An Evening with Chip Kidd

Posted on May 6 by SEASONS Magazine

Chip Kidd, photo by John Madere.

Chip Kidd, photo by John Madere.

Whoever says not to judge a book by its cover has clearly never heard of Chip Kidd or the masterful detail that is required of him to transform regular book jackets into works of art. For many, book jackets are the least thrilling part of any novel. Kidd however, sees these protective coverings as an opportunity to begin telling the story before even turning the first page.

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents An Evening with Chip Kidd, an illustrated presentation with the designer and art director who has been described by USA Today as “the closest thing to a rock star” in the world of graphic design.

Some of the most recognizable book covers from the past three decades have been products of Kidd’s craftsmanship. Kidd’s art sits on bookshelves across the globe, having formed partnerships with authors such as, Haruki Murakami, David Sedaris and Donna Tartt.  He does more than design book covers too. Kidd is also a novelist, having authored Batman: Death by Design and The Cheese Monkeys. While he is most known for his graphic design in the realm of book covers, he has also produced album covers, is an active freelance designer and is a driving force behind Pantheon Graphic Novels.  A recipient of the National Design Award for Communications, Kidd’s breadth and depth of his professionalism is far reaching.

Chip Kidd presents his work on Tuesday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall.  For more information, visit

—Danielle Moss


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