Shaughnessy hands over the reins at This is Real Art

Adrian Shaughnessy has parted company with This is Real Art, the design, digital and advertising group where he was a consultant, to concentrate on his editorial content and design direction projects.

Shaughnessy says the move was a ‘natural progression’ and that Paul Belford, who was appointed as a full-time creative director and business partner in December last year, will now take over where Shaughnessy leaves off.

Graphic designer Shaughnessy has worked with This is Real Art on a part-time consultancy basis for the past three years, helping the group to establish its ‘virtual roster’ of independent designers. ‘When I started consulting for This is Real Art, we initially thought it would be for a period of six months. It actually went on for three years,’ he says.

He will continue as editor of illustration journal Varoom, as well as begin work on two projects commissioned by Laurence King Publishing, one of which will be A User’s Manual A-Z of Graphic Design.

This is Real Art co-founder Georgina Lee says the group will ‘enter a new era’ and will continue to focus on design and advertising services under Belford’s direction. Clients include Channel 4, Sony and Nokia.

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