Thu January 15, 2009
Meet Chip Kidd --- "the closest thing to a rock star in the graphic design world."
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – Contrary to the old saying, you can indeed judge a book by its cover --- or, at any rate, shoppers at Amazon and Borders and so forth do so all the time. Hence the remarkable and still-evolving career of Chip Kidd, whom USA Today calls "the closest thing to a rock star in the graphic design world." A celebrated artist, author, comics enthusiast, and book designer, Kidd has designed thousands of book jackets --- many of them quite striking or even artful --- from Michael Crichton's "Jurassic Park" and Cormac McCarthy's "All the Pretty Horses" to David Sedaris's "Naked" as well as Kidd's own novels, "The Cheese Monkeys" and "The Learners." Kidd is in Tulsa this evening, doing a lecture/book-signing event at Philbrook --- and on our program today, he talks with Rich Fisher about the growth and development of his work as a designer and a novelist. Finally, in closing, commentator Barry Friedman tells a tale about a "500-pound man."