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The Five or More Faces of Chip Kidd


Who knew virtuoso graphic designer Chip Kidd was also an aspiring impressionist?

ThelearnersCheck out the "trailer" he created for his new novel, The Learners which is a hysterical exercise in form and content. Yes, it sounds weird, and it is.

In the trailer Kidd interprets The Wicked Witch of the West interpreting Psalms 23, Jimmy Stewart interpreting Eminem's "Lose Yourself", Helen Hayes doing "Janet Jackson's "Nasty," and a new-born baby hamster interpreting Hamlet, Act II, Scene VI.

But I think Kidd's interpretation of Peter Lorre interpreting Sheena Easton's "My Sugar Walls" is my favorite.

Not-to-miss clip AFTER THE JUMP...

I think I must run out and get a copy of The Learners now. I think this visual-trailers-for-books trend is a good thing.

Chip Kidd [official site]

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  1. Wait...that's *not* Hitler?

    Posted by: Mike B. | Feb 19, 2008 11:59:04 AM

  2. OMG - a writer with a sense of humor! That's like meeting a comic with social skills - I heart this man.

    Posted by: joseph Schmitt | Feb 19, 2008 12:37:29 PM

  3. Shades of the 1970 album "Paul Frees & The Poster People", which has a Peter Lorre version of Hey Jude, and a supremely weird take on Sugar Sugar with Sydney Greenstreet.

    Get it here:

    Posted by: Mike | Feb 19, 2008 3:53:26 PM

  4. Genius.

    Posted by: beanbagz | Mar 11, 2008 12:12:17 AM

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