Miroslav Sasek was a Czech author, illustrator and trained architect, over a 15 year period, between 1959 and 1974, he produced 18 of his This is... series of illustrated books for children. Starting with This is Paris, and progressing through other major capitals of the world, his illustrations brought to life not just the historic architecture but also introduced the contemporary urban mix that was radically transforming post-war cities: the modernist blocks, tall glassy façades, planes, cars and adverts of the new consumer society.
His was a very distinctive graphic style: simple sentences and facts accompanied by large, colourful drawings filled with life and a humour which appeared very sensitive to and engaged with the atmosphere of the places he depicted and the habits of their inhabitants.
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As a graphic designer I have been influenced by many things: books, films, fellow creatives, music and my favourite - ephemera.
This journal focuses on my personal collection and also what inspires me to do
what I do and, I hope, will continue to do for many years to come.