Recently a client asked me about designing the cover for the second edition of her book. She wanted to maintain the look of the first book. “That’s a good idea,” I said. “Oh, good,” she said, tension leaving her voice. “Other designers wanted to change it all together.” The first edition cover was a reasonable… Continue reading No sloppy seconds: designing series, second books and second (and third, etc.) editions
For this week's post, I sat down with Jamie Markle, freelance consultant, editor and writer. Full disclosure, we've worked together and known each other for years. Also full disclosure, this is my first interview. We talked mostly about publishing (surprise!). Thanks to Jamie for taking time to talk to me, and make sure to visit… Continue reading Five (or more) questions with Jamie Markle
I was discussing a brochure with a client once, and talk turned to printing. “We could get this printed two-color,” I said, “Or four-color, but that would be more.” “Oh,” said the client. “I’d like all the colors.” Of course, any print designer knows four-color is “all the colors,” but the jargon was so ingrained… Continue reading Graphic design glossary: printing
Start the new year off right with one of these five books! I’m starting with books to turn your thinking on its head, but ending with a light parody read. Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman I first read this book when I was in college and I've re-read it at least once since… Continue reading Book round up for the new year!
There are days when you just need a free image. Maybe it’s a pro bono project, maybe the client has no money, or maybe it’s a personal project. Here are five tips for getting and using free images. Use an existing image from a stock image site that offers them for free There are a… Continue reading Free images: Five tips for finding great images for free