Each installment of Around the World in ePublishing looks at a different digital publication—sometimes an ebook, sometimes an etextbook, sometimes a digital magazine or catalog. With each publication we’ll examine the techniques and technologies used, the good and bad choices the designer and publisher made, and sometimes even how to incorporate the same features and effects into your own publications.
One of my jobs as Editor in Chief of InDesign Magazine is to find and send out an InDesign Tip of the Week to email subscribers. And after more than a decade of using and teaching InDesign, I know that the best tips aren’t necessarily the super-nerdy obscurities. That’s why I try to find tips that could help the greatest number of InDesign users.
Every week, I post news stories on technology, trends, events, and resources for creative pros. I search far and wide for some of those stories, while others are delivered right to my inbox. But I didn’t have to search at all for today’s story. Because today’s exciting news is about CreativePro.com!
For a limited time StackSocial is offering a nice bundle of goodies for free, including commercial use fonts, website templates, icons, textures, and more.
The total regular cost of these assets is more than $250, but you can grab them in exchange for connecting with StackSocial on Facebook or Twitter, and sharing the link on one of those social media sites.
There’s no denying that Pinterest has a lot to offer creatives as a source of visual inspiration (and time-sucking pixel hoarding). But it can be a bit unfocused. Browse the Design category and you’ll see everything from infographics to artisinal lightbulbs. For an alternative that’s completely focused on graphic design, check out Matboard.
Now more than ever designers and other creative pros need to know the details of publishing content to the iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, and Android devices. If you’re located anywhere near New York, San Francisco, London, Paris, or Hamburg, you can boost your knowledge of digital publishing by attending one of the free live events in the Think Beyond Ink tour.
Looking for some creative inspiration? Got two minutes? Then check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new weekly series at 82nd & 5th. Yes, I realize that might be quite a long cab ride from where you are. 82nd & 5th is not only the physical address of the Met, it’s also the name of a year-long series of two-minute web videos showcasing 100 works of art and 100 curators who were inspired by them.
Flipick, a Mediawide company, is all set to launch Flipick at the O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference (February 12-14). Flipick is a new online service that allows book publishers and design shops to produce their own ePub3 compatible eBooks directly from within Adobe InDesign.