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Top 5 - Design Writers and Bloggers

Added on by James Cronin.


Adrian Shaughnessy

I wouldn't class myself as a hoarder but I do have an obscene amount of design related books currently taking over my office. They range from large scale anthologies to single-paged zines and Shaughnessy's name appears on more than one. I've been lucky enough to attend a couple of his talks, most recently at the AGI event in London, which he organised along with Unit Editions partner Tony Brook. Shaughnessy among others from my list, also writes for the Design Observer.

David Airey

Airey, a brand identity designer from Northern Ireland, uses his blog as a key feature of his website, optimising SEO to attract visitors and potential clients to his page. The blog covers a range of subjects ranging from architecture to fine art while demonstrating his passion for design and skill at writing. A true representation of his own brand as a designer.

Michael Bierut

Michael Bierut is a leading authority on graphic design today with over 25 years as a partner at the New York office of Pentagram. Along with Rick Poynor, he founded the design observer in 2003, a website devoted to a range of design topics. His book, '79 Short Essays on Design' gives you an insight into how he approaches design but also tells of his views on the culture around the design industry. 

Rick Poynor

Rick Poynor's writing encompasses both cultural criticism and design history and manages to be informative while still being enjoyable to read. He began as a visual arts journalist for Blueprint magazine before founding both Eye magazine and Design Observer. 

Steven Heller

Steven Heller began his career as an Art Director for the New York Times and since then has gone on to write over 100 books on design and popular culture. I recently enrolled on his Skillshare course, 'The Designer's Guide to Writing and Research' which inspired me to get back into writing this blog. 

North by North East

Added on by James Cronin.

- "There are three responses to a piece of design - yes, no and Wow! Wow is the one to aim for."

The words of New Yorker, Milton Glaser, that brought me to leave one North East coast for another in search of my own 'wow'. After graduating in the UK I was looking for the next step to develop as a designer and came across a short course in Manhattan, focusing on software skills and a portfolio rather than idea development.

While in my final year I discovered a great book written by Michael Bierut, entitled '79 short essays on design'. He discusses the different ways in which Graphic Design can be taught, siting two main categories: process schools and portfolio schools. Both schools of teaching have their pros and cons and are often compared, it's an interesting debate, one which requires it's own blog post.

However, I'm now lucky enough to have experienced both schools of teaching and feel that can only have benefited me when it comes to my future design career. The next few posts are going to be predominately about New York and my time enduring one of its coldest winters in years, so brace yourselves, posts are coming.