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Book review

Elegantissima, the Design & Typography of Louise Fili by Louise Fili is a beautiful book filled with impressive designs—a compilation of identity projects, branding, and logo designs. While I was watching an online course called, “Expressive Lettering with Swashes and Flourishes,” the speaker, designer Dan Forster, was inspired by Louise Fili and showed examples from her book. I was…


Designing a business book 

When co-authors Bob Stuckey and Ken Cooper contacted me about designing their business book, The Control Catastrophe: Why your organization is wasting money and how to fix it, they gave me a brief description of their manuscript and identified their target audience—corporate executives, managers and supervisors. The Design Process I began my process by looking at other books…


Today we purged

Today we purged the majority of old printed samples we have kept in the basement for more than twenty years.   Why did we purge? The shelves were full, and we needed space. Recently, we talked about how to manage those shelves. What should we do with all this material we had once thought was so…


The Library and Memories

After a busy afternoon, I went to the library to pick up a book on order. While I was looking around, I saw a special display with books about dogs. One children’s book caught my eye because I recognized the author, Mem Fox, and the illustrator, Mark Teague. I stopped to read their story, Cat Dog. It…


Van Gogh exhibit 

This summer, we went to the Art Institute of Chicago to see the Van Gogh exhibit. It was fabulous. We were dazzled by more than seventy-five paintings and drawings by master artists Vincent van Gogh, as well as Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, Emile Bernard, and Charles Angrand.  While we were enjoying the paintings, we saw a book…


finding online images

Finding images online

My friend Bobbi wrote to me: “I’m frustrated with this photo stock website, which was my image source. I seem to recall you suggested several sites—some free—for graphic images, but I can’t find them. Do you remember what they were? I really need a new source.” Many online resources I replied, “Here you go!” and…