David Blatner

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David Blatner
Born (1966-02-13)February 13, 1966
Palo Alto, California
Nationality Jewish-American
Occupation Author, Speaker

David Blatner is a writer and speaker specializing in desktop publishing software, such as Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and QuarkXPress. Blatner has written 15 books about various subjects with over a half-million books in print, including Spectrums, The Joy of Pi, The Flying Book, Judaism For Dummies, and Silicon Mirage: The Art and Science of Virtual Reality.

He also wrote the bestselling book on QuarkXPress in the 1990s, The QuarkXPress Book (winner of the 1991 Benjamin Franklin award for technical writing; later titled Real World QuarkXPress,) but changed allegiances in the 21st century to Adobe InDesign, about which he has now written or co-written several books (including Real World InDesign). A cofounder of the InDesignSecrets Web site, he cohosts a podcast by the same name and publishes InDesign Magazine and "PePcon: The Print + ePublishing Conference".

Blatner was also among the first to explore the needs of saving web sites of people after they died, in his 1997 article "Things to Do on the Web When You're Dead".

Early Life[edit]

Blatner was born in Palo Alto and attended Palo Alto High School. His father is American psychiatric pioneer Adam Blatner and his mother is Barbara Blatner-Fikes. His step-father is Richard Fikes. In the late 1980s, Blatner was a member of the Palo Alto theatrical improvisation troupe Creative Mayhem, which had also included director Kirk Wise and alternative comedy performer Jimmy Gunn. Blatner graduated from Pomona College.

Selected non-computer books[edit]

  • Blatner, David. Spectrums: Our Mind-boggling Universe from Infinitesimal to Infinity. New York: Walker & Company, 2012. ISBN 9780802717702 (hardcover)
  • Blatner, David. The Flying Book: Everything You've Ever Wondered about Flying on Airplanes. New York: Walker & Company, 2004. ISBN 9780802776914 (paperback) ISBN 9780802713780 (hardcover)
  • Blatner, David and Ted Falcon. Judaism for Dummies. New York: Hungry Minds, 2001. ISBN 978-0764552991 (paperback)
  • Blatner, David. The Joy of Pi. New York: Walker & Company, 1997. ISBN 9780802775627 (paperback) ISBN 9780802713322 (hardcover)