Adrian Shaughnessy co-founded the design group Intro. Under his leadership the studio won numerous awards, and employed 40 people. Intro was an early adopter of digital technology, and a pioneer of digital motion graphics.
In 2004, he left to pursue an interest in writing and lecturing, and to work as an independent design consultant. His book How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul has sold 80,000 copies to date.
Adrian writes regularly for all the leading graphic design journals and is a contributing writer to Design Observer.
In 2010 he was elected to Alliance Graphique Internationale, the invitation-only organisation comprising the world’s leading graphic designers. He hosts an occasional series of radio shows on ResonanceFM called Graphic Design on the Radio.
He has been an external examiner at various UK universities, and in 2012 he received an Honorary Degree from University of the Creative Arts. In 2009, he was awarded a Visiting Professorship at the Royal College of Art, London. The following year he was appointed Senior Tutor on the College’s visual communication programme. In addition, Shaughnessy lectures around the world.
He is co-founder of the publishing imprint Unit Editions. The company publishes a wide range of graphic design books. Shaughnessy is the author of monographs on Herb Lubalin, Ken Garland, FHK Henrion and most recently Lance Wyman.