Author Archives: Amy Owen

About Amy Owen

Amy Owen has been editing design books for nearly ten years. She is question-answerer, schedule-navigator, deadline-enforcer and manuscript-polisher. She finds joy in the true collaboration that occurs when an author is passionate about an idea—and when she can help bring that idea to life through words. Each month, she chooses a new and worthy book to spotlight as the Editor’s Picks. Find HOW Books in MyDesignShop.com, and also see discounts and new releases on Facebook.

2011 HOW Gift Guide: Business

There are so many great gifts out there for the business-minded—and not just a cheesy “World’s Best Boss” mug. Check out the list below for some of our favorite finds for your favorite freelancer, design firm owner, or corporate creative. (Or for yourself.) Jack Spade Messenger Bag Any on-the-go creative needs a good laptop...

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Flourish Banner Frame by Von Glitschka

Von Glitschka is a master at creating special elements that designers can use in their own projects: textures, patterns, and now ornaments! Read more about his newest book "Flourish Banner Frame."

Fingerprint No. 2 by Josh Chen

For many designers, creating things by hand is a reaction to too much computer-based design. Since the first Fingerprint was published, ideas that were once on the fringe have begun to thrive in the mainstream. From typography and illustration to book-making and film titles, elements of handcraft have soaked into everyday life. Fingerprint...

The Strategic Designer

Strategy is important, today more than ever. Design is so much more than color, type, and image: It’s a way to boost project success rates and determine solutions to problems. This book, very thoughtfully written by Dave Holston, doesn’t look very fun. In fact, it’s a lot of text. Not many images. But here’s...

Handmade Type Workshop by Charlotte Rivers

This book not only has gorgeous, inspirational examples of handmade letterforms, but also really useful tutorials and behind-the-design information. The author covers virtually every possible way to create typography, including illustration, digital rendering, hand-drawn, printed and stitched, and found object photography. Then, she outlines how to take hand-crafted lettering and transform it into a...

The Creative Professional’s Guide to Money by Ilise Benun

I love this book because it breaks down the sometimes-complicated, sometimes-stressful business of talking about and managing money into small actionable items. Ilise’s writing style is friendly, straightforward and honest. In fact, I think the best thing about this book is that she gives you actual phrases to use when talking with clients about...

Color Inspirations

I just got to see an advance copy of “Color Inspirations” by Darius A. Monsef, IV, and wow—you are going to love it. There are over three thousand color combinations in this fat book, organized by color family. The talented contributors over at COLOURlovers.com have come up with these palettes over a period of...

Fairey Sighting

Shepard Fairey is installing murals all around Cincinnati, and yesterday a blank wall got hit just a mile from HOW headquarters. The murals are part of his solo exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center, which runs until August 22. He’s also in town to DJ the CAC’s street party fundraiser on 5/22, The Event,...