Best known for his book cover designs, Chip Kidd has become one of the most famous book cover designers in today’s society. For many years, Kidd has viewed graphic designer Paul Saville as a major influence on his work. Educated at Penn State University, Chip began designing covers in 1986 for Knopf, a New York publishing house, where he became responsible for 75 book covers a year. Today, he still works for Knopf as the art director, along with overseeing the production of comic book covers for Pantheon. Kidd’s love in comic books, graphic novels, and pop culture have been a large influence on his pieces.
According to many sources, one of the most consistent characteristics in Kidd’s revolutionary style is that he does not have a signature look in his book jackets. He describes his work and his typography by stating the following in an interview with Smashing Magazine:
“Personally, in terms of my typography, I think it’s pretty conservative and not very adventurous, because I worry about something looking trendy.”
Kidd’s work has been featured in Vanity Fair, Time, The New York Times, Graphis, New York and ID magazines. He has also written about graphic design for Vogue, The New York Times, the New York Observer, Arena, Details, The New York Post and Print magazines.
Here are some of his most famous works, many looking very familiar:
Learn more by visiting Chip Kidd’s personal website Here.