The Cheese Monkeys book cover

The Cheese Monkeys: A Novel in Two Semesters

Chip Kidd

I don’t think I would have come across this book had it not been for watching this video from Daniel Milnor on his YouTube channel, thank you, Daniel. While the recommendation mentioned it was a story about art school, I was surprised to see how relevant it was to me.

Covering a relatively short period of two semesters the author wastes no time with unnecessary backstory, just dives straight in. The story is written in a very factual, almost diary-like way that makes for an easy, but enjoyable read. The characters are great and the tales amusing, and many remind me of past creative directors I’ve worked with. The Cheese Monkeys is essential reading for any designer.