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How To Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul

Adrian Shaughnessy’s excellent book highlights the hardships—and the value—of the career of the graphic designer.  Shaugnhnessy’s introduction emphasizes the ability of the designer to use his or her creativity and aesthetic sensibility to give value to anything, and the ability to distill a culture and time period down to graphic forms. The pure focus on shape, form, texture, and colors can instill a visually value to everything we touch that is essential for our society to survive. While design has expanded to a tool that is useful for solving problems and aiding social good through “design thinking,” at its core, design’s primary value still lies in the visual realm, creating a language through which society speaks and remembers.