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The Cheese Monkeys by Chip Kidd
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Nov 03, 2011

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This book is worth owning if just for the book design itself. The author, Chip Kidd, is a bookcover designer with Knopf. This is his first book. And the secind book he designed cover to cover (the first being Watching the Body Burn).

The story tracks a fictional version of Kidd as he makes his way through design school. You can imagine the types of characters her runs into. the story is pretty good. But the story, tied in with this book's design is even better. i.e. the font changes as the main character changes.

Kidd threw in lots of his personal design philosophy in the book. So it's a great read if you're interested in what makes one of the greatest cover designers tick.

Kidd is as close to a celebrity as book designers get. He even got to play himself on a soap opera back in 2005.

Plus, I read someone has bought the options to make this into a movie sometime down the road.

I think anyone who has thought about books and their design will enjoy this book. If for no other reason, than to be introduced to Chip Kidd, as a professional.

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