In 1970 I was a freshman in high school. Although I wasn't aware of graphic design as an art form, I was beginning to notice the effect design had on me as a consumer. Book jackets, billboards, record-album covers, and magazines were an important part of my life. In a few more years I would begin to appreciate the talent they represented.
The lengthy session list at the 2012 PEPCON print and ePublishing conference could be boiled down into one sentence: Attend this event or fall behind.
Seriously, just look at these session titles (which are only a sampling of the full list):
• InDesign to iPad and Android Apps
• Making Your Folio Come Alive: Embedding HTML and RSS
• XML for Print and Digital Publishing
• Stay on the Cutting Edge: Five Tools to Learn Now
When railroads became a dominant form of transportation, and especially after the completion of the trans-continental railway in 1869, it was possible for farmers to ship their goods great distances. And with the advent of the refrigerated rail car, the concept of nearly year-round availability of produce became a reality.
For many years, I made the tables of contents for my books manually. I would finish the book and then, one by one, I would open the file for each chapter and write down the name of the chapter, the name of the A Heads, and the page numbers for each. It averaged 200 entries for each book's table of contents (TOC). It was a tedious process, but manageable.
The stereotypical student stretches out a too-short paper with wide margins and large type sizes. But this trio of graphic design students from the University of the West of England had so much material after working on a professional practice project, they made a zine with the extra material, which includes interviews with designers and artists who specialize in editorial design. It's entitled "Fond of Editorial Design," and although it began life as a printed piece, Issue 1 is now available digitally.
While it's true that more print books than electronic books were sold last year, eBooks are still big business, and a potential income source for graphic designers. That's one reason why Apple's new software, called iBooks Author, is worthy of your attention.
Last week, I looked at illustrations from a booklet on bicycle safety published in the early 1940s by the Police Safety Council. Because the booklet was intended to change behavior by frightening the readers, most of the kids in those drawings ended up badly hurt, crippled for life, or worse, very dead.
Andre Andreev and Dan Covert are the principles of Dress Code, a New York design agency. They began the company five years ago to "create work that wasn’t defined by a certain style or limited to any particular medium", and their subsequent projects certainly have been eclectic: motion graphics for MTV; a printed book for Macy's; websites for a fashion network and an organization addressing global poverty; and many others.