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Periodic posts on book design, books, art, photography, tech, and design.

In or near Virginia? Check out What’s Your Type

As they say, "Learning to print with rare book school." This seems like a great opportunity to explore: Rare Book School at the University of Virginia is dedicated to studying the history of the book as a cultural artifact and all that goes into making books (even digital texts), including the printing process. The school offers a range of courses in Charlottesville during the summer, as well as in several other major cities, to spread the “knowledge and expertise essential to the responsible stewardship of...

Galleries Updated

As part of the new web site, I've redone the section to better highlight the more than 5000 photographs available. Note that those items are available as prints, framed or unframed, starting at a very reasonable $5. My web commerce provider, Zenfolio, also offers museum-quality fine prints, also framed or unframed, and a variety of other merchandise, from card sets to mousepads, pins, and mugs. Explore and purchase today. Thanks for your support! Update, Jun 25, 26, and 28: More galleries updated. Check for new photographs...

The United Kingdom, Revisited

In 2011, my good friend Gerald Lucas gave me an irresistible opportunity: almost a week in England. He was teaching there that summer, and there was University housing available — which meant a visit for the price of a plane ticket, food, and a rental car. One word: absolutely. Needless to say, I went with camera in-hand — Nikon back then, specifically a D3 with 24-70 and 70-200 lenses — and made it into one large photostroll. Today, thanks to migrating my Aperture libraries to Lightroom, I...

R.I.P., Aperture

Apple's Aperture photography software debuted in 2005, as a sort of hi-end iPhoto; it combined sorting and editing into one application, using libraries to keep large collections. It was almost immediately followed by Adobe's Lightroom, which performed basically the exact same functions — and came with better integration with Adobe's own Photoshop, as well. Aperture was developed through several versions, but a change in Apple's strategy led to a end to development in 2015; however, it's still been useable in every new version of the...

A World Without Reality

This large interior design project, recently finished, was one of those — 600+ pages, huge numbers of illustrations and photographs, lots of customization, and lots of fun. Good stuff, that I'm now happy to share with the world. It was designed with a mid-century-yet-contemporary vibe, with custom icons, specific color selections for the various sections, a custom "look" for the televisions advertisements, and full bleed (that is, the ink runs of the edges of the pages), all in support of the author's story of one...