Before the deluge in Germany, in 1931, the composer Heribert and illustrator Johannes Grüger published “The Sing Song Picture Book,” in which characters and images represent notes. Presaging the digital age rage for icons and glyphs, the pair realized that children respond to animated pictures. Like following the bouncing ball, these graphic cues led the youthful music lovers through the paces. Of course, the requisite racist image matter-of-factly appears in the form of musical savages, but it’s also in the American edition.
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About Steven Heller
Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.