Friday, February 3, 2012

Illustration vs design in children's books

Illustrations from my latest book, Mga Modernong Alamat (Modern Legends) Vol.1 
published by Lampara House, stories by Segundo Matias, Jr.
This book is a special edition of collected new legends.

Ang Alamat ng Dugong (The Legend of the Manatee)

Ang Alamat ng Ahas (The Legend of the Snake)

Ang Alamat ng Mansanas (The Legend of the Apple)

Ang Alamat ng Gagamba (The Legend of the Spider)

Most often, the importance of good design is disregarded in the effectiveness of storytelling in children's books. Good design means legible and elegant typography, utilization of space, maximization of the illustration, and the logical flow of the narrative. Also, the design keeps the reader interested by the positive experience derived from holding the physical book: the delicacy of paper, richness of ink, and the quality of printing small but essential details like binding, among others. When the design goes overboard, illustration is worthless no matter how exquisite it is. That inadequacy also applies when poor design is overpowered by striking illustrations. Maintaining a balance between the design of the pages and illustration is the key to elegant design that may lead to effective storytelling. I mean, just like when design elucidates an illustration, in the same as illustration complements design, where balance conjures like a relaxing stroll along the beach at sunset.


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Sarah said...

Wow! Your artwork is amazing! I just found your blog and am so glad I did. You are very talented! :)

Sergio said...

Thank you, Sarah! You have fabulous illus style as well. Greetings from Manila!

hello my name is pergy said...

wow nanaman! sawang sawa na ko sa wow! hahaha ganda pero :D nakita mo na ba yung book? kamusta naman? aackk lahat ang ganda talaga, bakit ganun!?