Original The Simpsons style guide reveals fascinating character design secrets

The Simpsons
(Image credit: Josh Weinstein/Future)

It's one of the most recognisable animations around, and it's hard to imagine a time before each of The Simpsons' main character designs were forever etched on our consciousness. But a fascinating glimpse at an early 1990s style guide shows just how precise those seemingly simple drawings really are.

For Simpsons writer Josh Weinstein shared a photo of a hand-drawn page titled 'Simpsons No-No's', demonstrating various characteristics you'll never see on screen. Did you know Lisa Simpson has very specifically shaped teeth? (Check out the best character design tips if you're looking for inspiration.)

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.