It's hard to keep up in any profession, but as document designers are expected to take on more and more tasks in response to the digital explosion, the job of keeping up becomes Herculean. Books and professional journals help, but how can readers find out which books contain the kind of information they are looking for without trekking to the neighborhood book store?
By reading reviews. But not just any reviews. By reading reviews written by people grappling with the same professional problems. You can find those reviews right here.
I have been reviewing books for a number of years, which way outlasts the print life of most publishing houses these days. I've left the reviews up here because sometimes it's nice to just go down memory lane a bit with where design has been. More importantly, some of these books go on to become classics, like the inimitable Elements of Style.
Best of all, many of these out-of-print books are often available online as used books, whether it's amazon.com, half.com, or e-bay. One more reason to keep up the old reviews.
Dr. Brad Mehlenbacher comments relays some of the comments of his students on using Karen Schriver's book in his technical communication classes at North Carolina State University.
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