Judge This (TED Books)

A fun, playful look at the importance of first impressions—in design and in life—from acclaimed book designer Chip Kidd.

First impressions are everything. They dictate whether something stands out, how we engage with it, whether we buy it, and how we feel. In Judge This, renowned designer Chip Kidd takes us through his day as he takes in first impressions of all kinds. We follow this visual journey as Kidd encounters and engages with everyday design, breaking down the good, the bad, the absurd, and the brilliant as only someone with a critical, trained eye can. From the design of your morning paper to the subway ticket machine to the books you browse to the smartphone you use to the packaging for the chocolate bar you buy as an afternoon treat, Kidd reveals the hidden secrets behind each of the design choices, with a healthy dose of humor, expertise, and of course, judgment as he goes.

Judge This is a design love story, exposing the often invisible beauty and betrayal in simple design choices—ones most of us never even think to notice. And with each object, Kidd proves that first impressions, whether we realize it or not, have a huge impact on the way we perceive the world.

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2 Comments

  1. Reverse spinoff Chip Kidd is a very lucky man. Right out of graphic design class he was hired into publishing in New York City, and has been a book cover designer at the same firm ever since. He works with the biggest names and gets seemingly free creative reign. He has collected some of his best covers, and the real world design elements that inspired them, into a short, fast little book you can read in an hour or two. 

  2. Subject doesn’t translate as well in Ereader format. Though I do not recommend this in ebook format because of the inability to have the graphic illustration and the commentary on screen at the same time, I never the less found the subject extremely interesting. Chip Kidd shares his reasoning for his choice of book cover art. I thought the method by which he selected the type of cover to be fascinating, and it gave me some insight into why I am attracted to covers in the bookstore and library. Perhaps I am missing out by not having a color…

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