Creative Business Books

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Graphic Design School: The Principles and Practice of Graphic Design
Graphic Design School: The Principles and Practice of Graphic Design
by David Dabner, Sandra Stewart, and Abbie Vickress

From understanding graphic design fundamentals, to developing original concepts, to creating finished designs - Graphic Design School develops design students' core competencies and provides practical advice and tips for how these fundamentals translate into new and evolving media. This Seventh Edition offers all new examples from web, app, social media, magazines, websites and books, presenting a comprehensive overview of the visual communications profession. This updated edition includes guidance and media examples using the latest in grahpic design software, and traditional printing techniques such as risograph and screen printing are revisited. Pedagogical tools throughout the text focus on the growth of interdisciplinary learning and collaborations between design specialists, as well as highlights on key players in the past and present of graphic design.

Topics covered include: color, typographic rules and typefaces, coding requirements, information architecture, file organization, web design and layout, mobile device composition, app design, CMS, designing for social media, and SEO. Graphic Design School, 7th Edition includes full-color illustrations throughout, as well as case studies, designer biographies, and student assignments for testing skills and concepts.

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Public Relations 2nd Edition
Public Relations 2nd Edition
by Tom Kelleher

Engagement. Conversation. Influence. Transparency. Trust.

Public Relations, Second Edition, presents a clear, engaging and contemporary picture of public relations principles while seamlessly integrating technical and cultural shifts brought about by the rise of social media. Both its professional relevance and digital savvy make this text the new standard for introductory public relations courses.

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Stories That Stick: How Storytelling Can Captivate Customers, Influence Audiences, and Transform Your Business
Stories That Stick: How Storytelling Can Captivate Customers, Influence Audiences, and Transform Your Business
by Kindra Hall

In Stories That Stick, Kindra Hall, professional storyteller and nationally-known speaker, reveals the four unique stories you can use to differentiate, captivate, and elevate:

  • the Value Story, to convince customers they need what you provide;
  • the Founder Story, to persuade investors and customers your organization is worth the investment;
  • the Purpose Story, to align and inspire your employees and internal customers;
  • and the Customer Story, to allow those who use your product or service to share their authentic experiences with others.

Telling these stories well is a simple, accessible skill anyone can develop. With case studies, company profiles, and anecdotes backed with original research, Hall presents storytelling as the underutilized talent that separates the good from the best in business. She offers specific, actionable steps readers can take to find, craft, and leverage the stories they already have and simply aren’t telling.

Every person, every organization has at least four stories at their disposal. Will you tell yours?

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Digital Marketing Analytics: In Theory And In Practice
Digital Marketing Analytics: In Theory And In Practice
by Kevin Hartman

From Kevin Hartman, Director of Analytics at Google, comes an essential guide for anyone seeking to collect, analyze, and visualize data in today's digital world (printed in black & white to keep print costs low). Even if you know nothing about digital marketing analytics, digital marketing analytics knows plenty about you. It’s a fundamental, inescapable, and permanent cornerstone of modern business that affects the lives of analytics professionals and consumers in equal measure. This five-part book is an attempt to provide the context, perspective, and information needed to make analytics accessible to people who understand its reach and relevance and want to learn more.

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