The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

August 3, 2017
by Dan
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David Pearson on Books and Typography

At the Monotype blog, Theo Inglis talks to designer David Pearson about his career and his type-centric approach to book covers: We are increasingly being urged to create objects of desire and the cover obviously plays a key role here, … Continue reading

June 14, 2016
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Johnston100 for Transport for London

A short film about Monotype’s update to Transport for London’s Johnston typeface: Originally designed by Edward Johnston in 1916, the ‘remastered’ Johnston100 typeface, attempts to restore the idiosyncrasies of the Johnston’s design while expanding it to embrace contemporary typographic trends and meet new digital requirements. Johnston100 includes five weights … Continue reading

September 18, 2014
by Dan
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Alan Kitching and Monotype

Well, this is absolutely lovely — a short film about letterpress typographer, designer, artist (and accordion player) Alan Kitching, and a set of posters he created with Monotype to celebrate the centenary of five influential designers born in 1914: Tom Eckersley, Paul Rand, FHK Henrion, Josef … Continue reading

September 9, 2014
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Dan Rhatigan on type…Type on Dan Rhatigan

This is kind of amazing… Type designer Dan Rhatigan talking about his love of type, and his typographic tattoos: And if you didn’t catch all that, Dan helpfully posted a list of his tattoos (as August 2014) on his website: R from unknown wood type … Continue reading

April 11, 2012
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Typecaster For Life

“I thoroughly enjoy the sound of the machines turning, and seeing the type come out is a joy” A really wonderful short film about 80 year-old Lewis Mitchell who has been maintaining Monotype casting machines for 62 years and continues to do … Continue reading

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