The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug - Visual Companion
The second epic instalment of Peter Jackson's trilogy The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will see The Company of Thorin Oakenshield encounter even greater perils in their quest to claim their long-forgotten gold. After setting out from the safety of Bag End, Bilbo Baggins has journeyed through Middle-earth with his fourteen companions, fighting through fire, Wargs, Goblins and even escaping the creature known simply as Gollum. Introduced by Richard Armitage, who plays Thorin Oakenshield, and with over 100 rich illustrations, the Visual Companion is the perfect guide to the Company's passage to Erebor and the Dragon that awaits them.
Chronicles: The Art of War (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies)
The ultimate celebration of the spectacular battle in the final Hobbit movie reveals in stunning detail the full creative vision of Peter Jackson and the filmmakers, together with extensive commentary from the director, cast, crew, and almost 2,000 exclusive photos, illustrations and visual effects imagery. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Chronicles - The Art of War goes behind the lines to explore how thousands of artisans brought the defining film of Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit to the screen. More than 1,000 intricate illustrations, stunning photographs and never-before-seen imagery illuminate fascinating insights shared by cast and crew, including exclusive content from the extended edition of the final film. Also included is an exclusive fold-out battle map illustrated by Weta Workshop Designer, Nick Keller! From the sorcerous ruins of Dol Guldur and the fiery conflagration of Lake-town, follow the filmmakers on to the blood-soaked battlefiel…
Abandoned Places: 60 stories of places where time stopped
"Ghost towns, empty streets, crumbling ruins and lost empires this book reveals these and other deserted places. Many places featured were once populated and now sit unoccupied, modern day ruins, sitting in decay. Stories, facts and photographs of 60 beautiful and eerie abandoned places from throughout the world. Time has stopped and nature is taking resident in these places mainly due to natural disasters, war or economic reasons. Places include: • Severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina, Six Flags Jazzland has been abandoned since. Several of the rides still stand, a testimony to the resilience of New Orleans. • Shicheng in China has been under water for 53 years since the Xin'an River Hydro Plant flooded the area. The city was founded 1,300 years ago. • Chernobyl was totally abandoned after the nearby nuclear disaster in 1986. Due to radiation, it has been left untouched ever since the incident and will be for many thousands of years into the future. Nature now rules the city in what …
Drawing Action Comics: Easel Does It
With special photography, Drawing Action Comics: Easel Does It shows how to draw and color action superheroes, and how to place them in exciting scenes Ten creative step-by-step projects, demonstrating how to draw and ink larger-than-life figures, how to get action into your artwork, how to use color creatively, and how to make your male, female, and otherworldly superheroes come alive All materials, equipment, and techniques needed to create superheroes are fully explained and accompanied by a gallery of action heroes by professional artists
Pools: Good Ideas (Good Ideas)
Newly-issued in the series' paperback format, Pools: Good Ideas surveys both spectacular and affordable pools located all over the world.Hundreds of examples of extraordinary pools are examined in depth through visually appealing images, designer's sketches and descriptive texts. The richness of the architectural elements and the sheer beauty of the pools themselves come through on every page. It is the ultimate reference book for pool design, one of the fastest growing design areas in new home construction and home remodeling. Architects who have featured work include Eli Mouyal (Morocco), Tomas Wegner (Germany), Guillem Mas (Spain), Juan de los Rios (Mexico), Christhopher Taverna (France), Charles Boccara (France), B&B Estudio de Arquitectura (Spain), Bruno Lafforgue (Italy), Marco Emili (Italy), Ramon Esteve (Spain), Françoise Pialoux (France), Bruno Lafourcade (Morocco), Victor Espositio (Chile), Unicorn Architects (USA), and Patrick Genard (USA).
Lighting: Good Ideas (Good Ideas)
The Good Ideas series returns here to a broad subject of endless appeal to every homeowner, looking at lighting solutions for every space inside and outside your house. What difference does light make? The variations of lighting offer infinite possibilities for generating interesting variety and stylish environments in the home. One of the most important influences in conceptualizing a space is the control of light, whether it is natural or artificial. Careful lighting design is indispensable for creating ambiences that are not just livable but warm and comfortable as well. This practical reference gives detailed descriptions of different types of lighting and their characteristics, and presents a wide range of examples that can serve as inspiration for both professionals in the field and readers who are looking for sound and reliable advice.
150 Best House Ideas
New ideas on how to design, build, and decorate a home are always of essential value to architects, designers, and homeowners alike. This book offers an extensive collection of single-family houses from all over the world, devised by distinguished international architects and designers who have worked to achieve practical, innovative, and stunning solutions adapted to the specific needs and particular tastes of their clients. This compilation expresses the diversity of current trends in house design and provides an inspirational source of ideas for those active in the field of design or interested in catching up on the latest in contemporary residential architecture.
Creole Thrift: Premium Southern Living Without Spending a Mint
New Orleans designer AngÃ¨le Parlange shows readers how to transform their homes and lives in true "Creole style"â€“creating modern beauty out of personal heritage without breaking the bank. Southern tradition blends with modern whimsy in this first offering from famed New Orleans designer AngÃ¨le Parlangeâ€“and the result is this extraordinary home decor book. Known for her fresh designs and unexpected blends of the opulent and the offbeat, Parlange brings her particular brand of "Creole thift"â€“the art of making beautiful, quality decorations out of heritage pieces without spending a mintâ€“straight to the budgetâ€“concious reader.
Kit Homes Modern
Kit homes have been around for nearly a century, but they've gained popularity in recent years thanks to fresh new designs and consumers looking for more affordable housing options in an expensive real estate market. A kit home -- even more do-it-yourself friendly than the average prefab home -- arrives mostly preassembled and requires less time and labor to put into place. Kit Homes Modern explains everything homeowners need to know about this low cost/high design alternative, offering a comprehensive look at the full range of modern kit homes currently on the market. A brief, entertaining history on the origin and evolution of kit homes, including how they differ from mobile homes, is followed by a visual, behind-the-scenes tour of the creation of a kit home -- from the architect's drawing board to the factory floor to its final destination. Kit Homes Modern will raise the potential homeowner's comfort level and provide a vivid and precise understanding of the structural and interior…
American Corporate Identity 2006 (American Corporate Identity)
Containing more than 950 all-new examples of outstanding creativity, this invaluable perennial organizes this year's groundbreaking designs into seven categories: logos, complete identity programs, corporate identity manuals, letterhead designs, package designs, signage and environmental graphics, and corporate brochures. Several hundred creative design firms have work included in American Corporate Identity 2006, ranging from the well known to the up-and-coming. Many trendsetting styles have first appeared in this series since its inception, making this book a must-have reference for every corporate identity designer's bookshelf.
A part of the DesignSource series, this book presents a selection of apartments that aims to serve as a source of inspiration to both the average homeowner and architect in search of ideas on how to design or improve their own apartment space. The manipulation of light, surface area, and ceiling height, combined with an adequate choice of materials and use of colors and textures can transform a dull and inanimate space into a luminous, spacious, and attractive interior. By introducing multifunctional furnishings and layouts, apartments can also easily integrate an office or studio space, or provide all the necessary domestic functions within a very limited area. The wide variety of apartments shown here displays an ample range of design solutions that suit an extensive number of apartment types, from single-room studios to loft style residences. Featuring the work of designers and architects from around the world, the selection takes the reader on a visual journey through stunning priv…
Pop: The Genius of Andy Warhol
Pop: The Genius of Andy Warhol is a groundbreaking reassessment of the most influential and controversial American artist of the second half of the 20th century. Writers Tony Scherman and David Dalton disentangle the myths of the great pop artist from the man he truly was, and offer a vivid, entertaining, and provocative look at Warhol's personal and artistic evolution. Drawing on brand new sources-including extensive new interviews and insight from those who knew him best-Pop offers the most dynamic, comprehensive portrait ever written of the man who changed the way we see the world.
The Big Book of Illustration Ideas 2
What if you need someone to draw salad on a plate with a glass of wine next to it? You could go through the above processes, and-after a while-you'd probably find someone to draw or paint it in the style you wanted. Or you could simply pick up The Big Book of Illustration Ideas 2 flip to the section marked "Food and Still Life," and find pages and pages of illustrators who can draw all kinds of food in all kinds of styles: pencil, crayon, watercolor, collage, and so on, and so on. It's a smorgasbord of illustration ideas. In fact, within these pages are the best illustrators from all over the world, found together in one place along with all their contact information. For ease of reference, illustrators' work is cataloged by theme: People; Portraits; Food and Still Life; Buildings; Landscapes; Abstract Concepts; Diagrams; and Miscellaneous.
The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts (Penguin Modern Classics)
Arthur Miller's classic parable of mass hysteria draws a chilling parallel between the Salem witch-hunt of 1692 - 'one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history' - and the American anti-communist purges led by Senator McCarthy in the 1950s. The story of how the small community of Salem is stirred into madness by superstition, paranoia and malice, culminating in a violent climax, is a savage attack on the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false accusations. A depiction of innocent men and women destroyed by malicious rumour, The Crucible is also a powerful indictment of McCarthyism and the 'frontier mentality' of Cold War America.
An Inspector Calls and Other Plays (Penguin Modern Classics)
Previously published as Time and the Conways and Other Plays, J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls and Other Plays collects four groundbreaking works by a master playwright in Penguin Modern Classics. An Inspector Calls, written at a time when society was undergoing sweeping transformations, has been produced as a successful film, and enjoyed repeated revivals since it was first produced in 1946. While holding its audience with the gripping tension of a detective thriller, it is also a philosophical play about social conscience and the crumbling of middle class values. Time and the Conways and I Have Been Here Before belong to Priestley's 'time' plays, in which he explores the idea of precognition and pits fate against free will. The Linden Tree also challenges preconceived ideas of history when Professor Linden comes into conflict with his family about how life should be lived after the war. John Boynton Priestley (1894-1984) was born in Bradford, the son of a schoolmaster. On receivin…
Up Close And Personal: Miley Cyrus: The Unauthorized Biography
"Up Close & Personal: Miley Cyrus" gets you the inside track on the behind-the-scenes life of Miley Cyrus and Hannah Montana! From what it was like for Miley growing up, to how she found the role of Hannah Montana, there's everything you need to know about the superstar singer. Take the quiz to test out your insider knowledge and check out the gorgeous full-colour pics!
Richard Cook's Jazz Encyclopedia
"Richard Cook's Jazz Encyclopedia" is not merely an A-Z guide to the artists and bands who have shaped jazz, but it also tracks the history of jazz and its changing styles. This is a wonderfully accessible work. Richard Cook's passion for jazz and his strongly held opinions make this the liveliest and most trenchantly witty encyclopedia you'll have read. Whether you're trying to find out why Louis Armstrong was called Satchmo (his nickname as a kid was Satchelmouth), what bebop is, or the difference between Gil Evans and Bill Evans - this book has all the answers.
The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs and DVDs Yearbook 2006/07 Edition (Penguin Guide to Compact Discs
The latest "Penguin Guide Yearbook" is the essential companion volume to the acclaimed "Penguin Guide to Compact Discs". Not only does it review the many hundreds of CDs that have appeared once the publication of the main guide in 2005, but it also takes a close look at some of the more unusual areas of the classical music repertoire, and includes extensive sections on concerts and recitals.
The Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music 2008
This book has remained the best and most successful guide to classical music for over 40 years. Fully revised by its team of eminent authors and written with wit and passion, "The Penguin Guide" offers reviews of all the latest releases as well as the finest established recordings; the greatest historic performances; the major period instrument recordings; an in-depth survey of the best of the budget-priced CDs; and, a core collection of 100 handpicked CDs that every serious classical music fan should own. Now published annually for the first time, this book is essential reading. "Indispensable, illuminating and comprehensive" - "The Times".
Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the 2015 International Building Code
"Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to the 2015 International Building Code, Fifth Edition is a bestselling complement to the International Building Code, or IBC. Designed to give you an insider's look at the origins of the IBC, how it can be interpreted, and how it applies to design and construction, this updated text offers new information regarding hazmat occupancies, hospitals, and nursing homes, major changes to how building heights and areas are presented, as well as means of egress, and the latest information on building materials, interior environments, and structural provisions. Francis D.K. Ching's distinctive illustrations and the code expertise of Steven Winkel, FAIA, give students and professionals in architecture, interior design, construction, and engineering industries a user-friendly, easy-to-use guide to fundamentally understanding the 2015 IBC. Building codes and standards serve to establish minimum regulations that emphasize performance while prioritizing public he…
Hotel California: Singer-songwriters and Cocaine Cowboys in the L.A. Canyons 1967-1976
The story of a remarkable time and place: Los Angeles from the dawn of the singer-songwriter era in the mid-Sixties to the peak of The Eagles' success in the late Seventies. 'Hotel California' is an epic tale of songs and sunshine, drugs and denim, genius and greed, and is the first in-depth account of the LA Canyons scene between 1967 and 1976. Hoskyn's history of this vital period in the development of today's great musical influences spans the rise of Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, The Eagles, James Taylor and Jackson Browne, and focuses on the brilliance and determination of David Geffen, the man who linked them all. Covering genius, drug-crazed disintegration, and the myriad relationships between these artists and the songs that issued from them, and drawing on extensive interviews with countless stars, singers, writers, managers, executives and scenesters, 'Hotel California' is a pop-culture classic.
Canon 7D: From Snapshots to Great Shots
This book has one goal: to teach Canon 7D owners how to make great shots using your camera. Starting with the top ten things you need to know about the 7D â€” charging your battery, setting your ISO, reviewing your photos, and more â€” professional photographer Nicole S. Young then carefully guides you through the modes of the camera, offering practical advice on choosing your settings, expert shooting tips, and end-of-chapter â€œchallengesâ€ to get you up and running with your 7D. This book is for anyone who has upgraded from a point-and-shoot, or who wants to jump right into photography with the control and capabilities of a powerful DSLR. Canon 7D: From Snapshots to Great Shots shows not only what makes a great shot work â€” but how to get that shot using your 7D. Follow along with your friendly and knowledgeable guide, photographer and author Nicole S. Young, and you will: Learn the top ten things you need to know about shooting with the 7D Use the 7Dâ€™s advanced camera settings t…
Logo Design Love: A Guide To Creating Iconic Brand Identities
There are a lot of books out there that show collections of logos. But David Airey’s "Logo Design Love" is something different: it’s a guide for designers (and clients) who want to understand what this mysterious business is all about. Written in reader-friendly, concise language, with a minimum of designer jargon, Airey gives a surprisingly clear explanation of the process, using a wide assortment of real-life examples to support his points. Anyone involved in creating visual identities, or wanting to learn how to go about it, will find this book invaluable. - Tom Geismar, Chermayeff & Geismar In Logo Design Love, Irish graphic designer David Airey brings the best parts of his wildly popular blog of the same name to the printed page. Just as in the blog, David fills each page of this simple, modern-looking book with gorgeous logos and real world anecdotes that illustrate best practices for designing brand identity systems that last. David not only shares his experiences working with c…
Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set: V. 1, 2 & 3
Scott Kelby'S Digital Photography Boxed Set: V. 1, 2 & 3
Captured: Behind The Lens Of A Legendary Wildlife Photographer (Voices That Matter)
This is an inspiring and riveting narrative combined with the how-to nuts and bolts of legendary wilderness photographer Moose Peterson's personal photographic approach and process. Moose describes his love affair with the wilderness and the camera like any other - it took time for it to grow and become what is is today.
Photo Recipes Live: Part 2: Behind the Scenes, Part 2: Your Guide to Today's Most Popular Lighting T
Scott Kelby, author of the best-selling The Digital Photography Book, once again brings to life his “Photo Recipes�? chapter-not just from this book, but from his smash best-selling follow-ups, volumes 2 and 3. In this two-hour video and companion booklet, Scott shows you exactly how it's all done, from scratch, without holding anything back. If you've ever wondered how the pros use natural light, studio light, and even direct daylight to get those amazing shots, you'll see it all here, live, as it happens. For this follow-up to the incredibly popular first volume of Photo Recipes Live, Scott heads to Miami-both on location and in the studio-to re-create the looks he describes in the book, along with some bonus lighting set-ups that aren't in the book. Everything is put together from scratch (from studio shots to location shots), all while the cameras are rolling- you see it all from the very beginning so you'll be able to re-create those same looks without spending thousands on expens…
The Digital Photography Book, Part 2
Scott Kelby, author of The Digital Photography Book, part 1, the top-selling digital photography book of all time, is back with an entirely new book that picks up right where part 1 left off. It's more of that “Ah ha-so that's how they do it,�? straight-to-the-point, skip-thetechno- jargon stuff you can really use today that made part 1 so successful. This book truly has a brilliant premise, and here's how Scott describes it: “If you and I were out on a shoot and you asked me, 'When I use my flash, the background behind the person I'm shooting turns black. How do I fix that?' I wouldn't give you a lecture on flash ratios, or start a discussion on flash synchronization and rear curtain sync. I'd just say, 'Lower your shutter speed to 1/60 of a second. That should do it.' Well, that's what this book is all about: you and I out shooting, where I answer questions, give you advice, and share the secrets I've learned just like I would with a friend-without all the technical explanations and …
History of Rock
Timeline for each decade chronicling rock's key events Profiles of 100 ground-breaking artists from Rock's pantheon Background features on Beatle mania, Disco Fever, Motown and more Essays on the distinctive styles from R&B and Rockabilly to Trip Hop and Electronic Over 450 photographs documenting the sixty years of Rock, on and off stage.
Remember the Seventies
Remember the Seventies
Power: Portraits of World Leaders
Power brings readers face to face with the major world leaders of today. In this one-of-a-kind collection, PlatonWorld Press Photographer of the Yearturns his lens on 150 current international leaders from across the political spectrum to create a profound portrait of global power. Shot within a twelve-month period at the United Nations, and captured with unique candor and insight, these photographs offer an intimate glimpse of the personalities behind the public faces of the world's most powerful decision-makers. With an incisive text by New Yorker editor and Pulitzer Prize winner David Remnick, this comprehensive historical record of our time is an essential volume for anyone interested in world politics.