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Graphic Design: A User's Manual

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This book offers students, novice designers, and battle-toughened professionals alike an insider's guide to the complexities of current graphic design practice and thinking.

It contains all you need to know to survive and prosper in the complex, ever-shifting world of graphic design. Set out in A-Z style and written in a realistic, conversational, and insightful way, the bo
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 21st 2009 by Laurence King Publishing (first published 2009)
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Rebecca Perry
Nov 14, 2011 Rebecca Perry rated it it was amazing
A good thorough overview of all aspects of modern design, it is fairly up to date as it is only a couple of years old, which can sometimes be an issue with design books focusing on the workings of the industry. I read the book cover to cover and it was readable in such a way, you get the authors personality and honest views, but in a balanced and thought provoking way. It often bought ‘the designer’ back down to earth, and would be a good reality check for any flighty professional who had got lo ...more
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Jan 24, 2015 Claire Roth rated it it was amazing
In all fairness, I had never before heard the name Adrian Shaughnessy, but as it appears, he is the author of eight books on the subject of graphic design. Moreover, he has learned the magnificent craft of design all by himself. Without any sort of formal education or valued qualifications, he has in fact, not only made a name for himself but also, he has been the head of a few graphic design studios. Undoubtedly, it is quite the achievement and I daresay he is more than capable of imparting vas ...more
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Review originally written for Little Design Book in August, 2010. Click on link for original post.


The thing I love the most about my college is the library. I’d like nothing better than to roam down aisles without an agenda and pull out (sometimes random) books that catch my fancy. My first few days back on campus, I did just that.

The one book that I have been constantly going back to since I first spotted it a couple of weeks ago is Adrian Shaughnessy’s Graphic Design: A User’s Manual. One wo
Nov 12, 2014 Roberto rated it really liked it
I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. It's sharp and clear without jargon or stuffy, condescending phrases. The author touches down on almost all aspects of design with smart writing infused with examples and personal experiences. I'd recommend it to students and anybody interested in graphic design. I wish I had this book when I was in college.
Oct 24, 2012 Greg rated it it was amazing
So far, looks like an incredibly helpful guide from A-Z on the life and practice of a graphic designer.
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