Michael Johnson offers the most generous kind of professional advice: insightful but full of enthusiasm. Designers need cunning as well as inspiration. Deyan Sudjic OBE, Director of the Design Museum
I've always wanted to be a little bit weird. Now a prince of weirdosity has come up with the perfect short guide to the creative life. Robert McCrum, bestselling author and former editor at Faber and Faber and The Observer
With 233 (to be exact) hints, tips and pieces of advice, Now Try Something Weirder shows those in the creative industry how to have great ideas (every day).
Internationally award-winning graphic designer Michael Johnson draws on more than 30 years experience (his CV clocks up eight creative posts, three dismissals and the launch of his own business) to share his ultimate secrets to enviable success ... who said you should keep your secrets closely guarded?
Looking to improve the way you work with clients, understand and question design briefs, deliver knockout presentations and generally gain covetable creative confidence? Sometimes the solution is staring you in the face.
Read this guide to achieving success in a creative career, a must for designers and creatives!
"Seasoned designer Michael Johnson's new book, published by Laurence King, offers readers a summary of his best advice on making it in the design industry. [...] Now Try Something Weirder offers readers a broad range of tips, from how to have better relationships with clients, how to dissect, understand and question design briefs, the secret formula for great presentations and generally how to gain more confidence as a creative" ---- Design Week
"Jam-packed with essential advice for designers and creatives of all disciplines" -- Logo Creative
`Michael Johnson is an amazing storyteller with a rich visual sensibility and an uncanny ability to grasp the weird and wonderful. He's also learned a thing or two about life in his years as a graphic designer: you will become not only smarter but wiser from this insightful book. And every page will delight you.' ---- Jacqueline Novogratz, serial TED-talk speaker, pioneer of ethical investing (Acumen) and best-selling author
`One cannot be in the design business for the time that Michael has without coming across the issues discussed in this book. As I read, I found myself nodding and smiling and saying to myself, "Yep, I know that one .... and that one." The only way of knowing this information is to have lived it, or to work beside someone exceptional. Sadly, very few of us have that opportunity. So how brilliant then, that rather than keeping these gems to himself, Michael got off his backside and wrote it down in a witty little book.' -- Martin Lambie-Nairn, founder of Lambie-Nairn and world-renowned television branding expert
`Want better ideas, start reading better books. Or even something Weirder.' -- Sir John Hegarty, founder of Bartle Bogle Hegarty
'I particularly liked pages , , and .' ---- Bob Gill, illustration and design legend and author of Forget All the Rules You Ever Learned About Graphic Design, Including the Ones in this Book