In 2008 HappyCentro was invited to take part in a collective project around the concept of the ‘Travelling.’ The project was spearheaded by Scalacolore, a design community based in Verona, Italy.
Design a series of posters by taking a letter of an alphabet, looking for a selection of 10 cities in the world that starts with this letter, say which languages are spoken in these places, say where are you from and which is your language.
A handful of really cool posters.
h/t The Logo Smith
When one of the leading publishers of books on visual culture starts making books for kids you know is going to be good.
Introducing Little Gestalten, the new children’s book imprint from the noted German publisher Gestalten.
Here’s the reasoning and the plan:
Nothing fosters children’s imaginations better than a book. Good books can help children understand the world and learn a lot about life. They can pique their natural curiosity, impart knowledge, and hearten them to be empathetic or brave.
The world is, of course, already filled with wonderful children’s books. Still, there are always new and surprisingly different stories to be told, as well as fresh, creative illustrators and gifted storytellers who can change the way we see the world. These talents and voices inspired us to create Little Gestalten.
With Little Gestalten we aim to bring today’s innovative authors and illustrators to children. Whether in the form of a poetic picture book, a classic fairytale with a contemporary look and feel, or an original work of nonfiction addressing the concerns of today’s young people, we hope you will enjoy discovering these new titles.
Here’a a taste of a few of the early titles:
Issun Bôshi: The One-Inch Boy by Icinori.
This classic Japanese fairy tale tells the story of Issun Bôshi, the tiny son of an old, long childless couple. Buy: Publisher | Amazon
Elsa and the Night by Jöns Mellgren. Translated from the Swedish by Anita Shenoi.
In a very poetic way, Elsa and the Night tells the story of an extraordinary friendship. Can one make friends with the night? Elsa can! How, may you ask, could someone even meet the night?
Buy: Publisher | Amazon
Alphabetics: An Aesthetically Awesome Alliterated Alphabet Anthology by Patrick and Traci Concepción. Illustrated by Dawid Ryski
From Atticus, the altruistic astronaut, to Zooey, the zonked zombie, this book revamps the ABCs. Buy: Publisher | Amazon
More titles at Little Gestalten.
In The Alphabet That Was Good To Eat Patsy is having trouble remembering her ABC’s when her imaginary friend Bilo comes up a plan for Patsy to think of something good to eat that starts with each letter of the alphabet.
Published in 1932 by The Harter Publishing Company out of Cleveland the book features a Dick and Jane-style cover design and illustrations by Dorothy Whidden.
Here’s a sampling courtesy of Crossett Library at Bennington College.