The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

August 5, 2014
by Dan

Book Covers of Note August 2014

Here is this month’s selection of recently noted covers: 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino; design by Christopher Brand (Crown August 2014) The Bend of the World by Jacob Bacharach; design by Jamie Keenan (W. W. Norton … Continue reading

December 10, 2013
by Dan

50 Covers for 2013

I decided to go in a slightly different direction with my covers list this year (see my lists for 2012, 2011, and 2010). It’s just a straight up list of the fifty covers designs with a few annotations and links … Continue reading

June 21, 2013
by Dan

More New and Recent Book Covers of Note

So is this a thing now? I don’t know. You folks seem to like these posts, so maybe… (but probably not because a lot of designers I really like just don’t updated their portfolios that often—you know who you are… … Continue reading

December 13, 2011
by Dan

Favourite Covers of 2011

After posting my long overdue picks for 2010 last week, here are my selections for my favourite book covers of 2011. I’m currently reading Where The Stress Falls a collection of writing by Susan Sontag published in 2001. In an … Continue reading

March 25, 2011
by Dan

Something for the Weekend

“It Looks Pretty Cool” — Chip Kidd on his design for Haruki Murakami’s new novel 1Q84: logistically the title is a book designer’s dream, because its unique four characters so easily adapt it to a very strong, iconic treatment. F**ked … Continue reading

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