Archive for the 'visual communications' Category

JavaScript: The Missing Manual

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

javaBy David Sawyer McFarland

Bestselling author McFarland teaches how to use JavaScript in sophisticated ways–even for those with little or no programming experience–with this clear and entertaining book that offers step-by-step tutorials. Call number QA76.73 .J39 M388 2008

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The Theatre of the Face: Portrait Photography Since 1900

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

faceBy Max Kozloff

THE THEATRE OF THE FACE is an engaging and authoritative account of the history of portrait photography by one of the world’s leading photography critics. It is an essential title for all photography students and enthusiasts, and for anyone interested in portraiture, one of the most popular and enduring of all photographic genres. The book covers many styles and movements, including works by pioneers such as Edward Sheriff Curtis; seminal figures such as Walker Evans, Cecil Beaton, and August Sander; and artists such as Martin Parr, Cindy Sherman, and Philip Lorca diCorcia. With over three hundred black & white and color photographs, THE THEATRE OF THE FACE offers a new perspective on the history of photography by examining the personalities both behind and in front of the camera. Call Number TR575 .K69 2007

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Microsoft Office 2007 Simplified

Friday, October 3, 2008

by Sherry Willard Kinkoph

Call #  HF5548.4 .m525 2007

Synopsis

Are you new to computers? Does new technology make you nervous? Relax! You’re holding in your hands the easiest guide ever to Office 2007 — a book that skips the long-winded explanations and shows you how things work. All you have to do is open the book, follow Chip, your friendly guide — and discover just how easy it is to get up to speed.
“The Simplified series is very accessible to beginners and provides useful information for more experienced users. For visual learners (like myself), the illustrations are a great help. It’s challenging to take a complex subject and express it simply, clearly, concisely, and comprehensively. This book meets the challenge.”

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Paperwork

Friday, September 19, 2008

by Nancy Williams

NC847. W55 1995

Paper and the vast array of other printing materials are one of the most discussed topics in design today. Yet despite the growing importance of issues such as the environment and recycling, many creatives, graphic designers and printers remain unaware of paper’s potential. paperwork is the only book on paper to address all the special needs and interests of the print and design industries. It features sections on paper qualities, print effects, embossing, die-cutting, binding, pop-up effects, sculptures and paper products; and a comprehensive glossary of terms and techniques with practical advice on types of paper suitable for various print and finishing processes. Selecting graphic design work from around the world which is outstanding for its originality and attention to detail, the author surveys innovative uses of paper in corporate brochure, packaging, poster and invitation design, and more. The result is a revealing and inspirational reminder of the ‘craft’ aspects and potential of graphic design, whether using traditional skills or the latest technology.

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Understanding Adobe Photoshop

Friday, September 19, 2008

by Richard Harrington

TR267.5 .A36 H37 2006

If you’re exploring a career in digital imaging or design, then you’re likely to encounter Photoshop along the way–you probably already have. But how well do you know it? Digital Image Production Techniques with Adobe Photoshop goes beyond the school newspaper or internship and teaches you the fundamental digital imaging techniques in Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements that you’ll need to succeed both in the classroom and the workforce. While many Photoshop books focus on features, tools, or techniques, this book covers both the basics and delves into specific skills, tricks, and uses in multimedia. With a friendly style and interactive DVD-ROM, Richard Harrington covers digital imaging basics (correcting, editing, sharpening, retouching, and presenting photos) and shows you real-world projects and exercises, including: digital painting; designing a CD/DVD label, magazine cover, and advertisements; creating Web sites/animations; and more!

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The Digital Photography Book, Volume 2

Friday, August 1, 2008

By Scott Kelby

Call Number: TR267 .K4394 2007 Vol. 2

Scott Kelby, author of the groundbreaking bestseller “The Digital Photography Book, Vol. 1” is back with an entirely new book that picks up right where Vol. 1 left off. It’s more of that “Ah ha—so that’s how they do it,” straight-to-the-point, skip the techno jargon; packed with stuff you can really use today, that made Vol. 1 the world’s bestselling book on digital photography.

In Volume 2, Scott adds entirely new chapters packed with Plain English tips on using flash, shooting close up photography, travel photography, shooting people, and even how to build a studio from scratch, where he demystifies the process so anyone can start taking pro-quality portraits today! Plus, he’s got full chapters on his most requested topics, including loads of tips for landscape photographers, wedding photographers, and there’s an entire chapter devoted to sharing some of the pro’s secrets for making your photos look more professional, no matter what you’re shooting.

This book truly has a brilliant premise, and here’s how Scott describes it: “If you and I were out on a shoot, and you asked me, ‘When I use my flash, the background behind the person I’m shooting turns black. How do I fix that?’ I wouldn’t give you a lecture on flash ratios, or start a discussion on flash synchronization and rear curtain sync. I’d just say “Lower your shutter speed to 1/60 of a second. That should do it” Well, that’s what this book is all about: you and I out shooting where I answer questions, give you advice, and share the secrets I’ve learned just like I would with a friend—without all the technical explanations and techie photo speak.”

Each page covers a single concept on how to make your photography better. Every time you turn the page, you’ll learn another pro setting, tool, or trick to transform your work from snapshots into gallery prints. If you’re tired of taking shots that look “okay,” and if you’re tired of looking in photography magazines and thinking, “Why don’t my shots look like that?” then this is the book for you.

This isn’t a book of theory—full of confusing jargon and detailed concepts. This is a book on which button to push, which setting to use, and when to use it. With nearly another 200 of the most closely guarded photographic “tricks of the trade,” this book gets you shooting dramatically better-looking, sharper, more colorful, more professional-looking photos every time.

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The Digital Photography Book

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

By Scott Kelby

Call Number: TR267 .K4394 2007 Vol. 1

Scott Kelby, the man who changed the “digital darkroom” forever with his groundbreaking, #1 bestselling, award-winning book The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers, now tackles the most important side of digital photography–how to take pro-quality shots using the same tricks today’s top digital pros use (and it’s easier than you’d think).
This entire book is written with a brilliant premise, and here’s how Scott describes it: “If you and I were out on a shoot, and you asked me, ‘Hey, how do I get this flower to be in focus, but I want the background out of focus?’ I wouldn’t stand there and give you a lecture about aperture, exposure, and depth of field. In real life, I’d just say, ‘Get out your telephoto lens, set your f/stop to f/2.8, focus on the flower, and fire away.’ You d say, ‘OK,’ and you’d get the shot. That’s what this book is all about. A book of you and I shooting, and I answer the questions, give you advice, and share the secrets I’ve learned just like I would with a friend, without all the technical explanations and without all the techno-photo-speak.”
This isn’t a book of theory—it isn’t full of confusing jargon and detailed concepts: this is a book of which button to push, which setting to use, when to use them, and nearly two hundred of the most closely guarded photographic “tricks of the trade” to get you shooting dramatically better-looking, sharper, more colorful, more professional-looking photos with your digital camera every time you press the shutter button.
Here’s another thing that makes this book different: each page covers just one trick, just one single concept that makes your photography better. Every time you turn the page, you’ll learn another pro setting, another pro tool, another pro trick to transform your work from snapshots into gallery prints. There’s never been a book like it, and if you’re tired of taking shots that look “OK,” and if you’re tired of looking in photography magazines and thinking, “Why don’t my shots look like that?” then this is the book for you.

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Fresh Dialogue 8: Designing Audiences / New Voices in Graphic Design

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

By American Institute of Graphic Arts (editor)

Call Number: NC998.5 .A1 F74 2008

Each year, the New York Chapter of AIGA brings together emerging designers for Fresh Dialogue, a panel discussion that provides a forum to present and talk about work, thoughts, and ideas. Designing Audiences takes a fresh look at graphic design through the eyes of three young designers, all of whom have embraced a media landscape dominated by user-centric social networking sites such as MySpace, Flickr, and YouTube. Playing with the notion of designer as visual interlocutor, they craft conversations where viewers become participants and the relationship between design and its consumers is radically redefined.

This lively Fresh Dialogue volume includes designers from a variety of mediums: Stefan Bucher with his wildly popular Daily Monster series; Eric Rodenbeck with the Flickr mapping brainchild Mappr as well as in live data visualizations at Digg Labs; and Katie Salen with Karaoke Ice, the traveling karaoke ice cream truck. Designing Audiences is a stimulating and entertaining discussion of the changing role of the designer in the era of constant feedback. The moderator is popular online personality Ze Frank, creator of the-web based “the show with Ze Frank,” stand-up comic, and soon-to-go-Hollywood charmer.

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Motion Blur 2: Multidimensional Moving Imagemakers

Friday, July 25, 2008

by onedotzero

Call Number: TR860 .M68 2007

onedotzero is a cross-media production company that runs an acclaimed international network of events. The onedotzero festival has become a global phenomenon, reaching over 60 cities worldwide and thousands of people. In Screen International‘s 25th anniversary issue, onedotzero was named as one of the top ten visionaries of the UK film industry alongside Ridley Scott and Lynne Ramsey.

With its pioneering vision, onedotzero champions new forms of moving image, and this book celebrates the next generation of creators who are accelerating the medium into the 21st century, following the success of the first Motion Blur. It features 27 international filmmakers who are exploring the evolving possibilities of motion graphics, broadcast design, digital film effects, and animation. Their work is illustrated by screen grabs, storyboards, and sketches, and the groundbreaking nature of their work is highlighted in exclusive interviews and short texts accompanying every production. (Desctiption by BarnesandNobles.com)

VJ (includes DVD): Audio-Visual Art and VJ Culture

Friday, July 25, 2008

by Michael Faulkner

Call Number: N6498 .V53 V55 2006

A major change has taken place at dance clubs worldwide: the advent of the VJ. Once the term referred to the video jockey who introduced music videos on MTV, but now it defines an artist who creates and mixes video, live and synced to music, in clubs or at concerts. This book is an in-depth look at the artists at the forefront of this amazing audio-visual experience. The book combines how-to, showcase and reference elements, opening with a series of articles on contextual and historical issues. The central section showcases the work of a wide selection of international VJs, and the last chapter covers equipment (hardware and software) and typical stage set-ups (explaining equipment, the use of space, how to create an environment to suit an audience, and more) along with supplementary guidelines and tips on how to master a performance. (Description by BarnesandNobles.com)