D30: Exercises for Designers is a collection of thirty hands-on creative projects aimed at designers, illustrators, photographers, artists, and anyone else involved in creating visual art. The book's exercises will sharpen your ability to evaluate aesthetics; awaken your hands-on skills using pens, pencils, inks, paints, and paper; expand your digital savvy through computer-based projects that are both fun and instructive; expand the range of talents you're able to bring to both professional and personal works of design and art; and leave you with a sweet collection of ready-for-display artwork.
The Logo Brainstorm Book is a stout 300-page volume with a true real-world purpose: to help designers come up with intriguing and attractive logos. The book does this by putting an abundance of custom-crafted visual and textual prompts in front of designers' eyes in a way that can hardly help but launch all kinds of idea-producing chain reactions. The Logo Brainstorm Book was created for designers of all levels—from raw beginner to seasoned professional—and its content invites readers to use whatever skills they possess to come up with effective and memorable logos.
These are my two best-selling books and designers all over the world keep copies of one or both somewhere within reach of their desk. Both Color Index books have hundreds of multi-color palettes that designers, illustrators, and artists of all kinds can use when choosing color schemes for their creations. Each palette is presented with its corresponding RGB and CMYK formulas, which makes these books extremely practical desktop tools for both print and Web projects.
It all started with Idea Index in 1999. This short, fat, vinyl-bound book turned a lot of heads when it first came out, and before long it had been translated into five languages and was on sale around the world. After Idea Index came Layout Index, Design Basics Index, Photo Idea Index, Color Index, Color Index 2, Type Idea Index, Photo Idea Index: People, Photo Idea Index: Places, and Photo Idea Index: Things. (Go to MyDesignShop.com or Amazon to find these books.) All ten of the books have been translated for worldwide audiences.
I've written five books on photography that are on sale around the globe—and I also shoot a wide variety of photographs for customers. My clients seem to like the fact that I shoot my photos from the perspective of an experienced graphic designer since this tends to result in images that look good, communicate well, and apply themselves easily to printed and Web-posted material. Got a project in mind? Let's talk.
Get in touch with me if you'd like to talk about a logo for your company or organization.
Feel like watching a short video? Here are four.
One is a professional project for a local noodle bar and the other three were mainly for fun.
A short video based on a project in my book D30: Exercises for Designers. Really nice music by Avro Part.
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Winding Up, Winding Down
This one is also connected with my book D:30 Exercises for Designers. Here, the video demonstrates the idea of making a very simple 90-second movie using whatever equipment you have and whatever "actors" you can get.
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Dashi Noodle Bar
I shot, directed and edited this video for a local noodle bar. Super fun project, and I got to eat the most delicious food ever while making it.
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Shots of Espresso
I took a picture of every coffee beverage I drank for one year. Here are the shots. And yes, I LOVE coffee.