Author ArchivesMary Lester

Color Therapy

Selecting color for a new project can be overwhelming, with infinite possibilities to consider and new tools to try, like the Color Theme tool in Adobe’s latest release of InDesign CC. The upgrade adds Adobe Cloud sharing capabilities to the Color Theme tool, ...


Tools for Visual Thinking

Looking at a diagram, floor plan, flow chart, or map helps us to quickly grasp an idea. When we need to communicate a complex concept, the process of drawing it out helps us clarify our thinking, and the resulting drawing ...


‘Drawing’ in InDesign

OK. I’ll admit it. I love InDesign. So much, in fact, that I’m reluctant to leave it when I’m working on a project, even when my alternatives are its sibling applications, Illustrator and Photoshop. Recently, I wanted to incorporate roughly ...


InDesign Time-Saving Tips

Every project poses new challenges to solve problems while maintaining a level of efficiency. InDesign has a wealth of capabilities. Here are some of my recent favorites: “Photo, Tell Me Your Name”  InDesign’s auto-captioning feature has many uses, none of ...


My 5 Favorite Fonts for Gorgeous Numerals

When choosing type, details count. If your content gives you the opportunity to highlight numbers in lists, headlines, or infographics, look for fonts that will display those numbers beautifully. Here are my five current favorites: 1. Archer is a playful ...


My Top 5 iPad Apps for Designers on the Go

Paper by FiftyThree There are a bazillion drawing apps out there. My Holy Grail wish list includes fast access, intuitive tools, and the ability to capture handwritten notes as well as sketches. Paper by FiftyThree provides all that and casually tosses in a ...


Jumping Into App Design

One of the best ways to learn how to engage readers with in-app interactivity is to experience as many magazine apps as you can. When you find yourself immersed in a magazine’s content, step back and take note of what grabbed ...


Inspired by Paper in a Digital World

I enjoy absorbing content on my iPad and read digital versions of some of my favorite magazines. But I love paper too. Always will. That hold-your-breath anticipation of opening a beautifully printed perfect-bound publication for the very first time…that inky ...


Super-Sized Infographics Inspiration

Information Graphics, by Sandra Rendgen, is a stunningly beautiful book with more than 400 examples of data visualization from around the world. Fantastically over-sized with a 10-by-15-inch trim and a 2-inch spine, and weighing a hefty 8 pounds, it’s easily ...


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