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Introduction to Book Cover Design: Making Stories Visual

By ·Graphic Designer at Alfred A. Knopf

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Class Project

Reimagine the cover of your favorite book

What do stories look like? This is a question that I ask when starting each project I've worked on during my 28 years designing book covers at Alfred A. Knopf. Book covers are all around us, whether it's in the book store, a library, or now in the digital age. This class will teach you how to communicate through book cover design, and the artistic vision behind it.

What You'll Learn

I'll teach you my book cover design process. We'll cover the following:

  • Design History. Understanding the history of book cover design and the importance of reading the book. 
  • Concepts and Ideas. Developing concepts and sketches for your book, how to visually approach an authors work, and different types of books.
  • Critique and Rejections. Creating the final design and getting your work rejected.

What You'll Do

In this class, you will select one of your favorite books, and reimagine the book cover design. Whether you pick a classic, non-fiction or a biography, I'll walk you through my process to get the perfect cover.

Level: Beginner

Chip Kidd

Graphic Designer at Alfred A. Knopf

Chip Kidd is a Designer/Writer in New York City (and Stonington, CT, and Palm Beach, FL). His book cover designs for Alfred A. Knopf, where he has worked non-stop since 1986, have helped create a revolution in the art of American book packaging.

He is the recipient of the National Design Award for Communications, as well at the Use of Photography in Design award from the International Center of Photography. And a bunch of other stuff.

Kidd has published two novels, The Cheese Monkeys and The Learners, as well as Batman: Death By Design, an original graphic novel published by DC Comics and illustrated by Dave Taylor. His latest book, is Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design, was released in October, 2013.

A distinguished and prolific Lecturer, Kidd has spoken at Princeton, Yale, Harvard, RISD and a zillion other places.

His 2012 TED talk has garnered over 400,000 hits as of this writing, and is cited as one of the 'funniest of the year.'

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