Students reimagine vintage Ladybird Book covers for new exhibition

See how LCC students worked with Ladybird to reinterpret vintage cover illustrations for the modern day.


Students from London College of Communication have teamed up with Ladybird Books to create an art series that celebrates Ladybird's classic pocket-sized books and reimagines them as they turn 100.

The collaboration, which was a six-month project that involved illustrators, animators and graphic designers from LCC, invites visitors to explore how the nostalgia and heritage of Ladybird Books can be reinterpreted with contemporary relevance and creativity.

As part of London Design Festival, the Ladybird Books Reimagined exhibition will run from 11 September until 21 September at LCC's Upper Gallery at its Elephant & Castle campus, where you'll be able to experience the projects shown here and more. It is free to attend and is open on weekends as well as weekdays.

Image: Thierry Nahayo, Jennicka Sapigao and Beatrice Giovannini created this rearrangable set of blocks from Ladybird cover illustrations. Read on to see more from the project. Ladybird Images © Ladybird Books Ltd, 2015

The students, from courses including BA Graphic and Media Design, BA Illustration and Visual Media, MA Graphic Media Design, MA Illustration and Visual Media and MA Graphic Branding and Identity, were given open access to Ladybird's artwork archive.

Image: Anabelle Alias and Jelena Ristic. Ladybird Images © Ladybird Books Ltd, 2015


From there, students were tasked with creating designs that are modern or future gazing based on those original vintage illustrations.

Image: Erin Carlin. Ladybird Images © Ladybird Books Ltd, 2015

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The students taking part in the project presented their ideas to representatives from Ladybird and LCC in March. You can see photos from their presentations in LCC's Flickr gallery.

Image: John Tyrell. Ladybird Images © Ladybird Books Ltd, 2015


Image: Kae Fukushima. Ladybird Images © Ladybird Books Ltd, 2015


Image: Luc Bernay. Ladybird Images © Ladybird Books Ltd, 2015

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Image: Matthew Willsone and Gil Potter. Ladybird Images © Ladybird Books Ltd, 2015


Image: Rosie Chomet. Ladybird Images © Ladybird Books Ltd, 2015