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TED TALKS: The Art of First Impressions in Design and Life by Chip Kidd

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  • June 25, 2015

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The Book Designer, Chip Kidd, knows all too well how often we judge things by first appearances. In this new, fast-paced, TEDTALKS WITH CHIP KIDD he explains the two techniques designers use to communicate instantly – clarity and mystery – and when, why and how they work.

He also celebrates beautiful, useful pieces of design, skewers less successful work, and shares the thinking behind some of his own iconic book covers.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more.

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JUDGE THIS / TED BOOK – Chip Kidd Interview with Powell’s City of Books

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  • June 25, 2015

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If you head over to the POWELL’S BOOKS Bookstore Blog then you can check out a really great interview they did with your favorite Penguin Random House Book Designer, Chip Kidd. Powell’s Books operates four stores in Portland, Oregon, and then another one in nearby Beaverton. They are also known worldwide as an excellent source for rare and hard to find books, but they also keep everything in stock that’s super-current.

So yeah, speaking of “current books”, Chip Kidd (in association with TED TALKS) just published a brand-new book titled, “JUDGE THIS, a TED Original” (144 Pages, Simon & Schuster/TED). The book is an exercise on what makes good clarity and/or mystery in Graphic Design that we all see everyday and sometimes take for granted.

You can read their interview by clicking RIGHT HERE!

 


 

#BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE Parody Comic Book Cover by Ward Sutton

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  • June 25, 2015

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Here’s a quick post to share some totally awesome artwork by the kick ass  Editorial Cartoonist, Ward Sutton. He drew this “MAD BATMEN” parody cover on an actual DC Comics’ BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE Variant Comic Book (blank-white with logo) for a special project that Chip Kidd is creating.

Right now Chip is in the process of collecting many different pieces of original art all revolving around the Batman character and if you want to find out more then stay tuned to CHIPKIDD.COM for future updates.

Oh yeah, in the meantime, if you want to enjoy more artwork by Ward Sutton then please just CLICK HERE!

 


 

TOKYO TOY GUY 2 Movie To Debut at 2015 Sacramento Wizard Comic Con!

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  • June 14, 2015

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Here’s a post that will probably excite Vintage BATMAN Toy Collectors as well as fans of Chip Kidd. TOKYO TOY GUY 2, the second film in a series created by Yuji Ueda, is set to make it’s American debut at the 2015 SACRAMENTO WIZARD WORLD COMIC CON!!

For this new movie Chip Kidd made a special trip to Dubai to be interviewed and the amazing news is that they get to talk with Jiro Kuwata, the famous Japanese Manga Comic Book Artist who was responsible for creating Bat-Manga in the 1960’s. This new movie also features a ton of super-rare Vintage Batman Collectibles from around the globe!

Yes, “TOKYO TOY GUY 2″ will be available for viewing on June 19th at 6pm, Room 202 of the  WIZARD WORLD COMIC CON in Sacramento, California! 

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In his first film, TOKYO TOY GUY 1, Yuji went to 6 major cities of the world to talk with some serious Batman toy collectors. Chip Kidd was one of them (New York City). This first film, which runs 1 hour and 25 minutes, is available for download at Vimeo On Demand. To check it out just CLICK HERE!

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The World is Still Creating JURASSIC PARK Logo Parodies!!

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  • June 14, 2015

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In the graphic design art world Chip Kidd is pretty well known for being the designer/creator of the “Jurassic Park” Movie Logo. Not to brag or anything but it is one of the most iconic images of the 1990’s and is still being used today for the recent release of the “Jurassic World” film.

The funny thing with it being so famous is that is has spawned a ton of parodies. I mean, it’s been used as humor t-shirt images (two shown here as examples) and even graphics offering Pork Bar-B-Q delights. That image is shown down below as a close-up shot. Yes, that’s an actual menu used at “BAR 21″ in Manchester, England UK.

 

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TIME – Chip Kidd Judges 6 Books By Their Covers

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  • June 14, 2015

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Over at the always insightful TIME Magazine website (Yes, in today’s digital world TIME still exists!) a reporter named Sarah Begley ran a short interview with Knopf Book designer Chip Kidd about a few of his favorite book covers of all time and asked him, “to judge them”. Of course this question was meant to be tied into Chip’s latest book titled, “Judge This (TED Books)” that just came out and was published by Simon & Schuster as a part of their TED TALK Book Series.

As kind of a joke for this post I made a parody graphic of one of the famous covers that Chip talks about in the TIME interview, Detective Comics #27, which we all know as the very first appearance of the Batman!

To see other book covers he chose and to read Sarah Begley’s article on Chip Kidd, please CLICK HERE!

 


 

Chip Kidd’s DC Comics #CONVERGENCE Variant Comic Book Covers Spotted at Hastings!

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  • May 21, 2015

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Just a quick post to share this fun photo from a friend who saw Chip Kidd’s design work at a Hastings Book Store location! As mentioned here, Chip designed a special set of “Variant” book covers for the CONVERGENCE Story line that is affecting all the superhero characters in the DC Comics universe.

All the books published had two covers, one done with the regular cover, and another printing with Chip’s design. These “Variant” covers featured the characterin a magnified view with a “color shadow” bleeding off the edge. Each week (for 4 weeks, this promo ran a whole month) the colors changed from Cyan (Blue), Fushia (Hot Pink), Bright Yellow, and then to Black.

In this photo we see some of the Cyan Blue ones from the very first week…. so cool!


 

Only What’s Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts by Chip Kidd & Geoff Spear

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  • May 21, 2015

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Later this year, October 20th, 2015 to be exact, the Publisher Abrams ComicArts will release a brand-new book by Chip Kidd and Geoff Spear titled, “ONLY WHAT’S NECESSARY: CHARLES M. SCHULZ AND THE ART OF PEANUTS” (Abrams). 

Charles M. Schulz (1922–2000) believed that the key to cartooning was to take out the extraneous details and leave in only what’s necessary. For 50 years, from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000, Schulz wrote and illustrated Peanuts, the single most popular and influential comic strip in the world. In all, 17,897 strips were published, making it “arguably the longest story ever told by one human being,” according to Robert Thompson, professor of popular culture at Syracuse University.

To create this book designer Chip Kidd was granted unprecedented access to the extraordinary archives of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California. Reproducing the best of the Peanuts newspaper strip, all shot from the original art by award-winning photographer Geoff Spear, “Only What’s Necessary” will also feature exclusive, rare, and unpublished original art and developmental work, much of which has never been seen before.

The 304 page hardcover book will be released on October 20, 2015. We plan on sharing more news about this in the near future (this is just a heads-up) so please stay tuned to CHIPKIDD.COM, Thanks!

 

Neil Gaiman & Chip Kidd’s MAKE GOOD ART Speech Book Translated Into Portuguese!

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  • May 21, 2015

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Here’s a quick post to share some super fun book publishing news! Neil Gaiman’s MAKE GOOD ART Speech Book, designed inside and out by the Graphic Designer Chip Kidd, has now been translated into Portuguese for the book market of Brazil! It’s new title is “O Discurso Faça Boa Arte de Neil Gaiman”!

One last note, you can purchase this book by visiting this Brazilian WEBSITE!

 

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SHE-HULK Loves BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN! by #ChipKidd #DaveTaylor

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  • May 12, 2015

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Here’s a wacky-fun  post to share this amusing photo taken at the recent New World Comics’ SUPERHERO SCHOOL in Oklahoma City, OK. This is a bi-weekly event that occurs at a local comic book store where costumed Cosplayers teach little kids about superheroes. It’s a clever idea and the costumes are always extremely creative. The kids love it!

Anyways, shown here is our friend Kit Compton, a.k.a. Foxxikitten, dressed-up as the SHE-HULK and she is showing off her new most super-favorite book, BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN (DC Comics) written by Chip Kidd and illustrated by Dave Taylor!

Oh yeah, we should mention that our other friend, Ondry Dre Braggs (Marvel’s Iron Man War Machine) made a sneaky cameo appearance in this picture, ha ha!

 


 


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