Chuck Green’s “Ideabook” is a fascinatingly useful resource. It features more than 300 prebuilt projects on a CD, attached to a book that shows and describes each one.
Among the 315 templates are everything a client could ask for, including these and many others:
- CDs & DVDs
- business reply cards
- trading cards
- shipping labels
- fax forms
- 25 YEARS of monthly calendars in three different layouts
The templates include all the informational parts and pieces: page-by-page layouts, dimensions, folds, margins, columns, gutters, guides, and placeholders for text and graphics.
Chuck is a highly experienced, professional designer, and author of many graphic design books and articles for major publishers.
I keep his book/CD on hand for when I need a quick, accurate design for an item I’ve never made before, and I highly encourage every designer to have a look at the list of included projects at his website.
The Ideabook costs $59.95, and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, just in case it’s not exactly what you wanted. Separate books are available with prebuilt files for QuarkXPress, InDesign, and PageMaker.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.