Monday, June 24, 2013
Charley Harper's "Golden Book of Biology"
Excerpt from a NYT's 2008 Q+A with the makers of FreeDarko:
B.H.: Your book may be the world’s most attractive textbook. How important is it for you guys to have art that is representative of the words you’re writing? What books/magazines/Web sites/album covers formed your personal visual styles?
Big Baby Belafonte: The world’s most attractive textbook is actually the 1961 Giant Golden Book of Biology, with illustrations by Charley Harper, which was a major influence for me while designing and illustrating the Almanac. I think the textbook model allowed us to put a veneer of order on our otherwise unruly and occasionally nonsensical subject matter.