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Chip Kidd: Book One: Work: 1986-2006

4.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  757 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Described as "the closest thing to a rock star" in graphic design today (USA Today), Chip Kidd is universally recognized as an American master of contemporary book design. At the forefront of a revolution in publishing, Kidd's iconic covers, with their inventive marriage of type and found images, have influenced an entire generation of design practitioners in many fields.C ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Rizzoli
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Aug 30, 2009 karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aaaahhrrrtt
good gravy, i love chip kidd. this book is like bookporn; me drooling over every cover, because i am someone who is completely influenced by covers - i cant even help it. i have multiple books-by-the-same-author even if ive never read the author just because they consistently have great covers. i just buy them every time they write a new one, and every time i think - "man, i should read one of them - they might not even be that good", but that is a problem working in the book biz - the seeing an ...more
Seth T.
Mar 04, 2008 Seth T. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in thoughtful design
After I picked up Suite Française, I happened to look at the cover-design credit and recognized the name Chip Kidd. After a moment's reflection as to the source of my familiarity with the designer, I walked over to my bookshelf and picked up a volume from my collection of Osamu Tezuka's Buddha. Sure enough, Kidd had designed the covers for the entire series (incidentally, I found the design one part frustrating and one part inspiring, as the spines line up nicely and thematically but the half-ja ...more
Aug 10, 2012 Jay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: media, favorites
Quite a behind-the-scenes description of the making, or really the envisioning of book covers. Everything has a story, quite often a reasonable one based on the book being covered (but not always!). Nice as a coffee-table book, but the odd half-hardcover, size and heft makes this ergonomically challenging to read. I'm heartened that my daughter, considering taking a design class in high school, is attracted to the book - the images, the stories, and the design of the pages. With Kidd explaining, ...more
Hank Stuever
Oct 17, 2015 Hank Stuever rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's like the best crack for people who've ever loved graphic design, especially as it pertains to book jackets.
Apr 07, 2014 Wink rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The world’s best book cover designer is Chip Kidd. Kidd has designed hundreds of best-selling books, and continues to amaze readers today. His designs are marked by sympathetic creativity. In his cover designs there is usually at least one unexpected element but it is always in the service of what the book is about. The better you know a book, the better the cover works; at the same time, knowing nothing as a mere browser, his covers call you to s
Nov 03, 2011 trav rated it it was amazing
Absolutely stellar!

Chip Kidd's star has been on the rise for a few years now. You can't walk down an isle of fiction without seeing his handywork catching your eye.

Kidd has achieved that place that all cover designers long to be. It's a lofty one where you are given enough room to really try some unorthodox things. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't.

This book covers Kidd's work up until 2005. It's fun to read about the process of putting these covers together. And even more fun to read
Dec 27, 2008 Kerfe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: visual-arts
After reading Kidd's semi-autobiographical novels, it was fun to get a parallel view of how his schooling and friendships led to his current book cover success. There's a little biographical background here, but mostly photos of covers, with commentary by both Kidd and sometimes the authors of the books. He gives ample credit to collaborators, and shows rejected ideas beside the final product so that the reader can get a feel for the process too. I'm in awe of the huge amount of reading he has d ...more
Jan 02, 2008 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're a book designer, Chip Kidd is what you aspire to (though you know you'll never get to that level). He is the top of the heap, the "rock star" of the profession, and he's even a Jeopardy! answer. You'll probably never get to that level. But flipping through Chip Kidd: Book One: Work: 1986-2006 sure makes you want to try.

This collection of Kidd's covers, side-by-side (as many as there can be; he's designed over 1000 so far), provides a great deal of insight into how he works. There is a
Ryan Chapman
Mar 05, 2007 Ryan Chapman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Art fans
Shelves: nonfiction
Chip Kidd is the Monet, Picasso, and Warhol of book design. I say this not from a position of authority—my design history knowledge is marginal—but of amazement. With great stylistic breadth meted out over thousands of covers, proof of quality and quantity, Kidd interprets the unnamable heart of every book he designs for into a perfect illustrative adornment. The collection itself is printed masterfully, with glossy full-color renderings of nearly everything he's designed in the last twenty year ...more
Aug 11, 2013 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"'In St. Paul, Minnesota a young man told me he had bought several of my books. When I thanked him he said, "Oh, it has nothing to do with you. I collect Chip Kidd covers."'" Author Edmund White's bookstore anecdote perfectly captures the attraction of Chip Kidd on full view in this collection of twenty years of his book covers, mostly for Knopf. The work collects books well known and not, both early and final versions along with background on the creative and often political processes in book j ...more
Feb 22, 2012 Ade rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When this book first came out, I raced to the bookstore to get a the hardcover. I allowed myself only a few pages a day so as to savor the design process of each and every cover inside. Chip Kidd is wonderful for putting together a collection of his work like this. As a designer, I could immediately start to see his influence on the covers I was working on (in a field that's much less inspiring!). He helped me push some boundaries and get more experimental. I feel like reading this has made me a ...more
Aug 01, 2007 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chip's mom
Cripes. This book is effing enormous. It's also awkward to read, because half of it is hard cover and the other half is paperback and flops all around. Don't get me wrong; it looks cool, but the dimensions make the it difficult to read in bed. Or on a plane. Or most places that lack a well-supported table.

Anyway, Book One compiles twenty years of Chip Kidd's best book cover designs. The authors of those books submit their opinion of Chip's work, so it makes for a nice, dense look at the design
Mar 12, 2015 M.i. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Impressive the sheer amount of designs crammed into this book.
Tim Hennessy
Sep 25, 2007 Tim Hennessy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who judge books by their cover
A few years ago, my then-girlfriend-now wife noticed a peculiar book buying issue that plagued me. If a book I enjoyed came out with a better cover I would then try to off load the former copy.
Once and awhile this could be overlooked. Maybe even considered "upgrading".
Thankfully, Chip Kidd's work has been collected so, at least my enjoyment of his cover artwork can be enclosed in one book. Time spent stalking used book stores new arrival shelves can now be spent staring at these pages and wond
jenna nims
Oct 10, 2009 jenna nims rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-for-me
i didnt really read this book but i did try and look at it. i wonder, is there something that i am missing? i hear so much about this man's book jackets and then when i see all of the ones he designed in this book i recognize many of them as being covers that i thought "why would they choose this design b/c it looks cheap?" not my style / taste at all. but it is a nicely laid out book if you were to like his designs so the rating is more for chip kidd's cover designs - not the book itself.
I love reading about creative people's processes; how did they figure to do this, or draw that, or make things that color? Here is a thick tome, full of Chip's work, and paragraph upon paragraph of him explaining the whys and hows, with some notes from the authors themselves. This was a treat to read and to gawk at. Stretching what could be conventionally done with type and photographs and stock images, Kidd did a ton with a great eye towards the material. Very much enjoyed this book.
It's particularly cool to read this extraordinary book as a librarian --so many of the books covers inside are familiar and recognizable as the popular works. I'm purely amazed at how this book, which could come off as Chip Kidd's scrapbook of celebrity encounters instead reads as a humble offering. It's probably the best chronicle of the last 20 years of graphic design in the united states and it comes across as modest, approachable and endlessly fascinating.
Jul 14, 2009 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-on-books
Love love love love love. After reading, spent an hour combing through my bookshelves to find Chip Kidd cover. I'm excited to contrast this book with Penguin by Design A Cover Story 1935-2005, a book I'm pretty sure Chip Kidd would want to kick to the curb.
Jul 30, 2007 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: graphic designers
This guy has rethought the book in every way that challenges a print designer. He is to book jackets as a tailor is to a suit...and a really good one controls every aspect of the design to create a signature cut.

This is one of the few design books really worth owning because of how freaking undeniably interesting the artwork is.
May 08, 2012 Phil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chip Kidd made me care about the covers of books long before I knew who Chip Kidd was. I worked at a bookstore for 7 1/2 years and his books were always the ones to catch my eye and prompt me to pick them up. It was an utter delight to see the majority of his covers collected here with the stories behind them.
Jun 15, 2008 SarahKate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chip Kidd is a personal hero for me. He's completely changed the way books are designed and I'm not going to lie, I do judge a book by it's cover. This is a fantastic way to dive head first into the world of book design and the life of Chip Kidd. It's also an impressive coffee-table book.
Mar 21, 2007 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: book jacket lovers, graphic designers
A sumptious review of Chip Kidd's book-related graphic design work, with lots of testimonials from authors and designers that he's worked with over the years. It actually introduced me to a number of books that I probably otherwise wouldn't have read. And it looks spiffy on the cofeetable too.
Jun 21, 2012 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Book lovers, art lovers
What an amazing guy! I had no idea who Chip Kidd was or that he was responsible for elevating book jacket design to a high art, but there's no going back to ignorance once you've been exposed to what is essentially his funny, impressive, and very readable graphic design memoir.
May 23, 2009 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very comprehensive source for Chip Kidd designs, created by the master himself. I adore the full-bleed images and the format of the book, and it's a great source of info on the design master himself without being laborious to read. Definitely recommend it.
Aug 27, 2009 Rob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved leafing through this book. I probably went through this book 8-10 times before I even began reading. Being a book designer, I enjoyed reading Chip's thoughts and commentary on his design choices. Very insightful and inspiring.
Sep 19, 2013 Nan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I loved everything about this book: the unusual physical bookness, the collage of images, the witty text. It made me want to a) join a Chip Kidd fan club and b) drop my current social science career and start designing books.
Sep 09, 2008 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art
Awesome book designer (and now actual novel author) Chip Kidd makes one stand up and take notice of how books look. (Not just art books, as most of what he works on are pure prose.)
Tim Lapetino
Feb 06, 2011 Tim Lapetino rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: design-education
Amazing retrospective of the first part of Chip Kidd's career. His work is clever, high-craft, and really raised the bar for book jacket design across the industry.
Tyler Michael
Aug 17, 2008 Tyler Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've long been a fan of Chip Kidd's design work for Knopf, so this collection of some of his best his book covers from the past two decades was pure eye candy for me.
Jul 15, 2011 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
The book is very self-congratulatory, but there's no denying the man's talent. Lots and lots of pictures in here, which makes up for the narcissism.
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Chip Kidd is an American author, editor and graphic designer, best known for his innovative book covers.
Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, Kidd grew up in a Philadelphia suburb, strongly influenced by American popular culture. While a design student at Penn State, an art instructor once gave the assignment to design a book cover for Museums and Women by John Updike, who is also a Shillington native. T
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