Thursday, March 27, 2014

Graphic Design for Kids

Kids are constantly expressing themselves visually.  Whether they produce a poster for a class election, write a cereal box book report, doodle in their math binder (yes Will, I'm talking to you) or help make their room feel like an extension of themselves .... they are making design choices.

This book will help them understand how to make choices and how the choices other people make affect them.  Perhaps even parents will learn some secrets!

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Title:       Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design

Author:   Chip Kidd

Target:    Grade 5 and up

What this book is about: 
Graphic design is everywhere.  You are being influenced every day by the things you see, so wouldn’t it be cool to understand how these design choices can change your behavior?  From scale to stripes, from color to symmetry, from typeface to negative space, how can readers create designs that cause an action and reaction?  

Why I love this book:  
This book will change the way kids look at posters, book jackets and basic logos around them.  Kidd does a wonderful job of showing us how the things we take for granted influence the way we respond.  

The visuals in this book are really the shining stars.  They clearly illustrate the concepts he is trying to teach and they are just as captivating as intended.  This guy is good … really good.

Who this book is for: 
This book is wonderful for both adults and kids.  That said, this book will probably go over the head of kids before fifth grade who are not design geeks.  The terminology and examples are just too sophisticated.  For kids who are interested in art and graphic design, this book will be eye opening.

Final thoughts: 
Love the front cover - a stop sign with the word “GO” in it.  Just another way a design choice can get us intrigued in a book.  Hey, it got me!

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design  A portion of each purchase goes to support this blog at no cost to you.

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