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July 15, 2015
by Dan
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50 Books / 50 Covers Kickstarter

I should have mentioned in my 50 / 50 post yesterday, that Design Observer has launched a Kickstarter campaign to create catalogue of this year’s winners: As others have noted, it is a little odd that the project is being announced … Continue reading

July 14, 2015
by Dan
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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.

April 28, 2015
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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

March 6, 2015
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ABCD Award Winners 2015

Congratulations to all the winners at last night’s Academy of British Cover Design Awards! Children’s Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton; design by Chris Haughton (Walker Books / March 2014) Young Adult Spiders by Tom Hoyle; design by Rachel … Continue reading

January 12, 2015
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2015 Design Awards

Happy New Year! Now that all the amateur ‘best of 2014’ lists are out of the way, it’s time for the professionals submit their covers to the actual design competitions. Last week 50 Books / 50 Covers opened for entries. Meanwhile the … Continue reading

December 11, 2014
by Dan
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50 YA Covers for 2014

Like all the best things on The Casual Optimist, this post started life as a conversation on Twitter. The topic this time was the under-representation of YA book designers in all these end of the year cover lists. YA covers are becoming more … Continue reading

December 8, 2014
by Dan
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Series Book Covers 2014

In the past, I’ve often included a few series designs in with my favourite covers of the year. This year, I saw so many great covers that were part of a series, I thought a they deserved a post of their … Continue reading

December 7, 2014
by Dan
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50 Covers for 2014

Book designers, you do amazing work. Thank you. I am especially grateful to all the designers and art directors (not to mention publicists and other publishing folk) who have shared their wisdom, provided me with images, and helped me with design credits this year — these … Continue reading

November 3, 2014
by Dan
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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

October 2, 2014
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Book Covers of Note October 2014

It’s October and the fall book season is in full swing. It’s kind of bonkers in the trade from now until Christmas, so this is the second to last (if not the actual last) cover round-up for 2014. I think I can … Continue reading

September 3, 2014
by Dan
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Book Covers of Note September 2014

It’s hard to believe it is already September, but here we are… time for another round of book covers! If you’re new to this feature, each month I collect together new and recent covers that have caught my eye in the … Continue reading

September 2, 2014
by Dan
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BUONA LA PRIMA! An Exhibition of the Best Italian Book Design

Italian design journalist Stefano Salis has kindly let me know about BUONA LA PRIMA!, an exhibition he has curated for the Artelibro Festival in Bologna later this month. For the exhibition, a committee of 15 professionals in the field of editorial graphics has selected the best … Continue reading

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