Franklin Watts has paid tribute to its former art director Jonathan Hair, who has died aged 55.
Hair worked at the non-fiction publisher, which is now part of Hachette Children’s, from 1998 to 2012, when he left to go freelance. He was previously senior designer at Walker Books.
His family said he died peacefully in his sleep.
Rachel Cooke, publishing director at Franklin Watts, said: “Jonathan was a great book designer and much-loved colleague. He absolutely got children’s books and particularly children’s non-fiction, realising that it was the interaction between the words and pictures that made a book successful and always treating each with equal respect. His enthusiasm, taste and wonderful eye was appreciated by editors, designers and illustrators alike and he helped make many classic books and award winners, from The Greatest Newspaper in Civilization at Walker to Wonderwise: Wash, Scrub, Brush! at Franklin Watts.”
She added: “He had a wicked sense of humour and great penchant for pies. He was truly a gentle man and a good companion. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. We will all miss him.”