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Chip Kidd

The Greatest Graphic Designers of All Time – #2

Chip Kidd is a name well-known in graphic design circles and for good reason. This heavyweight of the design world is responsible for creating the iconic t-rex cover of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park novel. The design would later go on to be featured in the 1993 film adaptation’s marketing. Kidd is, without a doubt, one of the greatest book cover designers of all time.


Charles ‘Chip’ Kidd was born in 1964 in Shillington, Pennsylvania. His main interest in life was American popular culture and comic books. His love of Superman and Batman comics helped light the way toward a career in graphic design. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1986 with a degree in graphic design.

Kidd became a jack of all trades through a career path that placed him as a graphic designer (first and foremost), a book cover designer, author, editor, and lecturer. Kidd is also the frontman of Artbreak, an alternative rock band. The group is currently touring.

Kidd’s career in book cover design began in 1986 when he was hired as a junior assistant at Knopf, an imprint of Random House. He would turn out an impressive 75 jacket designs a year. His clients would include Amazon, Doubleday, HarperCollins, Columbia University Press and Scribner. As for comic book work, Kidd covered many famous artists, including Frank Miller, Osamu Tezuka, Charles Schulz and Alex Ross.

A USA Today reporter once described him as “the closest thing to a rock star” in terms of the design industry, whilst James Ellroy dubbed him “the world’s greatest book-jacket designer.”


Book Covers

Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan (2008)

Now You Are One of Us by Asa Nonami (2007)

Apollo’s Song by Osamu Tezuka (2008)

Watching The Watchmen by Dave Gibbons (2008)

Judge This (2015)

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