Harewood House sits in the heart of Yorkshire and is one of the Treasure Houses of England. There are exhibitions of contemporary art, an award-winning educational department, a renowned Bird Garden, a Farm Experience and over 100 acres of exquisite gardens for visitors to explore and enjoy.
Harewood House is passionate about education and offers a wide range of educational activities for schools. It was felt there was a need for a children's guidebook that helped children to engage with the house more effectively and to serve as a fun workbook to fill in, full of interesting facts and stories. I was commissioned to design and illustrate the guidebook, creating illustrations that were appealing to children but still fitted in with the history and tradition of the house. I had the idea of including mice characters throughout the book in period clothes.
The book is full of fun activities to fill out and a lovely keepsake to refer back to and make learning fun. I created the full layout, incorporating Harewood's corporate fonts but making sure there was a good mix of information and illustrative elements to mix it up and keep it engaging.
I also made each section colour co-ordinated so that it matched the decoration of each room and also the key. I created colour co-ordinated icons so the children knew where the activities were on each page
We decided on the title 'The Explorer's Guide to Harewood House' to make it more inviting. I felt it would be good to have an explorer character that was hidden throughout the book for the children to find and add another fun element.