The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

March 8, 2016
by Dan

52 Women Book Cover Designers

If you follow the Casual Optimist on Twitter, you will know that a couple of weeks ago design studio Aishima asked people to tweet about inspiring women graphic designers using the hashtag #celebratewomen. As today is International Women’s Day, I thought … Continue reading

October 26, 2015
by Dan

Love Among the Ruins

At the New York Times, Edmund White examines our enduring fascination with the New York of the 1970s: Recently there’s been, in TV and film and certainly in books, an intense yearning for a specific five-year period in New York City, … Continue reading

December 7, 2014
by Dan

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

June 21, 2012
by Dan

Q & A with Barbara deWilde

It would be hard to overstate the impact of Barbara deWilde on contemporary book cover design. Along side Carol Devine Carson, Chip Kidd and Archie Ferguson, Barbara’s designs not only defined the bold, visual aesthetic now commonly associated with Knopf, but helped reinvent … Continue reading

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