I came across the amazing work of Celestino Piatti (1922 -2007) recently; colourful, stylish, simple and beautiful.. what more could you want from illustrations.
Piatti was a Swiss graphic designer and illustrator who in the 30 year period bewteen 1961 and 1991, designed almost all the book jackets for the German paperback publishing company DTV, (more than 6300 titles…)
His immeadiately recognisable style usually involved bold illustrations placed on a white background and almost always used the Akzindenz Grotesk typeface (most famously used by Max Meidinger as the basis for Helvetica in 1960)
Possibly his most well known work is the childrens book The Happy Owls from 1963, which I havn’t seen, but looks like I should certainly try and get a copy to sit alongside my Brian Wildsmith and Maurice Sendak books.
As always seems to be the case, there is a dedicated Flickr group and some more of Piatti’s wonderful work can be found here..