Xavier Deneux – Master of graphic simplicity

Design taken to a next level



Our daughter is not even 2 years old but we still have “read” many books which are out there (German & English book market). There are lots of pretty children’s books out there. But when I discovered the books by Xavier Deneux, and with it a new world of design for children’s books, I was hooked!

His minimalistic designs and bold visual style make his books tasteful, clean and still very fun and colorful for kids. On top his books (from the line called ThouchThinkLearn) appeal to the sense of touch of little ones as he has a 3-dimensional raised image on one page and a cut out shape on the other page. So not only are the opposing pages connected thematically through meaning, color and or shape, but also literally connected as one page has a raised image, and the other one a cut out one and they fit perfectly together when the pages shut.

Let me give you an example (and see photo) - A moon rising into the night, while simultaneously a sun sets deep into the mirroring page. Or a raised picture of an elephant fits perfectly into a cut-out of a cloud, cleverly illustrating the concept of heavy versus light. So far his book on colors is still the most requested one by my daughter.

Love crisps designs, too? You can find this French illustrator’s books in your local bookstore or on Amazon.

PS: In his series of TouchThinkLearn he published 4 books: COLORS, OPOSSITES, NUMBERS and SHAPES.