The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

February 8, 2016
by Dan

Book Covers of Note February 2016

Adios, Cowboy by Olja Savicevic; design by Sunra Thompson (McSweeney’s / February 2016) The Encounter: Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu; design by David Pearson (Pushkin Press / February 2016) Empire of Things by Frank Trentmann; design by Coralie Bickford-Smith (Allen … Continue reading

January 12, 2015
by Dan

Books Covers of Note January 2015

January’s selections include some of this month’s new releases plus a few stragglers from 2014 that were undeservedly overlooked last year: Against the Country by Ben Metcalf; design and illustration by Leanne Shapton (Random House / January 2015) A Bad Character by … Continue reading

May 14, 2011
by Dan
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Last Thursday The New York Times hosted an exhibition of rejected book jacket designs called ‘Killed Covers’. Fortunately for those of us who don’t live in New York they’ve also posted a gallery of 20 covers from the show. (Pictured … Continue reading

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