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| Journal | The Personal Disquiet of Mark Boulton

The Personal Disquiet of

Mark Boulton

Blog Category: five-simple-steps

A griddy, sneaky peek

Some proof that I’m actually working on the book. Here’s a little screeny of one of the example projects in Chapter 5.

Diagram showing compound grid with design applied

It’s a compound grid: 6 column and 4 column combined, but on this layout using the asymmetric 5 column arrangement. The grid is a reworking and adaptation of Karl Gerstner’s compound grid used on Capital magazine.

Filed in: five-simple-steps. on January 10th, 2012

The Icon Handbook by Jon Hicks

In December last year, Five Simple Steps was very proud to publish Jon Hicks’ new book: The Icon Handbook. A practical, beautiful book that’s available in both pre-order paperback and digital editions.

The Icon Handbook by Jon Hicks

No surprise that it’s a beautiful book. Jon (and the contributors he managed to snag) have provided us with some stunning iconography, all displayed big, bold and in full colour. We are very proud of the layout work that went into this book and the printed version is bound to look spectacular printed on uncoated stock. As I’m writing this, the team are preparing the final artwork and getting it ready for the printer.

The content of the book is light in tone but deep in value. Lots of really great, practical design information that you can take away and use today. But enough talk. You can buy it now from £16 from Five Simple Steps.

But before you head over there, just look at this thing!

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Filed in: five-simple-steps. on January 5th, 2012

A Practical Guide to Web App Success

I’m very pleased to announce that, yesterday, Five Simple Steps launched A Practical Guide to Web App Success from Dan Zambonini. You can buy it now in DRM-free ePub, PDF and mobi formats bundle for just £15.

A Practical Guide to Web App Success by Dan Zambonini

Like our other Practical Guide books, Dan’s book is very useful. It’s about taking that might seem overwhelming, complex or just plain big, and breaking it down into manageable, empowering chunks. For almost anyone working on the web, but particularly for designers and developers wanting to take an idea to market, this book is a great place to get an understanding of what’s involved; starting from a scratchy beginning of a side project to a full-time venture.

Personally, what I got from Dan’s book was enough breadth to make me believe I could do the same. Not only that, but that it might just be a success.

Of course, it looks great. Our designer Nick, and particularly our new apprentice at Mark Boulton Design, Colin, have spent many weeks crafting a beautiful experience.

.Net magazine have published a sample chapter on ‘Prototypes and User Tests’, and of course, you could download the sample from the Five Simple Steps website if you wanted to see what it’s all about.

We’re thrilled to bits with it. If you pick a copy up, please let us know what you think @fivesimplesteps.

Filed in: five-simple-steps, news. on November 16th, 2011

24 Ways Annual: The Cover

Ever since Migy emailed me — about 3 years ago now — i’ve been looking for the right opportunity for us to work together. When we were hatching the plan to do a 24 Ways Annual, in the back of my mind, I knew it would be great for Migy to do the cover. After a week or so of working on it, I’m delighted to show it off here. I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s beautiful.

24 Ways Annual Cover

Migy will also be providing us with some illustration work for the rest of the Annual to make the author’s pieces the best they can possibly look.

We’re trying to raise £10,000 for UNICEF. With the help of VPS.NET and Remy Sharp – who are kindly sponsoring the printing and other costs — we’ve only £6000 more to go by the end of December. With your help, I’m sure we can do it. Go on, treat yourself to a copy.

Filed in: 24-ways, five-simple-steps. on December 10th, 2010