David Airey is a designer and writer based in Ireland. When he’s not looking after clients around the globe he somehow finds the time to run the brilliant design review websites Logo Design Love and Identity Designed, (bookmark them immediately if you haven’t already) as well as amassing a huge following through his prolific Twitter activity. 2009 saw the publication of his first book. Based on his original website, Logo Design Love was a runaway success and belongs on the bookshelf of any decent design studio.
Mr. Airey’s second title has just landed and, not that we expected anything less, it’s brilliant. Aimed squarely at designers looking to take the plunge and start a design company, the book is a treasure trove of insights, advice and guidance on the fine details of getting a design business off the ground. David and a number of contributors share their stories and explain how these formative experiences shaped their careers as designers.
Largely due to his aforementioned social media output, David has no shortage of connections, and had called on a number of talented creative types to get involved with the book. A range of designer-y folk such as Armin Vit, Bernadette Jiwa, Blair Thomson, Dan Howells, Jenny Theolin, Mike Dempsey and Nick Asbury (to name but a few) all share their thoughts, opinions, tales and advice on doing it for yourself. And, if you happen to be interested, there are even a couple of sections penned by the fair hand of Mat Dolphin (who??).
Shameless self back patting aside, the book is excellent. It’s a well considered, entertaining and superbly written guide to the ups and downs of setting up a creative business. More than simply telling people what to do, the book aims to share the stories of David and others who have been through it themselves, and what they learned along the way.
You can, and should, pre-order the book immediately.
Thanks for reading,
Phil and Tom