Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Book Review - GO! A Kidd's Guide To Graphic Design
About the Book
Kids love to express themselves, and are designers by nature—whether making posters for school, deciding what to hang in their rooms, or creating personalized notebook covers. Go, by the award-winning graphic designer Chip Kidd, is a stunning introduction to the ways in which a designer communicates his or her ideas to the world. It’s written and designed just for those curious kids, not to mention their savvy parents, who want to learn the secret of how to make things dynamic and interesting.
Chip Kidd is “the closest thing to a rock star” in the design world (USA Today), and in Go he explains not just the elements of design, including form, line, color, scale, typography, and more, but most important, how to use those elements in creative ways. Like putting the word “go” on a stop sign, Go is all about shaking things up—and kids will love its playful spirit and belief that the world looks better when you look at it differently. He writes about scale: When a picture looks good small, don’t stop there—see how it looks when it’s really small. Or really big. He explains the difference between vertical lines and horizontal lines. The effect of cropping a picture to make it beautiful—or, cropping it even more to make it mysterious and compelling. How different colors signify different moods. The art of typography, including serifs and sans serifs, kerning and leading.
The book ends with ten projects, including an invitation to share your designs at GoTheBook.com.
My Take on the Book
This is the type of book that will make you look at the world around you in a completely different way. I loved how this author was able to break down concepts that could be construed as complex into concepts that all can understand no matter what the age. So whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran, this book will give you some great basics that will help you gain or hone your skills and leave you ready for your next step in your own professional journey!
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