The QuarkXPress Ideabook

The QuarkXPress IdeabookChuck 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:

  • forms
  • labels
  • folders
  • binders
  • CDs & DVDs
  • invitations
  • ads
  • newsletters
  • reports
  • books
  • manuals
  • business reply cards
  • packaging
  • catalogs
  • certificates
  • coupons
  • tickets
  • trading cards
  • shipping labels
  • envelopes
  • 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.