Over the past few years we have been interviewing, gathering work, and designing ‘I used to be a design student’ our first ever book as authors/editors/designers due out on February 2013. The book looks at the process a designer goes through in finding their ‘voice’. We asked fifty influential designers to give us the low-down about their student days and their professional lives. A piece of their college work is shown alongside an example of current work. Each designer also offers a key piece of advice and a warning, making this a must-read for anyone embarking on a career in design. Topics addressed include how ideas are researched and developed; design and other cultural influences, then and now; positive and negative aspects of working as a designer; motivations for becoming a designer; and whether it's really possible to teach design. Order online at Laurence King
Contributions from Andreas GnaSs (U9 visuelle Allianz), Andrew Stevens (Graphic Thought Facility), Annelys de Vet, António S. Gomes (barbara says...), Ben Branagan, Bernd Hilpert (unit-design), Brian Webb, Christian Heusser (Equipo), Daniel Eatock, Danijela Djokic (Projekttriangle), Emmi Salonen (Studio Emmi), Éric & Marie Gaspar (ÉricandMarie), Fons Hickmann (Fons Hickmann m23), Hans Dieter Reichert (HDR Visual Coomunication), Holger Jacobs (Mind Design), Hoon Kim (Why Not Smile), Hyoun Youl Joe (Hey Joe), Isabelle Swiderski (Seven25), James Goggin (Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago), Jan Wilker (karlssonwilker), Julie Gayard (Jutojo), Kai von Rabenau (mono.graphie), Ken Garland, Kirsty Carter (A Practice for Everyday Life), Kristine Matthews (Studio Matthews), Lars Harmsen (MAGMA Brand Design), Laurent Lacour (Hauser Lacour), Liza Enebis (Studio Dumbar), Lucinda Newton-Dunn (space-to-think), Maki Suzuki (Åbäke), Marc van der Heijde (Studio Dumbar), Margaret Calvert, Marion Fink, Martin Lorenz (TwoPoints.Net), Matthias Görlich (Studio Matthias Görlich), Michael Georgiou (G Design Studio), Nikki Gonnissen (Thonik), Oliver Klimpel (Büro International), Paul Barnes, Prem Krishnamurthy (Projects Projects), Renata Graw (Plural), Richard Walker (KK Outlet/Kesselskramer), Sandra Hoffmann Robbiani (Visual Studies) , Sascha Lobe (L2M3), Stefan Sagmeister (Sagmeister Inc.), Sven Voelker (Sven Voelker Studio), Tim Balaam (Hyperkit), Urs Lehni (Lehni-Trüb, Rollo Press), Yasmin Khan (Counterspace), Yves Fidalgo (Fulguro).