Coral Reef Coloring Book

Following the stoke that my wife had, one of the joys in her life was watching the fish in our aquariums. This Coral Reef Coloring Book allows her to visit the reef, regularly, and enjoy applying the vast array of colors found there. This activity provides her with mental stimulation and escape from her current disabilities. She gets regular mental and physical therapy from this activity, but I think that enhancing her appreciation f...

New Creative Collage Techniques

This book by Nita Leland covers so many facets of collage making, it's really excellent, fun, inspirational and a joy just to leaf through. I've been making collages for years and taken a few very good workshops, but I still have unexpected problems sometimes with the process, and this book addresses process, trouble shooting, materials, and lots of fun project ideas that would work for journaling, fine art, and hobbyists. Highly rec...

Portraiture and Politics in Revolutionary France

“Amy Freund's incisive analysis of revolutionary portraiture and its engagement with political ideology and consumer culture provides a much-needed account of the thriving portrait market during the French Revolution—and of portraiture’s role in the redefinition of personal identity, social categories, and aesthetic hierarchies that emerged in the beginning of the modern era. Her book is an indispensable addition to the body of recen...

The Designer's Apprentice

As it turned out, I was probably not the market this book was aimed at. I am already a programmer and understand the power of automation. I am dabbling in Photoshop and wanted to learn how to maximize what is offered by Adobe. A lot of the book is spent trying to convince the reader how wonderful automation is. Which may be more useful if the reader is an artist. In the end, it does give an overview of what is possible which provided...

Kern and Burn: Conversations With Design Entrepreneurs

Kern and Burn: Conversations With Design Entrepreneurs is a beautiful two-color book that features candid conversations with 30 leading designers who have founded startups, channeled personal passions into self-made careers and taken risks to do what they love. In this book they share their failures, successes, and perspectives. Our hope is that you can learn from them-not to follow in their footsteps-but to chart your own course in ...

Designing Better Buildings

Design is widely recognised as the key to improving the quality of the built environment. This well-illustrated book comprises 15 chapters written by leading practitioners, clients, academics and other experts, and presents the latest thinking on what design quality is and how to achieve it. For design practitioners and their clients alike, the book provides evidence to justify greater focus on, and investment in, design. It summaris...

Thread's Not Dead: The Designer's Guide to the Apparel Industry

"After reading this Chapter 6 (Branding & Marketing) and applying Jeff's advice, my blog traffic has dramatically increased! This book is amazing. It's hard to even call it a book. I think a better term would be 'treasure chest.' It reads like a one-on-one conversation and covers any and everything you can think of, and things you never thought of. A special thanks to Jeff for all his efforts and creativity. He has absolutely ins...

The Rose Rustlers

“Two masterful horticulturists, one the mentor, one the student, weave a colorful and intriguing saga of plant discovery and human relationships that covers many decades and places, from California to South Carolina with a heavy dose of Texas, as they travel in search of lost and unnoticed heirloom roses. A touching, insightful read for anyone who loves life and, of course, roses!”—Chris S. Corby, editor and publisher, Texas Gardener