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I'm guessing you like seeing examples of real jobs as much as I do. If you do, be sure to see "An over-the-shoulder view of day-to-day work" below. 
 
Hope you have a productive, rewarding month.
 
Chuck
 
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Read the free online version of Mark Boulton's "A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web" (and see another take on the conventional publishing model)

I'm pointing to Mark Boulton's Five Simple Steps publishing venture for two reasons. First, because I suspect you'll find his book, A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web, interesting and useful. And second because I think the the publishing model is worth noting.

I've written for three publishers: Random House, Rockport, and PeachPit-but I have also published my own books through my company Logic Arts. So I am interested to see how other folks re-work the conventional publishing models. Five Simple Steps employs Seth Godin's model of giving away a free online version of the book and charging for a download or hard copy.

I'm interested in other models if you are interested in sharing what you've found.

Here > The online version of A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web...

Here > Or you can download a sample (542KB PDF)...

Here > Or buy a download or hardcopy...

Here > A look behind the scenes. Looks like other titles are in the works...


  

Haha... your print portfolio doesn't have to be boring (or in print)

My first thought was: Why would anyone put a portfolio of static print and web design on video? Here's why. MINE, the design office best known for it's "Everything is OK" campaign, has a bright, upbeat vision. I'm a big fan.

Here > MINE's portfolio...

Here > MINE's "Everything is OK" campaign...

Here > I must have a roll of that tape...



Unique offer of free use of rights-managed illustrations

My friend Daniel Will-Harris was kind enough to give us a heads-up about this unique offer from French Paper. What they are offering is the free use of a host of black and white images from CSA Images when the project they are used for is printed on French Paper. You'll need to read the small print but it looks like a pretty interesting offer.

The occasion of this offer also gives me an excuse to point you back to CSA's substantial body of work. I first wrote about Charles S. Anderson and the CSA Archive Company in Clip Art Crazy a book I wrote for PeachPit Press back in 1995. Even then, Anderson had compiled close to 1,000,000 twentieth-century line art images that were being used on prominent projects such as the Turner Classic Movie Channel and for licensed products for Paramount Pictures.

The beat goes on. Listed below, for example, you will find a gallery of book cover designs created in recent years using CSA Images.


 
 


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Nice type http://ht.ly/1ZSux
 
Evolution of the modern-day alphabet http://ht.ly/1ZJaf (thanks Joan)
 
Interesting: 3D PDFs http://ht.ly/1ZkKZ

Get it while you can, a free download of Museo Slab 500 (price $0--add to your cart and check out) http://ht.ly/1Z10I
   
Graphic design: Punctuate your design with images http://ht.ly/1WY8S
 
I guess if you use the phrase "thinking outside the box"--you aren't.

Another fantastic cut-paper illustration by Yulia Brodskaya (designed by MINE) http://ht.ly/1UmK8



Apple, Condé Nast, InDesign, Wired Magazine, the iPad, and a partridge in a pear tree

Here's another chapter in the--of-interest-to-geeks-only--saga of the battle between Adobe's Flash and HTML5.

Huh?

It really is kind of interesting. In case you missed it, there has been a bit of a falling out between big players such as Adobe, Apple, and Microsoft regarding the adoption of the software used to code dynamic content.

Are you still with me? Read on...

 
From the Ideabook.com Design Store




An over-the-shoulder view of day-to-day work by graphic designers, developers, and other creatives

I always learn something by looking at a portfolio but I've always thought that seeing their day-to-day workflow would reveal even more about their process and passion.

Dan Cederholm and Rich Thornett have figured out a way of doing it. They describe Dribbble.com as "show and tell" for designers, developers, and other creatives. It is a space for creatives to post screenshots of works in progress, parts and pieces of larger projects, and recent work completed along with comments. What is so terrific about this site is some very well-respected designers are contributing.

Here > Contributions by Jesse Bennett-Chamberlain...

Here > Jason Santa Maria...

Here > Cameron Moll...

Here > Jesse Gardner...

Here > Veerle Pieters...

Here > Von Glitschka...

Here > The front door...



The state of desktop publishing in 2010
 
I was looking for a simple, comprehensive list of current desktop publishing software and could not find one. Here's mine. If I'm missing something, please comment here and I'll add it.

A note to the purists: Don't freak on me--this is merely a reference list, I'm not making any judgement of quality or suitability for any purpose.

The state of desktop publishing in 2010

Here > Adobe FrameMaker...

Here > Adobe InDesign...

Here > Adobe PageMaker...

Here > Apple iWork Pages...

Here > Broderbund Print Shop...

Here > Corel Ventura...

Here > InPage...

Here > iStudio Publisher...

Here > Laidout...

Here > Microsoft Office Publisher...

Here > PageFocus Pro...

Here > PageStream...

Here > QuarkXPress...

Here > Ragtime...

Here > Scribus...

Here > Serif PagePlus X4...



Creative thinking: Apply an expected solution to an unexpected situation
 
This is a fun design that offers a valuable lesson. You can command a lot of attention when you apply a common solution to a situation in which it is unexpected. Thanks to Paul Butt for pointing us to this.

Here > Flying 101...


 
  
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I try to remain as objective as possible about the information I share here. Unless otherwise stated, I receive no compensation from the organizations and people mentioned except for occasional product samples. Comments? Suggestions? Write me at [email protected]

Chuck Green