Presenting helpful books and seminars
for do-it-yourself writers & designers
The Cranky Typographer, R.W. Bacon, has come to the rescue with books and seminars to help individuals, workgroups, companies, and organizations improve the quality and effectiveness of their in-house, do-it-yourself design, printing, and Web projects.
The Cranky Editor, R.W. Bacon, (the same guy) also comes to the rescue with a separate book and seminar to help individuals and groups improve the quality and effectiveness of their in-house writing, editing, and Web content projects.
Whether your aim is to sell widgets or save the world, these two books and seminars will help you get better results from your do-it-yourself efforts.
At this website (1) you'll learn about the books, the seminars, and the author/presenter; (2) you'll be able to purchase the two-book set at a discount; (3) you'll find out how to arrange a seminar for your group or company; and (4) you'll learn how the author/presenter got so cranky in the first place.
Speaking of typography on the Web: Typography on the Web is still in its infancy, and as such, there can be no claim to typographical elegance on this or any website. Different screen proportions and resolutions on different devices can change the text flow and even the relation of graphic elements. There is no doubt that conditions will eventually rise above adequacy, but until then, appreciate the information you find here, and tolerate whatever clumsiness may tumble forth on your screen.
The Cranky Typographer's Book of Major Annoyances: Helpful Graphics Tips for Do-It-Yourself Designers. Today almost everyone with a computer on their desk gets pressed into service as a "designer-by-default" --- but without any training in the craft. In The Cranky Typographer's information-packed book and lively seminar, readers and attendees learn that there is more to typography than typing, and more to design than decoration. The author/presenter, R.W. Bacon, adopting an exasperated persona shaped by a long career as an editor and publication designer, first identifies the common missteps in typography and design --- the "Major Annoyances" --- and then, in his no-nonsense manner, explains how to avoid them. Hundreds of illustrative and entertaining examples, encompassing the good, the bad, and the hopeless, are derived from the author/presenter's five decades of varied real-world experience. Both the book and seminar illuminate the craft of typography and the still-current principles of functional, effective design.
The Cranky Editor's Book of Intolerable Fox Paws (Oops! Faux Pas!): Helpful Writing & Style Tips So You Won't Look Stoopid. This book is a planning guide, grammar coach, typographic stylebook, graphics tip-sheet, pep-talk, and a plea for literacy rolled into one. The author, R.W. Bacon, adopting the persona of The Cranky Editor, identifies --- in his no-nonsense fashion --- the common transgressions known as the "Intolerable Fox Paws" (faux pas). These are followed by the Fox Paw Remedies, with illustrative examples derived from the author's five decades as a journalist, writer, and editor. The aim of the book: To help motivated business and organizational writers address common troubles faced when preparing writing and printing projects. The lively seminar is full of laugh-out-loud examples of stultifying business-speak, deer-in-the-headlights usage errors, and foot-in-mouth punctuation. Along the way, readers and seminar attendees learn what they never knew about the craft of writing, editing, and typographic style.
You can begin "cleaning up your act" today! Interested and motivated do-it-yourselfers are welcome to take advantage of the 10 FREE Graphics Tips and the 10 FREE Editorial Tips. Don't let the crankiness scare you away --- These are categories of real insight for the motivated, not short-cuts to mediocrity, and they will improve the appearance and effectiveness of your work straighaway.
Enjoy exploring the website, and certainly if you have any questions about the books or seminars, you can contact the author/presenter directly at Variety Arts Enterprises.
Reginald W. Bacon has been a journalist, editor, graphic designer, and publication director for 50 years. He's seen a lot --- much excellence and too much junk. No wonder he's cranky.
For more information about the author/presenter's long and varied experience in the editorial and graphic production field, see About the Author/Presenter.
For an even more panoramic overview of professional background as seen through the familiar and standardized prism of LinkedIn, visit the Reginald W. Bacon LinkedIn page..