Author Archives: Scott Francis

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Keep Drawing: Freelance Illustration Advice from Kawaii Not

When I first started editing for HOW Books around a year and a half ago, the first book I chose as an editor’s pick was Meghan Murphy’s Kawaii Not, Too: Cute Gets Badder. If you’re not familiar, the book is Murphy’s second collection of Japanese-inspired cute comic strips of inanimate objects saying some pretty...

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Strategies for Tricky Client Negotiations

Looking for ideas for handling tricky client negotiations? Check out the article “12 Essential Negotiating Strategies for Consultants” posted on FastCoDesign, excerpted from David Sherwin’s Success By Design: The Essential Business Reference for Designers.  The article covers advice for assessing what kind of leverage you have, keeping the big picture in mind, reaching compromises,...

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Design Swag Bag: Fight Breast Cancer With Good Design

Bid on this great swag bag on eBay to help fight breast cancer! 100% of the final sale price will support National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. About the bag: Debbie Millman, Chermayeff & Geismar, HOW Magazine, Print Magazine and Erickson are among the most iconic brands in the design industry. They represent a history of...

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Tis the Season: Halloween fun

Calling all creatives: Got the Halloween spirit and feeling ready to decorate some pumpkins? Check out the Scout Creative “Dare to Flair” Pumpkin Trimming Challenge. HOW-loween is for book lovers! Of course, HOW brings you graphic design books, web design books, and other great design resources. But don’t forget HOW creates books just for...

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Winners: Designer’s Web Handbook Giveaway

Web design and development blog Codrops recently hosted a web design book giveaway contest featuring Patrick McNeil’s The Designer’s Web Handbook, which helps designers understand the critical technologies of the web and the impact they have on design. Five lucky winners received copies of the book, and one winner Sergio Molina was so excited that...

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Best Design Practices for Digital Magazines

The future of magazine publishing is now! More and more readers are consuming magazines in digital formats. As a design professional, it’s a good idea to stay on top of the latest best practices and trends in digital publishing. Understanding how users interact with digital magazines is key. If you’re looking for insight into...

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Innovative New Animated Ad Campaign Brings UK’s “Bullring” Shopping Center to “Life”

Aardman Animations, the masterminds behind the popular Wallace  and Gromit  animated films, recently teamed up with ad agency isobel to create a whimsical new campaign for Bullring, one of UK’s premier shopping centers. The campaign features a quirky mechanical model of ‘Bullring Land’ that incorporates various products in the place of buildings alongside architectural...

2 Day Sale On Pantone Products and Design Resources: Save 15%!

Looking to stock up on Pantone products or other great design resources? Don’t miss this exciting two-day sale that’s going on today and tomorrow only. MyDesignShop is offering two days of 15% savings throughout the store Wednesday, July 25, and Thursday, July 26.  Save 15% by entering the coupon code SAVE15JULY at checkout. Save on...