Perfect Square

Here’s a fun one.

Makes me want to grab the scissors and glue and hole punch and recreate the whole thing. Michael Hall brilliantly squishes so much emotion into one lonely red square.

…So much that I fist pumped into the empty air when I read this book on the floor of Vroman’s.

Seriously. Fist pumped the air. And maybe clapped a little.

He was a perfect square, perfectly happy.

But on Monday, the square was cut into pieces and poked full of holes.

It wasn’t a perfect square anymore.

Faced with some punches to the gut (literally) the square creatively solves his problem and transforms into a lively babbling fountain. Throughout the course of the week, our paper hero gets crumpled and torn and ripped to shreds. Each day, he creates something wonderfully new, and tells a very satisfying story in the process.


Michael Hall’s design frames this story so perfectly.

The book itself is a perfect square, so each illustration of our perfect square is on a perfect square, even when he has been torn apart.  That alone was probably 73% of the fist pumping on the floor of Vroman’s. It’s just so…perfect.

And the color progression through good old ROY G. BIV is both visually pleasing and comforting.

But the textures…they are so rich and inviting. They add a dynamic to the square that enhances his already love-able qualities. Designers use texture as a way to represent something tactile on an otherwise two dimensional surface. Michael Hall adds design interest with his use of texture, but also, and as importantly, characterizes and brings life and zest to the main character. That’s a tall order for a single element of design, and it’s executed to perfection in Perfect Square.

Worth a fist pump or three, right?!

{If you need more Michael Hall, read this article on how he used his manager’s shoe to create the art in Perfect Square, and this one detailing more of the process.}


  • Posted November 22, 2011 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    This is SO CUTE! I love all the fun colors too. I think kids would love this one. 🙂

  • Posted November 22, 2011 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Kids, adults, whatever:) I’m just a big kid!