The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

January 16, 2018
by Dan

Book Covers of Note January 2018

I was sure that 2018 would be different from 2017, and yet here we are… Happy New Year!  The Age of Caesar by Plutarch; translation by Pamela Mensch; design by Catherine Casalino (W.W. Norton / January 2018) The Book of … Continue reading

December 8, 2017
by Dan

Notable Book Covers of 2017

Since 2010, I’ve posted an annual survey of the year in book covers. The post has expanded and developed over the past 7 years, but essentially it is a collection of the covers published in the previous 12 months that … Continue reading

November 14, 2017
by Dan

Book Covers of Note, November 2017

It’s my last monthly cover round-up of the year! Watch out for my review of 2017 next month…  After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry; design by Pete Dyer (Serpents Tail / November 2017) Basket of Deplorables by Tom … Continue reading

November 7, 2016
by Dan

Book Covers of Note November 2016

I’m not sure anyone is paying too much attention to book design this week, but if you’re looking for a few minutes diversion from the awfulness of almost everything, here’s this month’s selection of quirky, beautiful, and otherwise interesting book covers… Black Water by Louise … Continue reading

July 25, 2016
by Dan
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Jennifer Heuer on Gendered Covers and Being a Woman Designer

At The Literary Hub, the talented Jennifer Heuer on gendered book covers and being a woman designer: I love what I do and I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a lot of amazing art directors on a lot of great projects. I’m … Continue reading

July 12, 2016
by Dan

Book Covers of Note July 2016

I swear that these posts are taking me longer and longer to compile, but rest assured there are some wonderful covers this month: All the Time in the World by Caroline Angell; design by Lucy Kim (Henry Holt / July 2016) … Continue reading

May 22, 2014
by Dan

Getting to the Point: Arrows in Book Cover Design

As I was collecting images for my recent posts on triangles and book covers, I started thinking about the use of triangle’s directional cousin, the arrow. Inspired by a vintage cover design by Elaine Lustig and Jay Maisel, I thought … Continue reading

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