A brief look inside Studio Culture: The secret life of the graphic design studio.
Edited by Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy, here’s the blurb:
“Studio Culture provides a unique glimpse into the inner workings of 28 leading graphic design studios. In a series of penetrating interviews, the secret life of the studio is revealed, and the mechanics of building and maintaining a vibrant studio culture are laid bare with disarming frankness.”
The book is filled with stories from the business of design — from balancing the books to hiring interns and clients. On page 10, for instance, Nicola of London-based Build said, “We don’t do printed portfolios. It just doesn’t seem relevant any more. A couple of times in the past I dropped one off at a clients. They’d sit on it for a month and go, ‘Oh, we didn’t get a chance to look at it.'”
The Milton Glaser interview was of particular interest, and he described his office like this:
“My office, which has always been more or less the same, is a big undifferentiated room. I sit in one place in the room, in the same relationship to the rest of the room as everybody else. There is no visual hierarchy.”
I like the overall design by Spin, but what is it about some design books and tiny, tiny type? Maybe my eyesight isn’t what it once was.
From the website:
“Studio Culture is a book for both seasoned professionals who have been running studios for years, and for idealistic designers contemplating starting up. It is the complete guide to creating, maintaining and growing a studio culture.”
312pp, 165×230mm, 4 colour + 1 PMS
£24.95 + P&P
Studio Culture: The secret life of the graphic design studio
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