Creative Business Books

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You Need PR: An Approachable Guide to Public Relations for Early-Stage Companies
You Need PR: An Approachable Guide to Public Relations for Early-Stage Companies
by Jenna Guarneri

Why you need PR and how you can get it—even on a budget.

Did you know that about 90 percent of startups fail within the first five years of operation? One of the major reasons for their failure is poor brand awareness, which is developed through PR strategies. Having the right exposure is vital to gaining new clients, growing the company, and securing future funding—in general, company success. But startups and small businesses don’t always have the kind of skills or resources they need to increase their visibility in an already oversaturated media landscape. Jenna Guarneri, CEO and founder of JMG Public Relations, believes that, equipped with the right tools and thinking, entrepreneurs and business leaders can become their own effective publicists.

In You Need PR, she presents the key principles and practices behind good PR, showing you how to:

  • Establish your brand, including how to humanize interactions to build a loyal following 
  • Build your press materials to develop the best possible story 
  • Formulate a strategy to launch your PR initiatives 
  • Deliver on the media interview and follow up appropriately

A practical guidebook and powerful tool for any entrepreneur or small business owner, You Need PR offers a smart, step-by-step, do-it-yourself approach to publicity that will allow you to enhance your company’s reputation and build lasting business momentum.

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Made by James: The Honest Guide to Creativity and Logo Design
Made by James: The Honest Guide to Creativity and Logo Design
by James Martin

Design better logos and become a more successful, confident graphic designer with Made by James as your guide. 

UK-based graphic designer James Martin shares his wealth of experience, information, and advice with one goa lin mind: to help designers of all levels create better work and enjoy the process. James has designed hundreds of logos for a variety of top brands, and shares his unique creative process, from concept to sketches to final design. Learn how to create outstanding logos, craft and refine your creative process, build great relationships with clients, and become prolific and consistent.

Discover how James creates innovative, clever, and memorable logos with his own hands-on, step-by-step process that includes word mapping, rapid prototyping, and sketching ideas on paper. Learn how to become a visual storyteller by understanding the key factors of working with clients and making them a valued part of the process.

In addition to the important “hows” of logo design—techniques, ideas, and examples of creating logos and building brands—you will benefit from learning aspects of the business rarely discussed: how to become more disciplined, how to see failures as valuable experiences, and ways to avoid burnout.

James shows that design isn’t just about creating images; it’s about building trusting relationships with clients, finding inspiration and using it effectively, and sharing ideas and becoming part of a community.

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Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck
Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck
by Rick Altman

FOURTH EDITION: Did you learn PowerPoint in 30 minutes? Join the crowd...most people get no more than a half-hour of training time with PowerPoint before they are tasked with making what is likely to be a first impression of themselves or their company. This book is for earnest presenters and presentation designers who want to escape the perils that entrap so many who turn to PowerPoint for their presentations. This fourth edition is loaded with fresh ideas on presentation design, inspiring advice for presenters, and robust coverage of PowerPoint's newest features, including Morph and Zoom.

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All-American Ads of the 70s
All-American Ads of the 70s
by Steven Heller

Both eclipsed and influenced by television, American print ads of the 1970s departed from the bold, graphic forms and subtle messages that were typical of their sixties counterparts. More literal, more in-your-face, 70s ads sought to capture the attention of a public accustomed to blaring, to-the-point TV commercials.

All was not lost, though; as ads are a sign of the times, racial and ecological awareness crept into everything from cigarette to car advertisements, reminding Americans that everyday products were hip to the modern age. In an attempt to discover how best to communicate with a mass audience, marketing specialists studied focus groups with furious determination, thus producing such dumbed-down gems as "sisters are different from brothers," the slogan used for an African-American hair product. By the end of the decade, however, print ads had begun to recoup, gaining in originality and creativity as they focused on target audiences through carefully chosen placement in smaller publications.

A fascinating study of mass culture dissemination in a post-hippie, television-obsessed nation, this weighty volume delivers an exhaustive and nostalgic overview of 70s advertising.

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