Mike Fitzsimons and Nigel Beckford of FitzBeck Creative are the brains behind three terrific illustrated books about New Zealand - The Wellington Book, The NZ Book and The Auckland Book. All three publications share a quirky sense of humour and an eye for classic Kiwi character traits. They represent a refreshing and imaginative departure the traditional, heavily photographic coffee table books on NZ.
On the recent Auckland Book, Mike, Nigel, Sandi and Jess were joined by AUT grads Alisha Brunton, Sarah Ryan, Ezra Whittaker-Powley, Ivy Niu and a recent arrival from London Cynthia Merhej. This allowed the team to cover more territory and share the enormous workload to illustrate NZ's largest city. The result is another beautiful and enlightening book - this time celebrating all things Auckland.
So followed two years' of painstaking collaborative work per book spread across an increasing roster of young illustrators.