Brutally Honest – No-bullshit business strategies to evolve your creative business is not your standard, boring business book. It is chock-full of brief, digestible yet powerful and comprehensive strategies, advice, and insights all housed in a well-designed book that even creatives will want to read.
Run Studio Run is a book that details how to manage and grow a small creative studio. The first edition was successfully funded on Kickstarter and available for purchase through Extracurricular Press in May 2018.
Run Studio Run is a step-by-step guide that helps you look at your studio critically—as a business as opposed to an artistic endeavor. You will establish goals and paths and how to reach them. You will see that the more of your business you can commit to process, the more you will free yourself up to do the work you really love.
Logo-a-gogo is a logo book that’s Jam Packed with almost 5,000 images, Logo-a-gogo is an inspirational visual history of the iconic brand identities created by British designer Rian Hughes who has over three decades of experience as a comic book illustrator and type designer. The book was released in the UK in April 2018.
It features iconic characters and brands such as Batman, Hed Kandi, Spider-Man, James Bond, The Avengers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
In this book review, we are reviewing Lance Wyman: Process. A proposal for the 1976 USA Bicentennial identity by Unit Editions
This book is a near reproduction of the one-off, leather-bound ‘sketchbook’ that Lance Wyman made to document his design process for the creation of a logo and identity design for the 1976 American Bicentennial celebrations to mark the creation of the USA as an independent republic. It’s a record of the creative process that Wyman went through to arrive at a refined and workable solution.
Freelance and business and stuff is a guide for creatives and it’s written by twin sisters Amy and Jennifer Hood who are the founding partners and creative directors behind Hoodzpah, a boutique brand identity and design agency based out of Newport Beach, California.
The Hood sisters have worked with clients such as Google, Disney, Facebook, 20th Century Fox, and Target so from reading that client list you know the advice within the book will be of great value.
The book has been made up of their personal research and experiences while running their own design studio.
You can also read their designer interview to provide more insights from their life as designers.
Know Your Onions by Drew de Soto is a very enlightening book offering a different view of the things you encounter every day as a designer.
Drew De Soto who is a print-focused designer has been a graphic designer for over 25 years, this book is a guide for working in the Graphic Design industry and first published by BIS Publishers in 2012.
As he says in his Introduction: “After a 25-year career in graphic design, I’ve picked up a few things and turned them into ‘custom settings’. Read this book and save yourself 25 years.”
Drew was kind enough to send us a copy of the book to review and we were looking forward to tucking into this one, Again I would like to thank Drew for sending us the book and answering our questions as part of this review. Let dive in and take a look at Know Your Onions: Graphic Design By Drew de Soto.
In this book review, we will be reviewing a book from Gary Vaynerchuk who is an American entrepreneur and a very influential Internet personality known as Gary Vaynerchuk So here we go… it’s time to CRUSH IT!…
Michael Johnson is one of the world’s leading graphic designers and brand consultants. His studio, johnson banks, is responsible for the rebranding of many notable clients, including Virgin Atlantic, Think London, BFI, Christian Aid, and MORE TH>N, and he has garnered a plethora of awards in the process.
In early 2014, Michael Johnson started work on a key book he felt was missing from his shelves – a definitive guide to the entire branding process that wasn’t biased to either strategy or design, but treated both as equals. Two and a half years later the project came to fruition in Branding: In Five and Half Steps, published in Autumn 2016 by Thames and Hudson.
In this book review article, we will be taking a look at Book of Ideas by Radim Malinic a book that has been on my to get and read list for so long now I just had to send for it. I contacted Radim and asked if he would sign our copy for us which he did, so I would like to thank him once again for signing our copy of the book.
Wasting no time as soon as it came I polished it off within a few days and thoroughly enjoyed every second of it I literally could not put it down until I finished it. Well, you know what I mean… I did need to break off from it from time to time to run the business and get on with client work and content creation but every spare moment I got it was in my hands. A book I will definitely be going back from time to time.
Book of ideas by Radim Malinic is what he describes as the diary he never had, I think the idea behind this book was to provide inspiration and ideas to the reader hence the title of the book “Book of ideas.” And it does exactly that!
Following on from the previous book review in this edition we will be looking at David’s second book Work For Money, Design For Love by David Airey. This book answers the most frequent questions about starting and running a design business.
Its a refreshing, straight-talking advice guide from the Logo Design Love author and designer that is David Airey. In this book, David answers all the questions designers have about launching and running their own design business. As David explained the idea for the book was inspired by the many questions he receives from designers that visit his blogs.
Some of the most common questions designers ask are ” How do I find new design clients?” “How much should I charge for my design work?” “I have a difficult client how do I handle them?”