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How to Grow as a Graphic Designer

Author: Catharine Fishel
Originally Published: 2005

How to Grow as a Graphic Designer - Catharine FishelI’ve found the Logo Lounge books and website to be one of my favourite resources when doing logo work. Catharine Fishel, one of the co-authors of the books and an editor for, also wrote How to Grow as a Graphic Designer.

Each chapter in this book (and they are all quite short – only a few pages each) talks about a different Graphic Designer and works in a bit of advice that the designer is giving. A lot of the advice this book presents could be applied to any career, really. What I really did like about how this book was presented was that it took people from so many different areas of expertise in the Graphic Design field. Fishel also made it feel like you were sitting down with the Graphic Designer the chapter is about and having a conversation with them, instead of writing the book so it was just spouting out advice at you.

Of course, there were chapters I enjoyed better and got more out of than others. The ones that stick out particularly in my mind are those about Diti Katona of Concrete, Noreen Morioka of AdamsMorioka, Michael Bierut of Pentagram and Terry Marks of Terry Marks Design.

I probably would have retained more of what it said if I had only read a small bit at a time, but it’s arranged in an easy to navigate way so that if I need to go back at some point in time, I’ll be able to find what I’m looking for easily. Even now, after reading through it so quickly and not getting as much from it as I probably could have, I’ve put some of the advice it has given to good use – mainly making a list of goals and where I want to be a few years from now. Hopefully, I will have the motivation to actually work towards these goals.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 8:31 pm January 31, 2008.
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  • Stephanie

    Thanks so much for the links – as a Graphic Design student at a local college, I just love books and website devoted to design!

  • Court

    Stephanie – Haha, I totally love books and websites devoted to design too. I hope you find them as useful as I have. :)