Category Archives: Reviews

Private Tour of the Graphics and Visualization Lab (GVIS) at the NASA Glenn Research Center — Part 2

By Stan Bujak Imagine traveling 935,581,827 miles to Saturn to be submerged in a submarine into a sea of liquid hydrogen on a planet that is nine times the size of the Earth. The team at the Graphics and Visualization Lab (GVIS) at the NASA Glenn Research Center has created this virtual reality simulator to help scientists explore Saturn’s surface…. Read more »

Private Tour of the Graphics and Visualization Lab (GVIS) at the NASA Glenn Research Center – Part 1

Space: The Final Frontier These are the voyages of CDPUG, on a multi-year mission to explore graphic technology in all of its forms, to boldly go where few designers have dared to go. By Kelli Swan On July 27, 2018, a small group of CDPUG members were treated to a very special event — a private tour of the Graphics… Read more »

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 »

My Life with Omni Focus 2 for iPhone – HIGTD or "How I Get Things Done"

My Life with Omni Focus 2 for iPhone – HIGTD or “How I Get Things Done” Over the years, I’ve tended to reject the “blank on a shoestring” approach to anything from marketing to time management. I personally think it is most productive to use the tools that are not only available, but best suited to achieve the desired end… 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 »

OfficeTime Review by Carolyn Lewis of iDesign

Re-Posted by Spike Radway following the January 31, 2012 program “Best Business Practices for the Graphic Professional” where the program was favorably endorsed by panelist Carolyn Lewis of I Design. OfficeTime is advertised as “Simply the Best Way to Track Your Time.” I concur. This an excellent program and has made my work time more productive and simplified the process of… Read more »

January 2013 Speaker Bios. "Best Business Practices for the Creative Professional: How To Be A Mega Success Story"

Sarah Bass Division Director for the Creative Group sarah.bass@creativegroup.com Sarah has over 14 years of experience in the digital, marketing and creative space. She began her career as an eMarketing Manager at OfficeMax, Inc. Sarah then spent three years working as an Account Manager at the Creative Group, where she recruited for and sold project solutions to creative, marketing and… Read more »