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Paul Gately

Paul Gately

Dublin born and bred

Where in Dublin do you live?
Dublin City Centre
Where are you from?
Dublin 1

What are you reading right now?

Multiple, varied children's books.

Tell us a bit about it:

As a father of two very young children, my current reading list is entirely focused on parenting books, plus interactive, learning & fun / play books with Ellie, our two year old.


What is your favourite book of all time?

Mary Lavelle by Kate O'Brien.

Tell us a bit about it:

Never read it. It's an old, battered book I saved from going into the skip, when working on renovations to an old cottage. There's a simple inscription on the inside, from back in the mid 30s, which I warmed to... felt it should be treasured, have kept the book ever since.


What book do you remember most from your childhood? And Why?

Anything by Roald Dahl.

Tell us a bit about it:

Imaginative, accessible.... it was a special thing my mother introduced me to, always holding reading in high regard, and I just loved them all. If I had to choose a favourite, it would be Fantastic Mr. Fox or the BFG.


Which of your books is battered from using over and over again?

Various work related reference books by authors and publishers like Unit Editions, Adrian Shaughnessy, Bob Gill and George Lois.

Tell us a bit about it:

Design focused reference books; work related, more on the process, strategy, philosophy of design rather than purely / simply aesthetics.


What is your favourite book by an International writer?

Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far by Stefan Sagmeister.

Tell us a bit about it:

A complication of visual explorations based on a diary entry of 20 things 'learned so far' by the author. Design, art, psychology, it's a bit random, unexpected and though-provoking, love it.


Which book do you feel depicts your own or another culture most vividly?

Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris.

Tell us a bit about it:

It's about office culture... it's incredibly apt, and painfully funny.


Was there a book that really changed your mind about something? How?

How to Be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul by Adrian Shaughnessy.

Tell us a bit about it:

Practical advice years ago, incredibly useful, title says it all.


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