The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

October 28, 2015
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Liniers in New York

The New York Times profiles Argentinian cartoonist Ricardo Siri, better known as Liniers: “When I started the comic everything was horrible,” Liniers, 41, said in a recent interview at his publisher’s office in SoHo at the start of an East Coast … Continue reading

June 23, 2014
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Q & A with Matt Roeser, Candlewick Press

If you follow book design on social media at all, chances are you’ve come already across Matt Roeser‘s  funny, if somewhat dinosaur-fixated, Twitter feed. But over the past couple of years as senior designer at independent children’s publisher Candlewick Press in Massachusetts, Matt has been quietly producing some bright, brilliant, and … Continue reading

April 24, 2014
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Q & A with Erin Fitzsimmons

In recent years, I doubt there’s been a greater publishing success story than Young Adult — or ‘YA’ —  fiction. Sometimes mistakenly described as a genre, YA is actually an age-category roughly ascribed to books across a range of subjects and … Continue reading

May 26, 2013
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The Open Book by Bob Staake

A young reader goes on an adventure in this charming wordless comic by Bob Staake for the New York Times. Publishers Weekly recently posted an interview with Staake about his new book, Bluebird, which is also wordless: I love writing visually, and wordlessly, … Continue reading

March 5, 2013
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Flying Eye Books

The folks behind the amazing  Nobrow Press have just launched a childrens imprint called Flying Eye Books. Their first book is Welcome To Your Awesome Robot by Viviane Schwarz. This short film created for the launch of the imprint was storyboarded and … Continue reading

January 16, 2013
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Oliver Jeffers: Picture Book Maker

A lovely new video about Oliver Jeffers and how he creates his picture books:

December 17, 2012
by Dan
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Oliver Jeffers: A Quantum of Physics

Gestalten.tv talks to Oliver Jeffers, award-winning author of picture books such as Lost and Found, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, and This Moose Belongs to Me,  about his paintings, collages, installations, and collaborative works, collected in his first monograph Neither Here Nor … Continue reading

August 15, 2011
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Babar at 80

Pamela Paul, the New York Times Book Review’s children’s books editor, talks with Laurent de Brunhoff about Babar the elephant, created by his mother and father 80 years ago:

March 4, 2011
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Something for the Weekend

Beep Beep — Nicholas Carr (The Shallows) reviews The Information by James Gleick: As a celebration of human ingenuity, The Information is a deeply hopeful book. But it ends on an ambivalent note. The mathematical analysis of information, Gleick points … Continue reading

September 17, 2010
by Dan
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Once Upon a Time

An amazing book trailer for an amazing pop-up book by illustrator Benjamin Lacombe: (via Daily Design Discoveries)

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