The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

June 29, 2017
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Typographic Terminology A to Z

A nice animated guide to typographic terminology: (via Quipsologies)

February 10, 2017
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BOLES

Based on the short story “Her Lover” by Maksim Gorky, BOLES is short animated film by Špela Čadež about a writer with writer’s block and the woman who lives next door:

February 8, 2016
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Mirror by Chris Ware

I have to confess that I frequently find This American Life kind of irritating, but this collaboration with Chris Ware and The New Yorker to create an animated magazine cover is neat: The animation was done by Ware and John Kuramoto. You can read … Continue reading

November 17, 2015
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Super Science Friends

It has been an undeniably grim few days, but if you’re looking for a moment of light-relief, take 15 minutes and watch the brilliant (and joyously silly) ‘Super Science Friends’pilot episode. Successfully kickstarted November 2014, ‘Super Science Friends’ was created by Brett … Continue reading

January 8, 2015
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Glenn Gould and the Gas Mask

In an interview with CBC Radio in 1958, pianist Glenn Gould recounted how he came to play Beethoven in a gas mask. Now CBC Music have turned that anecdote into a charming short film illustrated by designer Heather Collett, and … Continue reading

April 14, 2014
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Batman: Strange Days

For me, and I suspect plenty of other people of a certain age, the noir-inspired Batman: The Animated Series, is still the most satisfying version of the character to come to screen. The series has long since ended but happily, … Continue reading

March 6, 2014
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Herzog and the Monsters

How is that I’ve not seen Herzog and the Monsters before now? Lesley Barnes‘ lovely 2006 short animated film, made at the Glasgow School of Arts, has just about all you could wish for: “a small boy who steals words, … Continue reading

November 22, 2013
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Our Public Library

Earlier this week, someone I know (you know who are!) suggested that people who work in publishing like to pay lip-service libraries while not actually making use of the services they offer. I can’t speak for everyone else in the … Continue reading

October 17, 2013
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Superman 75th Anniversary Animated Short

Superman through the years in two minutes: There’s a list of annotations on the DC Comics blog.

September 10, 2013
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Frame By Frame: The Art of Stop Motion

The latest episode of the PBS documentary short series Off Book takes a look at the painstaking art of stop-motion animation: I’ve always loved stop-motion so it’s nice to know that it’s undergoing something of a resurgence in the digital … Continue reading

June 14, 2013
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Beauty in Danger

The rather lovely experimental animated short Beauty in Danger is collaboration between MK12 and New York-based artist Brian Alfred, with a score by Ian Williams from Battles. I don’t know what it means, but I’m not sure it matters… And … Continue reading

June 5, 2013
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Design in a Nutshell

The Open University has created a fun series of short animated introductions to six of the most important movements in design history. Starting with the Gothic Revival, it looks at the Arts and Crafts movement, Bauhaus, Modernism, American Industrial Design, and  Postmodermism. Here are the films … Continue reading

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