Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd

Drawing from his nearly thirty years of experience in the graphic design field, Kidd presents an introductory guide to graphic design aimed at helping young adults develop their skills as designers. With humorous, easy to follow text and plenty of striking visual examples, Kidd’s guide takes readers through a limited history of the field, helps them learn to break down design examples in everyday life, and ends with projects for readers to try on their own. Kidd encourages participants to post their projects on the book’s website (gothebook.com), and regularly hosts contests inspired by his book. Readers of all skill levels can appreciate Kidd’s guide and the projects can easily be paired with any subject curriculum.

This is such a cool book! I am 100% not artistically inclined (even my stick figures look horrible), but I still enjoyed reading about graphic design. The author is funny, has a ton of incredible visual examples, and does a really great job of getting you to look at signs, ads, and objects in a new way. I definitely learned and noticed things I had never thought of before. The best part about this book is the projects at the end — and you don’t have to be great at graphic design to do them! Some projects are as simple as collecting examples of graphic design, or rearranging strips of paper to make them look cool. Others are more complicated such as creating a personal logo for yourself or redesigning a book cover. I hate a lot of the book covers I see, so I might be trying that one out! When you’re done with your project, you can post them on gothebook.com, or just scroll through the site to see what others have done.

Rating: 5/5

*YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist, 2014

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