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Christina Beard on "Critiqued"

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Publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel interviews designer Christina Beard about her new book, Critiqued: Inside the Minds of 23 Designers. They discuss Christina's journey seeking feedback from top designers around the world, as well as, how to innovate design.

Garr Reynolds on Presentation Zen

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Publisher Nancy Ruenzel interviews author Garr Reynolds about his bestselling Presentation Zen series. Garr touches on the Ted Talks phenomenon, teaching in Osaka, and the necessary elements of a good presentation.

Michael Janda on What Makes a Successful Designer

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Publisher Nancy Ruenzel chats with author Michael Janda about his latest book, Burn Your Portfolio: Stuff they don't teach you in design school, but should. Michael provides practical advice for anyone attempting to make their career as a graphic designer.

Jeff Schewe on Preparing Images in Lightroom and Photoshop for Printing

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Publisher Nancy Ruenzel chats with photographer Jeff Schewe about his latest book The Digital Print, a follow up to The Digital Negative. Jeff shares the ways in which he was influenced by the famous photographer Ansel Adams and his Photography Series. He also speaks to the current challenges of digital photography.

Susan Weinschenk on How to Get People to Do Stuff

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Publisher Nancy Ruenzel chats with behavioral psychologist Susan Weinschenk about her latest book, "How to Get People to Do Stuff." Susan covers the 7 drives that motivate people, gives tips on how to influence others, and talks about how her own habits have been changed.

Steve Krug on Mobile Recording and Usability Testing

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Publisher Nancy Ruenzel interviews Steve Krug, bestselling author of "Don't Make Me Think" and "Rocket Surgery Made Easy." Steve and Nancy chat about what's new with mobile and the difference between mobile and desktop usability testing.

Marty Neumeier on Identifying Your Metaskills

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Publisher Nancy Ruenzel chats with author and designer Marty Neumeier about his recently published book, Metaskills: 5 Talents for the Robotic Age. Marty details the 5 talents needed to be creative and how they are interconnected.

Sal Cincotta on Improving Your Photography Business

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Publisher Nancy Ruenzel interviews author Sal Cincotta on his recently published book, The Photographer's MBA: Everything You need to Know for Your Phtoography Business. They discuss the rarity and importance of creative individuals who are also business minded. Sal recounts how he was able to turn his failing photography business into a highly profitable success story in the midst of the recession.

Corwin Hiebert on Living the Dream: Putting Your Creativity to Work (and Getting Paid)

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Publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel interviews author Corwin Hiebert about his recently published book, "Living the Dream: Putting Your Creativity to Work (and Getting Paid)." Corwin gives advice to creative professionals looking to start their own business and profit from their creative work. He offers tips on creating a good marketing plan, pricing goods and services, and collaborating with other talented professionals.

David Airey on Working for Money, Designing for Love

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Publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel interviews author and designer David Airey about his most recent book, "Work for Money, Design for Love." David shares his inspiration for writing the book, as well as answers to some of the most frequently asked questions he gets from his readers. He discusses fair pricing for design work, collaborating with other designers, and being self employed.

Lindsay Adler and Erik Valind on Shooting in Sh*tty Light

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Publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel chats with authors Lindsay Adler and Erik Valind about the recently published, "Shooting in Sh*tty Light: The Top Ten Worst Photography Lighting Situations and How to Conquer Them." They share some of their photography horror stories, and offer photographers a few tricks to use when facing poor lighting situations.

Mike Rohde on Sketchnoting

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Publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel interviews author and sketchnoting pioneer Mike Rohde about his new book, The Sketchnote Handbook: the illustrated guide to visual note taking. They discuss the benefits of sketchnoting, Mike's specific style and techniques, and the rise of "the sketchnote army". Mike also touches on the documentary style video he recently released, The Sketchnote Handbook Video.

Photographer Vincent Versace on Black and White Conversion Techniques

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Publisher Nancy Ruenzel chats with author and photographer Vincent Versace about his latest book, From Oz to Kansas: Almost Every Black and White Conversion Technique Known to Man. Vincent explains why it's important for photographers to learn more than one black and white conversion technique.

Maggie Macnab on Improving Your Designs with Universal Forms and Principles

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Publisher Nancy Ruenzel interviews author Maggie Macnab about her latest book, Design by Nature: Using Universal Forms and Principles in Design. They discuss how many of the fundamental principles of nature can inform good design. Maggie also talks about her experiences growing up in scenic northern New Mexico and the ways the landscape shaped her aesthetic.

Adam Greco on Adobe SiteCatalyst and Web Analytics

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Publisher Nancy Ruenzel speaks with Web Analytics and Adobe SiteCatalyst expert Adam Greco. They discuss the reasons so many Fortune 500 Companies are using the Adobe SiteCatalyst tool over Google Analytics today. Adam also shares a few examples of businesses that benefited considerably by implementing good Web Analytics.

Photographer Jeff Schewe on Raw Image Processing

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Peachpit and New Riders Publisher Nancy Ruenzel interviews professional photographer Jeff Schewe about his latest book. They touch on Jeff's role in the early development of Camera Raw and Lighroom, and why he chose to title his book The Digital Negative.

Sharon Steuer on the Best New Features of Adobe Illustrator CS6

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Publisher Nancy Ruenzel chats with author Sharon Steur about the most exciting features of the new Illustrator CS6 software. Sharon also discusses the process of revising the newly released Adobe Illustrator CS6 WOW! Book, now in its twelfth edition.

Alberto Cairo on the Functional Art of Infographics

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New Riders/Peachpit Publisher Nancy Ruenzel talks with Alberto Cairo, professor of information graphics and visualization at the University of Miami and author of The Functional Art: An introduction to information graphics and visualization. Alberto names some of his favorite designers and data visualizers working in the field today, and discusses the complex relationship between function and form. You can find a transcript of this article here.

Tim Kadlec on Implementing Responsive Design

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Nancy Ruenzel talks with Tim Kadlec, author of "Implementing Responsive Design: Building sites for an anywhere, everywhere web." They discuss the importance of responsive web design, the vibrant community of designers using this technique, and new approaches for businesses and individuals interested in building responsive sites. You can find a transcript of this interview here.

Scott Valentine on the Hidden Power of Blend Modes in Adobe Photoshop

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In this audio podcast, New Riders/Peachpit Press publisher Nancy Ruenzel talks to award winning photographer Scott Valentine about his new book, "The Hidden Power of Blend Modes in Adobe Photoshop." Often photographers and Photoshop users are stumped by blend modes. Scott discusses why blend modes are so hard to understand despite being an essential tool for photographers an digital artists. You can find a transcript of this interview here.

Interview with Jefferson Graham

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Peachpit Publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel interviews USA Today Talking Tech host Jefferson Graham about his new book " Video Nation: A DIY guide to planning, shooting, and sharing great video." Jefferson shares information about equipment, lighting, sound and other ideas on how to create great video.

Paul Adams Interview

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New Riders Publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel interviews Social Media Expert Paul Adams about his new book "Grouped: How small groups of friends are the key to influence on the social web." This book pulls together the latest research from leading universities and technology companies to describe how people are connected, and how ideas and brand messages spread through social networks. It shows readers how to rebuild their business around social behavior, and create products that people tell their friends about.

Interview with Social Media Expert Paul Adams

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New Riders Publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel interviews Social Media Expert Paul Adams about his new book "Grouped: How small groups of friends are the key to influence on the social web." This book pulls together the latest research from leading universities and technology companies to describe how people are connected, and how ideas and brand messages spread through social networks. It shows readers how to rebuild their business around social behavior, and create products that people tell their friends about.

Steve Krug - Part 2, Rocket Surgery Made Easy

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When should you hire a usability professional vs. going it on your own? Steve Krug weighs in on the pros and cons with publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel plus who he thinks should be reading his book, Rocket Surgery Made Easy, and why.

Steve Krug - Part 1, Rocket Surgery Made Easy

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New Riders/Peachpit Press publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel talks to author Steve Krug about his second book, Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems.

Steve Krug: Newspapers v. Web

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Publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel talks with Steve Krug, author of Rocket Surgery Made Easy, about reading the newspaper on the Web vs. print.

Steve Krug Interview

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In the first-ever video episode of Author Talk, Steve Krug, author of Don't Make Me Think and Rocket Surgery Made Easy, talks to publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel about which sites he uses the most and why.

Richard Harrington and Robbie Carman Interview

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Richard Harrington and Robbie Carman are both Apple Certified Trainers and have an extensive background in video production. They talk with publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel about their new book Video Made on a Mac.

Larry Jordan Interview

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Award-winning producer, director, editor, and Apple-certified trainer Larry Jordan discusses his latest book, Final Cut Pro Power Skills: Work Faster and Smarter in Final Cut Pro 7, with publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel.

Jeffrey Zeldman Interview

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Author and co-founder of The Web Standards Project Jeffrey Zeldman talks to publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel about the 3rd Edition of his book Designing with Web Standards. He also reveals why writers "can't edit themselves."

Chris Orwig Interview

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Photographer and author Chris Orwig discusses his new book, Visual Poetry, with publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel. He shares his unique "relational approach" to photography and offers advice for fellow photogs.

Diana Weynand Interview

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Award-winning producer, director, and editor Diana Weynand chats with publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel about her new certified course book, Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro 7. Diana talks about the benefits of becoming Apple-Certified, the new features of Final Cut Pro 7, and the future of the digital video world.

Kristina Halvorson Interview

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Content strategist Kristina Halvorson speaks with publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel about her new book, Content Strategy for the Web. She discusses why content strategy is all the rave and shares her tricks for getting it right.

Ron and Tasra Dawson Interview

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Ron Dawson and Tasra Dawson discuss their new book, Refocus: Cutting Edge Strategies to Evolve Your Video Business, with publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel. The duo reveal their secrets to achieving a visually powerful and financially profitable video business.

Zoe M. Gillenwater Interview

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Web designer and developer Zoe M. Gillenwater speaks with publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel about her new book, Flexible Web Design. She discusses the difference between liquid and elastic layouts, examples of great flexible sites, and much more.