This book won me over when I saw it last year, and it’s one that is fun to peek into again and again. And how is that the case with something so simple, but so sophisticated? So spare, but so complex? That’s the best truth of design.
Here’s what’s happening. Each spread shows an animal and its sound. And each animal is mostly made up of the letters of that sound.
It’s a fun puzzle to unlock. The portraits are bold and saturated in color, often different than we’d see them in the wild.
But here they are, wild anyway.
I do love an animal book that goes beyond the usual suspects, don’t you? A mosquito! Not my favorite friend by any means, but he looks good and menacing here.
This small volume is a perfect primer on both typography and onomatopoeia.
And it’s got killer endpapers.
A portion of proceeds from Cat Says Meow goes to support animal rescue organizations, including the ones from where Michael’s dog (Clooney!) and cat (Aiden!) were rescued.
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All images are © 2014 Michael Arndt. Thanks to the artist for sharing them (and an awesome giveaway!) here. And be sure to check out his Instagram if you love all things type, animal, and lovely. It’s a great one!