The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

November 11, 2016
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The Wall

Bob Staake for The New Yorker. 

November 5, 2016
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The London Library Designs by David Pearson

I mentioned Pushkin Press‘s ‘Found on the Shelves’ series earlier this year. The books celebrate 175 years of The London Library, and four more are coming out this month. The entire series has covers designed by David Pearson and, I’m happy to say, three … Continue reading

October 3, 2016
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Stanislaw Lem Penguin Modern Classics

A new Penguin Modern Classic edition of Mortal Engines by Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem is available in the UK this week. Art directed by Jim Stoddart, this is the third of Lem’s books in the Penguin Modern Classics … Continue reading

August 23, 2016
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The Great Discontent: Jean Jullien

Tammi Heneveld interviews London-based graphic artist Jean Jullien for The Great Discontent: My parents definitely introduced me to a lot of culture. My dad was keen on French bandes dessinées (comic strips) and music, which probably had something to do with … Continue reading

March 21, 2016
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David Pearson Found on the Shelves

At The Bookseller, designer David Pearson talks about his new cover designs for Pushkin Press’s ‘Found on the Shelves’ series celebrating 175 years of the London Library: At the heart of successful series design is motif – be it colour, type, … Continue reading

February 19, 2016
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Matt Dorfman American Illustration Interview

Robert Newman interviews mighty Matt Dorfman, illustrator, book cover designer and art director for The New York Times Book Review, for American Illustration: I’m a big disciple of using abstraction to highlight emotional conditions. To that end, I love the kitchen sink … Continue reading

November 27, 2015
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This is…Scarfolk

After illustrating other famous cities around the world,  Miroslav Šašek apparently decided to visit to Scarfolk, England…

November 11, 2015
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Christoph Niemann’s Coffee Break

Christoph Niemann for The New Yorker.

October 22, 2015
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Criterion Jacques Tati Covers by David Merveille

I am at least a year late on this, but I do love these covers for the Criterion Collection box set of Jacques Tati films. The illustrations are by Belgian illustrator David Merveille who has also created a series of books inspired … Continue reading

October 13, 2015
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Recognition

Adrian Tomine’s latest cover for The New Yorker. Adrian’s new book, Killing and Dying, is out now.

October 3, 2015
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Yellow: The Collected Book by OFF LIFE

  Back in November 2014, the team behind free bi-monthly comic anthology OFF LIFE asked 52 artists to illustrate 52 weeks of news. Now, with the 52 weeks nearly up, editor Daniel Humphry, art director Steve Leard, and production manager … Continue reading

September 18, 2015
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Art Works For Aid

In response to the refugee crisis currently unfolding in Europe, designer and illustrator Nina Tara has set up Art Works For Aid. Nina is asking artists, illustrators, designers and photographers to donate small works of art to be sold at auction … Continue reading

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