#WTF Podcast: Marc Maron Interviews Graphic Designer Aaron Draplin

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  • November 11, 2015

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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!




TAKE AN ONLINE CLASS WITH CHIP KIDD – Introduction to Book Cover Design: Making Stories Visual

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  • October 20, 2015



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!


OCTOBER 3rd – CHIP KIDD Book Signing Event in New York City!

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  • October 1, 2015



On Saturday, October 3rd,  2015 Chip Kidd will be signing copies of JUDGE THIS (Simon & Schuster) at the 2015 DESIGNERS & BOOKS FAIR.

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.



CHIP KIDD Famous Quote 8-BIT PIXEL ART by Argentina Artist #KAERU

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  • May 12, 2015



Here’s a quick post to share this AWESOME “Chip Kidd Quote” 8-BIT PIXEL ART created by a Graphic Designer and Post-Modern Pop Artist in Argentina named KAERU! It’s loosely based on Chip’s famous quote, shown down below.

Also, to check out more of Kaeru’s hilarious and though provoking artwork please CLICK HERE!




#CHIPKIDD Graphic Design Inspiration Meme

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  • March 26, 2015


Surfing through Instagram this morning I came across this fun “Chip Kidd” meme that some Graphic Design Student made as a source of inspiration. We would like to credit the actual Designer of this but it’s all over the place & we could not find out who made it, but… WOW! what an honor!


Penn State Library Special Collections Showcases the Chip Kidd Archives

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  • January 31, 2015



We’re so excited about the recent “Chip Kidd news” shared by Christine Tenny, a Staff Writer over at THE DAILY COLLEGIAN, that we have to give a quick shout-out! Thank you Christine! This independent newspaper is published by students at Penn State University and we could not be any more happier about them posting their story.

Now, you’re probably thinking, “Hey, what is this about?” Well, Penn State University is the school that Chip Kidd graduated from and he donated a ton of his source material from his long career as a Graphic Designer. It is housed in the “Special Collections” section of the library and anyone, who is a Student, can enjoy it.

The collection includes work from his many book cover designs he has done for Penguin Random House, Knopf, Pantheon, and much more. It even includes the original cover artwork for Michael Crichton’s book, Jurassic Park. Which, also became the official logo for the popular movie franchise. But that is really only the tip of the iceberg. The collection houses a ton of photos, original art, proof sheets, and a lot more reference material than we can mention here.

The article was heavily researched and very well written. So, please check it out, just CLICK HERE!



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