Category: Reviews

New Absolute Appeal: Direct Mail Design

July 6, 2013 | 0 Comments


New Absolute Appeal: Direct Mail Design, edited by Ami Miyazaki, is a fine collection of Japanese and American direct mail designs. Outrageous direct mail ideas which make the recipient want to open the piece and pay attention to what’s inside. New Absolute Appeal shows a variety of direct mail ideas that have succeeded in captivating […]
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Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity, and Personal Style

July 2, 2013 | 0 Comments


It’s not often that a book about photography can cause you to slow down and think about what you’re doing while still providing incredible insight into shooting styles and methods. Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity, and Personal Style by Alain Briot does just that. There is a tremendous amount of content around composition early on in […]
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How to Create a Portfolio and Get Hired

February 6, 2011 | 0 Comments


How to Create a Portfolio and Get Hired by Fig Taylor is the latest Laurence King Publishing jewel I’ve had the opportunity to review. Like so many other books from this publisher, this latest addition to my library is so easy to read and does a great job providing practical insight that applies to the […]
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Thinking With Type

February 5, 2011 | 0 Comments


Thinking With Type by Ellen Lupton lives up to the description found right on the cover, a critical guide for designers, writers, editors & students. Loaded with a wealth of real world examples and balances those with just as much high-quality reading to really level the playing field when it comes to understanding typography. Princeton […]
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Master Lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers

December 2, 2010 | 1 Comments


Master Lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers by Christopher Grey is the perfect companion for any new or aspiring studio photographer. As I moved from one chapter to the next I was often reminded of the many lessons from my Studio Lighting 1 & 2 courses from college. Whether is was the practical introduction to professional […]
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Graphic Design: A User’s Manual

January 21, 2010 | 4 Comments


Graphic Design: A User’s Manual written and designed by Adrian Shaughnessy is an absolute must read for a graphic designer. Actually, I should rephrase that, this book is an absolute must-reference for any designer. Structured as a very concise reference tool with each chapter, titled simply with a letter of the alphabet, addressing common and […]
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Great Color Combinations Book

November 21, 2009 | 0 Comments


  By no means would I consider myself an expert in anything and I will gladly acknowledge that fact. I would like to point out however that there are many different ways to fake it! When it comes to understanding what color combinations naturally work together I have this great book that helps me “fake […]
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Art Direction Explained, At Last!

November 20, 2009 | 3 Comments


Art Direction Explained, At Last! by Steven Heller & Veronique Vienne does a phenominal job of answering the question I know I’ve asked so many times, what is it that art directors do? This book does an amazing job of walking you through the technical aspects of being an art director. You also get a […]
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Designers Don’t Read

October 5, 2009 | 5 Comments


Whether you’re a freelance designer fresh out of college or a 10 year veteran, Designers Don’t Read by Austin Howe is a real treat. From topics like “HOW MANY IDEAS SHOULD YOU PRESENT?” and “CAREER LAUNCHERS” to “NOCTURNAL GENIUS” and “THE IMPORTANCE OF PRESENTATION SKILLS”. Each chapter is as entertaining as it is informative and […]
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Make Awesome eBook Covers

September 17, 2009 | 0 Comments


Have you ever wondered how those fancy looking eBooks get their fancy looking (albeit obviously fake) covers made? I was recently working on a postcard for a book series and I was in dire need of this ability.  I may be a whiz when it comes to photo manipulation (one day I’ll prove it) but […]
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