Designer/writer/editor/life researcher/etc

Posted in Graphic Design, words by nicolarowlands on April 29, 2009

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I got the chace to listen to a talk by Adrian Shaughnessy yesterday.  He is a self-taught graphic designer (he said ‘all I did was look, and by looking I learnt.’  Man! I’ve spent £9,000 on looking around at university.)  Writing his book How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul has no doubt made him think extensively through the role of a ‘creative’ and it was invigorating to listen to someone with a very clear understanding of what he does/we do.  Design is only half of it, he explained.  Noone ever really talks about the other non-designing bit.  Which won’t happen without integrity, communication, and cultural awareness.  He mentioned an interview with Iain Sinclair, who when asked how he had researched a book, said “What do you mean research? My life is research.”

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