August 31, 2012

Elke Lauffer and Dorit von Nahlen: Zehn kleine Heinzelmännchen + zwei

Found this one via the last one - at amazon for 1 Euro. It's in a bad condition but still a very fine book. Look at those lovely silhouettes! On each page are two smaller "Heinzelmännchen" to find for the kids.
The picture book was published by Verlag Ernst Chur in 1970. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find out more about the author Elke Lauffer and the silhouette artist Dorit von Nahlen. It's available at Curio Books as well.

(Elke Lauffer/Dorit von Nahlen: Zehn kleine Heinzelmännchen + zwei, Verlag Ernst Chur 1970)

August 25, 2012

Small ones

Hello everyone, hope you all enjoy a nice weekend! I'm back with some fine little books. The first one is really funny and has a funny title as well: Piepel, Popel und Piepel-Popel. The 70s book series called "Kinder malen für Kinder" (Children draw for children). The illustrator was nine years old when he drew this little treasure.

 (Dietmar/Piter Miles: Piepel, Popel und Piepel-Popel, Verlag Ernst Chur 1972)

Far better known: Pixi-Bücher (Pixi Books), 10 x 10 cm, 24 pages, first published in 1954 by Illustrationsforlaget/Carlsen. They are as popular as ever here in Germany. I really loved the ones below as a child. And also collectors love Pixis - there are some big fans out there:

 (Schenkmanis, Ulf/Wikland, Ilon: Jens und sein Hamster, Carlsen Verlag 1972)

 (Hertz, Grete Janus/Clante, Iben: Ich wünsch mir einen Elefanten, Carlsen Verlag 1975)

(Wenzel-Bürger, Eva/Bull, Bruno Horst: Hänschen klein. Die schönsten Kinderlieder, Carlsen Verlag 1965/2004)

 (Constant, A. M.: Der kleine Junge und die Farben, Carlsen Verlag 1975)

One more from the 70s, published by Delphin Verlag, showing short stories with the ingenious "Maus" from German TV series "Die Sendung mit der Maus". If you want to see the mouse in action, click here.

(Schmitt-Menzel, Isolde/Streich, Friedrich: Maus mit Brett/Maus mit Tisch, Klein-Happybuch, Delphin Verlag 1975)

August 15, 2012

MAGAZIN Catalogues

I like the way well-designed furnishings, everyday objects and products are combined in the MAGAZIN catalogues. Each room is styled of course, but the settings look obviously like (and are) real places. To find out more about their products, please visit their website They have only three stores in Germany, but there is an online shop as well. The photos below are all taken by Florian Braun. I can only recommend to have a close look at the photographer's portfolio. His work is amazing. Look at this or that for instance!

 (MAGAZIN Catalogue Sommer 2012 Nachschub, Photography: Florian Braun)

 (MAGAZIN Catalogue 2012, Photography: Florian Braun)

MAGAZIN is a subsidiary of Manufactum. Their product range includes furniture, kitchen accessories, tableware, lights, clothing, consumer electronics, office equipment and even foods and books. Since 2006 the MAGAZIN catalogues are produced by Berlin-based Corporate Design Agency Realgestalt. On their site you'll find more about the whole campaign.

(MAGAZIN Catalogue 2011, Photography: Florian Braun)

August 07, 2012

Marion Deuchars

Hello everyone! This is going to be a long post about another London-based creative. Long as well is the list of major clients illustrator Marion Deuchars has worked for. She designed covers for Penguin Books ...

.... and illustrated a cookbook by Jamie Oliver (see below). Her work includes commissions for The Guardian and New York Magazine as well as advertising campaigns for big car brands and Formula 1 etc.

(Image: Marion Deuchars)

Her last book project together with Laurence King Publishing calls "Let's Make some Great Art", an interactive book for artists of all ages: "This book is packed with stimulating ideas to spark your creative imagination. You can complete the Mona Lisa's smile, or design your own Jackson Pollock-inspired work with a marble, a tray, some paint and paper. There are step-by-step instructions for how to draw a bird and how to give it an expression, as well a foolproof method for drawing a bicycle."

(All images: Marion Deuchars: Let's Make some Great Art, Laurence King Publishing, 2011)

Now two more titles will be available in bookstores (August/September):

(Marion Deuchars: Let's Make some Great Fingerprint Art, Laurence King Publishing, 2012)

For more fingerprint art: Ed Emberly makes us happy as well!

Finally a few snapshots of one of my favourite cookbooks: It's "Jamie's Dinner. The Essential Cookbook", originally published by Penguin Books. The German edition has been published by Dorling Kindersley in 2005. Each chapter and the endpapers are beautifully illustrated by Marion Deuchars.

August 03, 2012

UPPERCASE magazine

The beautiful UPPERCASE magazine was featured on many blogs recently and has a huge fanbase around the world - do you know it? I'm glad to finally receive a review copy this week because I really want this fine magazine to be presented here as well! 

The UPPERCASE magazine, founded by Calgary-based publisher, editor and designer Janine Vangool, is in its fourth year now, the first issue came out in April 2009. 

(Images above: UPPERCASE)

It's one of the good smelling magazines with pages of weighty matte paper. I like the interactive approach - much of the content is commissioned from their subscribers or through connections made in social media circles - and the magazine's focus on "the creative and curious", which means a lot of creative spaces, great ideas, interviews with artists and DIY projects. Inside the current summer issue you'll find articles about some fabulous illustrators like Oliver Jeffers, Isabelle Arsenault, Jon Klassen (who did the cover) and Agata Dudeck. I had a very close look at the two spreads about ABC books, read the interview with Oliver Jeffers and enjoyed the lovely pictures of his studio as much as the article about creating children's books. And there is still a lot more to discover!

Visit the UPPERCASE shop for their current issue and some lovely books.

There is also a new book by UPPERCASE in the pipeline. To find out more about the crowdfunding campaign for "The Typewriter: a Graphic History of the Beloved Machine" head over to the UPPERCASE siteFor news and more visit the UPPERCASE blog and Twitter.