Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Reading Material for the Soul

Recently I have been reading a book Brad gave me for Christmas, called How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul . The book is written by Adrian Shaughnessy, former co-founder of Intro design, who's lastest project, This is Real art, is WAY cool. He has enlisted the efforts of Kim Hiorthoy and BUILD designer, Michael C. Place, to name a few, and formed a of design group/all-star team of rockstars.

Anyway, Brad asked me last night as I was reading, if I was learning anything from the book. I told him that the book is good, well-written with a lot of honest and useful info about the design industry as it really is. The question is whether I am actually absorbing the content, as I have not had the opportunity to put the ideas presented in the book into practice. My excuse for this and for my recent lack of blog posts is best put in the words of Huey Lewis - I'm taking what they giving 'cause I'm working for a livin' - and yes, that means losing my soul (as a graphic designer that is).

Seems like the today's client has backed off for now, so, in the interest of trying to take something away from the book, as soon as I am done writing this post I am going to shift my attention to something I care about designing
. Something personal - although I'm not sure what that'll be just yet (I am not quite finished with the book, so maybe I'll actually start by finishing it). And then, I am going to bake some cookies.


When A.S asked designer illustrator, Peter Stemmler of Quickhoney, What he'd do differently if he were starting his career all over again, he replied, "Maybe I'd get a good office chair right away."

Good advice I think. No?

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