14 Facts About Chip Kidd


Charles Kidd was born on 1964 and is an American graphic designer known for book covers.


Chip Kidd attended Pennsylvania State University, where he graduated in 1986 with a degree in graphic design.


Chip Kidd is currently the associate art director at Knopf, an imprint of Random House.


Chip Kidd first joined the Knopf design team in 1986, when he was hired as a junior assistant.


Chip Kidd supervised graphic novels at Pantheon, and in 2003 he collaborated with Art Spiegelman on a biography of cartoonist Jack Cole, Jack Cole and Plastic Man: Forms Stretched to Their Limits.


Chip Kidd's output includes cover concepts for books by Mark Beyer, Bret Easton Ellis, Haruki Murakami, Dean Koontz, Cormac McCarthy, Frank Miller, Michael Ondaatje, Alex Ross, Charles Schulz, Osamu Tezuka, Gengoroh Tagame, David Sedaris, Donna Tartt, John Updike and many others.


Chip Kidd has worked with writer Lisa Birnbach on True Prep, a follow-up to her 1980 book The Official Preppy Handbook.


Chip Kidd is a huge fan of comic book media, particularly Batman, and has written and designed book covers for several DC Comics publications, including The Complete History of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, The Golden Age of DC Comics: 365 Days, and the aforementioned Jack Cole and Plastic Man.


Chip Kidd provided the cover design for Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again.


Chip Kidd's first novel, The Cheese Monkeys, is an academic satire and coming-of-age tale about state college art students who struggle to meet the demands of a sadistic graphic design instructor.


Chip Kidd takes the role of song writing, vocals, and percussion, and while the group began as hobby, Kidd has expressed interest in making a serious project out of it.


In 2013, Chip Kidd was announced as a member of the newly formed advisory board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization founded in 1986 chartered to protect the First Amendment rights of the comics community.


Chip Kidd was married to the late poet and Yale Review editor JD McClatchy; the couple married in November 2013.


Chip Kidd continues to edit comics at Pantheon and frequently writes about graphic design and pop culture for publications including McSweeney's, The New York Times, Vogue, and Entertainment Weekly.