For more than twenty years people have been picking up books because of the design skills of Chip Kidd. The iconic “Jurassic Park” cover, the snazzy Elmore Leonard reissues, David Sedaris’ “Naked,” even the New Testament.
Kidd talked to Time.com about his work, his love of books, his deep and abiding affection for bizarre Batman memorabilia, and his own favorite work:
Aside from ones you’ve worked on, what are some of your recent favorite book jackets?
The cover for James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces. Since all that’s happened with that book, the cover is the only aspect of it that has emerged with its dignity intact. The cover works regardless of whether it’s a novel or a memoir or what have you.