The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

May 25, 2017
by Dan
0 comments

Gerhard Steidl is Making Books an Art Form

Rebecca Mead’s long profile of publisher Gerhard Steidl for The New Yorker is a wonderful, fascinating read: Each Steidl title is unique, printed with a bespoke combination of inks and papers. But to the informed eye, and the informed hand, … Continue reading

February 23, 2017
by Dan
0 comments

Alan Aldridge 1943-2017

British artist and designer Alan Aldridge died last week aged 73. In the words of designer Mike Dempsey, Aldridge “was a major influence on the British design and illustration scene in the 1960’s.” Although he is perhaps best known for … Continue reading

January 17, 2017
by Dan
0 comments

Irma Boom’s Library

The New York Times visits Dutch designer and bookmaker Irma Boom‘s new library of experimental books: Irma Boom pays careful attention to word choice. The Dutch designer, one of the world’s pre-eminent bookmakers, is loath to say “client” and refers to … Continue reading

November 27, 2016
by Dan
0 comments

Robert Rauschenberg and the Subversive Language of Junk

With a major Robert Rauschenberg retrospective opening at Tate Modern in December, Alex Needham, writing for The Guardian, visits the late artist’s island home of Captiva, Florida: Rauschenberg started visiting in 1962, before moving to Captiva nine years later, describing it as “the foundation of … Continue reading

October 24, 2016
by Dan
0 comments

Illuminated Manuscripts

Tom Gauld for The Guardian.

October 20, 2016
by Dan
0 comments

William Eggleston, the Pioneer of Color Photography

Augusten Burroughs’ strange and sad profile of photographer William Eggleston for T, the New York Times Style Magazine: WE LEAVE THE OFFICES of the Eggleston Trust and go to his apartment. The first thing one sees upon entering is a bright red … Continue reading

October 19, 2016
by Dan
0 comments

The Bolted Book Now on Kickstarter

The Designers & Books Kickstarter to publish a facsimile of Fortunato Depero’s 1927 ‘Bolted Book’ (mentioned previously here) is now live:

October 12, 2016
by Dan
0 comments

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

September 23, 2016
by Dan
0 comments

The Bolted Book

Designers & Books, in collaboration with the Center for Italian Modern Art in New York and the Mart, the Museum of modern and contemporary art of Trento and Rovereto, Italy, is launching a Kickstarter campaign on October 18 to publish a new facsimile … Continue reading

September 8, 2016
by Dan
0 comments

Luc Sante on Jean-Michel Basquiat

New York Review of Books blog has posted Luc Sante’s reminiscences of artist Jean-Michel Basquait: The last time I saw Jean I was going home from work, had just passed through the turnstile at the 57th Street BMT station. We … Continue reading

September 2, 2016
by Dan
1 Comment

Ed Ruscha: Buildings and Words

Ed Ruscha: Buildings and Words is a short documentary, commissioned by MOCA in Los Angeles, exploring two of the recurring themes in the artist’s work. It was written and directed by Felipe Lima, and is narrated by Owen Wilson: Apparently Ruscha calls his font ‘Boy Scout … Continue reading

August 24, 2016
by Dan
0 comments

Art Installation

Tom Gauld for the New Scientist.

%d bloggers like this: