The Casual Optimist

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Midweek Miscellany


The portfolio of Julia Hastings, Art Director of Phaidon Press (via It’s Nice That).

Rarefied Content — Alan Rapp on the future of photography books at Imprint:

[A]rguably the independently published photo book is flourishing. You can see this from the increasing popularity of on-demand printing services such as Blurb, Lulu, and MagCloud , as well as the number of successful and well-published photographers who have launched their own publishing ventures, such as Alec Soth, Richard Renaldi, and Shane Lavalette (a practice which itself has a long pedigree, from Alfred Stieglitz to Ralph Gibson). Yet this kind of kaleidoscopic output creates another issue—who but the most ardent follower can keep abreast of this vast dispersion of small-scale publishing?

The Illustrated History of Time designed by Luke Hayman at Pentagram:

And finally…

The trailer for the animated adaptation of Shaun Tan‘s The Lost Thing (via The Art Department | Irene Gallo):

I’ve posted this before, but here’s a short documentary about making the film:

The Lost Thing website.

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