am trying to side more with David Airey's (Logo Design Love, excellent book!) philosophy--you're the expert, don't sell your soul and be a doormat. Which, in my opinion, this book was more or less failed to do, despite the title.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great guide, especially for students and newbies Nov. 2 2011
By C. Lines - Published on Amazon.com
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I had to buy this book for class and I'm so glad I did. Definitely get the new version! (Most of the old one is available on google books for free anyway...) The edits are relavant to what's going on in graphic design now. As a student, I feel like this book contains a lot of helpful information not always taught in design programs. Get reading!
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Must read Sept. 21 2012
By Goffredo Puccetti - Published on Amazon.com
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This is book is a classic. It was very good when it came out years ago and it is simply a must today with this expanded edition.
Its place is firmly in the syllabus of any course on visual culture, communication and graphic design. Several lines from the chapter about the required qualities of graphic designers are now posters on my wall. Read this book if you are practicing, studying, loving graphic design. Not only you will keep your soul intact, you will indeed expand it. Every single page seems to have been written - and designed, I might add, as even the book's page layout reads as powerful statement - with the purpose of igniting conversations well beyond graphic design.
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great read! July 11 2013
By Kevin S. Webb - Published on Amazon.com
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I wish I could go back in time about 10 years and tell younger me a lot of the wisdom about graphic design and business.
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Thoughtful look at being a good designer and human being March 5 2013
By Felix Desroches - Published on Amazon.com
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I usually hate "business" books and those that deal with particular industries, as I often find them too vague and long-winded.

This book is neither of those things - the complete opposite in fact. Shaughnessy writes so clearly and with such honesty that I found it hard to put the book down. Every page has nuggets of wisdom, some practical and common sense ("when to hire an accountant", "interview dos and don'ts"), others more philosophical ("hire someone knowing they will your want to start their own studio", "how to work ethically"). The interviews at the end were also pretty great as it's always fascinating to take a peek at how others work.

A must-read for designers and those curious of what it takes to love and succeed in graphic design.

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