Chip Kidd ('86 B.A. Graphic Design), writer and designer of book jackets for authors such as John Updike and Michael Crichton, has been named a Penn State Distinguished Alumnus, the University's highest honor for an individual. Dubbed “the closest thing to a rock star in graphic design” by USA Today, Kidd began his career in 1986 at Alfred A. Knopf, where today he is associate art director. He is the author of several books, including The Cheese Monkeys and The Learners, both fictional accounts of his time at Penn State, as well as an original graphic novel, Batman: Death by Design. Kidd is the recipient of the National Design Award for Communications (presented by the Cooper-Hewitt/Smithsonian). For more on Kidd, visit his website.
The University Libraries recently announced that Kidd's archives will be housed at Penn State. Click here for the full story.