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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing a Digital Portfolio (Voices That Matter)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Cynthia L. Baron
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Superb resource for a wide variety of portfolio formats

If you set can aside the near 100% focus on digital media (though it is excellent for that kind of format) and not hyperventilate in feeling like you need to come up with Flash or DVDs after reading this, it offers solid points on portfolio content, whatever format you choose.

It covers what should go in, what should not go in, how much should go in, how/if to deal with process pieces, storyboarding,
thematic ties to pull a disparate portfolio together, and sage advice on basics like the kinds of written copy you want to include, such as design briefs, problem statements, and tag lines. It's my favorite book for this effort right now. My husband's, too. I have to pry it off his desk.

It's also savvy when it comes to marketing, so I think it will have a long shelf life in my library for the days when I need to market myself on other things besides landing a job, like marketing my firm.

It has some printed web site design examples which offer visual eye inspiration for printed page layout. It even has great image workflow tips, towards preserving the best image quality with the least needed resolution, that are comprehensible to the lay person as well as meaningful to someone with a high degree of digital photographic processing background.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Success of Open Source
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Authors: Steven Weber
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best study in open source

By far it's the best study in open source I have read. Starting from social, political, and economical views, Steven Weber dissects the Open Source movement from a non-developer perspective. He goes beyond describing not only the origins and organization of the movement but also describing business models and roles that companies have been adopting to support and work with open source software.

"The Success of Open Source" is a must-read for anyone wanting to understand what is open source and its relevance for today's society.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Brand Gap: How to Bridge the Distance Between Business Strategy and Design
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Marty Neumeier
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5

Finally, a book that slices like a hot knife through all of the turgid, pseudo-academic nonsense that surrounds branding. Neumier provides clear, unforgetable object lessons in a compelling, beautifully designed format. Students of branding will not find a better, more inspiring primer on this subject. Bravo to Mr. Neumier for using his unique career experience in design and business to provide the kind of compelling read that was long overdue in this arena. It has been placed on the course list for my graduate students and each new member of my team at Ogilvy recieves it alongside their other training materials.
I wish I had written it myself.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Regular Expressions, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jeffrey E. F. Friedl
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The source for regular expression info

Once again, it is an O' Reilly book that stands out above the rest. This book does a great job explaining and comparing Perl, sed, awk, grep, egrep, etc. syntax for regular expressions. It is lacking on regex and regexp libraries, but in depth enough to get the idea.