‘Motion Design for iOS’ by Mike Rundle

Motion Design for iOS is a new ebook by Mike Rundle that’s all about animation design and development for iOS apps. It covers the history, principles, and physics of great animation and motion, with lots of examples and full-project code … (More)

‘Raw Materials: Collected Essays’ by Matt Gemmell

Matt Gemmell has long been a favorite writer of mine on the web. He writes about a number of things: software development, productivity, technology, etc—but his deeply personal essays are always the most captivating to me. He has collected a … (More)

‘It Will Be Exhilarating’ by Dan Provost & Tom Gerhardt

Speaking of Studio Neat, did you know they wrote and published an ebook about indie entrepreneurship a while back? It Will Be Exhilarating is all about the ins and outs of starting and running a small business in a Kickstarter-fueled … (More)

‘The Sketchnote Workbook’ is Here

Mike Rohde’s new book, The Sketchnote Workbook, has officially launched. This is the follow-up to his popular introductory book, The Sketchnote Handbook. In the original book, Mike taught us how to use sketchnotes to visually capture ideas and remember key … (More)

Hard Graft Notebook

Hard Graft’s new Notebook keeps things simple and beautiful: Cover made from Austrian wool Endleaves made from structured grey paper with logo print 160 plain off-white pages, edged in grey. Grey fabric bookmark Black elastic fabric rubber band Inner pocket … (More)

‘Wool’ by Hugh Howey — Omnibus Edition

Thanks to a recommendation from Sid O’Neill a while back, I found out about a series of sci-fi books by Hugh Howey called Wool. I finally picked up the omnibus edition (which collects books 1-5) over the weekend, and I … (More)

‘Will It Waffle?’ by Daniel Shumski

If there’s one thing I love in the morning (besides my daily regimen of coffee injections), it’s a good Belgian waffle. So, you’ll understand why I’m more than excited about Daniel Shumski’s upcoming cookbook, Will It Waffle? You’ll learn how … (More)

‘On Web Typography’ by Jason Santa Maria

This morning the folks at A Book Apart released renowned graphic designer Jason Santa Maria’s new book, On Web Typography. The title says it all really, but I’ll go ahead and include their own foreword so you know what this … (More)

Big Update to Shawn’s eBook, ‘Delight is in the Details’

Our own editor Shawn Blanc has released a huge update to his awesome ebook about creativity, Delight is in the Details. Everything you loved about the original version is still in there, along with a ton of new content and … (More)

Skottie Young’s ‘Daily Grind’ Sketchbook

You comic book aficionados out there are probably already familiar with Skottie Young’s illustration work. If not, a good starting point is the charming Fortunately, the Milk, a book he worked on with Neil Gaiman. This morning, Skottie released his … (More)

Tar Field Notes

Take three Pitch Black Field Notes notebooks, bind them together with a rubberized, tar-like substance, add a double-wrapped cord closure and a small tarred-cord bookmark, and you’ve got Tar Field Notes. The stats: 144 pages total 50-lb Finch Opaque Smooth … (More)

MacSparky’s ‘Presentations’ Field Guide is Now Available

In case you missed the news back when David Sparks’ new Field Guide on presentations was available for pre-order, here’s a friendly reminder that the book is now live on the iBookstore. You can watch the trailer here. What I … (More)

Ugmonk T-Shirt + Offscreen Mag Bundle

I guess it’s a t-shirt kind of day. Ugmonk has partnered with Offscreen Mag to create a limited-time bundle featuring their iconic Mountains tee and a single Offscreen issue of your choice (#5, #6, #7, or #8). Two of our … (More)

Presentations — A MacSparky Field Guide

This morning our friend David Sparks announced the newest book in his excellent Field Guides ebook series. It’s called Presentations. In a nutshell, this guide will teach you how to make your presentations not suck. With a primary focus on … (More)

DDC Stuff Sheath

Photo credit: Robert Occhialini The DDC Stuff Sheath—designed by the fine folks at Draplin Design Co.—is a simple leather sheath that protects your Field Notes notebook and other bits of paper bouncing around in your pocket. As the embossing on … (More)

Camp Trip Notebooks

As I’ve said, you can never really have too many notebooks. These Camp Trip Notebooks from Trails of Escape in particular are great tools for planning and journaling your next outdoors excursion. The cover lets you fill in a trip … (More)


I rarely need a book light at home because my wife is nearly as much of a night owl as I am. The times when I do require one are more specific—for example, on a long road trip when it’s … (More)


Here at Tools & Toys, we don’t think there is such a thing as having too many notebooks in one’s life. Here’s another one you should add to your collection (especially if you’re an aviation nerd): FLIGHTBOOK. Inspired by the … (More)

Field Notes — ‘Coal x DDC’ Edition

Coal Headwear has teamed up with Draplin Design Co. to produce a special, limited-edition Field Notes set that is timed perfectly for both the 4th of July and the World Cup. This beautiful Americana-inspired 3-pack is of the graph paper … (More)

‘Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac’ by Andy Affleck

The recently-released third edition of Andy Affleck’s ebook Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac brings the book into the current era of podcasting. It now covers: Recording and editing with GarageBand 10 and Audacity New information about recording Skype … (More)

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