World Book Day

World Book Day

1 March 2018 |
Posted in Illustration

“Whenever I’m feeling in need of inspiration I look at the book and it reminds me of what’s good about graphics”

Today we celebrate World Book Day and at Silk Pearce we know that a good book isn’t just about the words. We love type and illustration too! Here we take a look at some of our designers’ favourites.

Top of the list for Jack Pearce, Creative Head, is what can only be described as the graphic designers’ bible – The Art of Looking Sideways, by Alan Fletcher. The 536 page turner is a demonstration of the expressive use of type, space, colour and imagery. “Whenever I’m feeling in need of inspiration I look at the book and it reminds me of what’s good about graphics – it helps trigger ideas,” says Jack.



Creative Director, Rob Steer, favours the work of Portuguese illustrator Bernardo P Carvalho and author Isabel Minhós Martins, “The images are so simple and the limited use of colours are beautiful.”


Our senior designer, Ian Coote, has never been known to pass on a doughnut, which is why he’s probably chosen Steve Antony’s Please Mr Panda. It has a morale tale of teaching children to say please and thank you with the reward of a doughnut. We say, ‘Yes please, thank you very much!’ Ian comments, “I like the bold drawings of the animals and the simple use of colour, yet the facial expressions are full of character. My girls have always loved the illustrations and the stories, which always bring a smile to our faces.”


Penguins Great Ideas series is based on works by some of history’s most remarkable thinkers. The collections are a favourite of creative director, Gail Russell, who believes the books are a true reflection of the bookmakers art. “Each series is striking and beautifully packaged, with a creative use of type, which is not just flat printed. They carry an emotional quality which make them something that you’ll want to hold onto.”

The series shown here is designed by illustrator David Pearson, with the brief to use just one colour alongside black and for the typography to convey the elements of each book.


We finish with an illustrator who won't fail to put a smile on your face. Lauren Child, author and illustrator of the very popular Charlie and Lola children’s books, is the favourite of designer, Andrea Webling, “It’s the colour, texture, collage and playfulness that I find so appealing.”