The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

February 3, 2012
by Dan
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Riga Black Balsam

I’m sorry — there won’t be a round-up of fascinating things from around the internet today. A lot of emails and late night with some of Canada’s most illustrious book designers is largely to blame. Take my advice, if a book designer … Continue reading

December 5, 2011
by Dan
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Raincoast Spring Books

I was out west for the Raincoast Books spring 2012 sales conference last week. Sadly I didn’t get to see much of Vancouver or catch up with half the people I meant to, but I did get to hear about a … Continue reading

November 7, 2011
by Dan
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Address Change

If you’re in the habit of sending me catalogues or review copies, it is time to update your address books — please drop me a line  and I will send you the details. And, yes, sadly I am losing the … Continue reading

May 2, 2011
by Dan
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Vancouver

I was in Vancouver last week discussing the new titles from Raincoast Books this fall. It was a great week and there are lots of amazing new books coming down the pipe — not least of which is the MASSIVE … Continue reading

September 21, 2010
by Dan
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Two

The Casual Optimist turns two today. Hardly a major milestone by all accounts, but I did want to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has supported the blog over the last couple of years. The Casual Optimist is still … Continue reading

August 16, 2010
by Dan
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Permanent Beta

Blogging is a learning experience. At least it is for me. Every day I discover a new way to make things better and I tinker with things. I don’t usually mention all the minor changes I make, but I’ve recently … Continue reading

January 29, 2010
by Dan
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Typekit

Over the next few days (likely weeks/months) I’m going to be experimenting with Typekit to use a slab serif typeface for headlines on The Casual Optimist. At the time of writing, you should be seeing the ‘logo’ and ‘tagline’ at … Continue reading

February 21, 2009
by Dan
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Always in Beta

I’ve been having a few nagging design problems with The Casual Optimist, and thanks to my friend Ehren, I’m hoping to address them over the next couple of days with a new wordpress theme. I would like to apologise in … Continue reading

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