12 paradoxes of graphic design

Adrian Shaughnessy is a graphic designer and writer based in London. In 1989 he co-founded the design company Intro. Today he runs ShaughnessyWorks, a consultancy combining design and editorial direction.
Shaughnessy has written and art directed numerous books on design including How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soulwhich has sold over 70,000 copies to date. A new edition appeared in 2010. He latest book is Supergraphics — Transforming Space: Graphic Design for Walls, Buildings & Spaces (Unit Editions).
He writes regularly for Eye and Creative Review, and has a monthly column in Design Week. He is an occasional contributor to avant-garde music magazine The Wire. From 2006 until 2009, Shaughnessy was editor of Varoom, a publication devoted to the critical appraisal of illustration. Shaughnessy has been interviewed frequently on television and radio and lectures extensively around the world. In 2010 he was appointed visiting professor at the Royal College of Art, London. He hosts a radio show called Graphic Design on the Radio on Resonance FM. (source design observer)He gave us some insights he gathered over the years as a designer. He called them ”The 12 paradoxes of graphic design”. I thought we should include these in our blog as a guide.












by TOBIAS BERGDAHL

Source: kiss my black ads

Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (www.reggaepostercontest.com)

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