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Charles Kid better known as Chip Kidd is an American graphic designer, author and editor, who are known for his graphic designs on book covers. He is 51 years old and he was born in Pennsylvania on September 12, 1964. Kidd grew up basically being inspired by American pop culture, especially batman. When Chip grew up he attended Pennsylvania State University. After he graduated from the graphic design program, he went and got hired at Knopf publishing house as a junior assistant in 1986. As he was working for them he began to develop his own style of unconventional book designs. His style was unique and he became an effective designer for book covers. Kidd free-lanced from a lot of different firms. He was able to produce 70 book jackets per year. Some of the publishing houses he free-lanced from were Farrar Straus & Giroux, Amazon and many more. His sense of humor and techniques was also translated into the designs he made. Kidd …show more content…
That resulted in the TED talk web video, “Designing books is no laughing matter. OK it is.” That video had over 660,000 hits in counting. He also has many other novels, coffee- table books, and book covers he has created. He has also won awards throughout his career like the National Design award for Communication, International Center of Photography’s Infinity award for design. He has also won the AIGA medal. Now Kidd currently lives his days in Manhattans Upper East Side. He lives with his wife the poet and Yale Review editor J.D McClatchy. They have been married since November of 2013. He continues to edit comics at Pantheon where he writes about graphic design and pop culture for publications like McSweeney's The New York Times, Vogue, and Entertainment Weekly. He also spends some of his time in Palm Beach Florida. The USA Today describes Chip Kidd as “the closest thing to a rock star in the graphic design

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