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Illustrator 10 Art Gallery (with CD-ROM)
Illustrator 10 Art Gallery (with CD-ROM)
by Seohyeonsuk
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for fashion designers-- creative, detailed real-world fashion designs with Illustrator & still timely!, January 15, 2015
I had the privilege of translating this book into English and adapting it for English-speaking readers (despite the inaccurate identification here at amazon.com, this edition of the book is in English - as indicated on the cover). While the version of Illustrator (10) is clearly dated, the techniques rely on the fundamentals -- Pen tool, gradients, fills -- not the gimmicky gadgets added in more recent "upgrades." Most of all, the book is the most comprehensive, creative exploration of actually creating sophisticated, real-world, cutting edge fashion designs with Illustrator - a remarkable synthesis of artistic insights and technique. As a bonus, the designers' introduction is a fascinating perspective on East/West culture engagement in the realm of fashion design. A must-have for working professionals in the world of fashion in 2015 and beyond, and for any design student as well. Track down copies here or wherever you can find them.


Brilliant Windows 7 for the Over 50s
Brilliant Windows 7 for the Over 50s
by Joli Ballew
Edition: Paperback
28 used & new from $0.78

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars patient, attractive, inviting, November 14, 2009
Interesting marketing concept - over 50? Perhaps another way to put it would be Windows 7 for those who are afraid that what they want to know is a "dumb question." You'll find answers here -- clear, lavishly illustrated in color -- to basic questions like how to manage folders and files, set up email (working around the problem that Windows 7 apparently doesn't come with an email program). The media section is one of the more extensive -- including watching and recording TV.


Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck and How You Can Make Them Better
Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck and How You Can Make Them Better
by Rick Altman
Edition: Perfect Paperback
37 used & new from $0.01

14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New dimensions to PowerPoint, July 4, 2007
This book is essential for everyone who does presentations, period. It both presents PowerPoint techniques with amazing depth and detail, and integrates all kinds of insights for making your PowerPoint show part of an overall effective presentation. How many books on PowerPoint discuss the importance of freeing your hands for gestures while presenting PowerPoint slideshows, and show you how to do that? Rick Altman brings a wealth of experience as both a communicator and a presenter to this book. Additional tools and examples at a companion web site add another dimension to the book's value.


The Last Man Is Out
The Last Man Is Out
by Marvin Karlins
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Irresistable for techno-feminist Twinkees fans with a penchant for pop psychology and Camus, April 24, 2007
This review is from: The Last Man Is Out (Paperback)
Anyone who grew up a computer nerd, a Minnesnota Twinkees fan, a post-modernist feminist, with a penchant for pop psychology (and who doesn't fit those critera!?) will want to search rare and used book stores for this charming novel. You'll see why the Minneapolis Trib called it "engaging." Taken as a metaphor for the objectification of women in sports, as a commentary on the blurred lines between humans and technology, or as a post-Kukoo's Next critique of sanity and insanity... or just as a fun read on the airplane, this book is irresistable.

As for the societal debate over the book's subtext - gay rights, and homosexuality in sports -- it rings more relevant today than when the book was published. Question: Will the publisher have the guts to reissue the book? And, are the rumors true that Uma is signed to play Judy?


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Growing Your Business With Google
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Growing Your Business With Google
by Dave Taylor
Edition: Paperback
52 used & new from $0.01

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definitive guide to marketing through Google., August 9, 2005
Exposure on Google is essential to accessibility, not just for entrepreneurs, but for organizations, causes, branding, and just generally reaching the world. While Taylor's book is primarily aimed at small businesses, anyone with a message to spread will find it indispensable.

As the author of Build Your Own Web Site, and a dozen other books on web design, I very much appreciated that the approach of the book is rooted in developing good the site-content - Part 2 - Building Your Google Plan, actually functions as a carefully designed approach to developing a web presence. Similarly, Part 3's emphasis on building a solid business site has applicability well beyond simply exploiting Google. None of this is to say that this is a generic web design book - but it is, in many ways, three books in one: web development, online sales, and Google (and search engine in general) maximization.

The last third, or so, of the book focuses in a more defined way on squeezing the most out of Google for online sales. Here, the reader gets a detailed analysis of options - including "pay to list" options from Google. The entire book is spiced up and brought to life by Taylor's own experience, but this section includes a higher level of detail, sharing his results from Google AdSense, AdWords, and other options.

This book is a definitive guide to marketing through Google.


Look Mom! I Built My Own Web Site
Look Mom! I Built My Own Web Site
by Zohar Amihud
Edition: Paperback
27 used & new from $0.02

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Colorful, accessible, fun, June 13, 2005
As a professional web designer, and author of books on web design for adults like Build Your Own Web Site, I appreciated the kid-focused approach of this book. The author's enthusiasm for turning kids onto HTML coding and web design is contagious. The companion web site ([...]) is well maintained, and provides extensive support material for the book.

Explanations are clear, complete (in the context of a book for young children), and accurate. The tone of the book, and content of the model projects doesn't quite match my perception of what kids today are into. Don't they want to produce their on online videos and stuff like that? The sample projects' examples of pages about the family dog and doing homework seemed a bit anachronistic. On a more substantial level, the approach to web design itself seems a bit too much like a data processor trying to connect with kids. "Tables play an important role in formatting data" is a strange framework for introducing and teaching tables. It would seem more appropriate to treat tables as a page design technique. But what do I know about teaching kids web design? And, again, the book's purpose is to turn kids onto very basic page design techniques, not to explore the aesthetics of page design.

The self-published, home-made feel of the book is mainly a plus, but I found myself a bit distracted by typos like "thanks to the childrens."

Overall, I'd recommend this book to elementary and middle school teachers, supplemented perhaps by some more cutting edge material on the design aspect of building web pages.


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