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Freelance, and Business, and Stuff by Amy & Jennifer Hood

Freelance, and Business, and Stuff by Amy & Jennifer Hood

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.

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Know Your Onions - Graphic Design By Drew de Soto

Know Your Onions: Graphic Design By Drew de Soto

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.

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Branding in five and a half steps by Michael Johnson

Branding: In Five and a Half Steps: The Definitive Guide to Creating Brand Identity in Five and a Half Steps By Michael Johnson

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.

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Bigger Than This - How to Turn Any Venture Into an Admired Brand by Fabian Geyrhalter

Bigger Than This: How to Turn Any Venture Into an Admired Brand by Fabian Geyrhalter

Back in February, we were thrilled to receive signed copies of both of Fabian’s books our copy of Bigger Than This: How to Turn Any Venture Into an Admired Brand by Fabian Geyrhalter is an advanced review copy so if you purchase your own copy you will find that the type has better kerning.

It’s a small book that has the right mix of big ideas and practical examples. It’s a quick read about the deceptively difficult tasks of turning your venture into an admired brand.

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