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Apr 22, 2008

Get a Crash Course in Graphic Design

If you’re aching to learn design skills but don’t have the time–or the confidence–then check out Robin William’s The Non-Designer’s Design Book. The approachable, unassuming, and humorous book explains basic design principles in a way that anyone can grasp–from grandmas in Scranton to art directors in New York City. So what are these basic design […]

Oct 9, 2007

Where to get the latest and greatest design books

Giant megabookstores like Borders and Barnes & Nobles are great for getting coffee table design books that everyone and their momma has. But if you want to snag ultra-cool limited-edition books, you’ll have to look elsewhere. Here’s my favorite places to discover new books before everyone else. Most are in Europe because that’s just where […]

Jul 27, 2007

Where to find rare and amazing design books

Are you sick of the gluttony of wretched design books cluttering the shelves at Borders and other megabookstores? Why not look to the past for inspiration. Many of my favorite design books were published before I was born, and unlikely to ever be printed again. To find these rare design gems from the past, you […]

Jul 26, 2007

5 juicy tips from “Rule the Web”

Mark Frauenfelder’s new book, Rule the Web, promises to show you “how to do anything and everything on the internet”better, faster, easier.” That’s a grand promise, and I was rather skeptical. But after checking out the book, I’m truly impressed. An Amazon customer reviewer puts it better than I can: The cool thing about this […]

Nov 15, 2006

Find the right typeface with FontBook

With a gazillion typefaces available, how do you find the right one? After eight long years, FontBook, the “largest type reference in the world,” is back with a spanking new edition. This “big yellow book” helps you choose typefaces by showing samples of 32,000 typefaces from 90 major and independant type foundries around the world. […]

Nov 10, 2006

Get a crash course in color theory

I have a secret. I’m a designer, and I suck at color. Maybe it’s because color theory wasn’t part of my graphic design curriculum in college… Thankfully, it’s never too late to learn. If you’re color-challenged like me, here’s two sources that can help: Mark Boulton’s Five Simple Steps to Designing with Color This is […]

Oct 6, 2006

Flickr Find: The beautiful nostalgia of Penguin books

Walk into any used bookstore, and you’ll see shelves full of classicly designed Penguin books. These cheap, unassuming little paperbacks take you back, pointing to an era before fancy computers and today’s gluttony of typefaces. In celebration of these books, designer Joe Kral has compiled an inspirational Flickr set of some of Penguin’s best cover […]

Aug 8, 2006

Don’t buy cosmetics without Paula Begoun, the Cosmetics Cop

Whether or not you’re a designer, we all want to look devastingly hot. Unfortunately, this often means having to choose from a dizzying array of grooming products. Paula Begoun, the Cosmetics Cop, is my hero for publishing Don’t Go to The Cosmetics Counter Without Me, a tome of product reviews for virtually every major skincare […]

Aug 1, 2006

Stay hip and cool with Flavorpill

Even if you’ve turned into a yuppy without realizing it, you can still be cool again. Just visit Flavorpill and subscribe to one of the free weekly newsletters listing the latest local cultural events in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and London. Topics covered include art, books, music, fashion, and world news. The […]

Jul 28, 2006

Better typography in Microsoft Word

Aaron Shepard’s guide, Perfect Pages, shows you how to achieve the impossible: good typography in Microsoft Word. An excerpt of the book with basic tips is available free on his website. For a much more in-depth guide, the complete book’s available on Amazon. Designers might find it hard to imagine a world without fancy layout […]

Jul 11, 2006

Bind your own professional-looking book

Comic book artist, Toby Craig has an excellent tutorial on do-it-yourself bookbinding. The process requires some sewing and gluing, but his instructions are thorough and comes with lots and lots of pictures (which we like). The materials and tools he used should also all be available at your local arts and crafts store. For artists, […]

Jul 7, 2006

Edward Tufte’s new book, Beautiful Evidence, is now available

Edward Tufte, the guru of data visualization and information design, has just released his new book, Beautiful Evidence. It’s been long anticipated and is the fourth in a series of books on displaying and designing information. Those unfamiliar with Tufte can check out his website for information on his other books and his nationwide tour […]