Hippopposites: A Minimalist Lesson in Opposites and Aesthetics for Little Designers
By Maria Popova
This must be the season for sensational picture books. The latest addition comes from French graphic designer Janik Coat: In Hippopposites, her children’s book debut, she teaches the progeny of the design-inclined about opposites and basic spatial, dimensional, and aesthetic vocabulary through a minimalist red hippo-hero, who remains charmingly catatonic throughout the book. Blending Blexbolex’s unexpected parallels and contrasts with Paul Rand’s simple semiotic sensibility, Coat explores fundamental concepts in simple yet refreshing ways.
For a touch of tactile whimsy, Coat adds a delightful show-rather-than-just-tell element:
Published May 17, 2012