Another Graphic Design book for the shelf

Before coming to the great company I work for now (since 1999), I was an Intranet Manager at a real Dilbertville with 1500 suit-wearing, meeting-driven cogs in a slow-moving machine.  I was completely unchallenged and unappreciated in that system of Suits.  But it was during some of that time I was able to concentrate on improving my graphic design skills, there in my miserable little cube.  Hey, it was somethin’ to do.  So I would work through Photoshop books, chapter-by-chapter, doing each and all of the exercises.  In Dilbertville you have all kinds of time to waste.  At least I did.

I have since purchased a number of Photoshop and Illustrator books, which go straight to the shelf with the goal of one-day working through them chapter-by-chapter like it was 1997 all over again.  But I’m a real applications developer now and things are different: I never have enough time to produce as much as I would like for my employer, and the work is almost always challenging and rewarding.  Late-nights are spent learning and writing .NET code, not working through advanced masking techniques in Photoshop.  And I do graphic design work only when I have to, not as something interesting to do in my spare working hours.

But I continue to cling to the delusion that someday I’ll “know enough” as a .NET developer to again spend time on more Photoshop and Illustrator self-training.  So I occasionally buy another graphic design book for the office shelf.  This week I purchased a book on my Amazon Wish List I couldn’t resist, since it sells for almost $30 new and I got it for $2.95 used (but in new condition.)  Photoshop 7 and Illustrator 10: Create Great Advanced Graphics by Dave Cross et al.  It arrived yesterday and I hope I’ll be able to work through it soon, even though it does look really good on my bookshelf.

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A long time developer, I was an early adopter of Linux in the mid-90's for a few years until I entered corporate environments and worked with Microsoft technologies like ASP, then .NET. In 2008 I released Sueetie, an Online Community Platform built in .NET. In late 2012 I returned to my Linux roots and locked in on Java development. Much of my work is available on GitHub.