Kent’s Book Corner: Books in (Mostly) Black and White
21 Jul 2016

Kent’s Book Corner: Books in (Mostly) Black and White

I’ve always been a big fan of black and white illustrations, particularly when they’re used to tell a story. There’s something about black and white that strips away everything that’s not vital, revealing truths and ambiguities. It also gets back to the fundamentals of art: line, shadow, illumination—while letting the artist’s graphic design sensibilities take flight. So, with that in mind, enjoy this month’s selection...

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Kickstarter Book Spotlight: Billy Simons
19 Jul 2016

Kickstarter Book Spotlight: Billy Simons

Welcome to the first in an occasional series of spotlights where we take a look at successful Kickstarter book projects that have utilized Blurb’s self-publishing platform.  Author: Billy Simons, a writer, artist, musician, and video maker from New York City. Project: A high-volume printing (200 copies) of a children’s book called The Bad Bad Bully’s Alphabet Book, written and illustrated by Billy Simons. The book...

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Five Books that Inspire the Creative Life
14 Jul 2016

Five Books that Inspire the Creative Life

As creative people, sometimes we just get stuck. Nothing seems interesting. We’re a little bored. We don’t know where to go next, or we don’t seem to like anything we’ve made. Or sometimes, we love what we’ve made, but we get discouraged when it doesn’t get the recognition we hoped it would, or when we don’t feel understood. We’re not sure why we keep doing...

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The Power of One in Self Publishing
12 Jul 2016

The Power of One in Self Publishing

And now, a special guest post from Elana Schlenker of Gratuitous Type. In early June, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Blurb’s Dan Milnor to discuss my experiences as a practicing graphic designer and part-time publisher. Our conversation spanned many topics, but what we returned to again and again throughout the evening was my pursuit of passion projects: In addition to running my...

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The Extraordinary Life of Billy Ray – Part 2
07 Jul 2016

The Extraordinary Life of Billy Ray – Part 2

A few weeks ago we introduced you to the extraordinary life of Billy Ray, A LIFE Magazine photographer who made his career using 35mm film and then successfully transitioned to the digital world in his sixties. Our plan was to highlight Billy in our typical Author Spotlight, but his story was too big for that. The second part of his story isn’t typical of the...

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