Saturday, 28 April 2012

Design Practice II//Product/Range/Distribution//Children's Editorial Illustration.

Doing a spot of research into children's editorial illustration (illustration FOR children that is...not by them...) as a source of inspiration into my own designs for the Product/Range/Distribution project, design developments and outcomes of which can be found on my Design Practice blog.

Below, a few of my favourite examples found on Behance today- some wonderful variation, and contexts/concepts very similar to my own, which will, undoubtedly, provide some great inspiration and ideas.

Charlotte Estelle Littlehales
Nottingham, United Kingdom

Charming design idea from the original Penguin/Puffin brief by Nottingham-based designer Charlotte Estelle Littlehales for the Grimm's Fairy Tales cover design brief. 
Although not my usual style, or one that I will be pursuing from quite a Graphic and uniformed design outlook, I really like Charlotte's very playful, illustrative designs which really capture the imagination and excitement that children so often get when reading or hearing the Grimm's Fairy Tales for the first time.
In addition to her cover illustrations, Charlotte also ties the design together with a paper craft cover, which adds an element of luxury to the design, and the glittery-red stock adding that little bit more magic and creativity to the design outcome.

Emma Hopkins
Bristol, United Kingdom

Key Stage 3 Work pack for 11-14 year olds.

As with all of Emma Hopkins' (a Bristol-based Graphic Designer) portfolio, I am a huge fan of one of her latest projects, 'Ratio', a Key Stage 3 work pack for 11-14 year olds, which acts to creatively engage older children with mathematical calculations.
With a fun, consistent, eye-catchingly bright design, Emma's designs are completely spot on- keeping it simple, yet completely effective.

Joel Martin
Falmouth, United Kingdom

Again, I really love the combination of creativity and simplicity by Falmouth- based Graphic Designer Joel Martin in this 2011 Penguin/Puffin brief in which designers were set the task of redesigning the cover for the Roald Dahl classic 'James and the Giant Peach'. Along with the organic-looking cover design, here, Joel goes to show how effective extending the brief can be, with a simple over-leaf pack which contains illustrations of the animals and insects featured within the story with mock-anatomical details and notes, adding another element of intrigue and delight for the young target audience.

Emiliano Ponzi
Milan, Italy

Something a little different this time, with some beautiful illustrative design by Italian artist, Emiliano Ponzi. I really love Emiliano's distinctive illustrative style with a texture, screen-print like style that really adds character and depth to the drawings throughout the book.
Here, the images ARE the book- playing a much larger role than the text does, visually communicating, as such, to narrate the story. Although images are going to be a very important factor within my work, I want to focus upon the balance of telling the stories as well as visually communicating them- and therefore hope to have more of a 50/50 divide between text content and images.

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