Monday, April 4, 2011

More of HOW Design Conference, and At the Library

I got another card on that un-coated paper from HOW Design. They have extended the conference early bird registration to May 1. If you're interested in learning more from top creatives in our business, check it out!

One of my favorite pastimes is visiting our public library.  I love browsing the aisles checking out books and magazines and seeing the new DVD and e-book offerings, graphic novels (comic books for adults and the kids who love them), and so on. I spend a lot of time at the high school to adult section of the library.  Print is in challenging times to be sure. But—at least for me—the library is an oasis in my world of layout programs, HTML and XML. I like it so much I 'Liked' it on Facebook!

I had a few moments so I decided to do some 'research' in the children's section.  Much of what I do as a designer is preparing reference materials for kids. It had been a while, and it was a great eye opener. In the fiction section, there were a number of supernatural-themed titles. Multiple copies of the Harry Potter novels were available. There was a smaller graphic novels section that included familiar licensed characters and educational offerings. I didn't get over to the media section this trip (unless you count the Lego display).

Then I came to the reference section, where current editions of The World Book Encyclopedia reside with our competitors' works. It's a great place to analyze book spines, covers, paper stock, and interior design. I was especially pleased to see our new People and Places set on the shelves and to thumb through one of the volumes I worked on. Very cool!

I plan to visit our library and children's section again soon. Until then, please join me in saying thanks to the librarians, supporters, and volunteers who help make learning and reading fun.

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