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Mirko Ilic

by Dejan Krsic

Mirko Ilic has a reputation as a rebel, but his iconoclasm is matched with tremendous gifts as an illustrator, a designer, and an educator. Ilic is a visionary and a leading voice of visual culture across disciplines and continents. This visual biography of one of the most prolific and distinguished designers of the last half century traces Ilic's formative years as a precocious youth in Yugoslavia during the Communist-bloc era; his early illustrations for comic books and magazines; and his eventual move to the United States, where he quickly achieved notoriety as the art director of Time magazine's international edition and The New York Times' op-ed pages. As a designer, Ilic has constantly pushed his craft to new limits, experimenting and reinventing himself at every turn. Throughout his illustrious career, Ilic has collaborated with design luminaries like Steven Heller and Milton Glaser. He has designed album covers for Rage Against the Machine, created film titles for You've Got Mail, and written or designed a number of books, including Genius Moves, The Design of Dissent, The Anatomy of Design, and Stop Think Go Do. He has taught advanced design classes at Cooper Union with Milton Glaser and now teaches illustration at the School of Visual Arts. His studio, Mirko Ilic Corp., has received awards from the Society of Publication Designers, the Art Directors Club, I.D., Print, and HOW.

The Web Designer's Idea Book, Volume 3

by Patrick Mcneil

Quick Inspiration for Web Designers Featuring more than 650 examples, this third volume of The Web Designer's Idea Book is packed with visual inspiration for creating top-notch web design. Web design expert Patrick McNeil, author of the popular Web Designer's Idea Book series, is back with the latest examples of the best design on the web today. Arranged thematically, this guide puts important topics like technology, design styles, elements, site types and site structure at your fingertips. This new volume also includes a detailed discussion of the various content management systems available to help you find the best platform for your project. An indispensable reference, this book provides you with the latest in themes, styles and trends you need to keep your projects relevant in the fast-paced and every-changing world of web design.

D30 - Exercises for Designers

by Jim Krause

Instructive and enlightening. Fun, too. D30 is a workout book. In addition to dozens of readily applicable tips, tricks and informational tidbits, D30 contains thirty exercises designed to develop and strengthen the creative powers of graphic designers, artists and photographers in a variety of intriguing and fun ways. What will you need to begin? Not much. Most of the book's step-by-step projects call for setting aside an hour or two, rolling up your sleeves and grabbing art supplies that are probably already stashed somewhere in your home or studio--things like pens, drawing and watercolor paper, India ink, paint, scissors and glue. Digital cameras and computers are also employed for several of the exercises but--and this should be welcome news to those readers who spend their days looking at computer monitors--the majority of the book's activities make use of traditional media to illuminate creative techniques and visual strategies that can be applied to media of all sorts. Thumb through the book (or look at the samples posted on JimKrauseDesign.com) and see for yourself!

Lee Hammond's Big Book of Acrylic Painting

by Lee Hammond

Basic Acrylic Instruction-Amazing Results! This resource is packed with the best of Lee Hammond's lessons and tips on working with acrylics, including more than 80 step-by-step exercises and demonstrations that will have you creating amazing paintings in no time flat. Success is easy-just follow along with Lee! With just seven to nine pigments, you can paint anything. You'll learn how to add layers and details, one stroke at a time. Along the way, Lee 's friendly encouragement and quick tips will help you work past what she calls "the awkward stage," so you can complete your paintings with confidence. In addition to detailed information on selecting materials and mixing colors, you'll also get complete visual instruction for painting subjects of all kinds, including: Still Life: Get proper proportions every time, using easy graphing techniques. You'll also find demonstrations for painting the tricky parts, such as glossy textures and reflective surfaces. Landscapes: Lee shares proven tips for creating depth and realism in subjects ranging from forests and mountains to prairies and seascapes. She also shows how to paint realistic clouds, trees, water and more. Animals: This chapter provides step-by-step guidance for painting all your favorite creatures. There's even extra instruction for getting the eyes, noses, fur and feathers just right. People: Painting people can be especially challenging, but success is easy with basic steps and practical guidance. One feature at a time, you'll learn simple techniques for painting faces of all kinds-male or female, young or old. You'll also find in-depth guidance for creating realistic fleshtones, eye color, hair and more. This is a complete acrylic painting course right on your bookshelf. Follow along from beginning to end or refer to this guide when you need a quick lesson. Either way, after learning from a master like Lee Hammond, you won't be a beginner for long. Get started today!

The Book of Rules

by Joshua Belter

Become a productive member of society! Which way should the toilet paper be dispensed from the roll? Who goes first at an intersection in a grocery store? What is the proper placement of ketchup on a plate? When is it appropriate to dress your pet in clothes that match your own? If you've ever wondered about the answers to these vital questions, this is the book for you. Consult The Book of Rules to identify acceptable practices and procedures for any social situation you may encounter in your everyday life. With this book, you'll learn: How and when to tell someone they have bad breath Regulations on singing aloud with the car radio What excessive hair twirling indicates When power naps should be taken at work How to terminate a too-long text message conversation How to deter people who want to "taste" your food When it is appropriate to look in a friend's medicine cabinet, and much, much more. Many everyday actions--while not illegal or immoral--are generally considered improper. With this book, you'll never again be considered an uncivilized, clueless boor.

Little House in the Suburbs

by Deanna Caswell Daisy Siskins

Self-Sufficiency in the Suburbs! Gardens, goats and chickens in the suburbs? Absolutely! The easy-to-follow advice in this book will show you everything you need to know to enjoy an abundant, independent life on food and products grown in your own back yard. You may feel like you have superpowers the first time you prepare a meal using only ingredients you grew in your garden. And is there anything you can't do after you lather up with a bar of soap that you made in your own home? This book is full of recipes and tips that will help you discover the joy of self-sufficiency. Do''t worry; suburban gardening doesn't mean you have to rip up your yard, or risk being ostracized by neighbors or your municipality or homeowners association. Inside you'll find: Gardening instructions for any-size yard and any skill level A complete overview of keeping chickens, mini-goats and bees in the suburbs More than 40 food recipes featuring ingredients from your garden or animals Canning techniques Recipes for natural deodorant, toothpaste, lip balm and other beauty products Step-by-step soapmaking instructions and soap recipes Natural cleaning recipes for kitchens, bathrooms, surfaces and laundry Gift basket ideas Community-building ideas including babysitting co-ops, meal swaps, and barter systems Advice on how to keep the peace with family, neighbors, and officials if your self-sufficient plans meet resistance

Mastering Manga, How to Draw Manga Scenes

by Mark Crilley

Mastering Manga, How to Draw Manga Scenes is an excerpt from Mastering Manga With Mark Crilley. Learn the actual process manga professional Mark Crilley uses to create manga scenes, with lessons on layout sequences and panels, and intermediate to advanced lessons on word balloons and storytelling that will have you making manga like a pro!

Mastering Manga, How to Draw Manga Bodies

by Mark Crilley

Mastering Manga, How to Draw Manga Bodies is an excerpt from Mastering Manga With Mark Crilley. Get everything you need to know to begin drawing manga figures of all types, from typical teens to parents and babies--with the correct proportions and in all sorts of poses. Mark also shows how variations in height and proportion suit different manga styles, and you'll be delighted by how simple it is to get it just right!

Mastering Manga, How to Draw Manga Faces

by Mark Crilley

Mastering Manga, How to Draw Manga Faces is an excerpt from Mastering Manga With Mark Crilley. True manga style is about more than big eyed characters, but Mark's lessons ensure that you can get them right, whether the character is facing you straight on, at an angle, or in profile. With lessons on hair styles for boys and girls, and different expressions, you'll get everything you need to know to begin drawing perfectly proportioned manga faces right away.

Joinery Tips & Techniques

by Editors of Popular Woodworking

From Dados to Dovetails - It's All Here!From the lowly butt joint to the vaunted dovetail, joinery makes a woodworking project stronger, attractive and durable. Learn how to make the most common woodworking joints using hand tools and power tools, with tips to speed and improve your work. Also included are plans for jigs to make your work easier and more precise, advice on building frame-and-panel doors and step-by-step instructions for lots of dovetails, including sliding dovetails. If you're just starting out in woodworking, or if you're looking for a way to just improve, we've got the joint for you!

Building Cabinets, Bookcases & Shelves

by Editors of Popular Woodworking

A Place for Everything...Whether you need storage for books, DVDs, games or clothes, you'll find attractive, custom options in this book. Open shelving? An enclosed cabinet? A classic bookcase? They're all here. Building Bookcases, Cabinets and Shelves offers 29 storage solutions in a variety of styles and sizes with both open and enclosed storage. Each project includes cutting lists, step-by-step instructions and tips and advice from professional woodworkers who have made each piece. Best of all, you can build them just as they are, or customize further to make each piece uniquely yours.

Drawing Nature for the Absolute Beginner

by Mary Willenbrink Mark Willenbrink

Have you ever experienced the peace of walking through the woods or the excitement of a storm gathering on a beach? Artwork provides the ability for us to capture those moments and share them with others. Drawing Nature for the Absolute Beginner offers a great beginner's course on drawing nature. In their fun and friendly teaching style, Mark and Mary Willenbrink show you how to realistically capture the world around you. All you need to get started are some simple supplies, basic techniques, and inspiration. From field to forest, beach or mountain, begin with a structural sketch, apply values and textures, and, before you know it, you'll be drawing everything you see. You'll even learn how to render favorite wildlife such as chipmunks, deer and eagles! Follow along with easy step-by-step demonstrations to draw rocks, seashells, butterflies and even more developed nature scenes. Gain a working understanding of key concepts such as perspective, value and composition. Discover simple tools and tips you can use right away to improve your art. Your artistic journey can be as pleasant as your final destination with drawing instruction meant for everyone.

Strokes of Genius 5 - The Best of Drawing

by Rachel Rubin Wolf

"Do not only draw what you see," encourages artist Gary Rudisill (p55), "create what you feel." In Strokes of Genius 5, that feeling is delivered through strong and inventive design. Covering a tantalizing range of styles, the work within illustrates the many ways today's best artists choreograph shape, value, line, texture and color into compositions that create drama, tell a story, and pull viewers in. Featuring unusual perspectives, tantalizing contrasts and other dynamic design elements, Strokes of Genius 5 delivers fresh inspiration for artists of every skill level and medium. Art and inspiration from 91 contemporary masters in charcoal, pencil, pastel, colored pencil, scratch board, pen and ink, and more. 120 masterful works--landscapes, figures, portraits, urban scenes, animals and still lifes--in a wonderful diversity of styles. Expert tips, techniques and stories behind the designs.

Watercolour Tips & Tricks

by Zoltan Szabo

This book makes watercolour painting simple, straightforward and fun: 43 mini-demonstrations teach a wide range of useful watercolour techniques. 13 step-by-step demonstrations show these techniques applied to landscapes, flowers and other subjects. Page after page of proven approaches for painting clouds, trees, rocks, grass, snow, reflections and more. These are tried-and-true methods that Zoltan perfected over 65 years of painting. Now you can put them to work in your paintings immediately!

Personal Geographies

by Jill K. Berry

Explore your Creative Self with Mixed-media MapsYou don't have to be a world traveler or a professional cartographer to embark on a grand journey of self-discovery through mapmaking. Personal Geographies gives you the tools and techniques you'll need to create artful maps of your self, your experiences and your personal journey. Chart the innermost workings of your mind, document your artistic path and create an unfolding maze of your future dreams and goals. Inside Personal Geographies you'll discover: 21 mixed-media map projects featuring artistic techniques like working with alcohol inks and pochoir, painting on a black surface and carving custom stamps Insight into the world of traditional and contemporary maps and how they relate to and inspire personal mapmaking A gallery of maps by contributors from around the world to spark your own creativity From mapping your head, hands and heart to recording powerful memories or experiences, the maps in Personal Geographies are a gateway into the fascinating and meaningful world of you.

Digital Painting Tricks & Techniques

by Gary Tonge

This book provides all the advice artists need to transform their digital painting--from brush, lighting and color basics to special effects, working with layers, and speed and matte painting. The 100+ expert tricks provide quick and easy solutions to all aspects of digital painting through clear instructions, step-by-step demonstrations and breathtaking annotated art. The book is divided into core elements of digital painting providing beginner, improver and advanced techniques to ensure progression and relevance to all skill levels, making it ideal for beginners and essential for more experienced digital painters. This is the ultimate tool to help emerging CG artists get started with digital painting, and help advanced CG artists improve their digital painting techniques.

Just Design

by Christopher Simmons

For many, doing good work that also does good in the world is part of the ethos of design practice. Just Design celebrates and explores this increasingly critical aspect of design by showcasing a diverse collection of inspiring projects, people and causes. Look inside to explore more than 140 exceptional design solutions from many of the world's leading designers and discover new work from emerging voices. Dig deeper by reading the story behind every included project-including 10 expanded case studies. Gain new perspective with thoughtful essays by Alissa Walker, Kate Andrews, Aaris Sherin, Alice Bybee, Cinthia Wen and Brian Collins. Energize your creative spirit with inspirational profiles and interviews with designers such as Emily Pilloton, Michael Osborne and Randy J. Hunt, and unique perspectives from Kalle Lasn, Brian Dougherty and Ric Grefe. What People Are Saying About Just Design "Just Design is the first book to offer a thoughtful, comprehensive and inspiring look at what happens when designers use their knowledge, resources and ability to create work that is concerned with positive change over cashing a check. The sample projects, interviews and contributing stories provide a contagious energy, motivation, and optimism that is hard to find in any other design book."-Armin VitCo-founder, UnderConsideration "Christopher Simmons' brilliant new book showcases the worldwide, world-class work designers are doing to convey what is good and important for everyone, everywhere. Just Design is proof positive that design-and designers-can change the world, one design at a time."-Debbie Millman President, Sterling BrandsPast President, AIGA "Through deft curation and succinct, exacting project descriptions, Christopher Simmons and his guests provide a compelling set of work that confirms the critical and unique power of social design and its practitioners."-Allan ChochinovPartner, Core77Chair, SVA MFA Products of Design "Just Design is the kind of book that makes you proud to be a designer. And inspires you to be a better one."-Valerie CaseyFounder, Designers Accord "Just Design should be required reading for any designer or communications professional seeking to make a difference."-Joel MakowerChairman, GreenBiz Group,Author, Strategies for the Green Economy Inside:Adams Morioka * Adbusters * Albert Einstein * Altitude * Aufuldish & Warinner * Bob Dylan * Charles Darwin * Design Army * Firebelly Design * Frank Chimero * James Victore * Karlsonwilker * Lance Armstrong * Mende Design * MINE * Modern Dog * Office * Pentagram * Plato * Stefan * Sagmeister * Turnstyle * Vanderbyl Design * Volume Inc. * Winston Churchill * And more...

Organize Now! Your Money, Business & Career

by Jennifer Ford Berry Jacqueline Musser

Get Organized and Get Ahead Let organizing expert Jennifer Ford Berry, author of the best-selling book Organize Now! A Week-by-Week Guide to Simplify Your Space and Your Life, show you how to get ahead in your career and personal finances by getting organized. INSIDE YOU'LL FIND: Easy-to-follow checklists that give you results in just one week Time-management tips to increase your productivity at work and at home Strategies for efficiently using social media and mobile devices Ways to organize your resume, job search, and career goals Effective organizing ideas for work spaces Techniques for organizing financial goals and records Expert tips from financial advisors, CPAs and human resources specialists Learn how to create a step-by-step plan that will help you achieve your organizational goals.

Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry, Advanced Necklaces

by Barbara Lewis

Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry: Necklaces, Part 2 combines beading and wire-working techniques with the intense beauty of torch-fired enameled beads. Metal becomes your canvas as you learn the basics of enameling with a torch, then create five exquisite necklaces. Find out how easy it is to create unique and colorful enamel pieces in this innovative, comprehensive guide to the world of torch-fired enameling.

Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry, Beginning Necklaces

by Barbara Lewis

Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry, Beginning Necklaces combines beading and wire-working techniques with the intense beauty of torch-fired enameled beads. Metal becomes your canvas as you learn the basics of enameling with a torch, then create five exquisite necklaces. Find out how easy it is to create unique and colorful enamel pieces in this innovative, comprehensive guide to the world of torch-fired enameling.

Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry, Bracelets

by Barbara Lewis

Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry, Bracelets combines beading and wire-working techniques with the intense beauty of torch-fired enameled beads. Metal becomes your canvas as you learn the basics of enameling with a torch, then create five exquisite bracelets. Find out how easy it is to create unique and colorful enamel pieces in this innovative, comprehensive guide to the world of torch-fired enameling.

Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry for Beginners

by Barbara Lewis

Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry for Beginners combines beading and wire-working techniques with the intense beauty of torch-fired enameled beads. Metal becomes your canvas as you learn the basics of enameling with a torch, then create five exquisite pieces, including a bracelet, ring, necklace and two sets of earrings. Find out how easy it is to create unique and colorful enamel pieces in this innovative, comprehensive guide to the world of torch-fired enameling.

Above the Fold

by Brian Miller

This is a different kind of web design book. Above the Fold is not about timely design or technology trends; instead, this book is about the timeless fundamentals of effective communication within the context of web design. It is intended to help you, the reader, understand the considerations that web designers make when developing successful websites. Above the Fold is divided into three sections: Design & Typography Planning & Usability Business Value Each section represents a phase in the continuous cycle of web design. It's the balance among design, usability, and return on investment that makes a website truly great. Topics covered in Above the Fold include: What makes web design unique The history of web design Anatomy of a web page White space and grid use in web design The elements of web design: color, texture, imagery, scale, depth, animation, and variability Web typography, including web-safe type, images of type, and font replacement and embedding Web project planning Information architecture, including site maps, wireframes, and user flow diagrams The elements of usability: navigation, breadcrumbs, links, search, submission forms, and error messaging Search engine optimization Online marketing, including banner ads, viral and social marketing, on-site marketing, and email marketing Web statistics and analysis

Drawing for the Absolute Beginner, Composition

by Mark Willenbrink

This e-book contains nine detailed step-by-step demonstrations on composition, texture, perspective and storytelling and includes a glossary of common art terms. It is based on Drawing for the Absolute Beginner (North Light 2006) by Mark and Mary Willenbrink.

Drawing for the Absolute Beginner, Techniques

by Mark Willenbrink

You won't be disappointed with the basic instruction based on the popular print book Drawing for the Absolute Beginner (North Light 2006) by Mark and Mary Willenbrink. Learn all about value and shadows, and get more than 15 step-by-step technique exercises on how to draw still lifes, animals and people. Also includes a glossary of common art terms. The Absolute Beginner series of e-books will inspire anyone who wants to make art to create realistic artwork for any subject, including still life, landscapes, animals and people.

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