- August 27, 2016
Here’s a quick post to share a wonderful article written by Patricia Coroi over at the FLIPSNACK website. Flip Snack shares information about many different aspects of Graphic Design and other creative endeavors. Patricia’s article asks the hypothetical question, “What is the philosophy behind his book covers?”. Then, she goes about creating a list of 5 principles of Chip Kidd’s design process that could be used by any book cover illustrator or designer.
To read the full article, please CLICK HERE!
In this recent SELECTED SHORTS podcast episode guest host Hope Davis introduces three tales about heroes, heroism, and challenge. The stories were performed at Symphony Space in New York City and were performed, in this order, by Chip Kidd, Aya Cash, and David Strathairn. Enjoy.
The Brooklyn Book Festival, #BKBF, New York City’s largest free literary festival, has unveiled two new custom images created by award-winning graphic designer and writer Chip Kidd. From posters to totes to online portals and social media streams, the 2016 Brooklyn Book Festival will introduce branded elements featuring Kidd’s colorful urban design: the image of a young woman reading a book emblazoned with the Brooklyn Bridge.
“A rock star of book design, [Chip Kidd] is the perfect artist to articulate the vibe of New York City’s hip, smart and diverse book festival,” said Carolyn Greer, co-producer and president of BKBF.
“As a fan (and past participant) of the Brooklyn Book Festival, it was an honor to be asked to create the image for its first art poster,” Kidd said. “My thinking was this: just as books are gateways to amazing places, characters and ideas, the Brooklyn Bridge is such a gateway to one of the most vibrant, diverse and enthralling places on Earth. So I decided to combine the two. Having gotten my professional start in Brooklyn 30 years ago, it is thrilling to contribute this way to one of its most extraordinary cultural celebrations.”
BKBF attracts tens of thousands from around the world to experience spirited discussions between emerging and iconic writers and a lively Literary Marketplace. This fall’s week-long festival begins on Sept. 12 with five weeknights of literature themed “Bookend” programs presented all over New York City. BKBF Children’s Day is Saturday, Sept. 17 and will feature theatrical performances, a dueling draw-off, workshops, picture book and young readers stages and a Literary Marketplace just for kids are all part of the day’s celebration of childhood reading.
The flagship 14-stage BKBF takes place Sunday, Sept. 18. On festival day, 300 writers of beloved works of fiction and nonfiction, poetry and graphic novels will participate in panels, readings and other creative performances of their work.
This year, the festival includes Margaret Atwood, with her first graphic novel, as well as Chester Brown, Phoebe Gloeckner, Sarah Glidden, Kyle Baker (in his first return to BKBF since its beginning), Faith Erin Hicks, George O’Connor, Ben Katchor, Marjorie Liu and MariNaomi, among other prominent artists. This makes it all the more fitting that an artist so deeply involved in comics and graphic arts undertake BKBF’s first festival image.
For more information please visit the Official BKBF Website, just CLICK HERE!
PRINTERS ROW LIT FEST!
June 11th – 12th, 2016
Location: Chicago, IL.
Be sure to hear Chip Kidd speak on Saturday, June 11th at the 2016 PRINTERS ROW LIT FEST!
Chip Kidd will be joining Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune film critic) for a discussion in the Harold Washington Library Center (Multipurpose Room) on Saturday, June 11th from 11:00 am – 11:45 am. Tickets for this event will be required and they go on sale now!
The Printers Row Lit Fest was founded in 1985 by the Near South Planning Board to attract visitors to the Printers Row neighborhood (once the city’s bookmaking hub). By 2002, it had grown to five city blocks (on Dearborn, from Congress to Polk), attracting more than 200 booksellers from across the country displaying new, used and antiquarian books and featuring more than 200 authors participating in panels, discussions and a variety of other programs.
As part of its ongoing commitment to the written word and its support of literacy and literary endeavor, the Chicago Tribune purchased the Printers Row Book Fair in 2002 from the Near South Planning Board. Recently renamed to be the Printers Row Lit Fest, it is considered the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest-drawing more than 150,000 book lovers to the two-day showcase.
For more information, and to order your tickets, just CLICK HERE!
Hold on, as a quick side-note and an extra bonus please check out this Podcast Interview with Chip Kidd as he talks with Wendy Snyder & Bill Leff on WGN RADIO!
Here’s a quick shout out to Abrams ComicArts for their recent nomination into the 2016 EISNER AWARDS which will be held at the San Diego Comic-Con International!
They were included in the “Best Publication Design” section for their new book, Only What’s Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts, designed by Chip Kidd and Geoff Spear.
The other publishers and publications in this category include:
CreativeLive has partnered with HOW Design Live to bring you a selection of keynotes from the 2016 HOW Design Conference in Atlanta, GA!
Special Keynote speakers this year included Debbie Millman, Chip Kidd, Julie Anixter, Marc Ekco, and Veronika Scott.
Now, they have taken this spoken material and turned it into a FREE online class. A few of the things you get are:
CLICK HERE for more details but please remember you need to sign-up quick!!
Interview with Chip Kidd , graphic designer and guest editor of the US Masters in the University of Verona Publishing.
Dan Greenfield, over at the always amazing 13th DIMENSION website, recently got together with Chip Kidd to discuss the release of Frank Miller’s BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS Special Gallery Edition.
For anyone who has not heard about this book it is totally amazing! To read the full interview please CLICK HERE!
Basically what happened was DC Comics reprinted this classic graphic novel in a DELUXE FORMAT hardcover book but instead of a regular colorized “comic book” version they published it using the original art from the book. In other words, they show the black and white inked pages without color and in their original glory.
It’s pretty cool and the quality is awesome! (Disclaimer: Chip Kidd didn’t design the cover to this book)
In the interview Chip Kidd discusses how he came about to own, not one, but two of the actual pages of the original art by Frank Miller that were used for this book (shown down below).
Also, as a side note, we would like to mention that Chip Kidd did design the cover to the previous, original, reprinting of this graphic novel by DC Comics, both front and back, and we’re sharing pics of those here:
Oh yeah, if you would like a copy of the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns “Gallery Edition” book then please CLICK HERE!
Here’s a podcast episode we knew we had to share an soon as we heard it! Andrei Triburca, over at the SNACK PODCAST, recently posted a link to an amazing podcast profile who’s main focus is on the career of the book designer, Chip Kidd. In episode #17 they discuss the history of book cover design and Chip’s place in it. So, here it is, please listen and enjoy.
It’s with a heavy heart that we need to share the sad news about the passing of Katherine Dunn, a completely wonderful woman and exceptional author.
Her connection to Chip Kidd is that he designed the book cover for her iconic novel, Geek Love (Random House, Vintage), and it went on to sell hundreds of thousands of copies. It even became a National Book Award Finalist in 1989.
“Geek Love” was curiously original and imaginative, though some called it bizarre. It revolves around a married couple who own a traveling carnival and breed mutant children as sideshow freaks, both to attract paying customers and to endow their offspring with “the inherent ability to earn a living just by being themselves.”
If you have never read this book then you owe it to yourself to do so, it’s both chilling and life changing.
R.I.P. Katherine, you will be deeply missed by everyone who loves the joy of reading.
This post is a quick shout-out for an extremely cool podcast in Oklahoma City called BETTER THAN FICTION. It’s main theme is comic book collecting, nerd culture, movies, and more…. but in episode #116 they totally geeked-out on the Author and Book Designer Chip Kidd. Their main focus was Chip Kidd’s recent book, GO: A Kidd’s Guide To Graphic Design (Workman). But they also discuss many other of Chip’s book cover designs and we could not be more proud of that. Thanks guys!
Here’s a LINK to their website, please check them out sometime. Also, here’s the podcast embedded down below. Please be sure to check out episode #116!!
The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center and Sony Creative Products Inc. have announced that the SNOOPY MUSEUM TOKYO will be opening its doors on April 23, 2016 in Roppongi, Tokyo. This temporary museum, which will be open for two and one-half years, is the first outside of the United States dedicated to the art of Charles M. Schulz, with its founding museum—Charles M. Schulz Museum—located where Schulz lived in Santa Rosa, California.
My Favorite Peanuts, the first of five rotating exhibitions organized by staff at the Charles M. Schulz Museum, features an engaging selection of approximately 60 original comic strips specially selected by Jean Schulz, the wife of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz. These strips reflect her favorite themes in Peanuts. The exhibition also includes personal gifts she has received from fans over the years. Also, as a side note, we wanna mention that Designer Chip Kidd will be designing the promotional material for this event.
Each of the rotating exhibitions offers a unique experience where visitors can view original comic strips, early works by Charles Schulz, vintage merchandise, and other valuable artifacts from the collection of the Charles M. Schulz Museum.
Snoopy Museum Tokyo’s museum store, named BROWN’S STORE, features products specially designed for the Museum.
Also, CAFE BLANKET will offer Peanuts-inspired food and drinks.
Name: Snoopy Museum Tokyo
Open: April 23, 2016 – September 2018
Address: 5-6 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Management: Sony Creative Products Inc.
Satellite Museum of: Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center
Print‘s Spring 2016 issue takes a dive into the largest design capital of the world: New York City and Designer Chip Kidd is featured on the cover! This issue takes an exclusive look into the lives of design celebrities – from James Victore to Timothy Goodman, Jessica Walsh to Stefan Sagmeister. And then ask yourself: what makes a designer a celebrity? And is there a difference between “celebrity” and “fame?” All of this PLUS the winners of the Typography & Lettering Awards, the History of Helvetica and a Sneak Peek at Seymour Chwast’s Next Exhibit.
Oh yeah, and did we mention Chip Kidd is on the cover? Ha! Hey, this is a huge honor and we’re really proud of this, it’s very fun and so cool to be on a national magazine! Down below are some “behind the scene” events from the photo shoot. You can see Debbie Millman doing a bit of art directing and the official photographer for the project was Brent Taylor of CMS Photo.
For a more in-depth look at the “behind the scenes” shenanigans please CLICK HERE!
To order this issue online, in both printed paper and digital download format, please CLICK HERE!