Chip Kidd designs…a design book for kids – of course!

Ah, Chip Kidd.  My favorite book design rock star does it again with the perfect book for anyone who loves design.

He cleverly brings a witty  and conversational tone to the principles of design—suitable to those new to design as well as those of us who enjoy a fun refresher to the elements.  He makes you think and look at the world through the eyes of a designer.  As the School Library Journal notes in their review, “He is creating a book not only for art classes, but also for courses in journalism, communications, media, and writing, for units on persuasive writing and advertising, and to demonstrate how strong visual images convey meaning and appeal.”   The book is noted as for ages 10 and up, but it seems better suited for middle school or early high school students.  I truly love the book just as a beautiful piece of design in itself. I expect nothing less from this master!

“’GO: A Kidd’s Guide To Graphic Design,’ is pretty awesome.” – The Huffington Post

Check out the book’s video trailer – with some voice work from Mr. Kidd himself.

If you aren’t familiar with Chip Kidd from my previous blog posts, here and here , let me catch you up a bit and I will try not to swoon too much. He is currently associate art director at Knopf, where he began in 1986.  He has created cover concepts for books by Bret Easton Ellis, Haruki Murakami, Michael Crichton, Cormac McCarthy, Frank Miller, Michael OndaatjeCharles Schulz, David Sedaris, Donna Tartt, John Updike — just to name a few!

Book Jacket Design by Chip Kidd

And recently, Kidd designed the book version of the incredibly popular, viral phenomenon, graduation speech given by author Neil Gaiman, given at our beloved University of the Arts in 2012.  Inspiring stuff!

Image copyright Neil Gaiman

Publishers Weekly describes Kidd’s book jackets as “creepy, striking, sly, smart, unpredictable covers that make readers appreciate books as objects of art as well as literature.” USA Today called him “the closest thing to a rock star” in graphic design today.

He is also an author himself, with the novels Cheese Monkeys (which is based a bit on his own art training at Penn State) and The Learners. I thoroughly enjoyed both and recommend them to anyone with an interest in design. His amusing TED talk is great to watch and then listen to this recent podcast to answer your nagging, inevitable question, “What is up with his glasses?

What do you think of his design work?  Other recommendations for books to get students aware of design?  We’d love to hear from you!

A Great Reception for Digital Photo!

We are so proud of our latest group of photographers who have completed their Digital Photography Capstone Exhibition!

It was great to celebrate the accomplishments of Kaylee Collins, Deedra Grandelli, and Adam Kantorski at last night’s reception, along with their many supportive friends, colleagues, and family members.  We loved meeting all of you.


Kaylee Collins at the reception, image by Susan Kessler

Adam Kantorski at the reception, image by Susan Kessler

Deedra Grandelli at the reception, image by Susan Kessler

It was so nice to see the community spirit and ongoing creative support our photo students have nurtured amongst themselves as they develop their craft.

We toast Kaylee, Deedra and Adam – great job!

And we look forward to our next group show on Thursday January 23 to see the works of Bridget Horgan Bell, Eve Miller,  Susan Kessler and Casandra Williams.  Join us!

Digital Photography Capstone Exhibition – Group One – Reception on Wed Dec 4

The Division of Continuing Studies is pleased to present the upcoming Continuing Education Capstone Exhibitions, featuring the work of Digital Photography certificate students.

Image copyright, Kaylee Collins, Digital Photography Certificate

CE Digital Photography Capstone Exhibition: Part 1
November 26, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Featuring the work of:
Kaylee Collins – Societal Serenity
Deedra Grandelli – Farm Aid
Adam Kantorski – a moment…a place

Wednesday, December 4, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Hors d’oeuvere and refreshments will be served

The Continuing Studies Gallery
9th Floor of Terra Hall
211 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107


And Mark your calendars:
CE Digital Photography Capstone Exhibition: Part 2

January 18 – February 10, 2014
Featuring the work of Eve Miller, Casandra Williams, Susan Kessler and Bridget Horgan Bell

Thursday, January 23, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Hors d’oeuvere and refreshments will be served