I've been totally smitten with Japanese children's book design these days. They are a culture that seems to truly embrace visual play, conjuring an endearing sweetness without being overly saccharine. I want to learn to set type in Japanese!
On that note, I am honored to be starting to work on some new products for Chronicle Books featuring the must-beloved illustrations of Taro Gomi. The summer promises to be playful and new; please stay-tuned.
03 June 2011
The Little Fireman, text by Margaret Wise Brown, pictures by Esphyr Slobodkina, 1938
Been diving into this rather archaic compendium as of late; an expansive look at the picturebook throughout American history. I love the restraint and simplicity of the spreads above, and am reminded of the power of a well-designed book. Designers, after all, are also storytellers; creators of wonderment and curiosity; soothsayers of the unseen and the intangible...
"A picturebook is text, illustrations, total design; an item of manufacture and a commercial product; a social, cultural, historical document; and, foremost, an experience for a child.
As an art form it hinges on the interdependence of pictures and words, on the simultaneous display of two facing pages, and on the drama of the turning of the page.
On it's own terms its possibilities are limitless."
–American Picturebooks from Noah's Ark to The Beast Within, by Barbara Bader
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