Kevin is a film buff, Senior Maverick for WIRED, photographer and self-proclaimed Geek Dad.
With and without kids, he has traveled the globe (Afghanistan, Vietnam, China, Europe); he has launched publications (The Whole Earth Catalog, Wired); and, he continues to redefine how we think about technology and biology (Out of Control, Encyclopedia of Life, The Long Now Foundation ). And, in case you haven't guessed, he's one of my heroes.
He is also an avid self-publisher of personal projects.
Check out his reviews of the various on-line in the blooming print-on-demand market.
My recommendation for the best personal color book printer is Blurb. Blurb produces color books very similar to the iPhoto books you can order from Apple. Using iPhoto Books is slightly easier than using Blurb's software, particularly if all your photos happen to already be in iPhoto, but it works well enough. The idea is that you can drag images (photos or illustrations) into template book pages, add text or captions where you want to, then hit a button and have the finished book mailed to you. (all these systems work with PCs and Macs)
The results from both Apple and Blurb are marvelous. In fact, these books are astounding. That's because they both use the same back-room engine, the HP Indigo 5000 (as do the other color book makers like Snapfish and MyPublisher). The Indigio is essentially a high-speed, high-quality liquid-toner printer that will print your photo book several pages across.
$19 base price
Available from Blurb
Amazon review: "Like his other books, this book is very well illustrated,
conceptually & graphically. It's primary focus is introduction of a
Rapid Visualisation Process, which one can learn easily & then use
readily to capture thoughts in visual forms on paper. It is packed with
ideas, games, puzzles & exercises to guide the reader.
It is written for the novice in mind. It provides a step by step
approach to the practical strategies of seeing, thinking, &
drawing. I must say: It is really great stuff to get you moving with visual thinking!" --Lee Say Keng
For excellent advice on the business of the business of creativity, there is no better place to turn than... CreativeBusiness.com!
Cameron Foote is founder and editor and has forty years of industry experience including stints at small and large agencies, as creative director for a Fortune 500 firm, and running his own business.
His books,The Business Side of Creativity and The Creative Business Guide to Running a Graphic Design Business, are the industry's most authoritative, and best-selling business bibles. Nearly 40,000 copies have been sold.
At this week's IFVP Conference, there was quite a bit of exploration of handwriting and manual typography.
There was a bit of a divide between those who (rightfully) reverently adhere to the time-honored discipline of typography, and those of us who's ideals of lettering came from R. Crumb, Bugs Bunny, Schoolhouse Rock, Calvin and Hobbes, and The Electric Company.
Examples range from magazine covers, traditional advertisements,
film festival posters, album covers, book covers and other media/art.
There is a wide range of styles covered, and though there is not a lot
of text that accompanies each featured piece, the descriptions of the
work are insightful to how (in the opinion of the authors) the
text/design work, and in what ways. For instance, the authors comment
on one poster which used a childish scrawl saying, "Scrawl is most
effective when located with a generous helping of negative space, as is
portrayed elegantly in this poster etc.etc." Though you might not agree with their observations, you will most
definitely get something valuable out of your disagreement, wether it
is a better sense of your own visions and style/likes/dislikes.
All in all, this book is worth the money. It is bound to inspired you to break out a pencil and your sketchbook again.
Presidential Doodles, just released by Basic Books, a member of
the Perseus Books Group, collects the random sketches and drawings of
Hoover and most of his fellow commanders in chief, from Hoover's
elaborate shapes and swirls to the isolated squiggles of Abraham
Lincoln. The book expands upon an issue of Cabinet Magazine, a
quarterly of "Arts & Culture" that featured the jottings of eight
"Just as our dreams and little Freudian slips can mean something
about us, doodles can be indicative of the person and issues and things
that he is dealing with," says Cabinet editor-in-chief Sina Najafi.
Personalities emerge at a glance: John Adams' hard, straight lines
and precise geometrical patterns; Theodore Roosevelt's rugged sketch of
two dogs staring across a campfire; Dwight Eisenhower's plain,
practical illustrations; Ronald Reagan's childlike portraits, including of himself in a cowboy hat.
President Kennedy, known for separating his life into compartments,
would enclose words and numbers inside circles and boxes. Events long
after his death give one doodle an unintended chill: A small circle
with the numbers "9-11" contained within. Just to the lower left on the
page, the word "conspiracy" is underlined.
Innovation is the process of creating new ideas and turning them into new business value.
is the process of doing it continuously, by developing an
organizational culture that embraces innovation as a core value,
practices innovation as a core methodology, and produces innovation as
a consistent output.
notion of permanent innovation may at first be startling, in that the
concept of permanence implies stability and the absence of change,
while the concept of innovation implies constancy of change and
What liabilities do you open yourself up to if you catch someone's mother answering her cellphone on video?
In a piece titled, Fair Use Follies, Brooke Gladstone interviews two experts on the fair use issue. What can be freely reproduced? What snippets of song or text need to be paid for? In the case of the documentarian mentioned above, three words can cost upwards of $5000! What tragedy is unfolding in what Lawrence Lessig has renamed the Comedy of the Commons?
Simply put, “fair use” is a legal principle that allows copyrighted
material to be used without permission from or payment to the owner.
But a recent symposium
on the subject at New York University demonstrated just how difficult
it is to know what constitutes fair. And in the meantime, many creative
types are left in the lurch. Amy Sewell, producer of the documentary
"Mad Hot Ballroom", shares some war stories with Brooke.
One of the panel is Duke Law professor, Jamie Boyle, one of the leading experts in the creation and usage of ideas and art in the public domain.
This book is a dream come true for graphic facilitators.
It supplies you with hundreds of symbols and simple drawings that you can immediately apply to your own work, expanding the effectiveness of your work and building new skills.
There are a number of templates in the book as well and a good explanation of visual thinking, an explanation that you may want to quote to your clients.
This book is a must for your reference library. Written by two of our own, Nancy Margulies ( who also wrote "Mapping Inner Space") and Christine Valenza.
[Condolences to Christine who this January lost her husband, Albert Morse, described by the San Francisco Chronicle as "an intellectual property lawyer for underground cartoonists,
was many things: self-publisher of a pioneer book about tattoo art, collector
of 17th and 18th century chastity belts and Oceanic sculpture, son of Man Ray's
model of erotic photographs, a self-described voyeur, Bohemian and bon vivant."]
Suffice it to say, we live in the Age of the Mash-Up. Technologies continue to converge. Emergent technologies such as GPS and RFID are swiftly becoming embedded in just about every consumer good imaginable, from rowboats to robot dogs. As data visualization becomes increasingly more real-time, instant access to easy-to-read data maps are essential to both individuals and economies.
And, designers (being the gurus of last resort) are being asked to be much more multi-disciplined in both thought and deed. Consequently, a new breed of interface designer and digital geographer is going to be in high demand.
Janet Abrams and Peter Hall, editors Deborah Littlejohn, designer
320 pages, paper
Published by the University of Minnesota Design Institute Distributed for the Design Institute by the University of Minnesota Press
The second book to be published by the Design Institute, Else/Where is a scholarly
anthology on techniques and contemporary applications of mapping, in
In researching a recent job––creating a graphic novel for Swiss bankers(!?)––I visited the local brainy comic guy near Carnegie Mellon University.
He turned me on to the collection of American artists, who illustrated their childhood memories and adult-oriented antecdotes, illuminate the great American roadtrip, titled Roadstrips.
The essayists and artists comprise a veritable Who's Who of American comics and an excellent primer on delievering powerful and whimsical visual narratives through storyboards.
Together, the stories reveal the bizarre geographies and snarled personal self images for every flavor of American: a Mexican-American punk rocker; an African-American working in an international youth hostel; a Phillipino-American kid fretting over nuclear war; a liberal Jew raising a family in Chicago; or a whitebread redneck turned yuppie who is torn between Seattle and New York.
On Tech Nation, Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with professional cartoonists Pete Friedrich,
Keith Knight and Lloyd Dangle on the technology and techniques involved to create "Roadstrips...A Graphic Journey Across America." [hear podcast]