The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

May 23, 2013
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Peter Saville at The Talks

Graphic designer Peter Saville discusses his work and influences with The Talks: It seemed we were in a revolution in our microcosm of youth culture and we had to propose a new way forward, so I began to reference early … Continue reading

November 1, 2012
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Visual Pleasures

Designer Peter Saville discusses the iconic cover of Joy Division’s 1979 album Unknown Pleasures:

September 19, 2012
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Midweek Miscellany

A design collaboration between Paul Buckley and Jessica Hische, Penguin Drop Caps is  a 26-book series of hardcover classics. The first six books go on sale November 27th. See the covers at Imprint. Plumbing — An interview with book designer John Gall at The Believer: … Continue reading

June 1, 2011
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Midweek Miscellany

An introductory reading guide to the work of Norwegian cartoonist Jason from Robot 6: Since his U.S. debut in 2001, Jason has produced 15 books, with nary a drop in quality. More to the point, he’s been able to use … Continue reading

March 29, 2011
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Wim Crouwel: A Graphic Odyssey

Phaidon Books has posted a short profile of the original “Gridnik”, graphic designer Wim Crouwel: Crouwel, who appeared in Gary Hustwit’s documentary Helvetica, is famous for his innovative approach to typography and his 1967 ‘New Alphabet’. The New Alphabet font … Continue reading

December 31, 2010
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Favourite New Books of 2010

Ducking in just under the wire, here is my list of favourite of new books of the year. It’s not meant to represent the “best” of 2010. Rather, it’s a completely unscientific, very subjective list of books (arranged in alphabetical … Continue reading

November 17, 2010
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Midweek Miscellany

An excerpt from Jay McInerney’s introduction to Joy Division (published by Rizzoli), accompanied by a slideshow of Kevin Cummins’ photographs of the band, in Vanity Fair. Sandwiches with Ginsberg — Patti Smith reads from Just Kids, the story of her … Continue reading

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