Everyone loves a good story, and I, for one, find that designers are full of intriguing tales. If you’re addicted to beautifully-written, inspiring stories and design books, check out Graphic Content: True Stories from Top Creatives by Brian Singer.
Graphic Content is a collection of true, first-hand experiences that shaped more than 50 of the top creative minds in the field such as Debbie Millman, Stefan Sagmeister, Jessica Hische, Sean Adams and more.
However, instead of providing career advice for young designers or branding tips like other design books, Graphic Content explores personal accounts of these designers’ real life experiences. From a first encounter with Mick Jagger, to a failed design approach, to a slightly embarrassing acceptance of a silver medal, the stories within are humorous, surprising and clever.
Author Brian Singer works at Facebook, where he leads a team of designers, engineers and filmmakers. He’s the creator of the 1000 Journals Project, a global art experiment that became the subject of a book, a documentary and exhibits at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The project has been covered in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Wall Street Journal, and many others.
Much like the 1000 Journals Project, Graphic Content is a collaborative piece that weaves designers’ stories into a tapestry of perspectives.
Offering a glimpse into the personal experiences of top creatives, this book is sure to inspire designers and design enthusiasts alike.
Singer says he was inspired to create Graphic Content when designer Eric Baker told him a captivating story following the 2012 Creative Summit.
“I watched as the group hung on [Baker’s] every word, gasped, sighed, and in the end, collectively, we were in awe,” Singer said. “I began to think about how to relive that experience with other creatives. In a perfect situation, I would have been able to travel the world and had cocktails with everyone, experiencing their stories first hand, but capturing them in a book seemed more realistic.”
If you’re a graphic designer or a fan of design books, you can laugh with and learn from your favorite designers in Graphic Content.
Sneak peeks from Graphic Content
“We watched as 60 yards away this man fought for his life. And I felt like a coward.”
“The pole they have behind the spot in the parallel parking test? Yeah, I hit that.”
“I pretty much punched her in the face with the palm of my hand.”
“Then, with his usual perfect timing, Belushi crashed through the French doors, looking for the cognac.”
“It was at that moment that a duck s*** directly into my mouth.”