New Books in the works

xtine and I have been quietly working on two new books, one on Digital Imaging and Collage and the other on Web Design.  You can see the works in progress on the Digital Foundations wiki

Digital Foundations Blogage and Rankage!

Digital Foundations is hitting the blogs:

BoingBoing’s Cory Doctorow gives Digital Foundations some Copyfight love.

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Creative Commons’ Cameron Parkins covered the book on the Creative Commons blog.

Our Amazon rank jumped from the low 100,000’s to 38,000, to 11,000(!). It dropped back to 19,000, but has stabilized around 15,000, in the good company of such greats as Dreamweaver CS4 for Dummies, Action Script 3.0 Classroom in a Book, and Adobe Flash CS4 Professional How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques.

We are also #35 in the Software Engineering > Information Systems, which seems an unlikely category for a book on design, which I guess shows you what you get when you turn everything over to Algorhythm Intelligence. Doesn’t Computers > Graphic Design make more sense?

Digital Foundations: First Sighting

Digital Foundations has shown up on the Pearson website.  Pearson is the parent company of Peachpit, which is the parent division of New Riders, which publishes the AIGA Design Press.  Its a mouthful.

Oh, yeah, we picked a cover!

Digital Foundations first sighting

Digital Foundations: we’re blogging the writing of a book

We, xtine burrough and Michael Mandiberg, are writing a (text)book that integrates the formal principles of the Bauhaus Basic Course with contemporary digital production instruction. We are taking the classics (like Josef Alber’s color theory exercises) and using those to teach the fundamentals of Illustrator, or using Hanah Hoch to teach Photoshop.

As professors we are tired of having to use crappy software manuals (full of drop shadows & outer glows, and the author’s mediocre vacation photographs) when we
have to teach our students how to make. So we’re making our own.

Stay tuned for more details.