Yaxin Chen/ 3169073 /April 3, 2020
Blog Post #2: Eric Carle
For the next edition of Graphic Design: A New History, a designer that’s currently missing within the textbook is Eric Carle. The addition of Eric Carle would provide an update and an extension to the category of children book illustrations and authors. Eric Carle is an American book writer and illustrator. Eric Carle was born in 1929 at Syracuse, New York. He attended the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart, Germany, studied graphic design. (Blumberg, Naomi.) After completing his education in Germany, Eric Carle returns to the United States of America in 1952 where he worked as a graphic designer in New York. In 1963, Eric Carle met children book author, Bill Martin Jr, who introduced and encouraged Eric Carle to pursuit a path in the field of illustration. In 1967, Eric Carle and Bill Martin Jr, published the very well know Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Blumberg, Naomi.) After Eric Carle and Bill Martin Jr’s first project of the book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? they continued to produce spin-offs of the original book. In 1991, Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? In 2003, Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? In 2007, Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? (Blumberg, Naomi.) Eric Carle was also the author and illustrator for one of the most famous children books that have sold 50 million copies and was translated in more than 60 languages. (Blumberg, Naomi.) The children book called The Very Hungry Caterpillar, published on June 3, 1969. (“The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”) Eric Carle is an incredible author who produced a large collection of children’s books. With the inclusion of Eric Carle in the next edition of Graphic Design: A New History, I believe that it would provide a more current and reliable story to students who are currently studying and reading the textbook. Eric Carle created several very popular children’s books that many had the pleasure of reading and being exposed to in their elementary school libraries or libraries in general. The success of Eric Carle reveals the impact graphic design, illustration style and what storytelling can have on the entertainment and enjoyment of reading. Eric Carle has a unique and distinctive style of illustration that he uses for many of his works. This consistent, playful and unique style makes his collection extremely recognizable which further increases his work’s popularity. Including Eric Carle will provide an example of a current-day children book writer and illustrator that shows the difference in changes in artistic styles and the people’s taste that has occurred. It will provide a more complete collection that showcases the evolution in children’s book, ranging from the popular 19th-century children book illustrator, Kate Greenaway, Walter Crane and Randolph Caldecott to the current day popular Eric Carle. (Eskilson, Stephen.) It’s important to show the history of the past as well as showing the growth that had occurred up to the current times, it will provide a much complete and interesting view on how art, graphic design and artists have involved.
Eskilson, Stephen. Graphic Design: a New History. Yale University Press, 2019.
Blumberg, Naomi. “Eric Carle.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 24 June 2019, www.britannica.com/biography/Eric-Carle.
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 19 Feb. 2020, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Very_Hungry_Caterpillar.