- July 28, 2016
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!
Interview with Chip Kidd , graphic designer and guest editor of the US Masters in the University of Verona Publishing.
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.
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!!
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.
Akshita Nanda, the Lifestyle Arts Correspondent for THE STRAITS TIMES (A popular newspaper in Singapore), recently interviewed Chip Kidd about the process of book cover design, what it’s like to work with Haruki Murakami, and he also shares how he came up with the iconic Jurassic Park dinosaur silhouette for the best-selling Michael Crichton book.
To read the full story, just CLICK HERE!
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!
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!!
In a previous post here at CHIPKIDD.COM we mentioned that Chip’s new book, “GO! A Kidd’s Guide To Graphic Design” (Workman Publishing Company) was gonna be translated into Korean for the book market in South Korea. Well, it has been finished and it’s in stores there now! Also, if YOU would like a copy for yourself then please visit this WEBSITE right here!
Yes, we can’t read the Korean language either, but it would be a super-fun book to have. They did a great job on the translation and it looks beautiful!
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!