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Acknowledgments

When I was 18 and packing to move from my parents' house to live on my own in a far-away city, my mother gave me a book by Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go! Many years later it remains among my most prized possessions—and an accurate record of my career and life.

The ups and downs and twists and turns and turnarounds that have led me here even I hardly believe, and I was there. An acutely shy person, I could never have dreamed I would one day spend much of my time standing in front of rooms full of strangers, teaching them to use the creative tools that impassion me as a creative pro. But I do, first to Adobe's Technical Support, now to agencies, designers, and illustrators all over the country. Working as a production artist on bar association directories in the early nineties, I would have scoffed at the idea that I'd ever see my name on a bookshelf. Yet here we are. I could never have predicted where the twisting roads of life and career would take me, though it has been an amazing trip.

Thank you to the people who have been there with me on every road, cheering me on as I climbed each hill, urging me up from every valley, Christy Siebler, Joanna Siebler, Stevie Siebler, Chris Dreyer, Jr., and Anna Gauthier.

Thank you to those who walked with me along this particular road, the wonderfully supportive staff of Sams Publishing: the patient and supportive Linda Bump Harrison; Jon Steever, the man who not only helped this book's clarity, but who is also directly responsible for the absence of the lamest of my jokes; the Queen of Grammar, Margaret Berson, who rescued many a dangling preposition; and Matt Purcell, who kept it all organized. Thanks also to the Sams production staff, who did such a wonderful job laying out the book.

Thank you, my friends and creative sounding boards, Samuel John Klein, who tech edited this book, every step by step, in each project, and the Graphic Designers Resource Group.

Thank you, Mary Bassham and Karen DeMichael, my arts high school teachers who sagaciously advised me that “graphic design is not a profession, and you will never go anywhere or amount to anything” in the creative fields. For you, an extra special and heartfelt: Nyah, nyah! Pbbltht!

To my granddad, George A. Taylor: Thank you for being my example, for showing me that I can do anything I set my mind to. Thanks for watching over me, Dad. I miss you. I hope I've made you proud.

And, most of all, thank you to my mother, Sarah Taylor, who opened the first door, the door to all roads, and all other doors. Oh, just look at the places I've gone, Mom!

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