We all know who this is. Right?

And we all think this is a jolly nice bit of design. Right?

from Grain Edit

SAME GUY! Apparently when Dick Bruna the well loved Dutch author/illustrator of Miffy (top picture in case you were wondering) wasn’t drawing rabbits in dresses and Poppy the Kind Pig Lady he was illustrating book jackets for the family firm A.W.Bruna and Zoon.

Between 1957 and 1970 he created over 2000 illustrations for Black Bear books. Inspired by Mattisse, Leger and Mondrian his striking imagery was very indicative of the time. Surely he and Saul Bass (my other design hero) were great friends … or maybe great rivals?

If you want to own your own little bit of Dick Bruna art (and Miffy skipping doesn’t quite cut it for you) then Retrobook.com is selling original and second hand books for the princely sum of 5 euros each.

I have bought these five and will be framing and hanging them in pride of place in one of my many new rooms in my Brand New House which I have actually found now and am moving into next week! HURRAH!

PS. One thing about the Retrobook site is that the preview images are ver ver small (on my browser anyway) but I guess that just means it’ll be an extra treat when I get my parcel delivered and I can see the typography properly.

One thought on “Dick Bruna: Not just a cute rabbit

  1. Matt Inwood

    I love the Miffy books. It’s my favourite thing to read to Bessie. He wrote them so beautifully too. And I love that you make me love them even more, when you package all that is so wonderful about Bruna in your inimitably beautiful way! Happy new home! x

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