Chip Kidd

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Yale University Press, 2003 - Design - 112 pages
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A revealing look at a revolutionary graphic designer. Chip Kidd is renowned and revered as a maverick graphic designer. Specifically, Kidd's book jacket designs for such major New York publishers as Alfred A. Knopf are among the most significant and innovative of our time. This richly illustrated book--the first critical selection of kid's design work--looks closely at this contemporary visual pioneer. Veronique Vienne presents a full and nuanced view of Kidd, discussing how he has developed celebrity status as a designer, design critic, lecturer, and editor. She also relates how Kidd is greatly influenced by popular culture, noting his vast collection of Batman memorabilia. Vienne concludes by examining Kidd's editorial involvement with books on cartoonists as well as his own first novel, The Cheese Monkeys, published in 2001 to critical acclaim. Chip Kidd reveals the fascinating life and career of a revolutionary graphic designer with a winning public persona, whose ambitions now also lean toward editing and writing. The book will appeal to anyone involved in design and popular culture as well as admirers of Kidd's extraordinary creative spirit.

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User Review  - omphalos02 - LibraryThing

Vienne alternates between insightful and bitchy blabbiness. But the true star and focus here is Kidd's work, and it is something to behold. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

She was born and raised in Paris, and now lives in New York. She was a magazine art director for Parenting, Self, and Interiors before becoming a feature writer for such magazines as Harper's Bazaar and Town & Country. She also writes a regular column for House and Garden.

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