Each one of Yale’s Little History books is illustrated by a different contemporary artist-illustrator, whose specially commissioned work is designed to enliven and enhance the text. Initially inspired by the style and appearance of books from the 1930s – when E. H. Gombrich was writing his Little History of the World for Younger Readers – these images are often a humorous nod towards what is to come in the chapter that follows.
Jean-Manuel Duvivier is a French illustrator living and working in Brussels, where he is Head of the Graphic Design and Illustration at La Cambre School of Visual Arts.
Jean-Manuel specialises in not specialising. He loves to do editorial for magazines and newspapers, corporate images for annual reports, advertising campaigns and book illustration.
His work has been recognised by Communication Arts, 3×3 the Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, the Society of Illustrators New York, Novum gebrauchsgraphik, New Illustrators File Japan, AG Books Korea, Linea Curve Magazine (Spain). Jean-Manuel’s many clients include The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Guardian, Le Monde, Libération, Madame Figaro, Cosmopolitan, Marie-Claire, les Echos, American Lawyer, Air France, IBM, European Chemical Industry Council, Rabobank, Fluxys, British Airways, Leroy-Merlin, Jacques Vabre, Yale University Press, Gallimard, Flammarion, Bayard Edition, Mango, Syros, Editions Hatier, Editions de l’Edune
He has recently completed 15 murals for the Oncology department of the Emma’s Children Hospital in Amsterdam.
Appears in this Little History:
Jean-Manuel is the illustrator of A Little Book of Language by David Crystal.
Books in the little histories series
Language forms a part of everything we do, even when there are no words. It is the means by which we think about, understand and share in the world. A Little Book of Language, taking in much, much more than the history of language, whisks us from a bab …