Monday, 9 March 2015

Ladybird By Design - a talk at St Brides

Now who hasn't got a soft spot for Ladybird books? - well certainly those of us who are a certain age! A new book titled Ladybird By Design has just been published last week by Penguin and the author, Lawrence Zeegen, is giving a talk at St Brides in London on Tuesday 24th March.
Lawrence Zeegen is the Dean of the School of Design at London College of Communication and Professor of Illustration at the University of the Arts, London.
For one hundred years, Ladybird books have delighted children, their parents, grandparents and teachers alike, taking readers on a journey of discovery and enlightenment. Affordable and accessible, Ladybird books hold a significant and affectionate place in the collective psyche of the nation, conjuring up, through written word and illustration, life in Britain in more innocent times. The success of Ladybird was as much due to clever format and compelling design, as it was the quality of the writing, presenting a portrait of the time through the use of specifically commissioned illustration. Unparalleled in their perfectly observed attention to detail and unique sense of place, Ladybird’s full-colour, full-page illustrations were often created by well-known illustrators such as Charles Tunnicliffe, Harry Wingfield, Martin Aitchison, Eric Winter, Robert Lumley, John Berry and Robert Ayton.
Lawrence Zeegen has co-curated an exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill which opened in January and portrays a unique slice of Britain’s social and design history, as seen through the eyes of Ladybird.

Tickets are just £15.00 (concessions available). Great value and you can book here:

Don't be a stranger to these events, grab a ticket, go along and stimulate the grey matter ...!

Photographs: © Ladybird Books Ltd
Posted by Justin Hobson 09.03.2015

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