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When my boss at work the VP of marketing saw this book on my desk at work he said gosh, does being a designer really put your soul at risk Well, yes At least our art soul So for those who are in the designer boat its a good read. I admit, I was a bit worried about the without losing your soul in the title of the book before starting, but Adrian Shaughnessy turned out not to be nearly as romantic as I expected he even argues that self initiated projects personal projects usually are not a good way to promote oneself and get new clients something that doesn t resonate well with the title, and something I don t agree with even though I don t believe in souls.Interestingly, there are a few paragraphs where Shaughnessy is really soul romantic at the beginning and they sounded so wrong to me that I even thought of dropping the book I m glad I continued because the rest was a gem, full of discussions and ideas that I ve been thinking and talking about for years The writing is conversational and humorous, and he generously exhibits his talent for making fun of himself an important threshold for tasteful intelligence in my book.Full review here. I picked up this book solely based on its title, which I found to be, disappointingly, misleading It would be accurately titled The Practical Aspects of Being a Designer That No One In Art School Bothered To Teach You It weighs the advantages of working for a firm versus going freelance, talks about the process of finding clients and proposing work, and provides a number of other pragmatic tips for the working designer These are all unbelievably valuable, but not what I was expecting from the title, which led me to believe it would be an explication of the socially conscious uses for design Though I m glad I read through this book, I m still looking for the book I thought it was. contrary to what the title states, this book won t tell you how to be a graphic designer.it WILL tell you what to do once you ve acquired the software skills, graduated from a fine arts school, developed an eye for design, and found a partner with whom to start your own agency it will tell you how to be an experienced graphic designer.so it didn t do that much for me a lot of common sense advice, a few informative interviews with eminent designers, and a page layout that was easy on the eyes not much help for those just starting to get into the field or those without any design background maybe i ll give it a second try after i get into and graduate from otis. This was a pretty good book It covered a lot of the less glamorous areas of becoming a designer things like actually getting a job and dealing with difficult clients It also discusses the benefits downsides of getting a job in a studio, in house, as a freelancer, or setting up your own studio I m still not entirely sure where I plan on heading once I m done school, I think working for an existing studio would be pretty cool, but I don t want to rule anything out just yet.I should note that while this book is geared towards graphic designers, the advice in it applies to probably 90% of design disciplines I have no intention of becoming a graphic designer, but almost everything in it was relevant. This is another book that is easy to pick up and put down for inspiration It wasn t something I read in order and will than likely dip into here and there again in the future. I read this book several years after completing my BFA in Graphic Design, I wish I would have read it my last year of school This books gives great insight on the structure of the graphic design world from the perspective of successful working designers It informs readers about freelancers, small offices, larger ad agencies and corporate in house in the contemporary work place A quick read and is definitely helpful for young graphic designers. This book was recommended to me countless times by professors I wish it could have inspired me , but it didn t do much than bore me I tried to read it again recently in the midst of a very depressing job search, but it still didn t resonate. I have read this before when I first became a student It was on the reading list, and I had heard good things, so I picked it up and read bits and pieces here and there Now I m in my second year of freelancing and in the middle of trying to update my website, get exposure and improve my skills, and I thought it would be a good place to start.This book is full of gems, that I have found extremely helpful for specific elements of my work and in general In the first chapter, Shaughnessy discusses attributes needed by the modern designer and I found myself nodding along with him in agreement I spent my childhood copying lettering off everything I coudl without even realising what it was I enjoyed about it, and some of the habits he discusses are definitely habits that I have picked up since becoming a designer.The book is split up into sections based on different areas of being a graphic designer finding a job, working for yourself, or someone else, freelance work, setting up a studio, which are all useful regardless of whether you think it s relevant to you or not I design freelance, and I am happy doing so, but I still read the studio parts of the book, and still found them helpful.I found that I am not alone in the big bad world of Graphic Design, and that some of the fears and insecurities I have are shared by designers all over the world It s reassuring to know that you re not the first student to come out of University and not find a job straight away, and that this doesn t make you a bad designer There are also loads of tips and advice from many different designers on different ways to approach briefs, finding work, self initiated work and dealing with clients, and I know I am going to keep coming back to this book as a reference tool time and time again.There is also a brilliant appendix with organisations, websites, books and other designers to check out, a wealth of information and inspiration There are a few interviews throughout the book with various different practicioners which are invaluable for adding another perspective and advice on different subjects and issues raised in the book.If you are, or are planning on becoming a graphic designer, this book is a must read This book has helped me focus on important things within my career, and has some invaluable advice. `FREE ⇤ How To Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul ⇲ This Guidebook Addresses The Concerns Of Young Designers Who Want To Earn A Living By Doing Expressive And Meaningful Work, But Want To Avoid Becoming A Hired Drone Working On Soulless Projects It Offers Straight Talking Advice On How To Establish Your Design Career And Practical Suggestions For Running A Successful Business