Ladybird by Design

Ladybird by Design Ladybird By Design is a fascinating look at the social and design history of the well known publisher Ladybird Books released to celebrate years since the familiar ladybird was first registered a

  • Title: Ladybird by Design
  • Author: Lawrence Zeegan
  • ISBN: 9780723293927
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ladybird By Design is a fascinating look at the social and design history of the well known publisher Ladybird Books, released to celebrate 100 years since the familiar ladybird was first registered as a logo in 1915.Ladybird by Design charts the rise of the company that was initially known as Wills Hepworth, from its origin as a small Loughborough printer to its groLadybird By Design is a fascinating look at the social and design history of the well known publisher Ladybird Books, released to celebrate 100 years since the familiar ladybird was first registered as a logo in 1915.Ladybird by Design charts the rise of the company that was initially known as Wills Hepworth, from its origin as a small Loughborough printer to its growth into a global publisher beloved by millions of children, teachers and parents It delves into the stories behind the beautiful art and design of the iconic mini hardback books that have adorned children s bookshelves for generations, and explores the career of Editorial Director Douglas Keen, who commissioned many of the books from the 1950s to the 70s, as well as those of the artists who brought them to life In addition to a range of classic covers and images from books, Ladybird By Design also contains a selection of rare photographs and artwork, and includes sections on favourite series such as Well Loved Tales, Nature, How it Works, Key Words, Junior Science, Hobbies and Interests, People at Work and Adventures from History, through to information on the exciting books still being published by Ladybird today Written by Professor Lawrence Zeegen, a well known illustrator and Dean of the School Design at the London College of Communication.

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    1. This is a beautifully browsable history of Ladybird books, lavishly illustrated. It's filled not only with those distinctive covers and pages but with some gorgeous (if perhaps gratuitous) historical photographs and complementary images. But hey, who wouldn't want to look at vintage car and fashion ads that happened to be printed by the same company?This book's appeal is a no-brainer. There's nostalgia for what we're reminded (rather too often) was a fantasy of the always-optimistic, always-aspi [...]

    2. I grew up reading Ladybird books, so this was a trip down memory lane for me. The book is mostly a showcase of titles from the start of the Ladybird era to present. Children's early reading books, fairytales, science books, travel books, etc - selected covers and pages from each series are featured and sometimes discussed. We also learn more about some of Ladybird's key figures and prominent illustrators. Everything from choice of type to printing method is covered. Of course, everything reads l [...]

    3. A great little book about little books.It nicely tells the story of how the Ladybird brand was created.It also goes into the history behind some of the series and also some of the artists.The story behind Ladybird is mainly down to innovative thinking and hard work, so don't expect too many revelations.People of a certain age (like myself) will be captivated by the many samples of covers.I have fond memories of sitting quietly with a Ladybird book and being enthralled by the hand drawn pictures [...]

    4. A real trip down memory lane and a fascinating one at that! This book provides the history of Ladybird books, the reason the format is as it is, key figures in the company, key artists, how they worked with artists, and much much more. You will see books you had as a kid and others you did not, all beautifully illustrated as was the norm with the imprint. I must admit that I have bought some original copies of some I had as a kid - Tootles the taxi is still great I still remember the confusion I [...]

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