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.
We just wanted to give a quick shout out and thank you to the guys over at AR DESIGN for their awesome interview with book designer Chip Kidd. It was a lot of fun and they actually asked some very very good questions! Here’s a LINK, go check it out!!
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!
The Hollywood Issue: New York: Print presents a photo essay celebrating 56 of New York City’s most influential, classic and cutting-edge creatives working today.
A New York State of Design: How did the Big Apple become the world’s premier design hub–and does it still hold the title?
Self-Image: Six New York firms reflect on their identities–proving that the process of creating and maintaining a branded look is anything but identical
The Unexpected Cartographer: Discover distortion and opinion in the mind-bending, massive maps of Paula Scher
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.
For more information on all the amazing new colors, and PANTONE Products in general, please be sure to visit their official WEBSITE.
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!
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!
The Always Super-Awesome BOING BOING website has a very fun podcast called RIYL (Recommend If You Like) and they recently talked with Chip Kidd about Graphic Design, Book Covers, His New “Art of Peanuts” Book, and the Future of Books in a Digital World.
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!!
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!
Here’s a quick shout out to let everyone know that Chip Kidd is still teaching Graphic Design Classes, online, at SKILLSHARE. The way it’s designed you can pretty much join-in anytime you want. Classes are getting full, so please be sure to enroll now.
The course is titled, “Introduction to Book Cover Design: Making Stories Visual” and it covers all the aspects of Book Cover Design along with many helpful tips for both new Designers and Authors.
For more information, or to enroll today, just CLICK HERE!
In Judge This (TED Books), Kidd takes us through his day as he takes in first impressions of all kinds. We follow this visual journey as Kidd encounters and engages with everyday design, breaking down the good, the bad, the absurd, and the brilliant as only someone with a critical, trained eye can. From the design of your morning paper to the subway ticket machine to the books you browse to the smartphone you use to the packaging for the chocolate bar you buy as an afternoon treat, Kidd reveals the hidden secrets behind each of the design choices, with a healthy dose of humor, expertise, and of course, judgment as he goes.
A purchase of this book at the Fair enters you into the drawing to win an Experiences with Authors prize — a personally guided (by Chip Kidd) tour of the exhibition “Chip Kidd Presents: Batman Black and White: The Sketch Covers.” For more details about this special art show please visit our ‘Next Appearance” page.