As the first graphic design book that I've ever owned, received during my first year of design school as a Christmas gift, its always going to have a special place on my bookshelf. It's filled with practical advice and guidance that benefits both the aspiring and practicing designer. Touching on aspects such as finding a job, setting up and running a studio, self-promotion, and the creative process (to name a few), I constantly find myself referring back to this book throughout my journey as a graphic designer. Adrian Shuaghnessy's writing is also a pleasure to read. His tone is earnest, laying out knowledge and truths in disarming frankness.
Designed by Bibliothèque, the layout is interesting from spread to spread, despite being text-heavy. To differentiate itself from the first edition, the colours of the cover have been inverted. I personally prefer the look of its predecessor–it's more striking. A flexible grid allows ample variation in line lengths and paragraph placement while retaining a consistent underlying structure. Typeset in Akzidenz Grotesk, the text achieves a calm rationality that speaks to the content.
This book is an absolute must for any designer.