The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

May 22, 2014
by Dan

Getting to the Point: Arrows in Book Cover Design

As I was collecting images for my recent posts on triangles and book covers, I started thinking about the use of triangle’s directional cousin, the arrow. Inspired by a vintage cover design by Elaine Lustig and Jay Maisel, I thought … Continue reading

April 7, 2014
by Dan

Recent Book Covers of Note April 2014

The Accidental Universe by Alan Lightman; design by Pablo Delcán (Pantheon January 2014) Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi; design by Jo Thomson (Picador March 2014) Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi; design by Helen Yentus (Riverhead March 2014) Chop Chop … Continue reading

July 8, 2013
by Dan

Franz Kafka – 130th Birthday

Now this is truly wonderful: Designer Pablo Delcán has created an animation to celebrate Kafka’s 130th birthday based on Peter Mendelsund’s cover designs for Schocken Books: Schocken have just re-released five of Franz Kafka’s letters as eBooks with new covers by Peter, and, … Continue reading

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