Children’s Books and Good Design

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  1. Maggie says:

    David Shannon's books are fantastic and I eat his illustrations up!

    Eric Carle, of course, is the best of the best in my book.

  2. Charles says:

    I definitely like Carle's art. I haven't heard of David Shannon, but I'll look for his books next time we're out.

    There's something different about these to books though, and it's more about print design than art or illustration. Fucile's comic style is appealing, but I was more interested in how the huge open spaces, off-center focus, and speech fonts affect how I perceive the storyline. It's almost cinematic.

    And Freight Train is brilliant in it's simplicity. Flat illustration and sans-serif block text used wonderfully.

  3. Niema says:

    For me it depends on the children's book whether I have great interest or little. I still want to make picture books for adults. In other words use a similar format, but have adult themes with a fantasy or fairytale overture to it. Maybe illustrating the original Grimm's fairy tales.

    I love the Caldecott Awards for illustration in children's books. Coretta Scott King and Pure Belpre award winners are interesting as well.

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