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DESKTOP PUBLISHING December in Review
A Year of Design, Type, and Publishing

By December 28, 2012

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It wasn't the end of the world but December is at the end of the year. It is a busy time but that didn't keep me from continuing to beef up the glossary with useful and fun terms. In case you missed it, this month saw the addition of: Condensed Fonts, Gutter Jump,  Proximity,  Icon, and Stair Stepping. These pages are more than just brief definitions. Depending on the subject you'll get a little history or fun fact, examples of how these terms fit into desktop publishing and usually some tutorials too.

Looking further back, some of the highlights of 2012  month-by-month:

November tickled the funny bone with words like nittles and rebus.

October answered the question, "Can I Sell Products That Use Free Images Off the Internet?" while also showing you a bunch of InDesign videos.

September had InDesign videos too along with tool talk (Shear Tool) and a look at where desktop publishing fits into Web, Mobile, and Multimedia Publishing.

August brought us the Olympics as summer ended and many headed back to school where kids may or may not be learning cursive handwriting.

July is when I introduced an experimental font design of mine (Balldrop), explored Everyday Design vs. Cutting Edge, and shared three options for achieving full bleed printing from a desktop printer.

June was big on business cards, bleeds, brochures, and baby announcements.

May had a lot of hot typography topics including Typesetting Space Characters. It was also full of printing tips, candy wrapper templates, and Adobe InDesign tutorials.

April showered us with spelling debates and new glossary terms including Character Style and Zine.

March was back to basics with page composition best practices and block style formatting.

February featured dinosaur fonts and a glossary expansion with lots of C words such as copywriter and collage.

January started off 2012 with a book jacket, a brochure, and reasons why designers need to know how to write.

See ya in 2013.

 

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