Adrian Shaughnessy

Talk: The Graphic Designer as Publisher

Adrian Shaughnessy spent fifteen years as creative director of Intro, the design studio he co-founded in 1988 in London. Under his leadership the studio won numerous awards, and at the turn of the century employed 40 people. Intro was an early adopter of digital technology and a pioneer of digital motion graphics. In 2004, Shaughnessy left to pursue an interest in writing and lecturing, and to work as an independent design consultant. Today he runs ShaughnessyWorks, a consultancy combining design and editorial direction. He has written and art directed numerous books on design. His book 'How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul, published in 2005, has sold 80,000 copies to date, and has been issued in numerous foreign language editions. In 2010 he was elected to AGI (Alliance Garphique Internationale), the invitation-only organisation of the world’s leading graphic designers. He hosts an occasional series of one-hour radio shows on Resonance FM called Graphic Design on the Radio. In 2009, he was awarded a Visiting Professorship at the Royal College of Art, London. The following year he was appointed Senior Tutor on the College’s visual communication programme. In addition, Shaughnessy lectures around the world. Shaughnessy is co-founder of the publishing company Unit Editions. The company has publishes a wide range of graphic design books. Shaughnessy is the author of monographs on Herb Lubalin, Ken Garland, FHK Henrion, Paula Scher and Vaughan Oliver. 

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