Judging book covers

Over the weekend, went to the Cooper Hewitt Museum to see its National Design Triennial and was glad to see the work of Chip Kidd featured. The image above is the cover to his own book, which is basically a book of book covers. Seeing a bunch of his covers on the wall together showed quite an impressive range of skill and an intriguing sensibility. One of his covers was for the Jay McInerny book The Good Life (below). Though the post-9/11 novel received mixed reviews, the cover was a stark and vivid reminder of the terrorist attacks.

From the museum:

Writer and graphic designer Chip Kidd has been designing book jackets for Alfred A. Knopf since 1986. His innovative work, recognized by international awards, has helped spark a revolution in the art of American book packaging. Kidd has written about graphic design and popular culture and is an editor of comic books for Pantheon, a Knopf subsidiary. His work will be included in Cooper-Hewitt’s 2006 National Design Triennial.

You can listen to him speak about his process here:

Give it a look and a listen. Interesting stuff.


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