Optical Illusion Artwork

As a kid I had a lot of fun with activity and game books with puzzles and optical illusions. I'm sure everyone has seen this classic:


Is it a vase or two faces?

To me these two pieces by ilovedoodle on Etsy have that same playful relationship with the negative and positive space. Charming illustrations and clever!


The Choir of Antarctica


The Pianist

MorgueFile — Free Stock Photos

The main free stock site I've used in the past is Stock.xchng but I've discovered another great free stock site: MorgueFile.

MorgueFile has a large collection of free stock photos, all of which are free for commercial use (see full license details here). The search feature can be a little clunky at first but it's because the site allows you greater search flexibility (search by color, file size, category, etc.). You can ignore the side filters and just search by one or more keywords using the search box on the top right.

I am having lots of fun looking for gems on this new site. A few favorites so far: multi-color, ferns, cherries, red bokeh


Indesign and ePub Resource List

I attended an excellent 1 day seminar on InDesign to ePub recently. Erica Gamet, the seminar presenter, has a great list of ePub resources on her website. It includes lists of:

  • Desktop ePub readers
  • Publishers and aggregators
  • Reference books and websites
  • Software for testing and working with ePub files
  • InDesign scripts and plug-ins
  • Useful code snippets

Great Food Covers by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Coralie Bickford-Smith brings beautiful color, whimsy and patterns to the Great Food series for Penguin books. My favorite things about this series are the colorful spines and the Love in a Dish cover.



Design*Sponge Redesign

Design*Sponge has a sleek new website design. Lovely!