The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

February 13, 2013
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Midweek Miscellany

Tell Me a Story From Before I Can Remember — A silkscreen poster of an ideal bookshelf of 100 books designed by Athens-based design studio KEIK Bureau. Going Back to Bed — Jonathan Jones on the art of Robert Rauschenberg, for The Guardian: … Continue reading

February 1, 2012
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Better Bookshelves by Grant Snider

Another lovely webcomic for book nerds by Grant Snider: (I need the childproof bookshelves)

September 23, 2011
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Something for the Weekend

Peirene Press is small independent publisher in the UK specializing in previously untranslated contemporary European novellas. Their most recent series of books, designed by Sacha Davison Lunt, has been short-listed for the 2011 British Book Design and Production Awards in … Continue reading

July 22, 2011
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Something for the Weekend

Potential for Infection — A lovely essay by Alan Bennett on books, libraries, and bookcases, in the LRB: ‘Books Do Furnish a Room’, wrote Anthony Powell, but my mother never thought so and she’d always put them out of the … Continue reading

December 2, 2010
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Dieter Rams and Vitsœ: 10 Principles of Good Design

Mark Adams, Managing Director of Vitsœ, discusses Dieter Ram’s 10 principles of good design and the elegant 606 Universal Shelving System with Cool Hunting: And for those of you who just need to see a little more of the 606 … Continue reading

August 24, 2010
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The Ark

Created by Rintala Eggertsson Architects, Ark is a free-standing wooden tower accessed by a spiral case that connects two floors of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The façades of the tower consist of hundreds of shelves, holding thousands … Continue reading

December 23, 2009
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Midweek Miscellany

Reading a Book is Reading a Book — Peter Ginna has another thoughtful post on about the Random House e-book rights controversy (which better articulates some of what I was trying to get at here). A Decade of Fear — … Continue reading

July 20, 2009
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Monday Miscellany, July 20th, 2009

Shelf Life — EMPRNT‘s Bookshelves Flickr Pool. I could look at other people’s bookshelves all day… You Don’t Belong — Lee Bermejo and John Arcudi’s Superman story for DC’s Wednesday Comics is also running in US Today. Two episodes in … Continue reading

April 25, 2009
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Something For The Weekend, April 25th,2009

Comic Shelves by Oscar Nunez for Fusca Design (via The Ephemerist) Goodnight Mechanical Dinosaur — Neil Gaiman on Batman in Wired (via LinkMachineGo): [T]he great thing about Batman and Superman, in truth, is that they are literally transcendent. They are … Continue reading

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