I am very happy to say that I have been published! A few years after graduation, my college professor and subsequent employer in New York, Sheena Calvert, contacted me to see if I would be interested in helping her pull together a textbook on the nuts and bolts of graphics design for first-year design students. Needless to say I was very honored to be asked to be part of such a great project. The book, entitled The New Graphic Design School: A Foundation Course in Principles and Practice, was published in 2009 and is available on Amazon, and it has been sold in universities and colleges worldwide! Being that the book was split into two sections—Principles and Practice—my specific focus was on putting the Principles (discussed in the first section of the book) to Practice. Creating various new chapters to be added to the existing manuscript, such as Web and Internet technologies, Print Production Issues, and Digital Printing, I also worked very closely on the Commercial Application chapter. This chapter put the principles and practice into play by giving various real-world examples of industry fields and careers.
I, obviously, took this opportunity to put a few pictures of my dog and best friend, Lou, into the book. Interestingly, the fact that the publishers and my writing partner were both in England made the process that much more interesting. All I can say is that Skype was a big part of this project. I don’t really expect anyone but friends and a few thousand college students to buy the book, but I’m very proud to say that I was part of the next generation of graphic designers by sharing my experience and know-how to date to those just starting out.
Again, thank you thank you thank you Sheena for including me on such an amazing project!