Transitions and Some New Books

Over the past few months I’ve been transitioning to a new editorial role. I’ve taken on the book editor job for Popular Woodworking Books. Here’s a post I wrote about that on the PW editor’s blog that talks a bit about that new role. I’m enjoying the new work and having a chance to write and edit in a new subject area.

In the meantime a few books that I finished up editing for HOW and PRINT Books have become available:

CreativeAnarchy

Creative Anarchy by Denise Bosler is one of the best books I got a chance to work on covering the subject of graphic design. Bosler has an excellent writing voice and provides incredibly accessible instruction on ways to break the rules of design. In this highly illustrated book she teaches you the rules, explains when it makes sense to break them, and then gives you ideas for ways to do just that – and come up with something fresh and new.

DesignFunny

Design Funny by Heather Bradley is a fun book about injecting humor into graphic design work – something that sounds easy enough, but when you get down to it is incredibly complicated. You have to consider the sense of humor of your client, of your audience and how to truly communicate what your piece and your client are trying to say. Bradley covers styles of humor, techniques, and gives tons of examples from well-known brands and publications.

CultCreative

Cultivating Creativity by Maria Fabrizio is a book about creative process. Fabrizio is the creator of Wordless News, a daily art project that recreates the mornings headlines through charming illustrations. Her book is a lovely meditation on the act of creating art and ways to stay productive and creative day after day.

Geek Merit Badges

Geek Merit Badges by Meghan Murphy (creator of the popular Kwaii Not web comic) is a fun book for anyone who loves all things geeky – from comics to movies to popular culture. It’s full of fun activities and quizzes for measuring your geek-cred and tons of references to all the best stuff: Star Wars, Doctor Who, Bat-Man and all the things that make geek hearts swell and burst. The truly geeky will find themselves testing themselves at every turn. Plus it has stickers!

So good stuff. They were fun books to work on and I’m privileged to have gotten to the chance to work with such great writers and creators. But it was time for some new challenges – stay tuned!

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