By: MonaLMtz

Photographer’s Library: Top Books to Improve your Photography Skills

Summer is always a lovely time to stock up and read books on the topics we love! In this list i present you my summer suggestions on photography books. This list contains books I have read and found interesting or i have marked to buy in the near future. And I think that they have something to offer whether you are a junior hobbyist photographer or a grizzled award winning professional.

Please vote for the books you are familiar with and check out those you are not. You can add your own book suggestions to the list and of course comment if you like, with your personal opinions on the books listed here. Eventually i hope that this list will expand and become even more useful resource for everyone!

 

Photographer's Library: Top Books to Improve your Photography Skills

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    Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera

    BRYAN PETERSON is a professional photographer, internationally known instructor, and the bestselling author of Understanding Shutter Speed, Understanding Close-Up Photography, Bryan Peterson's Understanding Photography Field Guide, Learning to See Creatively, Understanding Digital Photography, and Beyond Portraiture. In addition, he is the founder of the online photography school The Perfect Picture School of Photography (www.ppsop.com).

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    The Digital Photography Book

    "Kelby's laid-back writing style is perfect for those looking for fascinating insights without getting caught up in technical detail. An essential series for anyone wanting to take professional looking images." Laurence Howell, Short List

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    BetterPhoto Basics: The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Taking Photos Like a Pro

    JIM MIOTKE is a professional photographer and an online photo course instructor with BetterPhoto.com, a resource for photographers that he founded and runs. He is the author of the bestselling BetterPhoto Guide to Digital Photography, BetterPhoto Guide to Digital Nature Photography, and BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Children.

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    Tony Northrup's DSLR Book: How to Create Stunning Digital Photography

    Award-winning author and photographer Tony Northrup has published more than 30 how-to books and sold more than a million copies around the world. His photos have been featured on magazine covers, book covers, CD covers, TV shows, calendars, and much more. Tony studied photography at the New England School of Photography and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

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    The Digital Photography Book: Part 1 (2nd Edition)

    For the past three years, Scott Kelby has been honored with the distinction of being the world's #1 best-selling author of books on photography. He's Editor and Publisher of Light It! digital magazine (the how-to magazine for studio lighting and hot-shoe flash), Photoshop User magazine, and is President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP).

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    The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression

    Bruce Barnbaum, of Granite Falls, WA, entered photography as a hobbyist in the 1960s, and after four decades, it is still his hobby. It has also been his life's work for the past 30 years. Bruce's educational background includes Bachelor's and Master's degrees in mathematics from UCLA.

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    Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set, Volumes 1, 2, and 3

    Scott Kelby is President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and Editor-in-Chief of both Photoshop User and Layers magazines. Scott serves as training director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour and is the technical chair of the largest Photoshop gathering in the industry, Photoshop World.

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    Complete Digital Photography

    Ben Long is a San Francisco-based photographer, writer, and teacher. The author of more than two dozen books on digital photography and digital video, he is also a senior contributing editor to Macworld magazine, a contributing editor at CreativePro.com, and the author of several best-selling Lynda.com photography courses.

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    Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams

    Michael Frye has lived either on or near Yosemite National Park since 1983, and in that time has built up a reputation as one of the most exciting current practioners of fine landscape and nature photography. He has written numerous magazine articles on the art and technique of photography.

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    Photography Changes Everything

    Photography Changes Everything [Marvin Heiferman, Merry Foresta] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Photography Changes Everything offers a provocative rethinking of photography's impact on our culture and our daily lives. Compiling hundreds of images and responses from leading authorities on photography

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    Extraordinary Everyday Photography: Awaken Your Vision to Create Stunning Images Wherever You Are

    Brenda Tharp is a professional photographer and author of Creative Nature & Outdoor Photography, Revised Edition (Amphoto, 2010). Her work has appeared in Outdoor Photographer, Audubon, Discovery, Forbes, Sierra, and Sunset, and clients include Audubon, Canon, the National Park Service, and the Sierra Club.

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    Photo Inspiration: Secrets Behind Stunning Images

    '...the images are awesome and the stories behind them make it a great read. There's plenty of inspiration available here and many genres of photography are covered too, so well worth a look.' (Advanced Photographer, July 2012) 'Full of inspiring images to keep your creative juices flowing.'

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    Photography: The Whole Story

    Unlike many other artistic media, photography's origins are well documented, as are its ever-changing technologies and applications. Written by an international team of experts, this definitive history of photography looks at every step of the field's dynamic evolution, period by period and movement by movement.

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    Photography Business Secrets: The Savvy Photographer's Guide to Sales, Marketing, and More

    '...an ideal book to take a look at if you are thinking of becoming, or have recently become, a professional photographer earning money from your work' (ePHOTOzine, April 2013)

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    The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression

    Bruce Barnbaum, of Granite Falls, WA, entered photography as a hobbyist in the 1960s, and after four decades, it is still his hobby. It has also been his life's work for the past 30 years. Bruce's educational background includes Bachelor's and Master's degrees in mathematics from UCLA.

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I hope you enjoy these books and help you improve your photography skills and become a better professional photographer!

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Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics

Have you ever wished you knew how to paint? Have you watched the works of the classic art masters in awe, thinking how would it feel to paint so majestically? Why don’t you give it a try and see where do you go from there?

In this article I gathered for you the most essential books on oil painting, They will get you started and help you grow your painting skills. If you prefer video instruction better than reading you might also want to read: Get Started: With Oil Painting Basics.

Let’s get started!

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Johannes Vermeer – The Milkmaid

The Complete Oil Painter: The Essential Reference for Beginners to ProfessionalsEssential Books on Oil Painting Basics

Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    Oils are perhaps the most versatile of all paint mediums. Yet for many artists oil painting is either shrouded in mystique or considered very difficult. Filled with clear, step-by-step instructions and surefire strategies, The Complete Oil Painter is an essential, one-stop guide to becoming an expert in every aspect of this medium.

Artists will discover everything they need to know about materials (pigments, supports, canvases); tools and equipment (palettes, brushes); paint application (wet-into-wet, alla-prima, glazing, impasto); form and color (light and dark, expression, color mixing); exploring themes (still life, portraiture, figure painting); and much more.

Traditional Oil Painting: Advanced Techniques and Concepts from the Renaissance to the PresentEssential Books on Oil Painting Basics

Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    As more and more artists today look to the past, there has been a tremendous resurgence of interest in painting realistically—in creating convincing illusions of three-dimensional depth on two dimensional surfaces.

  • How did the Old Masters create their masterpieces?
  • What kind of education allowed these great artists to create such beautiful work, and how can an artist learn these lessons today?

Traditional Oil Painting answers those questions and many more. This comprehensive sourcebook explores the most advanced levels of oil painting, with full information on the latest scientific discoveries. Author and distinguished artist Virgil Elliott examines the many elements that let artists take the next step in their work: mental attitude, aesthetic considerations, the importance of drawing, principles of visual reality, materials, techniques, portraiture, photographic images versus visual reality, and color.

Traditional Oil Painting helps artists master the secrets of realistic painting to create work that will rival that of the masters.

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Raphael Sanzio – Woman with a Veil (La Donna Velata)

Oil Painting Secrets From a MasterEssential Books on Oil Painting Basics

Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    Some of the most popular art instruction books ever written have been based on student notes culled over the years from actual workshop sessions, with all their power and immediacy – and with practical, on-to-one contact between student and teacher. This is such a book. For more than two years, Linda Cateura has pursued teacher / artist David A. Leffel, notebook in hand, as he critiqued the work of students. Linda Cateura’s succinct notes capture his insights, philosophy, painting hints, and general comments.

Leffel’s classic, painterly, twentieth-century old master style, much in the manner of Rembrandt or Chardin, affords ample illustration of the ideas expressed – through his many paintings, details, demonstrations, and diagrams, almost all in color.

No matter what your level of ability, there is something here to apply to your own work, ideas that will cause you to rething your own ways of painting, hints to save you effort, or solutions to persistent painting problems.

The Practice of Oil Painting and Drawing (Dover Art Instruction)Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics

Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    This instructive volume introduces not only the techniques of oil painting but also the underlying principles of figure drawing. Written by a distinguished Pre-Raphaelite painter, portraitist, and book illustrator, the treatment begins by explaining the construction of the figure, head, and limbs.

Succeeding chapters illustrate these teachings with examples of images by the Old Masters, including paintings from the Italian, Dutch, Spanish, French, and British schools.

The Birmingham Daily Post pronounced this volume “probably the most useful handbook for art students that has yet been published.” Students at every level of expertise will benefit from its discourses on light and shade, monochrome study, still life in color, painting from life in monochrome, coloring a monochrome, and painting in color direct from life. Thirty-two full-color pages complement this new edition of a timeless guide.

The Oil Painting Book: Materials and Techniques for Today’s Artist (Watson-Guptill Materials and Techniques)Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics

Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    This indispensable encyclopedia:

  • compares leading brands of oil paints
  • describes mediums
  • solvents, and varnishes
  • illustrates brushes, palettes, and other tools
  • and shows both traditional and unconventional techniques

Oil Painting for the Serious Beginner: Basic Lessons in Becoming a Good PainterEssential Books on Oil Painting Basics

Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    If looking at wonderful paintings fills you with desire to create your own, this book is for you. Even if you’ve never put brush to canvas before, but are committed to learning how, Oil Painting for the Serious Beginner will enable you to express yourself richly through this esteemed art medium.

With clarity, simplicity, and enthusiasm, Steve Allrich shares with readers the tried-and-true methods he employs in his mastery of oil painting. Practical step-by-step instruction and fully illustrated demonstrations are provided. You will learn how to:

  • Select paint, canvas, brushes, other materials
  • Practice good drawing skills, mix color ranges, design vital compositions
  • Tone canvas, sketch and block in your subject, achieve painterly brushwork
  • Depict strong still lifes and interiors, arrange good lighting effects for both
  • Choose the best landscape settings, handle perspective, capture natural light.

 

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Jan Van Eyck – The Arnolfini Wedding

Fill Your Oil Paintings with Light & ColorEssential Books on Oil Painting Basics

Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    These pages practically glow with Kevin Macpherson’s rich and powerful paintings! He shares his techniques for quickly capturing the mood of a scene in bold, direct brushstrokes, with step-by-step instructions that make it easy—simply a matter of painting the colors you see. Follow his lead and you too, can create landscapes and still lives in a vibrant, impressionistic style.

Oil Painting For The Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Oil Painting (Art for the Absolute Beginner)Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics

Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    The quick-start guide to great results!
Oil painting doesn’t have to be rocket science, although some books on the subject make it seem that way. Filled with encouraging, easy-to-follow instruction, Oil Painting for the Absolute Beginner is a no-fear, no-experience-required guide to enjoyable painting and happy results. Focusing on the needs of the first-time painter, this book covers everything from selecting brushes and setting up your palette to key principles of color and composition, presented in a way that moves you confidently from first strokes to finished paintings.

  • Mini demonstrations break down fundamental painting techniques in a clear, common sense way
  • 12 step-by-step painting projects progress from simple landscapes, still life and flower paintings to more challenging subjects, such as animals, seascapes and portraits
  • The bonus DVD-workshop features the author creating two paintings from start to finish
  • You’ll learn tricks for keeping the greens in your landscapes looking fresh, advantages to working with water-soluble oil paints, simple tips for dynamic compositions and other expert advice to make your introduction to oil painting the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

Classic Portrait Painting in Oils: Keys to Mastering Diverse Skin TonesEssential Books on Oil Painting Basics

Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    Discover a simple approach to capturing a world of beautiful skin tones!
Chris Saper takes the mystery and guesswork out of portrait painting while leaving its joy fully intact. Continuing the exploration started in the her first book, Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light, this sequel offers step-by-step demonstrations that cover an even wider range of ethnic groups and ages. You’ll get professional advice on working from life, using reference photos, and combining the two approaches to create realistic likenesses that say something about the way you view an individual’s unique beauty and character. Inside you’ll find:

  • A series of 14 step-by-step demonstrations of 7 diverse subjects painted from life and from photos that illustrate the advantages of each approach
  • Techniques for seeing and recording accurate colors at live sittings, and retaining that accuracy when working from photographic references
  • Tips on posing and lighting your subjects using both artificial and natural light sources
  • Expert advice for shooting, selecting and working from reference photographs, including how to compose dynamic multiple-subject portraits
  • Techniques for painting eyes, eyeglasses, mouths, wrinkles and other defining details
  • Though the demonstrations and examples are done in oils, Saper’s techniques are universal. Regardless of your medium or skill level, the lessons inside will make painting skin colors easier, the process more enjoyable and your great results more predictable.

The Oil Painting Course You’ve Always Wanted: Guided Lessons for Beginners and Experienced ArtistsEssential Books on Oil Painting Basics

Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    Everything you always wanted to know about oil painting…but were afraid to ask. Or maybe you weren’t afraid—maybe you just didn’t know what to ask or where to start. In The Oil Painting Course You’ve Always Wanted, author Kathleen Staiger presents crystal clear, step-by-step lessons that build to reinforce learning.

Brush control, creating the illusion of three dimensions, foolproof color mixing, still-life painting, landscapes, and portraits—every topic is covered in clear text, diagrams, illustrations, exercises, and demonstrations. Staiger has taught oil painting for more than thirty-five years; many of her students are now exhibiting and selling their paintings.

Everyone from beginning hobby painters, to art students, to BFA graduates has questions about oil painting. Here at last are the answers!

Classical Painting Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio PracticeEssential Books on Oil Painting Basics

Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    Students of art hailed Classical Drawing Atelier, Juliette Aristides’s first book, as a dynamic return to the atelier educational model. Ateliers, popular in the nineteenth century, teach emerging artists by pairing them with a master artist over a period of years. The educational process begins as students copy masterworks, then gradually progress to painting as their skills develop.

The many artists at every level who learned from Classical Drawing Atelier have been clamoring for more of this sophisticated approach to teaching and learning. In Classical Painting Atelier, Aristides, a leader in the atelier movement, takes students step-by-step through the finest works of Old Masters and today’s most respected realist artists to reveal the principles of creating full-color realist still lifes, portraits, and figure paintings.

Rich in tradition, yet practical for today’s artists, Classical Painting Atelier is ideal for serious art students seeking a timeless visual education.

Color Mixing RecipesEssential Books on Oil Painting Basics

Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    ‘The popular Color Mixing Recipe Cards by William F. Powell has served as a handy reference of essential color combinations for almost 10 years. And now this collection of recipes is available in an updated, convenient format developed with your needs in mind! Conveniently packaged in a concealed wire-o-bound book that lies flat when opened, the recipe cards will always stay in order with no risk of getting lost.

The book also includes a Color Mixing Grid—the perfect guide for accurately measuring paints. With mixing recipes for more than 450 color combinations, along with instruction in a variety of painting techniques, Color Mixing Recipes is a valuable and practical resource for both oil and acrylic artists

Problem Solving for Oil Painters: Recognizing What’s Gone Wrong and How to Make it RightEssential Books on Oil Painting Basics

Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    Idea

  • Is There a Good Abstract Idea Underlying the Picture?
  • What Details Could be Eliminated to Strengthen the Composition?
  • Does the Painting “Read”?
  • Could You Finish Any Part of the Painting?

Shapes

  • Are the Dominant Shapes as Strong and Simple as Possible?
  • Are the Shapes Too Similar?

Value

  • Could the Value Range be Increased?
  • Could the Number of Values be Reduced?
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Claude Monet – Woman with a Parasol

Light

  • Is the Subject Effectively Lit?
  • Is the Light Area Big Enough?
  • Would the Light Look Stronger with a Suggestion of Burnout?
  • Do the Lights Have a Continuous Flow?
  • Is the Light Gradated?

Shadows

  • Do the Shadow Shapes Describe the Form?
  • Are the Shadows Warm Enough?

Depth

  • Would the Addition of Foreground Material Deepen the Space?
  • Does the Background Recede Far Enough?
  • Are the Halftones Properly Related to the Background?

Solidity

  • Is the underlying Form Being Communicated?
  • Is the Symmetry in Perspective?

Color

  • Is There a Color Strategy?
  • Could a Purer Color Be Used?
  • Do the Whites Have Enough Color in Them?
  • Are the Colors Overblended on the Canvas?
  • Would the Color Look Brighter if it Were Saturated into its Adjacent Area?

Paint

  • Is Your Palette Efficiently Organized?
  • Is the Painting Surface Too Absorbent?
  • Are You Using the Palette Knife as Much as You Could?
  • Are You Painting Lines When You Should Be Painting Masses?
  • Are the Edges Dynamic Enough?
  • Is There Enough Variation in the Texture of the Paint?

You might also need:

Royal & Langnickel 104-Piece All Media Easel Artist SetEssential Books on Oil Painting Basics

Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    Royal & Langnickel All Media Easel Artist Set is perfect for the avid artist, student, or traveling artist regardless of age or experience. Quality constructed wooden case, hinged and latched, holds all the essentials for sketching, drawing, and painting.

Includes:

  • 12 oil paint tubes, 12 watercolor paint tubes, 12 acrylic paint tubes, 12 oil pastels, 12 watercolor pencils and much more
  • Also Includes 3 white nylon brushes, 3 plastic palette knives, 2 canvas boards, 1 wooden palette, 1 six well palette and more
  • Storage box with easel measures 10-5/8-inch by 6-1/8-inch by 5-1/8-inch

Art Alternatives Canvas Panel (8 X 10) PACK OF 12Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics

  • Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    Primed with an acrylic gesso for painting in any medium
  • Mounted with pure cotton artist canvas with turned edges

Art Advantage Oil and Acrylic Brush Set, 24-PieceEssential Books on Oil Painting Basics

Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics

  • Essential Books on Oil Painting Basics    Twenty-four piece brush set
  • Free canvas brush roll-up
  • Long handle brushes
  • Synthetic and natural bristle brushes
  • Perfect for oil and acrylic paint

I hope you will find these books and resources invaluable to your journey to art.

Feel free to comment with your own suggestions as well!

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Top Creativity Books for 2013

Many people consider creativity something mystical or unique, that some people have while others don’t. In reality though creativity is simply a process that you can develop and improve. It is also a innate talent of all human beings and essentially is the ability to use our imagination and create new things. As everything the more you practice it the better you get. The more you search for ideas the more easy it will become for you to generate great ideas.

That being said, there dozen techniques and ideas to help you develop your creativity and idea generation capacity. Below you can find a  list with my favorite books on creativity. So check them out and also feel free to comment with your own tips and suggestions! Let’s dive in!

 

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1. The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great IdeasTop Creativity Books for 2013
Top Creativity Books for 2013    Top Creativity Books for 2013
How to get past the most common myths about creativity to design truly innovative strategies
We tend to think of creativity in terms reminiscent of the ancient muses: divinely-inspired, unpredictable, and bestowed upon a lucky few. But when our jobs challenge us to be creative on demand, we must develop novel, useful ideas that will keep our organizations competitive.

The Myths of Creativity demystifies the processes that drive innovation. Based on the latest research into how creative individuals and firms succeed, David Burkus highlights the mistaken ideas that hold us back and shows us how anyone can embrace a practical approach, grounded in reality, to finding the best new ideas, projects, processes, and programs.

Answers questions such as:

  • What causes us to be creative in one moment and void in the next?
  • What makes someone more or less creative than his or her peers?
  • Where do our flashes of creative insight come from, and how can we generate more of them?
  • Debunks 10 common myths, including: the Eureka Myth; the Lone Creator Myth; the Incentive Myth; and The Brainstorming Myth

Written by David Burkus, founder of popular leadership blog LDRLB. For anyone who struggles with creativity, or who makes excuses for delaying the work of innovation, The Myths of Creativity will help you overcome your obstacles to finding new ideas.

2. Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater CreativityTop Creativity Books for 2013
Top Creativity Books for 2013    Top Creativity Books for 2013
A science-backed method to maximize creative potential in any sphere of life
With the prevalence of computer technology and outsourcing, new jobs and fulfilling lives will rely heavily on creativity and innovation. Keith Sawyer draws from his expansive research of the creative journey, exceptional creators, creative abilities, and world-changing innovations to create an accessible, eight-step program to increasing anyone’s creative potential. Sawyer reveals the surprising secrets of highly creative people (such as learning to ask better questions when faced with a problem), demonstrates how to come up with better ideas, and explains how to carry those ideas to fruition most effectively.

This science-backed, step-by step method can maximize our creative potential in any sphere of life.

Offers a proven method for developing new ideas and creative problem-solving no matter what your profession
Includes an eight-step method, 30 practices, and more than 100 techniques that can be launched at any point in a creative journey
Psychologist, jazz pianist, and author Keith Sawyer studied with world-famous creativity expert Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Sawyer’s book offers a wealth of easy to apply strategies and ideas for anyone who wants to tap into their creative power.

3. inGenius: A Crash Course on CreativityTop Creativity Books for 2013
Top Creativity Books for 2013    Top Creativity Books for 2013
Imaginative. Innovative. Ingenious. These words describe the visionaries we all respect and admire. And they can describe you, too. Contrary to common belief, creativity is not a gift some of us are born with.

It is a skill that all of us can learn. International bestselling author and award-winning Stanford University educator Tina Seelig has worked with some of the business world’s best and brightest, who are now among the decision-makers at companies such as Google, Genentech, IBM, and Cisco. In inGenius she expertly demystifies creativity, offering a set of tools and guidelines that anyone can use. A fantastic resource for everyone wanting to achieve their ambitions, and for readers of Jason Fried’s Rework, and Seth Godin’s Poke the Box.

4. Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and InventionTop Creativity Books for 2013
Top Creativity Books for 2013    Top Creativity Books for 2013
The classic study of the creative process from the national bestselling author of Flow. Creativity is about capturing those moments that make life worth living. Legendary psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi reveals what leads to these moments—be it the excitement of the artist at the easel or the scientist in the lab—so that this knowledge can be used to enrich people’s lives. Drawing on nearly one hundred interviews with exceptional people, from biologists and physicists, to politicians and business leaders, to poets and artists, as well as his thirty years of research on the subject, Csikszentmihalyi uses his famous flow theory to explore the creative process.

He discusses such ideas as why creative individuals are often seen as selfish and arrogant, and why the “tortured genius” is largely a myth. Most important, he explains why creativity needs to be cultivated and is necessary for the future of our country, if not the world.

5. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being CreativeTop Creativity Books for 2013
Top Creativity Books for 2013    Top Creativity Books for 2013
You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.

When Mr. Kleon was asked to address college students in upstate New York, he shaped his speech around the ten things he wished someone had told him when he was starting out. The talk went viral, and its author dug deeper into his own ideas to create Steal Like an Artist, the book. The result is inspiring, hip, original, practical, and entertaining. And filled with new truths about creativity: Nothing is original, so embrace influence, col- lect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path. Follow your interests wherever they take you. Stay smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring—the creative you will need to make room to be wild and daring in your imagination.

6. Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us AllTop Creativity Books for 2013
Top Creativity Books for 2013    Top Creativity Books for 2013
IDEO founder and Stanford d.school creator David Kelley and his brother Tom Kelley, IDEO partner and the author of the bestselling The Art of Innovation, have written a powerful and compelling book on unleashing the creativity that lies within each and every one of us.

Too often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the “creative types.” But two of the leading experts in innovation, design, and creativity on the planet show us that each and every one of us is creative. In an incredibly entertaining and inspiring narrative that draws on countless stories from their work at IDEO, the Stanford d.school, and with many of the world’s top companies, David and Tom Kelley identify the principles and strategies that will allow us to tap into our creative potential in our work lives, and in our personal lives, and allow us to innovate in terms of how we approach and solve problems. It is a book that will help each of us be more productive and successful in our lives and in our careers.

7. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative BattlesTop Creativity Books for 2013
Top Creativity Books for 2013    Top Creativity Books for 2013
A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul. hat keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do? Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor—be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece? Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identif ies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success.

The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline. Think of it as tough love . . . for yourself. Whether an artist, writer or business person, this simple, personal, and no-nonsense book will inspire you to seize the potential of your life.

8. Creativity Workout: 62 Exercises to Unlock Your Most Creative IdeasTop Creativity Books for 2013
Top Creativity Books for 2013    Top Creativity Books for 2013    Creativity was once thought to be a talent bestowed upon a lucky few. Today it is understood as a skill that we can all learn, develop and apply. And in today’s economy–with information available to everyone and support services outsourced overseas–creativity is the most valuable asset you can possess and the best way to get ahead.

Learn to unlock these abilities with Creativity Workout. In 62 excercises designed by Edward de Bono, the world’s leading creativity expert, you’ll discover how to tap into your most original thinking. Each exercise is fun and simple and will get you in the creative state of mind necessary to think yourself to success.
You’ll learn to:

  • make connections
  • think beyond your peers
  • recognize possibilities
  • create opportunities

9. Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative GeniusTop Creativity Books for 2013
Top Creativity Books for 2013    Top Creativity Books for 2013
In this trailblazing book, internationally renowned business creativity expert Michael Michalko shows how creative people think—and how to put their secrets to work for you.

To create this book, Michalko researched and analyzed hundreds of history’s greatest thinkers—from Leonardo da Vinci to Pablo Picasso—and then brought their techniques into the modern home and workplace.

The follow-up to the popular THINKERTOYS, which sold over 80,000 copies.

10. Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques (2nd Edition)Top Creativity Books for 2013
Top Creativity Books for 2013    Top Creativity Books for 2013
Rethink the Way You Think

In hindsight, every great idea seems obvious. But how can you be the person who comes up with those ideas?
In this revised and expanded edition of his groundbreaking Thinkertoys, creativity expert Michael Michalko reveals life-changing tools that will help you think like a genius. From the linear to the intuitive, this comprehensive handbook details ingenious creative-thinking techniques for approaching problems in unconventional ways.

Through fun and thought-provoking exercises, you’ll learn how to create original ideas that will improve your personal life and your business life. Michalko’s techniques show you how to look at the same information as everyone else and see something different.

With hundreds of hints, tricks, tips, tales, and puzzles, Thinkertoys will open your mind to a world of innovative solutions to everyday and not-so-everyday problems.

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Top Photography Books for 2013

In this article I would like to share with you my favorite (top) photography books for 2013. The list is comprised of books that I read on 2013 and highly enjoyed, books that patiently wait on my shelves to be read or books that I have planned to get on 2014. The list is divided into two main sections. The first part contains books that can help you learn and improve your photography skills, and the second part  inspirational photo essays from photographers i admire. You might of course disagree with the selections for one reason or the other, in this case I am looking forward to hear your own recommendations and book suggestions!

So let’s get started!

Books to improve your skills

Photography Q&A: Real Questions. Real Answers. (Voices That Matter)Top Photography Books for 2013
Top Photography Books for 2013    Top Photography Books for 2013    For years, editorial and commercial photographer Zack Arias has been a respected and trusted voice in the photography industry. Known for his photography, his teaching, and his ability to connect with photographers, Zack has long had an “open door” approach to discussing his career–the ups and the downs–and in so doing has provided a straightforward and candid look inside the industry. By consistently showing great work and offering helpful advice, he has built a large, loyal readership that looks to him for guidance in navigating the currents of a difficult and dynamic industry. Now, Zack finds yet another way to cut through the noise and offer truly valuable information to those struggling to make their way through the twists and turns of an ever-changing landscape.

In Photography Q&A, Zack answers over 100 questions that he fielded directly from the public. These are questions that range across all aspects of the photo industry: gear, marketing, street photography, vision, pricing, branding, light, models, work/life balance, technical advice, and much more. From how to “put yourself out there” and start to get jobs, to how to get paid for those jobs when the client is slow to cut the check–and everything in between– Photography Q&A answers many of the pressing questions that photographers are asking, but until now have not been addressed. The book also includes intermittent “Visual Intermission” sections–where Zack discusses individual images that were milestones in his development as a photographer–as well as worksheets on topics such as pricing and costs that help photographers to “know their numbers.”

With all this material, and with insightful, honest answers that come straight from Zack’s experience as a photographer who has seen it all (or at least a lot of it), Photography Q&A is an essential resource for any photographer looking for the real answers to the real questions in the industry today.

Extraordinary Everyday Photography: Awaken Your Vision to Create Stunning Images Wherever You AreTop Photography Books for 2013

Top Photography Books for 2013    Top Photography Books for 2013    Get inspired to discover the beautiful images around you

Photographers are born travelers. They’ll go any distance to capture the right light, beautiful landscapes, wildlife, and people. But exotic locales aren’t necessary for interesting photographs. Wonderful images are hiding almost everywhere; you just need to know how to find them.

Extraordinary Everyday Photography will help you search beyond the surface to find the unexpected wherever you are, be it a downtown street, a local park, or your own front lawn. Authors Brenda Tharp and Jed Manwaring encourage amateur photographers to slow down, open their eyes, and respond to what they see to create compelling images that aren’t overworked. Through accessible discussions and exercises, readers learn to use composition, available light, color, and point of view to create stunning photographs in any environment. Inspiring photo examples from the authors, taken with DSLRs, compact digital cameras, and even iPhones, show that it is the photographer’s eye and creative vision–not the gear–that make a great image.

Creative 52: Weekly Projects to Invigorate Your Photography PortfolioTop Photography Books for 2013

Top Photography Books for 2013    Top Photography Books for 2013    A powerful portfolio involves so much more than just a strong grasp of the technical aspects of photography–it’s a complex mix of style, techniques, and intriguing ideas. Many photographers struggle to achieve a high-impactportfolio, feeling that they lack the creative spark to invigorate them andmove their work forward.
Creative 52 is that spark–and your guide to a new and more creative portfolio in just one year! A remedy for that “average” portfolio, this collection of innovative projects will help portrait, wedding, and fashion photographers build a portfolio that draws the attention of editors and clients–leaving the competition behind. While other how-to books often use bland imagery simply to prove a technical point, and many fine art books are filled with beautiful imagery but contain minimal (if any) educational insights to help working photographers, this book blends both: inspiration and knowledge that you can use to create images that attract potential clients.
Divided into three parts–concept, technique, and post-processing–author Lindsay Adler’s 52 challenges each contain a description of the project, potential inspiration and suggestions of other artists to check out, and her own unique solution to the challenge–all to push you beyond your comfort zone to explore new ideas and approaches to your work.
Includes a year’s worth of weekly projects that motivate you to experiment with new concepts, techniques, and software tools like Adobe Photoshop to achieve more eye-catching images
Offers the cure for “expected” imagery, showing how to produce memorable photographs that are distinct from the competition, enabling you to reach new clients
Empowers you with the encouragement and expertise necessary to create spectacular images

Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any CameraTop Photography Books for 2013

Top Photography Books for 2013    Top Photography Books for 2013    With more than 350,000 copies sold, Understanding Exposure has demystified the complex concepts of exposure for countless photographers. Now updated with current technologies, more than one hundred new images, and an all-new chapter, this new edition will inspire you more than ever to free yourself from “auto” and create the pictures you truly want.

In his trademark easy-to-understand style, author Bryan Peterson explains the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, including how to achieve successful exposures in seemingly difficult situations.

You’ll learn:

  • Which aperture gives you the greatest contrast and sharpness, and when to use it
  • Which apertures guarantee the background remains an out-of-focus tone
  • Which one aperture—when combined with the right lens—creates an area of sharpness from three feet to infinity
  • How to creatively use shutter speed to either freeze an action or imply motion
  • Where to take a meter reading when shooting a sunset, snow, or a city at dusk

With new information on white balance, flash, HDR, and more, this updated classic will inspire you to stop guessing and take control of your settings for better photos anytime, anywhere, and with any camera.

The Unforgettable Photograph: 228 Ideas, Tips, and Secrets for Taking the Best Pictures of Your Life

Top Photography Books for 2013    Top Photography Books for 2013    Top Photography Books for 2013    “This charming book provides a fresh approach and offers assignments for those new to the craft. The book will also appeal to seasoned photographers looking for new ways to capture the moments around them in a more meaningful and personal way.”–Publishers Weekly

Renowned photographer George Lange’s work is guided by one simple truth: An unforgettable photograph is not about what the subject looks like, but what it feels like. In this entirely new kind of photography guide, written by Mr. Lange and Scott Mowbray, magazine editor and longtime amateur photographer, the rest of us will learn how to take photographs that don’t just document life but celebrate it.

No fancy equipment required. Just hundreds of simple, inspiring ideas and lessons—each one illustrated with a photograph—organized around the six essential principles of seeing like a photographer. (Here’s one: Shoot the Moment, Not the Subject.)

Here’s why to shoot in natural light—always. The fun of putting babies in surprising places. How to get intimate with food. Using a dramatic sky as your backdrop. The benefit of learning to know the light in every room of your house. Shooting hands or feet instead of faces. How to move past the “I was here” postcard effect. How to catch the in-between moments. Because in the end, it’s about living the moment, shooting the moment—and being in the moment forever.

Tony Northrup’s DSLR Book: How to Create Stunning Digital PhotographyTop Photography Books for 2013
Top Photography Books for 2013    Top Photography Books for 2013    Stunning Digital Photography is much more than a book; it’s a hands-on, self-paced photography class with over 6 hours of online training videos and free help from the author and other readers. That’s why award-winning author and photographer Tony Northrup’s book quickly became #1 photography e-book of 2012 and 2013 with over 100,000 readers.

This book gives you four innovations no other book offers:

  1. Free video training. Watch over 6 hours of fast-paced, hands-on video tutorials integrated into the book to support and reinforce the lessons. View the videos using any web browser or by scanning QR codes with your smartphone.
  2. Hands-on practices. Complete the practices at the end of every chapter to get the real world experience you need.
  3. Classroom support. Join an author led private community of supportive, helpful people who also want to improve their photography.
  4. Free ebook with lifetime updates. When you buy the book and join the private Stunning Digital Photography readers community, you can download the ebook and copy it to your smartphone or ereader for easy reference. The ebook is regularly updated with new content and videos as new photography trends and equipment emerge, so it never becomes outdated.

BetterPhoto Basics: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Taking Photos Like a ProTop Photography Books for 2013
Top Photography Books for 2013    Top Photography Books for 2013    Absolutely anyone can take better photos!

If you can press a button, you can take great pictures. It’s as simple as that. In BetterPhoto Basics, Jim Miotke, founder of the popular online photography school BetterPhoto.com, shares tips and tricks to improve your photos right away, no matter what camera you’re using. Too busy to read a book? No problem—flip to any page for an instant tip to use right away! Learn to compose knockout shots, make the most of indoor and outdoor light, and photograph twenty popular subjects, from sunsets and flowers to a family portrait. Those who want to go further get tips on controlling exposure and the secrets behind ten advanced creative techniques. And everyone will appreciate Jim’s breakdown of easy fixes to make in Photoshop. No matter what your level of experience, you’ll be amazed how easy it is to start taking photos like the pros.

The Photographer’s Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital PhotosTop Photography Books for 2013
Top Photography Books for 2013    Top Photography Books for 2013    Design is the single most important factor in creating a successful photograph. The ability to see the potential for a strong picture and then organize the graphic elements into an effective, compelling composition has always been one of the key skills in making photographs.

Digital photography has brought a new, exciting aspect to design – first because the instant feedback from a digital camera allows immediate appraisal and improvement; and second because image-editing tools make it possible to alter and enhance the design after the shutter has been pressed. This has had a profound effect on the way digital photographers take pictures.

Now published in sixteen languages, The Photographer’s Eye continues to speak to photographers everywhere. Reaching 100,000 copies in print in the US alone, and 300,000+ worldwide, it shows how anyone can develop the ability to see and shoot great digital photographs. The book explores all the traditional approaches to composition and design, but crucially, it also addresses the new digital technique of shooting in the knowledge that a picture will later be edited, manipulated, or montaged to result in a final image that may be very different from the one seen in the viewfinder.

Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs (Voices That Matter)Top Photography Books for 2013
Top Photography Books for 2013    Top Photography Books for 2013    Translating the chaos of the real world into a breathtakingly simple, beautiful photograph can often seem like an impossible task. With busy, cluttered backgrounds and subjects who don’t know how to pose, how can you take control and get a great shot no matter the situation? In Picture Perfect Practice, photographer Roberto Valenzuela breaks down the craft of photography into three key elements–locations, poses, and execution–that you can use to unlock the photographic opportunities lying beneath every challenging situation.

Valenzuela stresses the need for photographers to actively practice their craft every day–just like you would practice a musical instrument–in order to master the art of making great images. With chapters that offer practice exercises to strengthen your photographic abilities, you’ll learn how to approach a scene, break it down, and see your way to a great photograph. The Location section features chapters that cover symmetry, balance, framing, color elements, textures, and much more. The Posing section includes the Five Key Posing Techniques that Valenzuela uses every time he’s shooting people, as well as a complete list of poses and how to achieve, customize, and perfect them. The Execution portion, with sections like “Lighting through Direction” and “Simplicity through Subtraction,” reveals Valenzuela’s overall approach to getting the shot. The book also includes an inspiring and helpful chapter on deliberate practice techniques, where Valenzuela describes his system for practicing and analyzing his work, which leads to constant improvement as a photographer.

If you’ve been frustrated and overwhelmed by the challenges of real-world locations, posing your subjects, or executing a great image–or if you simply want to become a better shooter but don’t know where to start–Picture Perfect Practice gives you the tools and information you need to finally become the kind of photographer you’ve always wanted to be: the kind who can confidently walk into any location, under any lighting condition, with any subject, and know that you can create astonishing photographs that have a timeless impact.

Books to get Inspiration

Color Photography

National Geographic: Around the World in 125 YearsTop Photography Books for 2013

Top Photography Books for 2013    Top Photography Books for 2013    For five generations, National Geographic magazine has dazzled and educated people with its incredible photographs, illustrations, and gripping stories from the four corners of the earth. Combining travel, wildlife, science, history, culture, and conservation, the National Geographic Society’s trailblazing magazine has inspired millions of readers to explore and take an interest in the planet we inhabit.

Now, in celebration of its 125th anniversary, National Geographic has given TASCHEN complete access to its archives to distill the journey of a lifetime into three prodigious volumes featuring photographs—many unpublished—almost as rich, deep, and colorful as the world itself.

 

Untold: The Stories Behind the PhotographsTop Photography Books for 2013
Top Photography Books for 2013    Top Photography Books for 2013    Steve McCurry’s iconic images have made him one of the world’s most popular photographers working today. Now, for the first time, he shares the stories behind stunning images taken from around the world throughout his extensive career.

In the finest documentary tradition, Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs delves into McCurry’s personal archive to reveal never-before-seen ephemera, including journals, portraits, maps, and beautifully reproduced snapshots from various assignments. The book is organized into 14 photo stories, each brought to life by narrative text and over 100 lavish, full-color photo plates. Together, these fascinating documents create a living biography of one of photography’s greatest legends.

Inspiration in Photography: Training your mind to make great art a habitTop Photography Books for 2013
Top Photography Books for 2013    Top Photography Books for 2013    As a photographer it’s possible to train your mind to see inspiration in any situation, and this book will show you how. By introducing you into her creative process, Brooke Shaden—one of the most recognized names in modern art photography—reveals techniques and exercises that you can undertake in order to be inspired by your environment, everyday, everywhere. In addition to the exercises, you’ll learn how to compose, plan and shoot colorful, atmospheric, fairy-tale artistic photography, so you can adapt Shaden’s techniques and apply them to your own photographic style. Indeed, all artistic photographers seek to achieve their own style, but it’s not always easy to see how to get there.

This book provides the perfect balance of insight and instruction to help you find inspiration whenever you need it, and capitalize on it every time.

Black and White Photography

Across the Ravaged LandTop Photography Books for 2013
Top Photography Books for 2013    Top Photography Books for 2013    Across the Ravaged Land is the third and final volume in Nick Brandt’s trilogy of books documenting the disappearing animals of eastern Africa. The book offers a darker vision of this world, still filled with a stunning beauty but now tragically tainted and fast disappearing at the hands of man.

In addition to a range of starkly powerful animal portraits, Brandt introduces some new themes, as humans make an appearance for the first time. He also contributes two essays summing up his photographic odyssey, which has taken more than a decade of intensive work to complete.

On This Earth, A Shadow FallsTop Photography Books for 2013
Top Photography Books for 2013    Top Photography Books for 2013    In 2001, Nick Brandt embarked on an ambitious photographic project, a trilogy of books memorializing the vanishing natural grandeur of East Africa. Focusing on some of the world’s last great populations of large mammals—elephants, giraffes, lions, gorillas, and their kin—he created two of the new century’s most influential photographic books: On This Earth (2005) and A Shadow Falls (2009). His iconic portraits of these majestic animals express an empathy usually reserved for human subjects. The magisterial On This Earth, A Shadow Falls collects the most memorable images from Brandt’s first two books, along with their accompanying essays. A testament to the bookmaker’s craft, it is the first volume on Brandt’s work to capture the superb quality of his remarkable, large-format prints, which are notable for their velvety blacks and tonal subtleties. At 15 x 13 inches it is substantially larger than his previous books, and it comes in a handsome cloth binding with a tipped-in plate on the front.

Sebastiao Salgado. GenesisTop Photography Books for 2013
Top Photography Books for 2013    Top Photography Books for 2013    “In Genesis, my camera allowed nature to speak to me. And it was my privilege to listen.” —Sebastião Salgado

On a very fortuitous day in 1970, 26-year-old Sebastião Salgado held a camera for the first time. When he looked through the viewfinder, he experienced a revelation: suddenly life made sense. From that day onward—though it took years of hard work before he had the experience to earn his living as a photographer—the camera became his tool for interacting with the world. Salgado, who “always preferred the chiaroscuro palette of black-and-white images,” shot very little color in his early career before giving it up completely.

Raised on a farm in Brazil, Salgado possessed a deep love and respect for nature; he was also particularly sensitive to the ways in which human beings are affected by their often devastating socio-economic conditions. Of the myriad works Salgado has produced in his acclaimed career, three long-term projects stand out: Workers (1993), documenting the vanishing way of life of manual laborers across the world, Migrations (2000), a tribute to mass migration driven by hunger, natural disasters, environmental degradation and demographic pressure, and this new opus, Genesis, the result of an epic eight-year expedition to rediscover the mountains, deserts and oceans, the animals and peoples that have so far escaped the imprint of modern society—the land and life of a still-pristine planet. “Some 46% of the planet is still as it was in the time of genesis,” Salgado reminds us. “We must preserve what exists.” The Genesis project, along with the Salgados’ Instituto Terra, are dedicated to showing the beauty of our planet, reversing the damage done to it, and preserving it for the future.

Mitch Dobrowner: StormsTop Photography Books for 2013

Top Photography Books for 2013    Top Photography Books for 2013    Mitch Dobrowner has been chasing storms since 2009, traveling throughout Western and Midwestern America to capture nature in its full fury. Making photographs in the tradition of Ansel Adams, to the highest standard of craftsmanship, Dobrowner creates extraordinary black-and-white images of monsoons, tornados and massive thunderstorms conjure awe and wonder. As Dobrowner states in the book’s afterword, “I experience storms as living beings, organic things, both rational and unpredictable in the way they look, how they move, grow and die. Every storm is different; each has a unique character. My job is to capture a ‘portrait’ of each storm I encounter, an image that does each one justice as if the storm was a person.” Dobrowner’s photographs been published widely by magazines, including National Geographic, Time and the Los Angeles Times. They are introduced here by Gretel Ehrlich, the American travel writer and poet, who creates her own images, in words, that evoke the stormy spirit of the American West.

Vivian Maier: Street PhotographerTop Photography Books for 2013
Top Photography Books for 2013    Top Photography Books for 2013    A good street photographer must be possessed of many talents: an eye for detail, light, and composition; impeccable timing; a populist or humanitarian outlook; and a tireless ability to constantly shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot and never miss a moment. It is hard enough to find these
qualities in trained photographers with the benefit of schooling and mentors and a community of fellow artists and aficionados supporting and rewarding their efforts. It is incredibly rare to find it in someone with no formal training and no network of peers.

Yet Vivian Maier is all of these things, a professional nanny, who from the 1950s until the 1990s took over 100,000 photographs worldwide—from France to New York City to Chicago and dozens of other countries—and yet showed the results to no one. The photos are amazing both for the breadth of the work and for the high quality of the humorous, moving, beautiful, and raw images of all facets of city life in America’s post-war golden age.

It wasn’t until local historian John Maloof purchased a box of Maier’s negatives from a Chicago auction house and began collecting and championing her marvelous work just a few years ago that any of it saw the light of day. Presented here for the first time in print, Vivian Maier: Street Photographer collects the best of her incredible, unseen body of work.

Photography History

Photography: The Whole StoryTop Photography Books for 2013
Top Photography Books for 2013    Top Photography Books for 2013    Unlike many other artistic media, photography’s origins are well documented, as are its ever-changing technologies and applications. Written by an international team of experts, this definitive history of photography looks at every step of the field’s dynamic evolution, period by period and movement by movement. Each key genre is chronologically presented within its social, economic, and political context, along with close analysis of specially selected works that best exemplify the characteristics of the period. With more than 500 gorgeous examples in black and white and color, the book explores in-depth virtually every aspect of the medium since its first public demonstration in 1839 to the latest innovations: from early portraits and the birth of photojournalism to travel photography and the mapping of the world; from the Pictorialists to the avant-garde; from celebrity and fashion to documentary and landscape. Along the way readers will learn why some photographs are considered iconic, and why the medium as an art form continues to challenge and enthrall us.

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The Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas

With the opportunity of Christmas, I compiled several nice reading lists concerning various aspects of design. Mostly with books I have read and found interesting or i have marked to get in the near future. And I think that they have something to offer whether you are a junior designer or a grizzled award winning designer. Previous time we have seen the Top 10 Typography Books & Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas

Today we have the Top 10 list with books on layout design. Feel free to comment on the books you are familiar, and with your own suggestions!

1. Layout Essentials: 100 Design Principles for Using Grids (Design Essentials)The Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas    Adhering to certain layout and grids standards and principles is important for any job from brochures, to annual reports, to posters, to websites, to publications. However, knowing how to bend the rules and make certain grids work for the job at hand takes skill.

This book outlines and demonstrates basic layout/grid guidelines and rules through 100 entries including choosing a typeface, striving for rhythm and balance with type, combining typefaces, using special characters and kerning and legibility. These essentials of grid design are critical to the success of any job.

2. Universal Principles of Design, Revised and Updated: 125 Ways to Enhance Usability, Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better Design Decisions, and Teach through DesignThe Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas    Whether a marketing campaign or a museum exhibit, a video game or a complex control system, the design we see is the culmination of many concepts and practices brought together from a variety of disciplines. Because no one can be an expert on everything, designers have always had to scramble to find the information and know-how required to make a design work—until now.

Universal Principles of Design, Revised and Updated is a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary encyclopedia of design. Richly illustrated and easy to navigate, it pairs clear explanations of every design concept with visual examples of the concepts applied in practice. From the “80/20” rule to chunking, from baby-face bias to Occam’s razor, and from self-similarity to storytelling, every major design concept is defined and illustrated for readers to expand their knowledge.

This landmark reference will become the standard for designers, engineers, architects, and students who seek to broaden and improve their design expertise.

3. Design Elements: A Graphic Style ManualThe Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas    This book is simply the most compact and lucid handbook available outlining the basic principles of layout, typography, color usage, and space.

Being a creative designer is often about coming up with unique design solutions. Unfortunately, when the basic rules of design are ignored in an effort to be distinctive, design becomes useless. In language, a departure from the rules is only appreciated as great literature if recognition of the rules underlies the text. Graphic design is a “visual language,” and brilliance is recognized in designers whose work seems to break all the rules, yet communicates its messages clearly.

This book is a fun and accessible handbook that presents the fundamentals of design in lists, tips, brief text, and examples. Chapters include Graphic Design: What It Is; What Are They and What Do They Do?; 20 Basic Rules of Good Design; Form and Space-The Basics; Color Fundamentals; Choosing and Using Type; The World of Imagery; Putting it All Together?Essential Layout Concepts; The Right Design Choices: 20 Reminders for Working Designers; and Breaking the Rules: When and Why to Challenge all the Rules of this Book.

4. Layout Workbook: A Real-World Guide to Building Pages in Graphic DesignThe Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas    An inspired resource for creating meaningful design, Layout Workbook is one of five volumes in Rockport’s series of practical and inspirational books that cover the fundamental areas of graphic design. In this edition, author Kristin Cullen tackles the often perplexing job of nailing down a layout that works. More than a collection of great examples, this book is a valuable resource for students, designers, and creative professionals who seek design understanding and inspiration. The book illuminates the broad category of layout, communicating specifically what it takes to design with excellence. It also addresses the how and why of the creative process. Cullen approaches layout with a series of step-by-step fundamental chapters addressing topics such as design function, inspiration, process, intuition, structure, organization, the interaction of visual elements, typography, and design analysis.

5. Making and Breaking the Grid: A Graphic Design Layout WorkshopThe Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas    For designers working in every medium, layout is arguable the most basic, and most important, element. Effective layout is essential to communication and enables the end user to not only be drawn in with an innovative design but to digest information easily.
Making and Breaking the Grid is a comprehensive layout design workshop that assumes that in order to effectively break the rules of grid-based design, one must first understand those rules and see them applies to real-world projects.

Text reveals top designers’ work in process and rationale. Projects with similar characteristics are linked through a simple notational system that encourages exploration and comparison of structure ideas. Also included are historical overviews that summarize the development of layout concepts, both grid-based and non-grid based, in modern design practice.

6. The New Big Book of LayoutsThe Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas    The New Big Book of Layouts showcases the most creative layout ideas from around the world, all handpicked by two of the design world’s most innovative and authoritative figures: Katie Jain, co-founder of Hatch Design (selected by Graphis as one of the “Top 45 Branding Agencies in the World”) and Erin Mays, award-winning publication designer and founder of Em Dash LLC. In the tradition of David E. Carter’s acclaimed graphic design resources—The Big Book of Layouts, The Big Book of Logos, The Big Book of Design Ideas, and the Creativity series—comes an exciting collection of the latest and most visually engaging layout designs.

7. Best Practices for Graphic Designers, Grids and Page Layouts: An Essential Guide for Understanding and Applying Page Design PrinciplesThe Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas    This unique, go-to guide for designers fully details the essential layout and design skills needed to succeed in this competitive industry. With fun and practical application, it offers valuable insight into strategy and business when working in the real world with real clients, starting with basic information on layout principles before delving more deeply into theory and application on a project-by-project basis. Illustrated with real-world assignments and case studies, this guide offers a behind-the-scenes take on the entire process and steps necessary to go from concept to final outcome, including how to overcome challenges presented along the way.

8. Basics Design 02: Layout: Second EditionThe Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas    This is an updated version of the popular first edition of this book, in which Ambrose and Harris introduce the fundamentals of layout within the field of graphic design. It provides a guide to the effective arrangement of text and image elements within a design scheme, which enables students to learn how to create powerful forms of visual communication in both print and electronic media.

9. Basics of Design: Layout & Typography for BeginnersThe Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas    This classic introduction to high-impact page design is now fully updated for a new generation of designers. Basics of Design: Layout and Typography for Beginners demystifies the design process with straightforward and complete explanations of the fundamental principles that create first-rate visual design. Readers learn essential design terminology and develop their knowledge and skills through visual examples and hands-on activities that reinforce page layout and typography concepts. Side-by-side critiques of before-and-after page layouts help readers understand how to apply design principles to their own efforts and point the way to excellence in design.

10 White Space is Not Your Enemy: A Beginner’s Guide to Communicating Visually through Graphic, Web and Multimedia DesignThe Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Layout Design Books for Christmas    Designing a brochure or web site without an art background? Step away from the computer and read this breezy introduction to visual communications first. Written for non-designers, White Space is Not Your Enemy is a practical graphic design and layout text introducing the concepts and practices necessary for producing effective visual communications across a variety of formats, from print to Web.

This beautifully illustrated, full-color book covers the basics to help you develop your eye and produce attractive work. Topics include:
The basics of effective design that communicates its intended message

  • Pre-design planning
  • 13 Layout Sins to avoid
  •  Basic typography
  • Working with color
  • Storyboarding for video, Web, and presentions
  • Information graphics
  • Mini Art School–all the basics in one chapter
  • Outputting your work

Hope you enjoyed our list! And feel free to help improve it with your comments and suggestions! See you next time!

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The Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas

With the opportunity of Christmas, I compiled several reading lists concerning various aspects of design. Mostly with books I have read and found interesting or i have marked to get in the near future. And I think that they have something to offer whether you are a junior designer or a grizzled award winning designer. In the previous article we have seen the Top 10 Typography Books.

Today we have a Top 10 list with books on Logo Design. Again you can vote for the books you are familiar with and check out those you are not. You can even add your own suggestions to the list, and eventually it will expand and become even more useful for everyone.

A logo is a graphic mark or emblem commonly used by commercial enterprises, organizations and even individuals to aid and promote instant public recognition. Logos are either purely graphic (symbols/icons) or are composed of the name of the organization (a logotype or wordmark). The following books are mostly aimed for graphic designers of all levels who want to improve their logo design skills.

1. Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand IdentitiesThe Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas    There are a lot of books out there that show collections of logos. But David Airey’s “Logo Design Love” is something different: it’s a guide for designers (and clients) who want to understand what this mysterious business is all about. Written in reader-friendly, concise language, with a minimum of designer jargon, Airey gives a surprisingly clear explanation of the process, using a wide assortment of real-life examples to support his points. Anyone involved in creating visual identities, or wanting to learn how to go about it, will find this book invaluable. – Tom Geismar, Chermayeff & Geismar

In Logo Design Love, Irish graphic designer David Airey brings the best parts of his wildly popular blog of the same name to the printed page. Just as in the blog, David fills each page of this simple, modern-looking book with gorgeous logos and real world anecdotes that illustrate best practices for designing brand identity systems that last.

David not only shares his experiences working with clients, including sketches and final results of his successful designs, but uses the work of many well-known designers to explain why well-crafted brand identity systems are important, how to create iconic logos, and how to best work with clients to achieve success as a designer. Contributors include Gerard Huerta, who designed the logos for Time magazine and Waldenbooks; Lindon Leader, who created the current FedEx brand identity system as well as the CIGNA logo; and many more.

Readers will learn:

  • Why one logo is more effective than another
  • How to create their own iconic designs
  • What sets some designers above the rest
  • Best practices for working with clients
  • 25 practical design tips for creating logos that last

2. Design a Logo – 7 Step ProcessThe Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas    How do I design the perfect logo?

Even the best designers can fall flat when it comes to logo design. Striking the right balance between graphic design and typography can make or break your brand identity, and creating a recognisable symbol for your website and advertising is extremely important.
There are plenty of books available that cover logo design basics, but Nathan Devine’s ‘Design a Logo – 7 Step Process’ is something different. This book is ideal for anyone wanting to create a professional logo, from the amateur to the creative professional. You don’t need any experience – just follow the seven-step process and you’ll learn how to create an effective logo.
‘Design a Logo – 7 Step Process’ is a system; a sequence of practical steps to work from the bottom up to create and refine a professional logo. It’s designed for busy people who need their results as soon as possible; completing the book in one sitting is highly recommended.
You don’t need to own Adobe Illustrator or similar software to complete this book – if you’re not computer-savvy, you’ll finish the course with a hand-drawn version of your logo that can be taken to a graphic designer, saving you lots of time and money.
‘Design A Logo’ speeds up the logo design process. It incorporates different ways to capture your initial thoughts and ways of researching to achieve the best result possible.

Users will learn:

  • How to open your mind and tap into your creative thoughts
  • To supplement creativity with research for the most up-to-date and market-friendly result
  • The purpose and design rules behind the logo
  • How to create their own unique and clear designs

You don’t need to be a designer to benefit from this book. If you’re wondering how to design a logo for your business, this is the answer!

3. The Logo Design Toolbox: Time-Saving Templates for Graphic DesignThe Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas    With this toolbox of practical logo templates à la Neubau Welt, Alexander Tibelius provides designers with useful groundwork for implementing their own ideas. All designers are familiar with this problem: one element is still missing and a deadline is fast approaching. They can imagine the suitable component, but since it isn’t at hand, it first has to be created in a time-consuming process. What could help simplify and shorten typical design processes? Which tools would one always like to have available? With his 900+ templates for contemporary graphic and logo design, Alexander Tibelius provides designers with the right basic materials for further processing and tuning. Thanks to The Logo Design Toolbox, no one has to reinvent the wheel –or almost anything else for that matter. The book provides a variety of designs for items from wheels, sashes, laurel wreaths, and crowns to anchors, beards, and pirate skulls, along with multiple renditions of letters, triangles, stars, ornaments, and speech bubbles. Everything pictured in Tibelius’s book is, of course, also available as a scalable and customizable vector file. Comparable to popular Gestalten publications such as Neubau Welt or Carsten nicolai’s Grid Index, this clearly structured toolbox provides designers with some of the most used, recurring elements, symbols, and motifs in logo and layout design in all of their conceivable permutations. These can be used by amateurs and professionals alike as a time-saving basis for creating their own cards, flyers, posters, websites, presentations, logos, or t-shirts. In short, the multifaceted compendium The Logo Design Toolbox will serve any graphic designer as a practical helper for producing specific, goal-oriented results.

4. The Logo Brainstorm Book: A Comprehensive Guide for Exploring Design DirectionsThe Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas    Don’t Wait for Inspiration to Strike

Whether you’re facing a new logo project or you’ve reached a block in your current work, The Logo Brainstorm Book will inspire you to consider fresh creative approaches that will spark appealing, functional and enduring design solutions.

Award-winning designer Jim Krause (author of the popular Index series) offers a smart, systemic exploration of different kinds of logos and logo elements, including:

  • Symbols
  • Monograms
  • Typographic Logos
  • Type and Symbol Combinations
  • Emblems
  • Color Palettes

Through a combination of original, visual idea-starters and boundary-pushing exercises, The Logo Brainstorm Book will help you develop raw logo concepts into presentation-ready material.

5. Logo, Font & Lettering BibleThe Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas    Put the power to design logos and type in your own hands!

Why be a designer who must rely upon preexisting typefaces and clip art when you can become the kind of designer who creates logos, fonts and lettering of your own? Leslie Cabarga, author of the bestselling Designer’s Guide to Color Combinations, has created a textbook of type for the experienced graphics professional as well as the beginning student of design.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Create innovative logo design traditionally and on the computer
  • Develop a discerning eye for quality lettering and logo design
  • Design your own custom-made fonts
  • Build a profitable business as a logo, font and lettering designer
  • It’s the most comprehensive treatise on logos, fonts and lettering available!

The easy-to-read, fun-to-browse, picture-heavy format makes learning to letter a snap. The Logo, Font & Lettering Bible provides the start-to-finish information you need to succeed in today’s competitive design market.

6. Designing Logos: The Process of Creating Symbols That EndureThe Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas    How to design great logos, step by step by step.

  • Lavishly illustrated with 750 color images
  • How-tos, case studies, and detailed analysis of well-known logos

What makes a logo good? What makes it bad? What makes it great? The entire process of logo design is examined, from the initial client interview to brainstorming, from first presentation to delivery of the final standards manual. Through 750 color illustrations, classic logos are analyzed, and readers will learn a thirteen-point system for measuring the effectiveness of any logo. Learn about the uses of positive and negative space, balance, color, and typography; follow intriguing case studies; discover how to make effective presentations to clients. Designers, marketing and branding specialists, educators, and students everywhere need this definitive guide to creating great logos. 750 Color Illustrations

7. Logo Creed: The Mystery, Magic, and Method Behind Designing Great LogosThe Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas    Written by the founder of LogoLounge.com, this comprehensive handbook speaks to the magic of design and provides a glimpse into the designer’s creed. Logo Creed puts designers directly in touch with strong mentors who speak candidly about the processes that lead to successful designs. Designers including David Airey, Bill Gardner, Von Gitschka, Paul Howalt, Jerry Kuyper, Brian Miller, Miles Newlyn, Sherwin Schwartzrock, Felix Sockwell, plus many more share their sketches, brainstorms, false starts and most successful techniques.

Logo Creed shows you how to navigate the discovery process from research, reading the air for clues, and making the best use of budgets, to knowing what sort of mark to create. From there, you will move into development, where you will learn how to identify the most potent ideas, brainstorm effectively by yourself or with others, recognize the components of great logos, and understand how to distill ideas down to the very best solution. Finally, you will move into the delivery process, where you will learn to build brand DNA, craft presentations for specific situations and clients, tell the brand story, and keep your designs vital and alive even after they leave your hands. This book is highly beneficial for students, self-taught designers, and those who never stop learning.

8. Essential Elements for Brand Identity: 100 Principles for Designing Logos and Building Brands (Design Essentials)The Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas    Design terms are often used inconsistently – or just as bad, interchangeably. This leads to confusion for designers as well as clients. New in paperback, Essential Elements for Brand Identity lays a foundation for brand building, defining the tools and building blocks, and illustrating the construction of strong brands through examples of world-class design. It is a one-stop reference for connecting visual design elements for logos to branding concepts, and demonstrates core identity design principles through clear organization and a variety of sources and examples.

Through a cohesive structure that explores broader concepts in relation to graphic identities, identity programs, and brand identities, Essential Elements for Brand Identity links formal design concerns with business issues. Design students and seasoned brand managers alike will appreciate the pragmatic relevance of its content and be inspired by the representative body of work collected and presented throughout the book.

9. Designing Brand Identity: An Essential Guide for the Whole Branding TeamThe Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas    A revised new edition of the bestselling toolkit for creating, building, and maintaining a strong brand

From research and analysis through brand strategy, design development through application design, and identity standards through launch and governance, Designing Brand Identity, Fourth Edition offers brand managers, marketers, and designers a proven, universal five-phase process for creating and implementing effective brand identity. Enriched by new case studies showcasing successful world-class brands, this Fourth Edition brings readers up to date with a detailed look at the latest trends in branding, including social networks, mobile devices, global markets, apps, video, and virtual brands.

Features more than 30 all-new case studies showing best practices and world-class
Updated to include more than 35 percent new material
Offers a proven, universal five-phase process and methodology for creating and implementing effective brand identity

10. Design DNA – Logos: 300+ International Logos DeconstructedThe Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Logo Design Books for Christmas    You’ll Love This Book If: You’re a designer that is working on or will work on a logo You need a logo for your own business You’re involved in any kind of branding or identity project Design DNA: Logos is THE logo answer book. By analyzing exemplary designs from around the world, it gives you a clear understanding of how to target your market and convey brand values. The beautiful thing about this book is that it takes the best of the best logos and deconstructs them to reveal creative solutions by examining and discussing the choice of font, color, characteristics, imagery and more. In Design DNA: Logos you’ll find over 300 International Logos Deconstructed in the following industries:: Food Drink Fashion Retail Travel Tourism Manufacturing Marketing Media Entertainment Architecture Design A showcase of inspirational design, it is also a practical and problem solving handbook covering general process and specific detailing. Every logo is deconstructed to show how each element works to make the design an effective one, and case studies walk you through the reasoning behind successful design decisions. Not only will Design DNA: Logos help you design successful, targeted logos, it will also help you explain to your clients how and why they fit the brief.

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The Top 10 Typography Books

The Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas

Many designer friends, that are beginning in the field, usually ask me how can they improve or how they can stand out in the modern competitive market. Especially on these days of a global economic crisis: Where your potential clients consider paying for design a luxury, and everyone has self-proclaimed themselves designers and ruin the market with under-priced 5-minute design “solutions”.

My answer and advice to anyone thinking in a similar manner, is: expand your skillset and practice as hell. Read as many books as you can. Watch as many video tutorials as your mental sanity allows. And of course practice constantly!

Make priority of your life becoming a bit better in what you do each passing day, and you will start seeing results almost immediately. Aside that, economic crisis won’t last for ever, and when this mess is cleared, you will have the competitive advantage. The fittest tend to survive.

So with the opportunity of Christmas around the corner, I compiled several nice reading lists concerning various aspects of design. Mostly with books I have read and found interesting or i have marked to get in the near future. And I think that they have something to offer whether you are a junior designer or a grizzled award winning designer.

Top 10 list with books on typography

1. Typography Workbook: A Real-World Guide to Using Type in Graphic DesignThe Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas

The Typography Workbook provides an at-a-glance reference book for designers on all aspects of type.
The book is part of Rockport’s popular Workbook series of practical and inspirational workbooks that cover all the fundamental areas of the graphic design business. This book presents an abundance of information on type – the cornerstone of graphic design – succinctly and to the point, so that designers can get the information they need quickly and easily.

Whereas many other books on type are either very technical or showcase oriented, this book offers ideas and inspiration through hundreds of real-life projects showing successful, well-crafted usage of type. The book also offers a variety of other content, including choosing fonts, sizes, and colors; incorporating text and illustrations; avoiding common mistakes in text usage; and teaching rules by which to live (and work) by.

2. Type, Volume 1: A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic StylesThe Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas    This book offers a novel overview of typeface design, exploring the most beautiful and remarkable examples of font catalogs from the history of publishing, with a special emphasis on the period from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century, when color catalogs were at their height. Taken from a Dutch collection, this exuberant selection traverses the evolution of the printed letter in all its various incarnations via exquisitely designed catalogs displaying not only type specimens in roman, italic, bold, semi-bold, narrow, and broad, but also characters, borders, ornaments, initial letters and decorations as well as often spectacular examples of the use of the letters. The Victorian fonts, sumptuous and sometimes unbelievably outrageous, are accorded a prominent place in this book. In addition to lead letters, examples from lithography and letters by window-dressers, inscription carvers, and calligraphers are also displayed and described.

Featuring works by type designers including: William Caslon, Fritz Helmuth Ehmcke, Peter Behrens, Rudolf Koch, Eric Gill, Jan van Krimpen, Paul Renner, Jan Tschichold, A. M. Cassandre, Aldo Novarese, Adrian Frutiger

In order to include a vast amount of material, we have divided this text into two volumes. The first volume displays pre 20th Century type specimens, and the second covers the period from 1900 to the middle of the century. In the first volume, editor Cees de Jong and collector Jan Tholenaar write about single specimens and types; in the second, Alston Purvis outlines the history of types.

3. Designing with Type, 5th Edition: The Essential Guide to TypographyThe Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas    The classic Designing with Type has been completely redesigned, with an updated format and full color throughout. New information and new images make this perennial best-seller an even more valuable tool for anyone interested in learning about typography. The fifth edition has been integrated with a convenient website, www.designingwithtype.com, where students and teachers can examine hundreds of design solutions and explore a world of typographic information. First published more than thirty-five years ago, Designing with Type has sold more than 250,000 copies—and this fully updated edition, with its new online resource, will educate and inspire a new generation of designers.

4. Type Rules!: The Designer’s Guide to Professional TypographyThe Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas    Type Rules: The Designer’s Guide to Professional Typography, 3rd Edition is an up-to-date, thorough introduction to the principles and practices of typography. From the fundamentals to cutting-edge applications, this edition has everything today’s serious designer needs to use type effectively. Dozens of exercises reinforce authoritative coverage on such topics as how to select the appropriate type for the job, how to set type like a pro, how to avoid common mistakes, and how to design a typeface, as well as how to fully harness the power of major design packages such as InDesign? and QuarkXPress? — with new coverage of their latest versions.

This edition includes:

  • New information on OpenType, font management utilities, font web sites, and interactive typography.
  • An expanded?history of type and an updated glossary of key terms.
  • Exercises throughout to help reinforce the concepts presented in the book.
  • A wealth of tried-and-true as well as recently developed type tips.
  • More in-depth type issues, including scaling logos.

5. The Complete Manual of Typography: A Guide to Setting Perfect TypeThe Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas    This book is about how type should look and how to make it look that way; in other words, how to set type like a professional. It releases the craft knowledge that used to reside almost exclusively in the heads of people working in type shops. The shops are gone, the technologies have changed, but the goal remains the same. This book explains in very practical terms how to use today’s computerized tools to achieve that secret of good design: well-set type.

Beautifully designed and richly illustrated, The Complete Manual of Typography is an essential reference for anyone who works with type. Designers, print production professionals, and corporate communications managers can go straight to the index to find focused answers to specific questions, while educators and students can read it as a textbook from cover to cover. You’ll find:

  • History, basic concepts, and anatomy of good typography, concisely presented and indexed for quick reference by busy professionals.
  • Straight-ahead instructions for how to manage fonts, handle corrupted or missing fonts, and find the characters you need.
  • Clear, useful explanations of what makes good type good (and bad type bad) .
  • Detailed guidance on controlling the fundamentals of type, including measure, point size, leading, kerning, and hyphenation and justification.
  • Practical advice on how to fix and avoid composition problems such as loose lines, bad rags, widows and orphans.
  • Hard-to-find rules for managing indents and alignments, skews, wraps, expert-set characters, and tables.
  • Scores of workarounds that show how to wring good type out of uncooperative word-processing and layout programs.

6. Getting it Right with Type: The Dos and Don’ts of TypographyThe Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas    Typography is no longer the specialist domain of the typesetter: these days anyone who uses a computer has access to a wide range of typefaces and effects. This book offers an introduction to the basics of typography, including choosing which typeface to use; adjusting letter-, line-, and word-spacing for improved legibility; understanding kerning and leading; and mastering typographic details, such as italics, punctuation, and line endings. The book is illustrated throughout with practical examples demonstrating good and bad solutions. There are tips for specific design tasks, such as letters, charts, tables, and design for the screen, and a glossary explaining typographic terms.

7. Typographic Design: Form and CommunicationThe Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas    For more than two decades, the type book of choice for design professionals and students

Typographic design has been a field in constant motion since Gutenberg first invented movable type. Staying abreast of recent developments in the field is imperative for both design professionals and students. Thoroughly updated to maintain its relevancy in today’s digital world, Typographic Design: Form and Communication, Fourth Edition continues to provide a compre-hensive overview of every aspect of designing with type, now in full color.

This Fourth Edition of the bestselling text in the field offers detailed coverage of such essential topics as the anatomy of letters and type families, visual communications and design aesthetics, and designing for legibility. Supplementing these essential topics are theoret-ical and structural problem-solving approaches by some of the leading design educators across the United States. Unwrapping the underlying concepts about typographic form and message, Typographic Design, Fourth Edition includes four pictorial timelines that illustrate the evolution of typography and writing within the context of world events – from the origins of writing more than 5,000 years ago to contemporary Web site and electronic page design.

New features include:

  • Full-color treatment throughout
  • A new ancillary Web site containing resources for self-learners, students and professors (www.typographicdesign4e.com)
  • Two new chapters: The Typographic Grid and Typographic Design Process
  • An updated design education section that includes recent examples of projects assigned by leading design educators
  • New case studies that showcase design for Web sites and animated typography projects
  • Case studies detailing examples of visual identification systems, environmental graphics, book and magazine design, Web site design, type in motion, and wayfinding graphics
  • Updated coverage of digital type technology

8. Mastering Type: The Essential Guide to Typography for Print and Web DesignThe Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas    Good Design, Down to the Letter

Packages on store shelves, posters on building walls, pages of a website—all contain information that needs to be communicated. And at the heart of that communication is type: visually interesting, interactive, expressive and captivating. Each letter must come alive; therefore, each letter must be carefully crafted or chosen. A solid foundation in typography, as well as an understanding of its nuances, will help you optimize your visual communication—in whatever form it takes.

By breaking down the study of type into a systematic progression of relationships—letter, word, sentence, paragraph, page and screen—award-winning graphic designer and professor of communication design Denise Bosler provides a unique and illuminating perspective on typography for both print and digital media and for designers of all skill levels.

Through instruction, interviews and real-world inspiration, Mastering Type explores the power of each typographic element–both as it stands alone and as it works with other elements–to create successful design, to strengthen your skill set and to inspire your next project.

9. Typography, Referenced: A Comprehensive Visual Guide to the Language, History, and Practice of TypographyThe Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas    Typography, Referenced was named to the 2013 Outstanding Reference Sources List, an annual handpicked list from the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA, a division of the American Library Association) of the most noteworthy reference titles published in 2012.

Typography, Referenced is the single most comprehensive volume covering every aspect of typography that any design student, professional designer, or design aficionado needs to know today.

In these pages, you’ll find:

  • Thousands of illustrated examples of contemporary usage in design
  • Historical developments from Greek lapidary letters to the movie Helvetica
  • Landmark designs turning single letters into typefaces
  • Definitions of essential type-specific language, terms, ideas, principles, and processes
  • Ways technology has influenced and advanced type
  • The future of type on the web, mobile devices, tablets, and beyond

In short, Typography, Referenced is the ultimate source of typographic information and inspiration, documenting and chronicling the full scope of essential typographic knowledge and design from the beginnings of moveable type to the present “golden age” of typography.

10. New Vintage Type: Classic Fonts for the Digital AgeThe Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas

The Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas    The Top 10 Typography Books for Christmas    Choose, use, and understand great vintage type with this authoritative guide. Retro is the new modern. And nowhere is that fact more evident than in typography, which today uses vintage type in ads, book and magazine design, movies, and everywhere words convey meaning. Viewers may not even realize that the type itself conveys mood, information, and a sense of style, but graphic designers know the power of vintage type. Now the world’s foremost historian of graphic design presents New Vintage Type, a remarkable rethinking and rediscovery of old and classic typefaces for today’s modern needs.

Hundreds of amazing, astounding, and obscure examples from around the world are gathered here, organized into five historically and stylistically grouped sections: the Victorian Age, the Woodtype Era, Art Deco Style, Modern Movement, and the Eccentric Movement. With hundreds of lively and one-of-a-kind examples, plus informed, intriguing tex, New Vintage Type is the graphic designer’s guide to choosing and using vintage type for maximum impact.

Hope you found this list useful!

For further reading you can find some interesting articles about typography right here on our website as well, so you might want to check them out:

How To Choose The Right Typeface / Typography Practices For A More Pleasing Website

See you next time!

 

color book for artists and designers

Hands on Color e-Books for Artists and Designers Pack [A-C]

Have you ever sit in front of your favorite design application wondering what colors you should use in your project?

Whether it had been a logo, or a web site or a 3D rendering of a house interior even the most expert designers sometimes simply can’t decide. And well the least experts will most likely choose an entirely wrong or unbalanced combination of colors.

The solution to this problem is not just to know the color theory well. Every professional artist or designer should have a deep understanding of how to combine colors harmoniously.  But sometimes this is not enough! Having a color index around to present you with color combinations and ideas of palettes to use or modify to suit your needs, can prove the most invaluable investment you ever made in your design toolkit!

So even though it took me over a week reviewing this excellent product, I am really happy I got the chance, since this pack will be the solution to my (and your) many color decision problems.

The “Color Book for Artists and Designers Pack [A-C]” contains 3 well designed e-books with over 3.000.000 possible color combinations. In reality tenfold more since you can produce more variations if you have a nice understanding of color theory. Furthermore these editions are accompanied with the .ase files of the palettes saving you tremendous time to import them in your favorite adobe application and use them immediately!

So let’s see some of the features we can find in each of the 3 e-books. Each book contains:

  • 1,000+ color pages
  • 100 color palettes
  • 1,000 different colors
  • 1,000,000 possible color combinations
  • 13 color space data
  • .ase files of the palettes

These books are a tool for selecting color combinations through researched suggestions by Keboto. Throughout each book they analyze all the knowledge and skills that the reader will need, in order to use the color book in the most efficient and optimal way.

Purpose of the book is the representation of color combinations taken from the natural and vibrant colors of photographs, and the realistic distinction of the said colors.

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Major part of each book is the extended color analysis of every palette, as well as of each color individually. The color analysis contains the following parameters and tests:

Tonal contrast test: This tests every isolated color of the palette in conjunction with tonal backgrounds that range from densities of black from 100% down to 5%

Complementary:  This is a representation of each palette to its complementary colors in black and white backgrounds. In order for the comparison to be more efficient they are set next to each other.

Text contrast in black and white background: In this test we see if the colors of the palette can be used well for text, and has the desired contrast with the background. We check against both white and black backgrounds.

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Transparent to white / transparent to black: In this section the colors of the palette are be tested in various transparency settings, so that we can understand how functional they can be under these conditions. By using a transparency scale graded from 0% up to 95% in steps of 5%, we can assess their efficiency in 20 different situations of transparency in black and white fonts. This check is very important especially to digital artists, and designers for digital media.

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Color blindness simulation:  Perhaps the weirdest combination of color representation. Color blindness simulation is a unique effort to represent the colors of every palette in a way that emulates how people with unique vision problems and dischromatopsia will perceive the said colors. Therefore the books provides us with the color representation of each color in comparison with each form of dischromatopsia: protanopia, deuteranopia, tritanopia, protanomaly, deuteranomaly and  tritanomaly. The representations of the 3 latter are depicted in tonalities reduced by 50% in order to approach the larger possible audience of people with these vision problems.

Color data:  At the end of every color analysis and for every color of the palette we have the numerical data in 13 distinct color spaces. This will cover almost all your needs in a vast array of applications. The numerical data provided are covering the following color spaces:

  • Hexadecimal
  • Web safe
  • RGB 0-255
  • RGB 0-FF
  • RGB 0-0.1
  • CMY 0-0.1
  • CMYK %
  • XYZ
  • Yxy
  • CIE-L*ab
  • CIE-L*CH
  • CIE-L*uv
  • HunterLab

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The palettes presented and analyzed in every book can be applied in a vast array of fields, from decoration and architecture to web design and 3d renderings.

Of course these books can also be used by anyone who would like to acquire a proper color education and the ability to recognize and appreciate correct color combinations and understand “the why” behind color choices!

Now you might wonder how much this huge pack costs. Well you will be impressed to see that at the time of this writing you can get the whole pack for only 70$ which is much cheaper than buying each of the 3 books individually.

Buying process was also very easy and streamlined. At first I was a bit worried since Keboto doesn’t use an SSL encryption, but then I realized that all payments are handled through Paypal and not by them, so no financial data are transferred unencrypted.

You simply add the product to your cart, make an account on Keboto and then you are redirected to pay with Paypal. After they process the payment you can simply download and enjoy the product.

I hope you enjoyed this review!

I am looking forward to hear your own impressions on these awesome color e-books!

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Hands on Webydo: Transform the Way you Design on the Web

Did you ever wish you could create exceptional websites on HTML without writing a single line of code?

Well I am sure you have. For many designers having to turn their vision of the perfect website into code had been a barrier since the first days of the internet.

Let’s face it. You might design the most efficient or stunning layout in the world, but if your knowledge is lacking to implement it in code you can’t use it!

Webydo comes to fill this gap for designers providing them an easy way to create and manage their websites visually, without writing a single line of code. Furthermore you can easily publish your finished website to their cloud hosting servers without having to worry about any technical details!

 

 

So what does Webydo do exactly? Well you simply design your website visually and it automatically converts your graphic design into HTML code that also packs an integrated CMS backend for your client.

So now let’s dive into its features in detail.

Simple and Intuitive

Registration process is very simple, and you simply fill in your email, name and a password.

Next we can choose how we’ll begin creating our website. The three given options are:

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  1. Designstart with an inspiration. This option will provide you with some ready-made sites, that you can customize later to suit your needs.
  2. Layoutstart with a structure. This option will provide you (at the time of writing) 4 basic layouts to choose from: Corporate, Graphic, Portfolio & Wide Box layout.
  3. Blankstart from scratch. Finally you can begin with an empty canvas to fill as you desire.

Choosing any of these options takes you to the visual editor, where you can add your own graphics and elements, and create a website from scratch or customize the template you started with.

In the help section of the editor you can find video tutorials explaining the available tools, but if it’s not your first time designing a website you will find them all quite familiar.

 

Powerful

The editor has all the tools you will probably need for adding videos, images, text, flash, forms, menus and widgets, as well as some extra goodies like setting up custom grids, rulers, and the option to repeat elements across all pages. You have a solid control on the typography and you can choose among 600 web friendly fonts! You can drag and drop all the elements, reposition them till you are satisfied and further customize them through their options.

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Managing your website pages is also a breeze and gives you some very interesting options like duplicating them, set if they’ll be visible on the menu, and of course a field to add them various SEO options.

Finally you can also set and adjust all your site wide options like its width, page background, color styles, even the favicon from a single window.

After you finish your website you simply hit publish, and all the HTML and CSS code will be generated for you. The generated code is not as clean as a handwritten one, but still is cross-platform and cross-browser compatible, and will most likely improve as the product matures (it’s still beta at the time of the writing).

Easy content management

With Webydo is easy to update and maintain your content since it packs CMS like features. You or your client can change, delete or update any content element as many times you like. The content editing takes place in a word like processor where it’s easy to replace texts, add graphics, change images or videos, and once the content is upload it also gets published immediately.

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Cost efficient

The free plan gives you a subdomain in Webydo, 15 pages, unlimited bandwidth and 1 GB of storage.

From your account dashboard you can manage all the websites you have designed and if you wish, you can upgrade their plan to include your own domain name, unlimited pages and CMS users, unlimited bandwidth and 2 GB storage, as well as premium support. The yearly cost is 7.9$/month and you have a 14 days money back guarantee.

 

You can see the complete feature list on Webydo website and give a spin to the free plan to see if the platform works for you and your web design needs!

Get Started with Drawing!

Get Started with Pencil Drawing Basics

Have you ever been in front of an empty paper, holding a pencil in your hand and thinking: “I can’t draw…”

Well you probably have! And don’t feel guilty about it. It’s the majority of people who think that way.

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But let me ask you something. Can you perform a surgery? Fly a helicopter? Scuba Dive? Identify an Accipiter striatus?

Well, if you have trained and practice doing it you probably can. If not isn’t it obvious that you won’t be able to do it?

Same is with drawing. Drawing is a skill too, and as every skill it can be acquired through extensive practice and guidance. There are no short-cuts in doing something well.

Talent do exist of course, but think of it more as a head start. Imagine two people going to university to study nuclear physics, one of them has to work to support himself, the other has all the money in the world and don’t have to. Well in the end they’ll be both nuclear physicists. It’s just that one has to try harder. And my two cents is that in the end of line, the best one will be the one who tried harder.

So the question is not if you can draw. The question is are you willing to learn?

If you are,  I’d like to share with you a selection of good and cheap books to get you started.

And by the way If you don’t have drawing supplies don’t go crazy buying everything you come across in the art supply store.

A pencil and paper is all you need!

Ok, then! Let’s get started with our books selection, hand picked and ordered in a mini-course form to get you started!

Drawing for the Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Drawing

This inspiring book makes drawing in a realistic style easier than you may think and more fun than you ever imagined!

Authors Mark and Mary Willenbrink (Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner) cover it all—from choosing materials and the correct way to hold your pencil, to expert advice on the tricky stuff, like getting proportions and perspective right, drawing reflections, and designing strong compositions. (It’s not as scary as it sounds…not with Mark and Mary as your guide!)

At the heart of this book, a series of fun, hands-on exercises help you practice and perfect your strokes—24 mini-demos lead up to 9 full step-by-step demos. Each exercise builds on the previous one as you develop your skills, build your confidence, and enjoy yourself along the way. The lessons you learn by drawing simple subjects such as coffee mugs, clouds and trees will help you take on progressively more challenging matter like animals, still lifes, landscapes and portraits…the kinds of subjects and scenes you’ve always dreamt of drawing.

This book is just the ticket for budding artists of any age. It’s never too early and never too late to discover the pure joy of drawing!

Pencil Drawing Techniques

Here is a really good book for the artist who wants to develop his or her pencil drawing abilities, whether it’s to improve your preliminary sketch work, or to create beautiful pencil drawings complete in their own right. Pencil Drawing Techniques brings together six of today’s best artists, all of whom are incredibly fine instructors as well.

The artists show you how to develop your skill and ability in handling pencil technique. Ferdinand Petrie shows you how to handle pencils and produce a controlled variety of lines, values, and textures. Then he shows you exactly how to use these techniques to draw landscapes in a range of styles and compositions.

Rudy De Reyna explains pencil basics, and explores perspective, size relationships, form, and structure. Douglas grave teaches you how to begin drawing portraits by building a drawing step-by-step. Norman Dams and Joe Singer demonstrate how you can use the pencil to produce spectacular drawings of animals. John Blockley and Richard Bolton show you how pencil drawings can capture the essence of a subject and help you work out a plan for painting it. Finally, Bet Borgeson teaches you all the secrets of colored pencil work and demonstrates a whole new dimension.

The book is divided into seven sections: how to handle a pencil, fundamentals of drawing, drawing landscapes, drawing portraits, drawing animals, drawing for watercolors, and handling color pencils. The copious illustrations show in detail how the artists use their techniques. For the artist who uses the pencil, Pencil Drawing Techniques is an an excellent instructional book of ideas for using the pencil creatively.

Keys to Drawing

In this book, Bert Dodson shares his complete drawing system—fifty-five “keys” that you can use to render any subject with confidence, even if you’re a beginner.

These keys, along with dozens of practice exercises, will help you draw like an artist in no time.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Restore, focus, map, and intensify
  • Free your hand action, then learn to control it
  • Convey the illusions of light, depth, and texture
  • Stimulate your imagination through “creative play”

Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil

You won’t believe the incredible drawings you can create using common pencils and the special techniques illustrated in this book. These methods are so easy that anyone—from doodler to advanced artist—can master them in minutes! Step by step, you’ll learn how to capture the look of metal, glass, weathered wood, skin, hair and other textures. Two detailed start-to-finish demonstrations show you how to use these textures to create drawings that look so real they seem to leap right off the page.

The Big Book of Realistic Drawing Secrets: Easy Techniques for drawing people, animals, flowers and nature

If you’re not getting the kind of true-to-life results you want in your drawings (or if you can’t even draw a straight line), Carrie and Rick Parks can help. As award-winning teachers, they have a proven game plan for helping artists of all levels overcome common problems and see immediate improvement in their work. As professional composite artists, they know the tricks and tools for achieving incredibly lifelike results. In this friendly, foolproof guide to drawing, they share it all:

  • Easy-to-master techniques for achieving a convincing sense of depth
  • How to draw challenging textures like metal and fur
  • Putting personality into your portraits
  • 40+ step-by-step demonstrations featuring a variety of people, animals and nature

Easy enough so that beginners can jump right in, and comprehensive enough to help more accomplished artists refine their skills. This book covers all the essentials, teaching you the secrets of realistic drawing one step at a time, building the skills you need to tackle any subject convincingly–even those you’ve always thought were beyond your reach. Before you know it, you’ll be turning out picturesque landscapes, stellar portraits–any subject that inspires you to put pencil to paper!

Pencil Drawing: Project Book for Beginners

The age-old art of drawing is one of the most important foundations of all the visual arts—and it’s also a relaxing and enjoyable pastime! This book offers a simple, step-by-step approach to learning the fundamentals of sketching—from starting with basic shapes to rendering accurate still lifes, landscapes, animals, and portraits. You will learn techniques used to render various textures, including glass, metal, foliage, and fur. Even if your only experience with a pencil is writing with one, you’re still perfectly capable of executing these easy-to-follow basics. Everyone who wants to practice and perfect their drawing skills will find this project book created by Walter Foster Publishing and Reeves to be a valuable tool.

That’s all folks! Hope you will find today’s books and advice useful and start expressing yourself through drawing! It might take you some time to reach Leonardo DaVinci’s sketching skills but you will definitely have fun through your journey!