Archive for the ‘books’ Category

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Basquiat

January 15, 2011

A few weeks ago, I was chillin at my friends house and we watched the documentary on Jean-Michelle Basquiat, it changed my view on art again. Since then, I think i’ve watched it 4 more times. I have taken so many art history classes and seen his work before but never really understood until I watched the documentary. I saw this book for sale this morning and I must join my collection. If you haven’t seen his documentary, you should check it out on Netflix (instant)

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Gift Ideas for Designers

December 19, 2009

adobe pillows

Rest your head on your favorite application in between projects.

External Drive

Design rule #1 Back up your Back up!

SLR

Create your mood board with shots from your own camera.

Template book

Add some 3 dimensional work to your portfolio.

Complete Adobe Suite

The complete adobe design suite, you better have been a good boy or girl this year to get this one.

Pantone mugs

Can’t think of a more appropriate mug for a designer than these Pantone Mugs. We love our coffee!

DVD

Hate it or love it, its a great documentary.

Magnets

Photoshop magnet workspace, good stocking stuffer.

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Recently Read

August 14, 2009
Great book for all types of designers

Great book for all types of designers

Last semester one of my professors wanted us to read a book called “What is package design”. We havent touched a book since our professional writing course with the great Dr. Hansen. She assigned this to us right before spring break and wanted to give us a test on the reading when we got back. I went straight to Borders book store to read it and while searching for the book I came across another book called “The Essential Principles of Graphic Design” by Debbie Millman. A few seniors told me that she will be teaching one of my classes next semester and that she is an awesome professor. I also read about her in a couple of design magazines. I read the first few pages of the book and loved it, the next thing I knew I was sitting indian style on the floor of Borders. The book gives an inside look at the process and experience of big name designers and studios. I am pursuing a career in Package design and I find this book very helpful because creative process, research, and a great concept are the keys to producing great work. I think any kind of designer can benefit from reading this book. Unfortunately I also heard that I will not be having Debbie Millman as a professor next semester and I feel cheated because I was looking forward to learning a lot from her. So I guess its a good thing I bought the book.

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Currently Reading

August 11, 2009
currently reading

currently reading

I ordered this book a few days before I went on my weekend get away. The purpose of my weekend get away was to take a step back and be in a less distracting, congested environment, and to enjoy the simple pleasures.  The book was on my door step when I returned home. Unfortunately I bought it used from amazon and it did not come with this cover, instead I got one of those plain hardcover grey book clothe versions. I guess the book came in its most simplest form. If you don’t know who John Maeda is you should do a little research. He is inspiring.