David Blatner

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David Blatner
Born(1966-02-13)February 13, 1966
Palo Alto, California
OccupationAuthor, 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,[1] The Joy of Pi,[2] The Flying Book, Judaism For Dummies, and Silicon Mirage: The Art and Science of Virtual Reality.

He also wrote a 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 later changed 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 and InDesign Magazine, and cohosts a podcast by the same name. Blatner also co-hosts CreativePro Week, a week-long set of conferences for creative professionals.

He lives outside Seattle, Washington, with his wife, Debbie Carlson, and two sons.

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)


  1. ^ "Spectrums Kirkus Review". kirkusreviews.com. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Happy Pi Day, math lovers!". WTKR.com. 14 March 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2017.