Chip Kidd (born 1964) is a graphic designer who has become, according to USA Today, “the closest thing to a rock star” within the book cover designing industry. Although he currently is part of the design team for Knopf publishing, Kidd has been contracted by specific authors for his visually striking designs, and has produced covers for such authors as Dean Koontz, Cormac McCarthy, Charles Schulz, David Sedaris, John Updike, and more. Today, Kidd lives and works in Manhattan, New York, and has written novels, started a new wave rock band, and collaborated with staff writers of the Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated series. Collections of his works have been published, highlighting his commercial appeal and high industry demand. His design for the Jurassic Park novel may be one of his most famous pieces, and was also used for marketing the film adaptation.
Although critics and authors have noted Kidd’s designs have helped to establish book cover design as an art in itself, Kidd is still a firm believer of not judging a book by its cover. However, marketing departments and authors agree, Kidd has a special talent for designing covers that captivate audiences with smart, unpredictable images. As a comic book fan, Kidd also works as a design editor for Pantheon comics.