Fun with politics (for once!)

Well, if you're like me, you've probably had your fill of politics and the elections. So this morning, when my rep at Dover gave me these leads, it occurred to me it's time to have a little fun! If nothing else, just looking at these may provide some relief from all the hype! Yes, it's the Political Inaction Figures and Inaction Circus . . . November 2, 2012

Extraordinary gifts you'll make by hand

Books make great gifts, I think we can all agree. But you've heard the saying "teach a man to fish, you feed a village". These books teach you how to make some extraordinary gift items from paper objects to books, to cards. Arm yourself with these and you can make stunning gifts for everyone! :
* The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Making Pop-Ups & Novelty Cards
* 500 Handmade Books: Inspiring Interpretations of a Timeless Form
* Painted Paper: Techniques & Projects for Handmade Books & Cards
* Pop-Up: Everything You Need to Create Your Own Pop-Up Book
* Creative Cards: 40 Projects for Invitations, Cards, Gifts
* Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th-Century Artists
* Simple and Stunning : Handmade Art Nouveau Cards
* Cards that Pop Up, Flip & Slide
... and more ! October 30, 2012

Wedding Photography: Snapshots to Great Shots

Nothing strikes fear in the heart of most amateur photographers like having someone say "will you be my wedding photographer?" In fact, many wedding photographers aren't up to the challenge of taking great shots instead of snap shots. That's where Designing Woman Suzy Clement comes in! October 22, 2012

18th Annual Top Typography Books in Review

It's that time again, and the year 2012 was a good year for typography books! Of particular note, there are another dozen good ones that don't hit the shelves until after November 1st ... so watch our November issue! Out of a slate of hundreds, here are our favorites for this year:
* Vintage Type and Graphics: An Eclectic Collection of Typography, Ornament, Letterheads, and Trademarks
* Design Elements, Typography Fundamentals: A Graphic Style Manual for Understanding How Typography Affects Design
* Stop, Think, Go, Do: How Typography and Graphic Design Influence Behavior
* Typographic Web Design: How to Think Like a Typographer in HTML and CSS
* Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design's Golden Age
* Typographic Design: Form and Communication
* Typography : Graphic Design in Context
* Vintage Commercial Art and Design
* Custom Lettering of the 40s & 50s
* Just My Type: A Book About Fonts
* The Little Black Book of Design
* Typography Sketchbooks September 28, 2012

Hermann Zapf: Design at Hallmark Cards

Author Rick Cusick discusses the art of "Lettering" in new book published by RIT. Hallmark helps us appreciate the small moments in life -- with greeting cards and special messages garnished with designs and lettering that enhance the full reading experience -- and we can thank Hermann Zapf. September 27, 2012

Infographics 101: Using Pictures to Communicate

Infographics 101: Using Pictures to Communicate and Connect With Your Audiences -- explains what infographics are, how they are put together, and how you can use them in your business. August 30, 2012

Two Simple Steps Can Save Your Photos

MOST OF US TAKE FAIRLY LOUSY PHOTOS most of the time, and we aren't sure what our options are when the pictures don't turn out the way we hoped. But professional photographer Khara Plicanic will help you out with some of her insightful tips & tricks June 25, 2012

HDR: The Pros' Hottest Post-Processing Techniques

When it comes to HDR, only three key ingredients are needed: hardware, software, and post-processing technique. Well, it does take a little talent ... but with a shot-in-the-arm from Rafael, those summer photos will take on a whole new life! Here's the poop ... we'll even throw in a whole 2nd bonus article : "Working with Color in Photoshop" along with a downloadable tutorial on Rafael's "Austin Capitol" project! June 22, 2012

Using ICC Profiles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Say you have a gorgeous image in Photoshop. How likely is your printer to give you a result exactly like what you see onscreen? Rafael Concepcion explains how to use printer profiles to tell Photoshop the settings you need for the printer and paper you're using, so you get the precise results you want. May 26, 2012

Photography : Visual Stories

The main thing that separates photographer amateurs from the pros is their ability to tell a story using the lens. If the viewer gets it -- you're a success. If the viewer doesn't, then you need this book from Vincent Laforet March 27, 2012