Seasons

by French illustrator, Blexbolex.

I wonder if I could get away with going by one name. CARTER.

Ehh. Doesn’t quite sound as cool.

Seasons is a true treasure of a book. While it is a bit hefty for a traditional picture book, it is certainly more than the concept book it appears to be at first glance.

Four spreads representing the seasons open the book, and what follows is an investigation into objects, people, and feelings that occur in each.

This seed and small shoot in the spring becomes a full grown flower in summer. A plum later turns into a wrinkled prune. A house with a red roof makes multiple ‘Where’s Waldo‘ style appearances. These subtle nods to the continuity and circular notion of time are very satisfying to discover.

Unity in design occurs when individual parts of a design complement the whole. In Seasons, despite the season, each element is framed on the lower part of the page, and headed by a blocky pink font at the top. Regardless of season, the color palette has the same vibrant yet muted feel which looks extravagantly rich over the creamy matte page.

Texture as a design element aids in creating unity. The same rough and somewhat sullied texture exists on each illustration. Those textures are a great complement to the soft, almost worn-in-like-your-favorite-t-shirt pages.

Maybe it’s easier to spot unity in a book driven by the comfort and repetition of the seasons, but Blexoblex is NO DESIGN JOKER and achieves this to absolute perfection. This would be a fun addition to a classroom or a home library. Or of course, the ever popular coffee table. You won’t want to keep it on a shelf, that’s for sure.