Jay J. NelsonContributor, Macworld

Jay Nelson is a printing, design, and publishing industry veteran. As editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly for 21 years, he chronicled publishing's evolution from manual paste-up to iPads. He loves fonts and font technology, manages PhotoLesa.com and publishes e-books at TheSkinnyBooks.com.

Stellar programs for printing labels

You can use word processing tools to create address and package labels, but some of the dedicated apps for such tasks let you put some creative punch into the job.

Hands on with Adobe InDesign CS5.5

If you're using InDesign CS5, you'll want to upgrade in order to produce electronic publications such as ePubs, iPad apps, or accessible PDFs.

FontExplorer X Pro 3.0

With FontExplorer X Pro 3.0, Linotype significantly improved an already stellar font management utility.

FontGenius 2.0

Software lets you identify fonts from photos, scans, and screen captures.

Creative design tips for e-mail signatures

Do you want your e-mail signature to pop, especially when printed? Jay Nelson walks us through the process of designing eye-catching e-mail identities.

SOHO Labels 5.0.3

SOHO Labels goes far beyond mere label printing, into the realm of scrapbook pages, name badges, disc labels, and more. It excels at every task.

Flow 2.0.2

A project management system targeted to creative pros gets an upgrade.

TypeDNA 2.0

Affordable, creativity-enhancing font utility works alongside other font managers or by itself.

Suitcase Fusion 3

Extensis introduced two new features unique to its Fusion 3 font manager: QuickMatch and WebINK integration. Both help designers choose and access fonts for their projects.

Handwriting fonts resurrect a lost cursive art

Ever wanted a font that looks like your handwriting? Or a font with better handwriting than you have? Jay Nelson walks us through the options.

Decorative dingbats add design flexibility

With a little exploration into your fonts and a little creative spark, dingbats can make your typographic designs come alive.

The art of disc printing

Planning to give a custom CD or DVD as a gift? Here are techniques you can use to spiff up the package.

Festive fonts for holiday greetings

Fonts and dingbats for the holiday season don't have to look like they came from 50-year-old greeting cards or wrapping paper. Some of Jay Nelson's favorites this year are modern and quirky, while others are more old-fashioned—but with a twist.

Mastering printing in QuarkXPress

Printing from QuarkXPress can be a challenge. Quark Xpert Jay Nelson gives us the down-and-dirty overview of what you need to know—and what you can ignore—in Quark's print dialog.

Getting the most out of InDesign printing

Printing from pro apps doesn't have to be mysterious. Jay Nelson walks us through the ins and outs of the InDesign CS5 print panel.