11/11/11—It’s a minimalist kind of date. Maybe not so much as the first of this year was, or even the first of this month, but still. Today doesn’t take much in the way of fine motor skills.

So in honor of minimalism, here’s a great series of minimalist fairy tale posters by Chicago artist Christian Jackson. He’s come up with some truly innovative interpretations of such classics as Little Red Riding Hood, The Princess and the Pea, The Ugly Duckling, and a host of others, just when you thought there was nothing new to be said about them. In an interview on the design blog My Modern Met, Jackson acknowledges fatherhood as a heavily influencing factor in deciding to tackle children’s stories, and he also demystifies the iconography on his interpretation of The Wizard of Oz:

[A] lot of folks have been puzzled by the Wizard of Oz poster. The last symbol in particular. And with the recent boom in the popularity of the series this trend has become more apparent. Since I don’t consider myself an artist, I don’t care about the mystery or letting the audience interpret the work for themselves, so I’m just going to tell you. Some have guessed it, some are denying it, but most everyone is thinking it. They’re balls. Big… hairy… balls. In the story, the Cowardly Lion was the only one who requested something intangible. So, I had to make it tangible.

All the more reason to like this series, which would look fantastic on a set of high-end trade paper reissues. The colors are especially striking, bringing to mind those great mid-century Polish film posters. I hope he continues with them, even as the days get shorter and the dates take longer to write.

Also, Like Fire would like to extend warm Veterans’ Day wishes to all who are serving, have served, or are remembering someone. We can’t improve on GalleyCat’s ideas for ways to share books with our troops, so go ahead and take their suggestions if you’re so inclined.


18 Comments to 11/11/11

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