Introduction to Book Cover Design: Making Stories Visual

Chip Kidd, Graphic Designer at Alfred A. Knopf

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10 Lessons (1h 13m)
    • 1. Trailer

      1:14
    • 2. History of Book Design

      9:54
    • 3. Typography, Content, and Form

      9:06
    • 4. Homage

      9:22
    • 5. Inspiration: Brazzaville Beach

      8:21
    • 6. Inspiration: Savage Art

      7:39
    • 7. Series Design

      9:54
    • 8. Managing & Preparing for Rejection

      7:44
    • 9. Conclusion

      9:25
    • 10. Explore Design on Skillshare

      0:37
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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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