An Interview with Chip Kidd

September 16, 2009 at 12:14 pm 2 comments

Chip Kidd strip

Chip Kidd ’86, who is something of a legend in the design world, is in Minneapolis today to sepak at the Minnesota Book Publishers’ Roundtable. Kidd designs book jackets—which may sound like an odd little niche, but he has created some memorable and iconic book covers for authors like John Updike, David Sedaris, John le Carré, Michael Crichton, and others.

Anyway, he’s the subject of a fun Q&A in yesterday’s Minneapolis Star-Tribune, in which he talks about his collection of comic book memorabilia and about two of his toughest teachers at Penn State—Lanny Sommese and the late Bill Kinser (though he doesn’t mention them by name).

Tina Hay, editor

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  • 1. Chip Kidd’s handbook for a ‘True Prep’ «  |  April 7, 2010 at 8:45 am

    […] that’s why his book covers look so snazzy. Chip Kidd ’86, book cover designer extraordinaire for the likes of Michael Crichton, Cormac McCarthy, and David Sedaris, is reviving the preppy style […]

  • 2. Two New Views of Hemingway « The Penn Stater Magazine  |  September 22, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    […] Here’s a news release from Penn State that offers more on how Spanier became interested in Hemingway (this is a career project for her—she tells us that there could be as many as 16 volumes in the series before it’s over), and how far back the University’s connection to the author goes. Interestingly, the jacket for the new book was designed by a Penn Stater: Chip Kidd ’86. […]

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