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Adrian Shaughnessy


Adrian Shaughnessy is a self-taught graphic designer based in London. He spent 15 years as creative director of Intro, the design studio he co-founded in 1998. During his time at Intro, the studio won numerous awards including a D&AD Silver. It was an early adopter of digital technology, and a pioneer of motion graphics within graphic design. At it’s height the company employed 40 people. A studio monograph titled Display Copy Only was published by Laurence King Publishing in 2001.

In 2004, Shaughnessy left to pursue an interest in writing and to work as an independent design consultant. Today he runs ShaughnessyWorks, a consultancy combining design and editorial direction. He is also a co-founder and director of the publishing company Unit Editions.

He has written and art directed numerous books on design. His book How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul has sold over 80,000 copies and has been published in numerous foreign language editions. His two most recent books are Graphic Design: A User’s Guide and Studio Culture: the Secret Life of the Graphic Design Studio and Supergraphics. Transforming Space: Graphic Design for Walls, Buildings & Spaces

Between 2006-09, Shaughnessy was founding editor of Varoom: The Journal of Illustration and Made Images, a magazine dedicated to the analysis of contemporary image making. He writes regularly for Eye and Creative Review, and has a monthly column in Design Week. He is a frequent contributor to the avant garde music magazine The Wire, and a contributing writer to Design Observer.

Shaughnessy lectures extensively around the world. He was a keynote speaker at Semi-Permanent 2010 in New Zealand. He has lectured at AIGA conference in USA, and AGDA in Australia. He hosts a regular series of one-hour weekly radio shows on Resonance FM called Graphic Design on the Radio.

He is an external examiner at three UK universities: LCC, London; Sheffield Hallam; Liverpool John Moores University. He has recently been appointed Visiting Professor for the Communication Art & Design course at the RCA in London.
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