A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design

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Chip Kidd has written a book about graphic design for kids! What a wonderful idea. He says, "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." It seems that part of the process of becoming an adult is to unlearn many of the things that come naturally to children. The natural sense of wonder and artistic creation that comes easily to children is something that can create a lot of anxiety in adults (just think of the terror that comes with being asked to draw something in front of your colleagues). But kids don't worry about "getting it right." Kids are fearless, as is the best design. 

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From the publisher blurb: "In Go Kidd 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."

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If there are any kids (age 10+) in your life, you should pick up this book immediately.