Category Archives: Book Reviews

To Pixar and Beyond. A Book Review and Comparison to Other Titles

A book review by Spike Radway I recently enjoyed the newly released book, “To Pixar and Beyond. My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History” by Lawrence Levy. Enough to take the time to write a review and encourage Cleveland Digital Publishing User Group (CDPUG) members to read this recently released title. I have read a few books… Read more »

Creativity, Inc. Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration. A Book Report by Spike Radway

While at the Beachwood Library returning some music and movies, I noticed the prominently displayed title “Creativity, Inc. Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration” by Pixar Co-founder and president Ed Catmull. It’s got a immediately noticeable cover image of Buzz Lightyear holding a conductors baton in the pose reminiscent of Leopold Stokowski conducting the… Read more »

“Talent is Not Enough: Business Secrets for Designers, Second Edition” Book Review

Book Review “Talent is Not Enough: Business Secrets for Designers, Second Edition.” (New Riders, 2010) by Shel Perkins It takes more than talent to be a successful graphic designer, insists author Shel Perkins in this book that details the often forgotten side of the profession—the “internal, operational issues” that can turn artistic success into business success. In a clear, surprisingly readable… Read more »

Book Review: "How to Master the Art of Selling," by Smarter Comics. 2011

Summary: Tom Hopkins, who has produced a myriad of sales training videos, books, and CDs, teams up with illustrator Bob Byrne to produce this book. He offers selling strategies and techniques and discusses the seven basics that all successful sales professionals do well. He also recommends successful attitudes to adopt and offers advice on goal setting. The book is intended… Read more »

The Presentation. Reviewed by Mark Mindlin

This title is available on iTunes and Amazon. A great read. I couldn’t put it down! Description below. Not one for public limelight, Sheila, the new VP of Operations must face her greatest fear: the presentation to her future. Overridden with anxiety and nerves, she could only turn to one person for help—Matt, her husband of eleven years. But his… Read more »

Book Review. "The Principles of Successful Freelancing."

While specifically written for web developers by Miles Burke, “The Principles of Successful Freelancing” is full of useful information for anyone considering or currently freelancing in the marketing and communications industry. Burke’s book is organized like a freelancing-business-building timeline, beginning with questions to ask yourself before you leave your current job with its steady paycheck and financial stability. This type… Read more »

Count your cash – Accounting for Dummies

Book Review: Accounting for Dummies, 4th ed. by John A. Tracy, CPA Wiley Publishing presents the ever popular Dummies series of books in countless titles, ranging from hobbies to business, musical instruments to horseback-riding and grilling to home decorating, to name a few. While the Accounting for Dummies, 4th Edition, goes into rather deep detail about all aspects of accounting,… Read more »

Creating a PDF Presentation Using Adobe Photoshop CS5

In this excerpt from Photoshop CS5 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide, Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas show you how to create a PDF presentation that lets you easily package and send files to a client or friend. This info will be very handy in preparing for the The 7th Annual CDPUG Showcase. http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1661131

Take Control Publisher (and User Group Supporter) Release New e-Book on MobileMe

Adam and Tonya Engst, Take Control: “Take Control of MobileMe, Second Edition” demystifies Apple’s online service. We’re pleased to bring you Joe Kissell’s new “Take Control of MobileMe, Second Edition.” Whether you already use Apple’s MobileMe service or are considering adding it to your online toolkit, this e-book will ensure that you get the most out of your subscription. MobileMe’s… Read more »