Introduction to Book Cover Design: Making Stories Visual Premium class

Chip Kidd, Graphic Designer at Alfred A. Knopf

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9 Videos (1h 13m)
    • Trailer

    • History of Book Design

    • Typography, Content, and Form

    • Homage

    • Inspiration: Brazzaville Beach

    • Inspiration: Savage Art

    • Series Design

    • Managing & Preparing for Rejection

    • Conclusion


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?


114 of 122 students recommendSee All

Really great introduction to book cover design and overview of some different approaches to the task.
Nicole Miles


Great class!
Jie-Fei Y.


Chip Kidd is not only a wonderful designer, but a fascinating lecturer, too. Thank you, sir, for being so thorough.





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.'