The Scythe and the Rabbit: Simon de Colines and the Culture of the Book in Renaissance Paris

Simon de Colines (1480-1546) and his contributions to the modernization of book design was underappreciated -- until master typographer and historian Kay Amert conducted research on the Parisian printer who experimented with dynamic page layouts and pioneered the use of italic types in France during the Renaissance. For the typography buff, historian or lover, this work sheds fresh light on typography from the Renaissance that shaped publishing as we know it today. December 14, 2012

Favorite Photography books

Everyone has a camera ... probably a digital camera or a cell phone. Most people I know who own iPhones have dropped their cameras in favor of the phone. Then, others have purchased more expensive, SLR or better, cameras and want to expand the range of their capabilities. Here's a new list of selected titles to make you a better photographer . . .
* The Photograph: Composition and Color Design
* Sixty Tips for Creative iPhone Photography
* Create Your Own Photo Book, 1st Edition
* Great Photos - Simple Cameras
* Tone Poems - Book 1
... they also make great gifts for the photographer in your life! November 23, 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

Wildlife Photography: Great Shots not snapshots

Planning your vacation? Going into the wilds? About this time of year, people are trying to decide on their vacation. No matter where you go, take this along and you'll be able to capture the experience in its fullest! March 16, 2012

Opportunity Knocks for Independent Bookstores

First there were the bookstore chains, then Amazon, then digital books, all seeming to threaten the very existence of the brick-and-mortar bookstore. Yet, in the wake of the recent closing of the Borders bookstore chain, a new surge of independent booksellers is rising, seemingly against all odds. December 20, 2011

Illustrator WOW

With the latest incarnation of The Adobe Illustrator WOW! Book, I see a lot of familiar visuals and tutorials -- and a whole slew of new ones. Over the years, I've spent many hours reading these books. I cannot say how many times I've recommended this book and Sharon Steuer's enlightened training! February 14, 2011

FREEDOM: our first winner ...

sandie.netSandie's art "Freedom" has been selected from the incoming submissions as the first winner in our
"WHAT DOES FREEDOM MEAN TO YOU" theme contest for JULY. Will you be the next winner? Hope so!
Sandie's studios are in Indiana, U.S.A., and she'll be receiving a stack of graphic design and publishing arts books from the Design Bookshelf collection of collectible titles.
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WHAT DOES FREEDOM MEAN TO YOU July 17, 2010