The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

February 22, 2017
by Dan
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Dick Bruna 1927-2017

Dutch illustrator and designer Dick Bruna died last week, aged 89. Much of the coverage has focused on Miffy, the picture book rabbit he created in the 1950’s, but as The Guardian obituary notes, he was also well known as a book … Continue reading

July 23, 2014
by Dan
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Book Covers by Moker Ontwerp

I do like these book covers by Dutch design studio Moker Ontwerp: You can see more of their handiwork here. (via Theo Inglis)

April 28, 2011
by Dan
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Wim Crouwel | Dutch Profiles

Designer Wim Crouwel talks about his career, his use of the grid and the creation of the New Alphabet in this interesting 10-minute documentary for Dutch Profiles: Dutch Profiles is a series of short documentaries about architects, graphic, product and … Continue reading

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