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March 16, 2017
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Design Canada Documentary

Greg Durrell of Canadian design firm Hulse&Durrell, and Jessica Edwards and Gary Hustwit of Film First are putting together a documentary about Canadian graphic design: The project is currently on Kickstarter. There are a couple of weeks to go and they are … Continue reading

October 19, 2016
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The Bolted Book Now on Kickstarter

The Designers & Books Kickstarter to publish a facsimile of Fortunato Depero’s 1927 ‘Bolted Book’ (mentioned previously here) is now live:

September 23, 2016
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The Bolted Book

Designers & Books, in collaboration with the Center for Italian Modern Art in New York and the Mart, the Museum of modern and contemporary art of Trento and Rovereto, Italy, is launching a Kickstarter campaign on October 18 to publish a new facsimile … Continue reading

June 22, 2016
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RAMS: The First Feature Documentary About Dieter Rams

Gary Hustwit, the director of the documentaries Helvetica, Objectified, and Urbanized, is making a feature-length documentary about the life and work of designer Dieter Rams: You can support the production on Kickstarter.

March 15, 2016
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Lustig Elements Font Revival on Kickstarter

Working with the legendary Elaine Lustig Cohen, designer Craig Welsh has launched Kickstarter campaign to revive a font originally designed by Alvin Lustig in the 1930s that they’re calling ‘Lustig Elements’. The project is about halfway to its funding goal, but there are only … Continue reading

October 3, 2015
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Yellow: The Collected Book by OFF LIFE

  Back in November 2014, the team behind free bi-monthly comic anthology OFF LIFE asked 52 artists to illustrate 52 weeks of news. Now, with the 52 weeks nearly up, editor Daniel Humphry, art director Steve Leard, and production manager … Continue reading

July 15, 2015
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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

April 29, 2015
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Ladislav Sutnar: Visual Design in Action — Facsimile Edition

I don’t post too many crowd-funded publishing projects here on the Casual Optimist — there are so many of them, and so few seem really significant — but I’m more than happy to support the Designers and Books‘ campaign to create a facsimile reprint of Visual Design in Action by … Continue reading

September 11, 2014
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NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual Reissue

If you’ve been on Twitter for past couple of days you’ll have no doubt noticed that the design community (or the sizeable type-obsessed segment of it) is very excited that designers Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth, founders of thestandardsmanual.com, have started a Kickstarter project … Continue reading

July 10, 2013
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Alan Moore: The Revolution Will Be Crowd-Funded

photo: Leo Williams Alan Moore discusses his short films, crowd-funding, the Occupy movement, The Prisoner, and zombies (amongst other things) at Salon: While the revolution will be certainly televised, it strikes me that there is a strong possibility that the … Continue reading

May 1, 2013
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Midweek Miscellany

I was locked a conference room last week looking at books coming out in the fall, so tI have a lot of catching up to do… At the Financial Times, Andrew O’Hagan on the influence of other art forms on … Continue reading

March 28, 2012
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The Impact of Kickstarter, Creative Commons & Creators Project | Off Book

The latest installment of the PBS short documentary series Off Book looks at how interconnectivity is changing the funding and sharing of creative projects:

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