The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

June 22, 2016
by Dan
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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.

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.

December 20, 2013
by Dan
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ABCD and 50/50 Design Contests 2013

Design Observer has announced that they are now accepting entries for this year’s 50 Books/50 Covers competition. The submission deadline is February 20th 2014. Design Observer, in partnership with AIGA and Designers & Books, began hosting the competition in 2011, and … Continue reading

October 22, 2013
by Dan
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Design Matters with Chip Kidd

Kicking off a new season Design Matters, designer and art director Chip Kidd in conversation with Debbie Millman:

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