Austin Howe has spent decades as a copywriter, creative director, agency principal, and freelancer for some of the top agencies in the world, including design agencies such as JDK, Sandstrom Partners, Cahan & Associates, and Bob Dinetz Design, as well as advertising agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi, Wieden+Kennedy, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, TBWA\Chiat\Day, and Deutsch. The author of Designers Don’t Read and Designers Don't Have Influences, he has worked on naming, branding, print campaigns, posters, packaging, websites, digital advertising, TV, radio, and viral campaigns. In addition to receiving hundreds of international creative awards, Howe was the first-ever radio jury chairman for the Clio Awards and has served on the Clio executive jury. He currently teaches portfolio classes and creative concept development, and has conducted creative workshops for Portfolio and Creative Circus in Atlanta, Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Miami, and Publicis in Seattle. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Designers Don't Readby Austin Howe
Austin Howe is a creative director, writer, advocate, and cheerleader for design-but not a designer. He believes “in the wonder and exuberance of someone who gets paid-by clients to do what he loves.” Howe places immense value on curiosity and passion to help designers develop a point of view, a strong voice. He explores the creative process and
Austin Howe is a creative director, writer, advocate, and cheerleader for design-but not a designer. He believes “in the wonder and exuberance of someone who gets paid-by clients to do what he loves.” Howe places immense value on curiosity and passion to help designers develop a point of view, a strong voice. He explores the creative process and conceptualization, and delves into what to do when inspiration is lacking. If there’s a villain in these elegant, incisive, amusing, and inspiring essays, it’s ad agencies and marketing directors, but even villains serve a purpose and illustrate the strength of graphic design “as a system, as a way of thinking, as almost a life style.” Howe believes that advertising and design must merge, but merge with design in the leadership role. He says that designers should create for clients and not in the hope of winning awards. He believes designers should swear “a 10-year commitment to make everything we do for every client a gift.” If this sounds like the designer is the client’s factotum, not so. Howe also argues in favor of offering clients a single solution and being willing to defend a great design. Organized not only by topic, but also by how long it will take the average reader to complete each chapter, Designers Don’t Read is intended to function like a “daily devotional” for designers and busy professionals involved in branded communications at all levels. Begun as a series of weekly essays sent every Monday morning to top graphic designers, Designers Don’t Read quickly developed a passionate and widespread following. With the approximate time each chapter might take to read, Designers Don’t Read’s delight and provocation can be fit into the niches in the life of a time-challenged designer. Or it may be hard to resist reading the entire book in one sitting!
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The author believes that we need to merge graphic design and advertising to change the way we view brands. The whole book is mostly about things designers think about like process, style, vision, and creativity. The author is not a graphic designer, but works with them, and is a great admirer of designers and design work. I felt that this book was inspiring and a keeper, something I will pick up and read over and over. Everyone in my studio wants to read it. This one is great to pass around. The best thing about this book for me, is that it paints a clearer picture of the world I am about to venture into, and know it is going to be okay.