Chip Kidd is a book designer and author. His most recent book is Only What's Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts.
“The curious thing about doing a book cover is that you're creating a piece of art, but it is in service to a greater piece of art that is dictating what you're going to do. I may think I've come up with the greatest design in the world, but if the author doesn't like it, they win. And I have to start over.”
Thanks to The Standard Hotels, MailChimp, Mack Weldon, Prudential, The Great Courses Plus, and "The Message" for sponsoring this week's episode.
- [4:00] Kidd's Amazon page
- [5:00] Only What's Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts (Harry N. Abrams • 2015)
- [5:00] "Judge This" (TED Books • 2015)
- [11:00] The Cheese Monkeys (Scribner • 2001)
- [11:00] The Learners (Workman Publishing Company • 2008)
- [11:00] Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design (Scribner • 2008)
- [15:00] Lawrence Wright on the Longform Podcast
- [16:00] The Looming Tower (Lawrence Wright • Knopf • 2008)
- [22:00] Charles Burns's Black Hole cover
- [31:00] Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (Little Brown and Company • 2004)
- [35:00] What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Knopf • 2004)
- [35:00] Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack & the Japanese Psyche (The Harvill Press • 2000)