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Sex Scratchers: 100 Sexy Lottery Tickets to Scratch and Win!
Sex Scratchers: 100 Sexy Lottery Tickets to Scratch and Win!
by Lynne Stanton
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.35
28 used & new from CDN$ 0.71

5.0 out of 5 stars Cute, sexy, and not always rigged!, June 6 2008
For the price, these make great gag gifts, either as giving the whole book, or just tucking some of the tickets into a greeting card.

Lots of cute games, like reveal 3 of a kind and win that sex act,strip poker, etc. And they're not all 'just scratch the whole thing and win the prize'; some you won't win anything the first try (like say, scratch only ONE row out of three).... but you're gonna scratch the rest anyway, you'll want the cute prize.

A great way to make a bashful partner feel more relaxed, or to let the fate of a scratch ticket decided what you'll be up to in bed tonight!

Best $10 spent in a while (bought mine at a sex shop for the same price).

Business Cards: The Art of Saying Hello
Business Cards: The Art of Saying Hello
by Mike Dorrian
Edition: Paperback
23 used & new from CDN$ 0.77

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money, great ideas inside, July 2 2007
Organized mostly by the type of material used to create the cards, this book is total eye candy. There is nothing worse than a terribly designed book on design, but this book is thoughtful and progressive in layout, and showcases all shapes, sizes and looks of businesscards.

The only thing to note is that most of the companies/clients shown here are in the creative business, so the designs tend to be unconventional (and wonderful). Not a bad thing at all of course, but if you're looking to go the tried and true route of design for say, a 50 year old financial company, adjust your inspirations from this book accordingly.

If You're Afraid of the Dark, Remember the Night Rainbow
If You're Afraid of the Dark, Remember the Night Rainbow
by Cooper Edens
Edition: Paperback
13 used & new from CDN$ 1.92

5.0 out of 5 stars Opened up creativity when I was 6, inspires me at 23, July 2 2007
I got this book for good Sunday School attendance, but when it crosses my mind I read through it and smile.

It makes a perfect inspirational book for any occasion (both joyous and tragic) and while the illustrations are quite untraditional for today's children's book market, youngsters will either appreciate them or be put off by the surrealist quality.

A perfect gift for that hard to buy for person.

CSS: The Definitive Guide
CSS: The Definitive Guide
by Meyer
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 33.97
61 used & new from CDN$ 0.78

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After you know what CSS is about, GET THIS BOOK, June 23 2007
Its a hefty book, but I think if you want to commit to using CSS as the powerhouse web code it is, than invest in it.

I don't recommend it for people looking at CSS for the very first time. Its introduction is wordy and may discourage. To start, I recommend "HTML, XHTML and CSS Visual Quickstart Guide" by Elizabeth Castro for the basics in a quick to read format. But that book can't go into detail what it really takes for cross browser layout, floating,quirk modes, etc.

Enter "CSS: The Deifinitive Guide". Written in Meyer's usual humour, it does in depth to explain HOW CSS works, not just 'type in this code and you get the following.' I think that is a very important, because unless you understand why CSS does what it does, you end up wasting time fiddling with the code till it looks right.

But the code is present for your eyes for each example he distribs and he often offers up results to what can happen if you do the code incorrect.

If you just want to use CSS to style text and basic elements in CSS, then this book is more than you need. But if you are interested in Standards and using CSS for liquid design, but find other resources claiming 'Liquid design, the EASY WAY!' is bull, then this book is for you!

It -is- the 'Definitive guide' because Meyer leaves no stone unturned.

HTML, XHTML, and CSS, Sixth Edition: Visual QuickStart Guide (6th Edition)
HTML, XHTML, and CSS, Sixth Edition: Visual QuickStart Guide (6th Edition)
by Elizabeth Castro
Edition: Paperback
68 used & new from CDN$ 0.12

5.0 out of 5 stars Both an excellent reference and How-to!, March 9 2007
My background: did some basic html back in 96/97, then promptly left it alone till 2006. This book got me back on my feet and up to date working with CSS in no time.

It is written with mimimal explaination, and the 2 column layout is easy to read/refer to when either reading it front to back, or just refering back to something you forgot. Also helps cover -some- glitches between browsers that was up to date at the time of printing.

Remeber, any web coding book should always be read while looking at the source code of others online to solidify it in your mind. The only time I had a set back with this book was for floating columns, since what I wanted was nothing like her example. Looking online provided the help I need. But obviously I wouldn't have known what to look for without this book :)

I'd say that it is a very approachable book for the beginner.

Color Index
Color Index
by Jim Krause
Edition: Turtleback
40 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful if you're a bit of a dummy when it comes to colour, Sept. 5 2005
This review is from: Color Index (Turtleback)
I'll admit it. I'm not the best person to set up a colour pallette, so I've found this book to be very useful. It is well organized, espeically with all the swatches printed to the edge of the page for easy reference. As it boasts, it works well for both print and web, and for helping to color manage your monitor. I can't say I'm a fan of the graphics Krause uses as his examples, but that isn't the focal point of the book.
The back cover reads: 'An abundance of creativity--at a glance' and I think it is safe to agree with that statement. It sure is one quick reference book; no frills to divert the task at hand...picking the right #@!* colour!

Layout Index
Layout Index
by Jim Krause
Edition: Flexibound
38 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

3.0 out of 5 stars Not overly sophisticated, Sept. 5 2005
This review is from: Layout Index (Flexibound)
I bought this along with the Color Index, and I must admit I'm not overly impressed with the ideas in this text.
I will keep it onboard because you -never- know what might spark your creativity, and I must admit there are a few good ideas to jump off from in this book. I donno, I guess I just feel underminded when I flip through this book. It is a bit too kitchy for me (think clip-art-like graphics), and many of the solutions presented in it are too busy and hardly professional.

The Elements of Typographic Style
The Elements of Typographic Style
by Robert Bringhurst
Edition: Paperback
17 used & new from CDN$ 17.94

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DESIGN STUDENT: YOU WANT THIS BOOK, Sept. 5 2005
Buy it up, no matter what the price. It is well worth having in your own possession, as I have many ticks and notes scribbled in its pages.
I had basic typo. training in my second year as a design major, but this was the book that made it all come together for me. The point of this book is -style- and not simply the history and terminology of type (though both are peppered throughout the book). What I have found especially useful were the sections regarding punctuation and the chapter entitled 'Shaping the Page'. It is not a dry read, as we are talking about a book written by a beloved poet as well as book designer.
To put it into perspective, if my appartment suddenly caught on fire, this is one of the first items I'd grab. This is coming from a 21yr old student and not a seasoned professional, but to push this fire buisness, this text has lit the 'spark' of typography within me.

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