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Books, Print design

February book round-up and critique

I’m doing something a little different for the February book round-up. I thought I’d find a book cover that I liked and then talk about what I think is working for it. I was looking through the online catalog for the Cincinnati Public Library and found this book: As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti. What’s… Continue reading February book round-up and critique

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Books, Print design

No sloppy seconds: designing series, second books and second (and third, etc.) editions

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

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Books, Publishing

Five (or more) questions with Jamie Markle

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

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Design resources

Graphic design glossary: printing

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

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Design resources

Free images: Five tips for finding great images for free

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