Eric Carle

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 authorsEric 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 Caterpillarpublished 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. 

Eric Carle, 1969.
Eric Carle, 1969.
Eric Carle, 2020.
Eric Carle, 2020.

Work Cited 

  Eskilson, Stephen. Graphic Design: a New History. Yale University Press, 2019. 

 Blumberg, Naomi. “Eric Carle.” Encyclopædia BritannicaEncyclopædia 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. 

Apple Color Emoji, Yaxin Chen

Cellphones have become a life partner to many, these cellular devices provide an instant line of communication, and brought upon the raised and popularity of text messaging. The text-based way of communication has many positives but the lack of an individual’s voice and its heavy lean on texts has made messaging sound robotic. So a visual way of communication has been created that adds a sense of personality and emotions and they’re called emojis! They are small images that range from subjects of facial emotions to food, flags, animals, sports, buildings and more. A popular collection of emojis that many have used is the Apple iPhone emojis. The Apple emoji family is called the “Apple Color Emoji”, this collection was released on November 21, 2008, on the iPhone OS version 2.2. (Burge. 2018) This was the first release of the current Apple emojis, but it was only available in Japan. There were 471 emojis in total release in 2008 and were created by 3 designers, Raymond Sepulveda, Angela Guzman, and Ollie Wanger. (Burge. 2018) In 2011, the update of iPhone IOS 5.0 was when the Apple emoji collection was available to everyone worldwide. Since the “Apple Color Emoji” are used by a large group of the public, the emojis must be clearly understandable in communicating its message, be visually pleasing to look, attract the users to use and be able to stand whatever size its view in, on the phone, tablet, computer and etc. From the first release of the “Apple Color Emoji” that was introduced in 2008, there have been different visions released since then. With each revision, there are changes in color, detail and even the style of the emojis involved to become more realistic. The colors have become much more vibrate and saturated as well as the enhancements in darker shadows all make the new emojis appear more realistic. The addition of more subjects such as skin tone, different family types, relationships, occupation and more has updated the “Apply Color Emoji” collection fit within the current times. As of 2018, there are 2776 total emojis that the user can use. (Burge. 2019) Emojis provide an alternative way of communication, they are a quick way of expressing what you mean through a visual image, they add personality and introduces a human touch to the cold cyber wall of text.

original-apple-emoji-set-iphone-os-2-2-emojipedia

Jeremy Burge. 2008

Sources

Burge, Jeremy. “Apple Emoji Turns 10.” Emojipedia, Emojipedia, 27 Nov. 2018, blog.emojipedia.org/apple-emoji-turns-10/.

Burge, Jeremy. “Who Created The Original Apple Emoji Set?” Emojipedia, Emojipedia, 21 Nov. 2018, blog.emojipedia.org/who-created-the-original-apple-emoji-set/.

Burge, Jeremy. “Apple’s Emoji Evolution 1997-2018.” Emojipedia, Emojipedia, 9 Mar. 2019, blog.emojipedia.org/apples-emoji-evolution-1997-2018/.

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