The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

September 13, 2016
by Dan
0 comments

Promotional Stickers for Novels

Tom Gauld‘s latest cartoon for The Guardian. It seems kind of appropriate for the day this year’s Man Booker Prize shortlist is announced…

July 1, 2016
by Dan
0 comments

Penguin Random House Design Award Winners 2016

I’m a little bit late to this, but Penguin Random House UK recently announced the winners of their annual Design Award. The award, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, offers art and designs students first-hand experience real book cover … Continue reading

June 22, 2016
by Dan
0 comments

50 Books / 50 Covers Winners 2015

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s 50 Books | 50 Covers competition organized by Design Observer in association with AIGA. All fifty winning books can be found here; the winning covers here.

June 10, 2016
by Dan
0 comments

Australian Book Design Awards Catalogue 2016

Earlier this week I received a copy of the 2016 Australian Book Design Awards Catalogue designed by Alissa Dinallo. My photos don’t really do it justice, but it is a thing of beauty: You can buy a copy of the catalogue from … Continue reading

May 14, 2016
by Dan
0 comments

Australian Book Design Awards Winners 2016

Congratulations to all the winners of the Australian Book Design Awards 2016 announced yesterday in Melbourne!   See all the winning designs on the ABDA website.

March 22, 2016
by Dan
0 comments

Lead the Autobiographical Novelist to the Literary Prize

Tom Gauld on Karl Ove Knausgaard for The Guardian.

March 16, 2016
by Dan
0 comments

Making It Up: The Bookseller Interviews Mr Keenan and Gray318

I love this Bookseller interview with designers Jamie Keenan and Jon Gray, co-founders of the Academy of British Cover Design (among other things): ABCD tends to recognise and reward brave, striking and fresh approaches, rather than more “conventional” cover aesthetics. I … Continue reading

March 4, 2016
by Dan
0 comments

ABCD Award Winners 2016

Congratulations to all the winners and shortlisted covers at the third annual Academy of British Cover Design Awards! Make sure you read Daniel Benneworth-Gray‘s report on last night’s “shindig” at the Creative Review, but in the meantime, all the winning designs are below: Children’s The Fox and the Star, written, … Continue reading

July 14, 2015
by Dan
1 Comment

50 Books / 50 Covers 2014 Winners

Design Observer has announced the winners of their 2014 50 Books | 50 Covers competition, organized in association with AIGA and Designers & Books. The fifty winning covers can be seen here… …and the fifty winning books, here. My 2014 cover selections are here.

May 22, 2015
by Dan
0 comments

Australian Book Design Awards Winners 2015

Congratulations to all the 2015 Australian Book Design Awards Winners! You can find all the winning designs on the Australian Book Designers Association website.

April 28, 2015
by Dan
0 comments

Australian Book Design Awards 2015 Shortlist

Australian Book Designers Association recently announced the shortlist for the Australian Book Design Awards 2015 and, as in previous years, there are some great covers to be seen. I particularly like that they have an award for Young Designer of the Year. The … Continue reading

April 10, 2015
by Dan
0 comments

Inside Marion Deuchars Studio

D&AD visits Marion Deuchars in her studio to talk about her work and creating hand-lettered signs for Judging Week 2015:

%d bloggers like this: