Chip Kidd: Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is

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Chip Kidd doesn’t judge books by their cover, he creates covers that embody the book — and he does it with a wicked sense of humor. In one of the funniest talks from TED2012, he shows the art and deep thought of his cover designs.


(From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)

Chip Kidd is a graphic designer and writer in New York City. His book jacket designs for Alfred A. Knopf, where he has worked since 1986, have helped spawn a revolution in the art of American book packaging. He is also an editor of books of comics for Pantheon, a subsidiary of Knopf. Kidd received the International Center of Photography’s award for “Use of Photography in Graphic Design” in 1997, and in 1998 he was made a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale. In the fall of 2003, Newsweek included him in its first issue devoted to design. Kidd was awarded the 2007 National Design Award for communications design, and in the fall that year, his work was included in the Cooper-Hewitt’s third National Design Triennial.

A comprehensive monograph of Kidd’s work, Chip Kidd: Book One, was published in 2005, with an introduction by John Updike. The Cheese Monkeys, Kidd’s first novel, was published by Scribner in 2001 and was a national bestseller, as well as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His second novel, The Learners, was published in February 2008.

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