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Introduction to Book Cover Design: Making Stories Visual

Chip Kidd, Graphic Designer at Alfred A. Knopf

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9 Videos (1h 13m)
    • Trailer

      1:14
    • History of Book Design

      9:54
    • Typography, Content, and Form

      9:06
    • Homage

      9:22
    • Inspiration: Brazzaville Beach

      8:21
    • Inspiration: Savage Art

      7:39
    • Series Design

      9:54
    • Managing & Preparing for Rejection

      7:44
    • Conclusion

      9:25

About This Class

What do stories look like? This is the question that book designers ask with each and every project, and Chip Kidd knows the answer better than anyone.

In this 60-minute class, legendary book designer Chip Kidd will take you through the fundamentals of book cover design, his way. With lessons on the history of book design, typography best practices, and Chip's personal design philosophy, you'll gain insider knowledge to take your design instincts and skills to the next level. You’ll learn how to:

  • Individualize your projects to match the book you’re working on
  • Develop concepts and sketches for your book
  • Incorporate key design elements to make your book covers stand out

After taking this class, you’ll be ready to design your own book cover and answer the question: what do stories look like?

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I loved this look at iconic images that inspired book covers. It was interesting to see how Chip Kidd incorporated textile, POV of the protagonist in the novel, and branding iron remakes for topography. Inspirational was the way he included rejection as part of this class. What to do with it, how to prepare for it, and how to remember who the project belongs to. Fantastic class!
love chip kidd! really enjoyed this class.

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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 C...

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