The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

November 18, 2016
by Dan
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Choose Your Own Memoir

Grant Snider for the New York Times Book Review.

November 11, 2016
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The Angelus Trilogy Design by Jason Booher

These Jason Booher covers for the paperback editions of Jon Steele’s The Angelus Trilogy, published by Blue Rider Press in August, bring a whole new meaning to ‘side eye’ I love that they use Albrecht Dürer etchings as part of the design… … Continue reading

October 12, 2016
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Elaine Lustig Cohen, Pioneer

I was sad to hear that designer Elaine Lustig Cohen had died aged 89 last week. She will forever be associated with her more famous husband Alvin Lustig, but she was a remarkable designer in her own right and her influence, as Steven … Continue reading

November 3, 2014
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Book Covers of Note November 2014

This is the last of the monthly cover round-ups for 2014, and I have a lot to cram in before I start on my big end of year list, so it’s a bit of corker (if I do say so … Continue reading

September 9, 2014
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Dan Rhatigan on type…Type on Dan Rhatigan

This is kind of amazing… Type designer Dan Rhatigan talking about his love of type, and his typographic tattoos: And if you didn’t catch all that, Dan helpfully posted a list of his tattoos (as August 2014) on his website: R from unknown wood type … Continue reading

June 10, 2013
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Kodak: Bankrupted By Its Own Innovations

In an interesting piece on the decline of Kodak, Kenny Suleimanagich describes how it was not simply a reluctance to innovate that caused problems at the company, it was that they brought their innovations to market too early: No matter what … Continue reading

February 15, 2012
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Earl Kallemeyn Letterpress

The New York Times has posted a short video interview with Earl Kallemeyn of Kallemeyn Press about the beauty of letterpress:

October 3, 2011
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Monday Miscellany

I’m sorry for the lack of a weekend post, but to make up for it, here is a Monday round-up to get your week started right… Owned — Josh Davis AKA DJ Shadow interviewed on the Intelligent Life blog: My … Continue reading

August 31, 2011
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Midweek Miscellany

Nick Hornby on book cover design at We Made This: [I]ncreasingly the big retailers, Amazon and the supermarkets, have a say in how a book looks before publication, if the book in question has serious commercial prospects. I don’t really know what … Continue reading

June 29, 2011
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Midweek Miscellany

Cartoonist and illustrator Tom Gauld chats with the Angry Robot blog: I find [robots] almost endlessly interesting. There is tragedy in their place between sentient beings and disposable products. And … they are much easier to draw than real people. … Continue reading

January 30, 2009
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BEC DOA

Book Expo Canada is in trouble. The Canadian publishing trade show has been dogged by industry apathy and persistent complaints about high costs, low attendance, and a lack of paying customers for years. But the immediate need to cut costs … Continue reading

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