- 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!
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.
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!
Anyone with an interest in Graphic Design knows all about the PANTONE™ Coloring System. They are the industry standard for COLOR relating to print. For those unfamiliar with Pantone we have included a video at the very bottom of this post that gives a brief history.
But, back to the main issue. This year the Pantone company made a major announcement that they will be adding 112 new colors to their color palette. To introduce these new colors they created three promo videos which feature stories on some well known Graphic Designers who all explain what “color means to them”. Chip Kidd was among the list:
That was a fun video, right? Now check this out. Pantone sells their product in 3 new formats:
The first one is what they call COLOR CHIPS. This is a book with small color chips they can be torn-out to add along to your design work. They help Printers make sure every color is exact.
The next format is their standard FORMULA GUIDE. This is a fan-like color palette which expands to show different color chips. It’s a solid unit.
Then, there’s a thing that’s kinda new called COLOR BRIDGE. This is the standard Formula Guide with another guide that shows what these colors will look like when displayed on the web. This is a very important resource for Web Designers.
If you have never heard of a website named DESIGNGATHA then you should really check it out. They cover many related topics around the ideas of Art, Design, Handicraft, Architecture, Fashion, and Graphic Design.
Seriously, it’s a cool blog! Anyways, we wanna thank them for posting an interview they recently conducted with the Designer Chip Kidd. They asked some really good questions and even posted a bunch of his famous book cover designs…. sweet!
To read the full interview, please CLICK HERE!
This is so cool, YOU can help further the cause of Breast Cancer Research!! Yes, CHARITY BUZZ has teamed-up with the Book Designer Chip Kidd to raise money for PINK ZONE AT PENN STATE. This non-profit organization is one of the most hard-working charities out there who are doing everything possible to help those affected with this disease. It’s a great cause and here’s how YOU can join the fight!
OK FIRST, Charity Buzz is having an AUCTION where the winner gets to have Chip Kidd design a book cover for them. So if you’re an Author this is your chance to get a great deal on having an award-winning Design create your cover. All you have to do is BID at their official website. But, you gotta hurry because it ends in about a week from now!! So, please CLICK HERE!
SECOND, Even if you don’t think you want to bid then please share this page on your favorite social media pages. We’re talking Twitter, Facebook, your Blog, ETC… We really want to get the word out there about this wonderful cause. Oh yeah, in advance, thank you!!
If you are not familiar with Chip Kidd’s Book Cover Design Work we have posted a few down below. Also, if you would like to see more then please CLICK HERE for a huge portfolio of examples!
Vox, one of the leading news websites out there today, recently interviewed the Designer Michael Bierut about the concept and idea of what makes a great logo. He is the creator of the famous “Hillary Clinton” political campaign logo and many countless others like: TED Talks, Saks Fifth Avenue, Guitar Hero, etc.
So, check out this fun video clip about a part of graphic design that affects all of our lives.
Every single year the entire “Graphic Design World” is completely on pins and needles wondering what color chip will PANTONE pick for their 2016 Color of the Year. Well, for the next season they have picked TWO colors! The choices are Rose Quartz (13-1520) and Serenity (15-3919)! This is sort of a landmark event because it’s the first time in many many years they have chosen more than one color! Plus, they’re totally great! We love them!!
WOW! Oh Man, what an honor! The extremely popular MENTAL FLOSS website recently did an article titled “20 Things You Might Not Have Known About Jurassic Park” and they gave credit to designer Chip Kidd for creating the iconic movie franchise logo… AWESOME!! Thank you MF!!
The Book Designer Chip Kidd was recently honored with being a guest at the 2015 BEYOND TELLERRAND Conference that is held every year in Germany. The thing that’s pretty cool about this event is they document it with really great video coverage. Here is Chip Kidd’s speech he did and, surprisingly, everything went very well, ha ha!
The main focus was the question, “When should design be clear, and when should it be mysterious?” Chip also talks about the future of Graphic Design, mostly his career related to “Book Cover” design, and he also tries to figure out why the Huffingtom Post has called him, “The Meryl Streep of Book Design”… it’s crazy!
It’s likely that Aaron Draplin has more passion about graphic design than you have about anything. In a recent WTF Podcast interview (episode 649) Marc Maron visits Aaron at the seat of the empire he created in Portland and finds out how a skater kid from the Midwest worked his way up through Snowboarder Magazine to build his own independent graphic design business from scratch and how he become the go-to guy for some of the country’s most prominent brands.
Here is the complete interview down below and we want to warn everyone that the content contains adult language and might not be safe for work, enjoy:
OK, this is totally unrelated to the WTF event but, once upon a time, Aaron Draplin met Chip Kidd, ha!
In a recent article in their “Arts and Entertainment” section the HERALD SCOTLAND Newspaper interviewed Designer & Author Chip Kidd about his latest book, “ONLY WHAT’S NECESSARY: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of the Peanuts” (Abrams), which is in stores now.
They discuss Chip Kidd having total access to the Charles M. Schulz Museum Archives and the task of how to properly handle so much incredible reference material, the design process, and honoring the legacy of Mr. Schulz as an Artist. They also briefly talk about the new 3D PEANUTS movie that just hit theaters.
The article is really wonderful and you can read it by clicking RIGHT HERE!
We’re really excited to see that Chip Kidd’s latest book, ONLY WHAT’S NECESSARY: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of the Peanuts (Abrams), is getting some serious international attention! Yes, the TELEGRAPH UK Newspaper Website has written a wonderful book review and we want to invite everyone to go check it out!!
Here’s a LINK to give it a quick read & please be sure to share it on your favorite social media!