The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

September 20, 2010
by Dan
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This Must Be the Place

BYUN is the first film in a series called This Must Be the Place by Lost & Found. The series explores the idea of home — what makes them, how they represent us, and why we need them.  I can’t … Continue reading

September 17, 2010
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Something for the Weekend

Thanks for the CBC Books blog for including The Casual Optimist in their list of 10 ‘Book Blogs We Appreciate’ earlier this week. It is always nice to be appreciated — I only hope I can live up to the … Continue reading

September 15, 2010
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Midweek Miscellany

Another great set of designs for the 2009 D&AD student award brief for typography sponsored by Faber and Faber, this time by Rinse Design (via Cosa Visuales). See also: Ed Cornish’s designs for the brief. Phaidon have relaunched their website … Continue reading

September 10, 2010
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Something for the Weekend

A series of book cover design concepts for The Infamous Press by Norwegian graphic designer Morten Iveland (via IS050). Paid by the Joke — The enduring appeal of Keith Waterhouse’s Billy Liar in The Guardian: Billy Liar’s longevity is not … Continue reading

September 8, 2010
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Midweek Miscellany

Killing Her Softly — Joseph O’Neil reviews Martin Stannard’s biography of Muriel Spark for The Atlantic (thx Ben): In one of her memoirs, [Doris] Lessing suggests: “Writers, and particularly female writers, have to fight for the conditions they need to … Continue reading

September 1, 2010
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Midweek Miscellany

The mighty George Lois at home in New York City at The Selby. Start the Press — Robert Pinsky reviews The Book in the Renaissance by Andrew Pettegree for the New York Times: The story begins with money. Johannes Gutenberg … Continue reading

August 27, 2010
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Something for the Weekend

Hornby Cover Versions — Some rather beautiful student work by Barcelona-based graphic designer Lucía Castro (although my inner-bookseller gets very twitchy at the thought of those soft off-white covers!). (via Cosa Visuales) Full of Refusals — Tom McCarthy interviewed for … Continue reading

August 25, 2010
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Midweek Miscellany

Jardin de la Connaissance —  Berlin-based landscape architect Thilo Folkerts and artist Rodney Latourelle used 40,000 reclaimed books to create a ‘Garden of Knowledge’ for the 11th International Garden Festival in Grand-Métis, Quebec (via Kitsune Noir). A History of Print … Continue reading

August 20, 2010
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Something for the Weekend

Psycho Cover — Penguin art director Paul Buckley discusses his new book Penguin 75 with Imprint: I am very aware of how much product gets put out there that is completely unnecessary, be it music, movies, books, whatever—it seems that … Continue reading

August 18, 2010
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Midweek Miscellany

The Eyes Have It — An interview with gentleman book cover designer and advertising copywriter David Gee about his design for Jim Hanas’s e-book short story collection Why They Cried. You can find my interview with David here. Writers on … Continue reading

August 13, 2010
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Something for the Weekend

Illustrator and designer Dale Edwin Murray’s proposed cover for the Reservoir Dogs Original Screenplay. Is it just me, or is there something of artist and erstwhile Penguin designer Alan Aldridge about this? You can see more of Dale Edwin Murray’s … Continue reading

August 11, 2010
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Midweek Miscellany

Typographic Sins Poster designed by Jim Godfrey (seen at For Print Only). And on the subject of graphic design crimes… Angry Paul Rand on Twitter (via @thebookdesigner): My advice for designers & design students: fuck the rules, if your work … Continue reading

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