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Attn.: InDesign Salvage Operations Team

Attn.: InDesign Salvage Operations Team

Justin asks, do you have any tips for recovering “damaged” files? when i try to open a layout i was just working on, it prompts me to fix the file from recovered data, then notifies me that the file may be damaged; it starts to recover, but then the program quits altogether. [. . .] […]

Am I going blind?

Am I going blind?

Happy New Year! Here’s my first lazyweb request of 2009: Can you see the guides in this screenshot? How about the control points on the path? Because I can’t, and it’s making me nuts.

Flash vs. substance

A few weeks ago, Rachel Sugar, one of my coworkers, had an idea—based on a book called Jews and Shoes—to present some illustrated factoids about footwear in Jewish tradition. Staff favorite Vanessa Davis was nominated for the art portion of the project, and I asked if she’d be interested in working on what was then […]

Build a copyeditor from scratch!

Build a copyeditor from scratch!

My stats page tells me that that nice Brian Winters has namechecked me again over at Metafilter. This time, it’s to Baethan, who wants to work in publishing. Her question was, What sort of courses, experiences, certifications, degrees, etc. should I pursue to tailor me for a career in editorial publishing? When I return to […]

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MetaFilter Asks . . .

MeFi user Caduceus requests information about Changing technologies in book design? I’m looking for information about how new technologies have affected book design and typography. I’m particularly interested in the affects of computers and design software, but information about how things like Print on Demand and ebooks have changed the status quo of book design […]

Books on the why/how of book interior design?

Books on the why/how of book interior design?

Commenter “elle” is trying to find a book that’s “kind of like a manual on how to design interiors.” Like why you use a space break, why you indent certain amounts, why chapters start new right and things that break down the skeleton of a book. It’s something that is never really taught and you […]

How do you learn Photoshop?

How do you learn Photoshop?

I’ve heard it said that most Photoshop users actually use only about 2 percent of the program’s features, and I can support this theory with my own experience: I know how to do what I know how to do. I’ve learned most of what I know how to do from watching other people, either on […]

How do you find out about design-related stuff?

How do you find out about design-related stuff?

Book designer B., soon moving to New York, wrote today to inquire, How do you find design jobs? How do you find out about groups to join for discussing design, books, etc., and for going with to conferences/seminars/talks? What are your favorite sites for knowing when design-related things are happening? I get asked this first […]

Free & Cheap File Transfer

Free & Cheap File Transfer

A client just asked me, so now I’m asking youse: [We] are looking for a free way to get an ftp site so we can get some huge images sent to us over the Internet. . . . do you have any recommendations? When I do a Google search, of course many options come up, […]

Making Letters

Two quick workday things: The Early Office Museum has lots of cool pictures of and information about office tools such as typewriters, adding machines, pencil sharpeners, paper fasteners, and so on. If you’re a geek for that sort of thing, have at it. Deron Bauman points out a WaPo article on the decline of cursive […]