Chip Kidd’s Handbook for a ‘True Prep’

April 7, 2010 at 8:45 am 1 comment

So 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 he loves in a not-quite-sequel to the 1980 classic The Official Preppy Handbook.

The not-quite-sequel, True Prep, is slated for release in September, and a story about it graced the front page of Sunday’s New York Times (as did the very funny photo you see above). Kidd told the Times that the first handbook “changed my life,” so when he met with writer Lisa Birnbach last May, the idea for a spruce-up sprung up naturally.

The update will hold true to eternal prep language and style (i.e. using “summer” as a verb), but will keep pace with society by adding technological advice — like no texting at the table.

Add one more book cover to Kidd’s already laden shelves –- and this one should be stylin’ from within, too.

Amy Guyer, associate editor

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