A pleasant surprise popped in the mail the other day. “The Urban Imperative” for which I had done the cover had finally been published after a few years. This book was produced by the World Bank and it was one of those unusual cases where the cover art has been finished but the book went through many revisions before the final version. The editors, Edward Glaeser and Abha Joshi-Ghani requested an image which caught the energy of modern cities and older villages merging into one. Since it was a global study, the imagery needed an international feel.
This cover was denser than my normal work because we wanted to catch the energy of densely populated urban centers. In the end, it turned out to be one of my favorite covers for a book. Much thanks to Mihae Kim (AD) and the editors from the World Bank for a satisfying project.
It has been a while since I have thought about the Joey and Jet series since the last book was published in 2006. Recently I heard good news from Simon and Schuster about both books. “Joey and Jet” , which had been out of print, is being reissued in paperback while Joey and Jet in Space is now going into a second printing. Richard Jackson was the editor for both books and Polly Kanevesky was art director.
I have been meaning to create another book but frankly, work had turned my attention away for the last few years. This might be the push I need to get started.
Illustrators Unlimited by Gestalten in Berlin is a collection of contemporary illustration from around the world. They were kind enough to include my work in this anthology. There are many excellent illustrators included and you get a feel for trends happening today. If you would like to purchase Illustrators Unlimited, please visit here.
This weekend I got a pleasant surprise from my publisher, Simon and Schuster. A Korean version of Puzzlehead is now available in Korea. My parents would have been proud. As any Korean can tell you, impressing the parents is a very big deal.
Today is 3×3 Day. The 3×3 Illustration Directory is now available in bookstores. Last Week, Publisher Charles Hively invited me for a lunch interview. We were shocked to learn we have a common connection from the past.
“I just got my hand on James Yang’s Children’s Book called ‘Puzzlehead’. The book takes you on the journey of Puzzlehead looking far and wide for a spot that he fits in. He is eventually led to conclusion that his perfect place is wherever he can be with his friends. I think we might have a new favorite at casa swissmiss.” Much thanks to Swiss Miss.