How to Die from Graphic Design (in Ten Easy Steps)
An original art book, soft cover, perfect bound, full-colour throughout, 7 x 7 square format, 42 pages.
Essential reading for graphic designers or anyone thinking about studying graphic design: a step-by-step guide to the slow but steady poisoning of your artistic ambition and the eventual death of your creative self! Tongue-in-cheek? Perhaps. First and foremost this is an art book, filled cover to cover with my own original artwork in every media.
I made this little book at the end of a ten-month leave (without pay) from my graphic design job – a leave where I found myself doing far more graphic design than I intended (or wanted). Things devolved to the point where I could only think of graphic design as a kind of insidious killer, like stress or waterborne microbes or the spouse who pretends not to hear your cries for help from the bottom of the basement stairs (and instead turns up the volume on Madame Butterfly).
Of course I’m having some fun here, describing a creative profession as a kind of long-form suicide, but at the same time I find it pretty rich that people who want to make a living from the power of their visual imagination are drawn into the very industry that will (with the notable exception of those at the very top of the pyramid) ruthlessly crush anything original or experimental in its path.
All of the artwork is my own –– painting, drawings, illustrations –– with some unwitting spot contributions from my five year-old daughter, Oona.
I have nine copies of this book. The first six orders will come with an art-map poster (a poster folded like a map) of the back cover artwork, a photographic print of one of the interior artworks, and an original piece of library card art for use as a bookmark. The next three orders will come with an art-map poster of one of the interior artworks, a photographic print of one of the back cover artwork, plus an original piece of library card art for use as a bookmark. All copies are signed.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some graphic design work to do.