Speaking on BBC's Desert Island Discs about having Briggs as his personal tutor at the University of Brighton in the 1980s, Chris Riddell said: “Raymond was hugely influential, and really shaped my work.” Riddell also revealed how Briggs had given him the crucial advice to carry a sketchbook at all times. “He’d tell me to just get on and do it – to keep filling up the sketchbook.”
Roderick Mills, Course Leader for Illustration BA (Hons) at the University of Brighton, said: "Raymond epitomised the modern illustrator in many ways, using accessible visual forms to communicate stories and themes that worked on many levels. As a subject, Illustration it is one of the most popular to study at university with 140 courses across the UK - it is usually how we begin to read stories through picture books, and in the modern world the visual is how we experience and navigate the world. Raymond Briggs elevated the form whether through picture books or animation, with an authorial approach that is very relevant to those studying today who also want to express themselves through illustrated storytelling."
Among many honours, Briggs won the 1966 and 1973 Kate Greenaway Medals from the British Library Association, in recognition of the year's best children's book illustration by a British author.
Briggs was awarded a CBE in 2017 for services to literature.