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Interviews with writers, journalists, filmmakers, and podcasters about how they do their work. Hosted by Aaron Lammer, Max Linsky, and Evan Ratliff.


Episode 169: Chip Kidd at the Miami Book Fair

Chip Kidd is a book designer and author. His most recent book is Only What's Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts.

“The curious thing about doing a book cover is that you're creating a piece of art, but it is in service to a greater piece of art that is dictating what you're going to do. I may think I've come up with the greatest design in the world, but if the author doesn't like it, they win. And I have to start over.”

Thanks to The Standard Hotels, MailChimp, Mack Weldon, Prudential, The Great Courses Plus, and "The Message" for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes:

  1. @chipkidd
  3. [4:00] Kidd's Amazon page
  4. [5:00] Only What's Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts (Harry N. Abrams • 2015)
  5. [5:00] "Judge This" (TED Books • 2015)
  6. [11:00] The Cheese Monkeys (Scribner • 2001)
  7. [11:00] The Learners (Workman Publishing Company • 2008)
  8. [11:00] Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design (Scribner • 2008)
  9. [15:00] Lawrence Wright on the Longform Podcast
  10. [16:00] The Looming Tower (Lawrence Wright • Knopf • 2008)
  11. [22:00] Charles Burns's Black Hole cover
  12. [31:00] Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (Little Brown and Company • 2004)
  13. [35:00] What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Knopf • 2004)
  14. [35:00] Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack & the Japanese Psyche (The Harvill Press • 2000)

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