Unit Editions, London, 2013, English
Nonfiction, Graphic Design
6.7 x 8.9 inches, paperback, 400 pages
ISBN: 9780957511408
Suggested Retail Price: $30.00

From the Publisher. Scratching the Surface is a collection of essays and journalism by Adrian Shaughnessy, focusing mainly on graphic design.

The book’s introduction opens with a disconcerting question: "Why would anyone want to read about graphic design?" Despite assertions that "designers don’t read," there has, in recent years, been a huge upsurge of interest in design writing: courses have been established to teach the subject, and many designers now combine design and writing within their practices.

In 2003, Adrian Shaughnessy gave up studio life to become an independent designer, consultant, publisher, teacher and writer. He wrote the highly successful How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing your Soul which has sold 80,000 copies worldwide.

Scratching the Surface is a book for anyone who wants to scratch the surface of the cultural zeitgeist to see what’s underneath.

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