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Chip Kidd + Rolling Stone = Good Thinking

If you’re an avid Rolling Stone reader like I am, you’ll be excited to see that the latest RS cover was conceptualized by Chip Kidd ’86. Kidd’s simple and smart design concept is refreshing to see in place of some of the magazine’s recent cover solutions.

Jessica Knuth, graphic designer

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December 11, 2009 at 10:59 am 1 comment

An Interview with Chip Kidd

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

September 16, 2009 at 12:14 pm 2 comments

Now Chip Kidd is in Newsweek

His work was just in the New York Times Sunday Book Review yesterday. Now Chip Kidd ’86 has a piece in this week’s Newsweek. Kidd, who designs book covers for Alfred A. Knopf, takes a look at seven book covers by other designers that he thought were especially memorable.

The piece—which is more of a slide show than an article, or at least online anyway—is called “My Favorite Covers.” Thanks to Joyce Hoffman, the alumni director for the College of Arts & Architecture, for calling my attention to it.

Tina Hay, editor

June 29, 2009 at 1:55 pm Leave a comment

Chip Kidd, God, and a Water Balloon

Picture 4Chip Kidd ’86, who once was called “the closest thing to a rock star” in the graphic design world, spends most of his time designing  jackets for books by the likes of Cormac McCarthy, John Updike, Michael Crichton, and others.

But once in a while he gets pulled into another project. He did the illustration that will grace the cover of this Sunday’s New York Times Book Review. The illustration is for a story about the new book by Robert Wright called The Evolution of God.

In his blog, Chip Kidd explains how the project came about, how he tried to wiggle out of it, and how he ended up doing it after all.

Tina Hay, editor

June 27, 2009 at 10:07 am 1 comment

Chip Kidd Sings

chipwhoart1Chip Kidd ’86 is the subject of an entertaining two-minute video on the New York Times Web site today.

And if you find that appealing, you’ll love this video Chip put together a while back to advertise his book The Learners (Scribner, 2008). The guy has an offbeat sense of humor, to say the least.

Tina Hay, editor

April 4, 2009 at 8:24 pm Leave a comment

Chip Kidd on Robert Downey Jr.

Our favorite book designer, Chip Kidd ’86, has designed some great book jackets, written a few books, and now has an article in today’s New York Times Magazine. It’s their annual “Great Performers” edition, pegged to the upcoming Academy Awards presentations, and Chip contributes an article about Robert Downey Jr.’s performance in Iron Man. The character of Iron Man had his start in Marvel Comics, and Chip is kind of the quintessential comic-book fan, so he’s perfect for the assignment.

In the article, Chip talks about the reaction of comic-book fans when they heard Downey would be playing the title role: “This was too good to be true. Why? Well for one thing, he’s a real actor. If there’s anything die-hard comics fans want it’s for their fantasies to be taken seriously. We have an insatiable ache for credibility so we can continue to play with our toys.”

And he offers an observation about Downey’s well-publicized battle with substance abuse: “It was public and prolonged and excruciating to watch, mainly because we genuinely liked him so much. He was the über-cool son of your arty uncle who had so much potential and just couldn’t get his act together.”

Downey wasn’t nominated for any Oscars for his role in Iron Man, by the way, though the movie itself received two nominations: in Movie Editing and in Special Effects. You can see a list of this year’s Oscar nominees here.

Tina Hay, editor

February 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment

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