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Studio Culture: The Secret Life of a Graphic Design Studio Paperback – Nov 1 2009

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing (Nov. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956207103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956207104
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 17 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #297,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good content and bad design July 7 2010
By Ondrej Ilincev - Published on
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The book content follows a linear path as most of the interviewed studios are asked simmilar questions so you can compare. Here is what I got from it, most studios:

- are small (75% of them have 1-10 people),
- suggest you get a good accountant (and project manager),
- don't want to get a loan,
- use macs,
- don't compromise their creative vision,
- don't do it for the money,
- have lot's of books, toys,
- are painted white,
- quote each other as their inspiration, or quote no one.

That being said, the layout of the book is suboptimal. The font in particular is very small (I am guessing 9pt), thin weight and sans serif. Part of it is light grey and it is a pain to read.
All photos are thumbnails and lack detail. On the other hand, the paper of both the cover and the inside is very nice.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent content, but poor typography April 14 2010
By Elizabeth C. Smith - Published on
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The interviews in this book are excellent, but visually it is a chore to read. Poor typography choices, from the typeface to the grid to the complete lack of typographic color make what should be an enjoyable, fast and riveting read a tedious one. I still recommend the book for fans of the studios interviewed -- their thoughts are a great insight into their processes -- but am disappointed by the irony of a book about designers that lacks such fundamentals of design.
Very Cool April 13 2013
By Jimbo83478 - Published on
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Awesome perspective into a large selection of studios. Visuals could be bigger, but that's not really the point of the book. It gives great insight into small shops, how they are run and how they got started. Love it.
Not really what I expected July 30 2012
By Kenya - Published on
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This book is not a guide but more of an encyclopedia of a collection of stories from studio owners and a couple of pages of photos. It certainly wasn't worth the price.
Love it. Sept. 28 2011
By James Noble - Published on
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Not only is this beautifully compiled and delivered book. Its textures, stock and imagery are mere fluff around a truly fantastic read. An insightful and an expanse knowledge resource for people such as myself running my own agency.

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