In his 25 years as an art director at Knopf, Chip Kidd has churned out iconic book jackets for literary geniuses from Cormac McCarthy to Orhan Pamuk. Whether you love him or hate him, you’ll probably agree that Kidd’s got a penchant for the literal. McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses features a horse’s mane; Pamuk’s Snow dons--what else?--a snowy tableau. But in his design for Haruki Murakami’s much-anticipated new novel, IQ84, Kidd takes a more nuanced approach to communicating a book’s plot (not just title) through the jacket design.
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