The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

December 1, 2010
by Dan
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Midweek Miscellany

I’m something of skeptic when it comes to Nick Hornby (to put it politely) but the “Ministry of Stories” is, despite its Orwellian moniker, clearly a well intentioned venture, and the design of its Hoxton Street Monster Supplies storefront by … Continue reading

August 6, 2010
by Dan
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Something for the Weekend

Patrick Cramsie, author of The Story of Graphic Design, chooses his top 10 graphic design books for The Guardian. The list includes Notes on Book Design by Derek Birdsall. Type Education — FontShop have released a handful of free typography … Continue reading

May 14, 2010
by Dan
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Something for the Weekend

David Drummond’s Parker Series for University of Chicago Press. “a little bit Warhol, a little bit Factory Records” —  Christian Schwartz explains why he started type foundry Commercial Type at I Love Typography: It’s much easier to be an “armchair … Continue reading

August 26, 2009
by Dan
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Midweek Miscellany, August 26th, 2009

Black Jackets — The mighty Peter Mendelsund is giving away all of Osamu Tezuka’s Black Jack manga series in return for some assistance designing the next cover. Take That! And That! And That! — Sony, having recently announced a pocket-sized … Continue reading

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