articles within the ‘Design’ category

now I know

By James Caldwell | Published: July 16th, 2014

For those of you who have asked me if I created another Christmas Snowflake book for my nephew, I have. I was just remiss in posting it. As each year passes it gets a little more difficult to create a brand new book and figure out what the idea for the new one should be. However I did complete this fourth book for Nathan, or “Baby Nathan” as I like to refer to him. As usual, this book was fun to work on, but what was different was the fact that an idea for this book came to me rather quickly, unlike my ideas the last few years.

now I know excerpt

now I know excerpt

Fun in the Snow

By James Caldwell | Published: December 9th, 2012

Usually my day is filled with similar strategy and branding issues for various companies. But things are slowing down as Christmas approaches even if the snow has yet to fall. For the last two years I have produced a children’s book for my nephew Nathan about the life and times of a snowflake. The first book was about the Life of a Snowflake, and the second dealt with his dreams. Now I am no illustrator but I do the best I can and I think that this year’s book and my third in the series turned out better than ever.

Fun in the Snow Book Excerp

Fun in the Snow Book Excerpt – Snowmen always seem friendly to me.

A layout and design critique

By James Caldwell | Published: April 27th, 2012

I have never included anyone else’s thoughts on 418QE before but after reading my very good friend and mentor Keith Branscombe’s rant, I could hardly resist. I asked him if I could publish it. His ‘rant’ makes some obviously valid points and it is certainly food for thought – enjoy!

Charter Clip Art

Charter Clip Art

My Dream Time

By James Caldwell | Published: December 2nd, 2011

Well it’s that time of year again and even if the snow hasn’t fallen, Christmas is around the corner. Last year and around this time I made a children’s book for my nephew Nathan about the life of a snowflake. This was the first time I ever attempted to make a book of this type. Influenced by a friend and motivated by my love for my nephew I spent a few weeks coming up with an idea for a series of books. This year I continue the snowflake series.

Dreamtime Book Excerpt

Dreamtime Book Excerpt – This is where it gets strange...

My Snowy Life

By James Caldwell | Published: December 13th, 2010

A few weeks ago my family and friends gathered together to celebrate my birthday. One of the people in attendance was my friend, Keith Branscombe and with him he brought a book he made about his visit to Cuba. I was immediately intrigued and asked him how it all came about. To make a long story short he said it was his first one but that he had another couple that he was still working on.

Snowflake Book Excerpt

Snowflake Book Excerpt

Spineless eBooks

By James Caldwell | Published: August 25th, 2009

Ever look at someone’s bookshelf? It is one of the first things I do when I enter a room with lots of books at eye level. I start scanning the spines of the books and reading their titles. But until the other day I had never really noticed all the different logos that represent the various publishers.

Book Spines

Book Spines

Unique Circles

By James Caldwell | Published: June 12th, 2009

This Thursday June 11th I attended a lecture entitled ‘Tools of an attention trader’ at KDMI (University of Toronto) given by Greg Van Alstyne who is an Associate Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design. For the first half he lectured about various aspects of what a designer does and his toolset and in the second half he conducted a workshop.

A few unique circles

A few unique circles