The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

April 20, 2015
by Dan

Salman Rushdie and Adult-YA Crossovers

The cover of the US edition of Salman Rushdie’s first adult novel in seven years. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights (Random House, September 2015), was revealed on Buzzfeed last week. While the cover itself is perfectly fine, the most remarkable thing about … Continue reading

July 22, 2014
by Dan
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Australian Book Design Awards 2014 Shortlist

Peter Long, Senior Designer at Black Inc. Books, has kindly let me know that the shortlist for the Australian Book Design Awards has been announced. The Book Design Awards are Australia’s longest running  graphic design awards, but in 2013 the Australian Publishing Association … Continue reading

March 12, 2014
by Dan

Recent Covers of Note March 2014

The Arsonist by Sue Miller; design by Greg Heinimann Barcelona Shadows by Marc Pastor; design by Clare Skeats Beauty by Frederick Dillen; design by Christopher Lin Dreams of the Good Life by Richard Mabey; illustration by Millie Marotta; design Samantha Johnson / … Continue reading

June 15, 2011
by Dan

Midweek Miscellany

An interview with the talented Allison Colpoys, book designer at Penguin Books Australia, at The Design Files. Particular Beasts — A brief interview with art director John Gall about teaching book design: Each book is its own particular beast that … Continue reading

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