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Adrian Shaughnessy

Adrian Shaughnessy is a graphic designer and writer based in London. In 1989 he co-founded the design company Intro. Today he runs ShaughnessyWorks, a consultancy combining design and editorial direction. He is a founding partner in Unit Editions, a publishing company producing books on design and visual culture.

Shaughnessy has written and art directed numerous books on design including How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul which has sold over 70,000 copies to date. A new edition appeared in 2010. He latest book is Supergraphics — Transforming Space: Graphic Design for Walls, Buildings & Spaces (Unit Editions).

He writes regularly for Eye and Creative Review, and has a monthly column in Design Week. He is an occasional contributor to avant-garde music magazine The Wire. From 2006 until 2009, Shaughnessy was editor of Varoom, a publication devoted to the critical appraisal of illustration. Shaughnessy has been interviewed frequently on television and radio and lectures extensively around the world. In 2010 he was appointed visiting professor at the Royal College of Art, London. He hosts a radio show called Graphic Design on the Radio on Resonance FM.

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Posts by Adrian Shaughnessy

OBSERVATORY: Open Source Politics/Open Source Design (03.18.14)
OBSERVATORY: When Less Really Does Mean Less (02.29.12)
OBSERVATORY: Kyoorius Designyatra Festival 2011 (09.27.11)
OBSERVATORY: The Politics of Desire and Looting (08.15.11)
OBSERVATORY: Philosophy, Graphic Design and Virtue of Clarity (05.10.11)
OBSERVATORY: Down in the Trenches with Kenneth FitzGerald (01.25.11)
OBSERVATORY: Minotaurs in Suburban England (11.09.10)
OBSERVATORY: Publishing in the Age of the Internet (08.03.10)
OBSERVATORY: Safety and Comfort: A Walk with Paul Davis (04.19.10)
OBSERVATORY: Logorama (01.13.10)
OBSERVATORY: Ten Graphic Design Paradoxes (03.27.09)
OBSERVATORY: Obsessive Branding Disorder I (11.17.08)
OBSERVATORY: A Layperson's Guide to Graphic Design (08.28.08)
OBSERVATORY: We Found It at the Movies: Part I (06.16.08)
OBSERVATORY: We Found It at the Movies: Part II (06.16.08)
OBSERVATORY: The Design Observer Playlist (04.18.08)
OBSERVATORY: Look and Feel / Nip and Tuck (02.07.08)
OBSERVATORY: Graphic Editorship (12.16.07)
OBSERVATORY: The Designer's Virus (10.25.07)
OBSERVATORY: Tony Wilson: The Postmodern Mythmaker (08.14.07)
OBSERVATORY: Barnbrook Bible: A Graphic Autobiography (07.30.07)
OBSERVATORY: The 2012 Olympic Logo Ate My Hamster (06.06.07)
OBSERVATORY: Are JPEGs the New Album Covers? (04.11.07)
OBSERVATORY: "I Sold My Soul And I Love It" (02.05.07)
OBSERVATORY: Pet Shop Boys — A Flawless Vision (12.17.06)
OBSERVATORY: Listomania (11.14.06)
OBSERVATORY: Graphic Design vs. Illustration (10.15.06)
OBSERVATORY: Living Without The Internet (08.03.06)
OBSERVATORY: Werner Herzog and the Deeper Truth (06.16.06)
OBSERVATORY: We're All Stellar Designers, Now (05.09.06)
OBSERVATORY: Google and the Tyranny of Good Design (03.12.06)
OBSERVATORY: Robert Brownjohn and The Big Idea (01.19.06)
OBSERVATORY: Charles Dickens and The BBC (12.19.05)
OBSERVATORY: "Can you make the type bigger?" (09.30.05)
OBSERVATORY: Self-Initiated House Music (08.04.05)
OBSERVATORY: Decoding Coldplay's X&Y (06.08.05)
OBSERVATORY: The Designer as Buffoon (04.26.05)