Here’s a wonderful video posted on YouTube of the Graphic Designer and Author, Chip Kidd, as he describes the process of designing a sinister book cover for a collection of Christmas essays during a talk at MacEwan University on January 22, 2014. (Thanks to everybody at MacEwan!)


2014 Virginia Festival of the Book Chip Kidd GO

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Chip Kidd, book and graphic designer for Alfred A. Knopf,talks about his own book, “Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design” (Workman Books), and his long career in book cover design. This event is suited for readers and artists of all ages interested in book design.

Sponsored by Harris Teeter and VFH Center for the Book.

Omni Hotel
Room: Monroe
212 Ridge McIntire Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903

(434) 971-5500

For ticket and event information, please CLICK HERE!


Chip Kidd GO A Kidd's Guide To Graphic Design Book Review

We wanna thank Ollie Ottoman over at the GROUND CONTROL website for writing a completely wonderful review for Chip Kidd ‘s latest book, GO! A Kidd’s Guide To Graphic Design (Workman Publishing). It’s kinda short, but very well thought out and he even linked to this website… AWESOME!

So, readers of this site, please go give it a quick read ( it’s fun) CLICK HERE!

GO! A Kidd's Guide To Graphic Design by Chip Kidd Book Review

Daphne Lee (pictured up above) is a writer, editor, book reviewer and teacher. She runs a Facebook group called “The Places You Will Go” for lovers of all kinds of literature. She also does book reviews for THE STAR ONLINE and she just posted a wonderful book review for Chip Kidd’s latest book, “GO! A Kidd’s Guide To Graphic Design” (Workman Publishing).

To read the review online please CLICK HERE!

Chip Kidd Book Cover Design Lecture NYC, NY Feb. 26th

It’s a battle of good vs. evil when actors perform classic and new tales of wickedness and treachery centered around fictional characters we love to hate. With special guest comics book lover and graphic designer Chip Kidd and readings of a thrilling and moving tale by Stephen King, an excerpt from The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon, and a silly superhero send-up by Larry Doyle. With readings by Chip Kidd, Stephen Lang (Avatar), and Aya Cash (The Newsroom, The Wolf of Wall Street).

Wednesday, February 26 at 7:30 pm
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
$28; Member $24; 30 and Under (with I.D.) $15


Seattle Arts 2014 Chip Kidd Chris Ware Lecture Poster

Advance tickets for this event are SOLD OUT. Stand-by tickets will be available at the door starting at 7:15pm.

Chip Kidd is a renowned graphic designer and associate art director at Alfred A. Knopf, lauded for revolutionizing book design, and for his iconic illustrations such as the T. rex image he designed for Jurassic Park.

Chris Ware is a comic-book artist and cartoonist, notable for his Acme Novelty Library series (published by Fantagraphics Books) and the graphic novels Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth, and last year's Eisner Award Winning Graphic Novel, Building Stories.

Presented by: Seattle Arts & Lectures as part of its Literary/Arts Series.
Tickets: Season subscriptions are on sale now.Single tickets are $15 general/$50 Grand Patron/$35 Patron/$5 students, at 206/621-2230, or at the door.

For more information please CLICK HERE.

Chip Kidd Designer Book cover design designs jackets covers books

Press Release, Jan. 27th, 2014

The website, CHIPKIDD.COM, is proud to announce that the BOOK COVER GALLERY for this site has extended to three pages. Yes, to celebrate the year 2014 we have happily added “PAGE THREE“! The Gallery keeps growing and in the near future we anticipate a number around 300 for design examples… OK, maybe 3000!

You might also check out Pages ONE and TWO because they each have 120 examples of book cover designs. We’re just beginning to add more to Page #3 and it will grow as well, so stay tuned.

To get there, just CLICK HERE!

Here is a short, but very informative, video-taped excerpt from a recent lecture given by designer Chip Kidd on “THE PROCESS” of Graphic Design. As an example Chip shared the design process for the creation of a “book cover job” for an Augustus Burroughs book titled, “You Better Not Cry”. The short version of this story, it turns into a nightmare quickly.

Chip Kidd Art Design Archives Penn State University Library

Designer Chip Kidd recently donated his complete archives to the University Libraries of Penn State (PSU), his alma mater.

Kidd's archives include works from his youth until the present. His student portfolio work from Penn State as well as drafts for the cover of "Jurassic Park" are among the more than 250 boxes of materials now housed in The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, in 104 Paterno Library. The collection includes original artwork, sketches, separations, page proofs and original printed versions for each of Kidd's several hundred published dust jacket and book designs; many of these have extensive handwritten mark-ups and corrections illuminating the artist's creative process as well as the progression of works from concept through production. Approximately 1 terabyte of digital data complements these items, including files from nearly the entirety of Kidd's career. As much of Kidd's artistic and literary composition over the past 15 years has been born digital, this portion of the archive includes the full record of many of his most iconic designs as well original drafts of his written works, lectures and working notes.

The archive also contains a wealth of correspondence from authors such as John Updike, William Maxwell, Martin Amis, Gordon Lish, Michael Ondaatje, James Ellroy, Don DeLillo, Larry McMurtry, David Sedaris, Michael Crichton, Orhan Pamuk, Augusten Burroughs, Haruki Murakami, Donna Tartt and Cormac McCarthy. More than 60 letters, many illustrated by graphic novelist Chris Ware, are also present. Ware was a frequent collaborator with Kidd and was the 2013 winner of the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize, awarded by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book and Penn State's Libraries. Lynd Ward, acknowledged as the father of the American graphic novel in the early 20th century, is featured in the libraries' collection. Nearly 200 items from Kidd's collection of pop-culture collectibles, such as Batman figurines, cereal boxes and collector's plates are also part of the archive. Many of these objects inspired Kidd's designs and books.

To see the original article, please CLICK HERE!


Design Matters with Debbie Millman Shepard Fairey Art Artist Podcast Interview

Debbie Millman is the president of the design division at Sterling Brands. She is also President Emeritus of AIGA, a contributing editor to Print Magazine, and chair of the School of Visual Arts’ master’s program in Branding. In 2005, she began hosting the podcast show, DESIGN MATTERS.

In a recent "Design Matters" broadcast, Debbie interviewed Shepard Fairey. He is a designer, illustrator and author of Supply and Demand: The Art of Shepard Fairey and Shepard Fairey: Post No Bills. He created the ultra-iconic Barrack Obama “Hope” Campaign Poster but is mostly known as a graphic designer for his image of “Obey Giant” (pictured in the graphic up above, on the lower far-left side). He’s a street artist, ex-skateboard punker, and a rebel.
Here is their discussion down below, enjoy:


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