This is by no means the proper post we planned for this week but out of our swamp of work we’re just letting you know that Society6 sales continue with nice offers till Friday and this includes our stuff, should you want some. Anyway, next week we promise the proper post and we’re sorry to keep putting it off. You’ve no idea what state we’re in, trying to finish all work and all cleaning before Christmas (and slowly getting to understand that it’s not possible for mere humans without sexy superhero mutations and/or spider bites).
So yes, we’re still swamped but it’s high time for a proper post. This time we wanted to share one of our relatively recent book acquisitions, a picture book Here is the Baby by Polly Kanevsky, illustrated by Taeeyun Yoo.
The book tells a very simple story of a baby boy on his day with his family (and especially his dad) as he goes through the routine of meals, a walk, a bath, play and sleep. The very simplicity of the text underscores the actual experience of taking care of a baby, while giving it a touching, sweet quality (we saw online some people didn’t like the text but we find it both honest and poetic with the rhythm and no rhymes).
The illustrations have a classic, deceptively simple character but manage to gorgeously capture the everyday warmth of family life. They almost shine with domestic light. If there’s one expression to describe the book heart-warming would be the closest. And yep, we probably wouldn’t have cared for it all that much before we had our own baby but now we not only admire the illustrations but find so much truth in the mood of this book. (Though, admittedly, it does not cover teething. Ugh, teething.)
The illustrations are somewhat old-school, reminding us of really old children books we used to have in childhood.
We have to admit though that this book might be more interesting to parents than babies. Our son always picks Walk this World over anything.
(And as an unrelated sidenote, there are promotions all week long over on Society6, where you can buy our posters and some other gadgets.)
Update: We’re still fighting deadlines (and not really shopping and barely breathing) but Society6 promotions are still on: follow the link to our store for 20% off + free shipping (till Dec 4). Should you feel so inclined, why don’t you visit . Posters make awesome holiday gifts, wink wink. Otherwise, just enjoy the illustration above.
Today we’re sharing another tribute on the sad occasion of Leonard Cohen’s death. We have great admiration for Cohen’s lyrical skill and many favorites among his songs. Of those we picked eight, for which we drew still life illustrations/interpretations and arranged them into the poster.
In case they are difficult to read, from top to bottom and left to right these are: 1. Suzanne 2. The Stranger Song 3. Famous Blue Raincoat 4. Let’s Sing Another Song, Boys 5. Seems So Long Ago, Nancy 6. Chelsea Hotel #2 7. Hallelujah 8. Closing Time.
As illustrated above, we spent the weekend with a sore throat and a bunch of more or less medically aproved methods to get over it. So far, the success has been, at most, partial. Hopefully, we’re be back on our feet by the next weekend. Until then, stay healthy.
Today we’re sharing a classic from our library, Saul Bass’s Henri’s Walk to Paris. You probably know Saul Bass from either his logo designs, movie posters or his iconic title sequences he created with his wife, Elaine. Those sequences remain a lasting legacy and have been revered, pastiched and parodied. As can be expected, we’re huge fans of Bass and of his bon mot “Design is thinking made visual.” It sure should be.
The book we’re showing today is a slightly less known work: Bass’s only children’s book. Bass’s illustration style, well-known from his posters, is quite recognizable with its vivid, flat colors and cutout shapes. This style is also quite remarkable for how it seems to anticipate the prevalent style of today’s vector illustrations with their, you guessed it, flat colors and geometric shapes.
But Henri’s Walk is truly a designer’s work, rather than just an illustrator’s (lovely as the illustrations are). It makes a smart use of page layout and typography in a way which is intriguing and playful (see e.g. the ingenious ideas on how not to show the characters’ faces to make the story more general). Both images and the text itself tells a story that delights and makes you wonder. And, of course, the colors are simply gorgeous.
Henri’s little house in his little town. The town of Reboul seems lovely.
The park with five trees and one squirrel.
Most of the people of Reboul plus one cow.