There we were, getting paid to draw pictures on the Atticus Claw series, when the lovely Donna Payne at Faber asked us to look at the Faber Children’s Catalogue and the their 2013 stand at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
The brief was simple, to echo the character of Faber’s beautiful Bloomsbury Square offices, in a simple line style akin to the styling of the Atticus Claw books. The stand was to be used as a room, with furniture and a cosy fireplace, with stacks of books and images from the Faber list abound.
We kept it black and white to allow the colourful objects in the space and the characters to come forward, picture frames were illustrated so that shelves could be made to hold physical copies of their books on the walls, plants, hat-stands, tables and windows all came together to make the Faber room somewhere passers-by would want to spend time (and hopefully buy books!).
It worked a treat. Faber’s CEO, Stephen Page was kind enough to say that the Bologna stand, ‘…is a triumph. Really created a buzz not to mention snagged many a passer-by and has been photographed relentlessly by all comers. Great job!’
Publishingtalk’s Lucy Coats described the stand as, ‘a joy to behold’
Faber were so happy with the look, that we went on to work on the next two Children’s catalogues in late 2013 and early 2014. Check out the images of the stand and the catalogues.