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Michael Shumate taught Graphic Design for twenty five years. In his second week of teaching, he told a student that the logo concept he was working on would not make a professional identity design. The student asked, “Why?” But Micheal couldn't provide an adequate answer, but was certain some principle was being violated.

He set out on a quest to discover the underlying principles of logo design. It's been a twenty-five year quest that lead Michael to look deeply at identity design and to seek for those constant, unchanging principles. Fads in art and design come and go. But principles don’t. Principles are enduring; they stand the test of time.

In this weeks episode Ian interviews Michael to discover what these principles are. We discover the 7 deadly sins of logo design, an effective approach to brainstorm ideas and more. We also discuss Michaels book 'Logo Design Theory', which is now on its second edition.

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