The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

September 8, 2016
by Dan
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Richard Sapper’s Vision of the Future

At Curbed, Alexandra Lange discusses the work of German-born industrial designer Richard Sapper, and a new book about his work published by Phaidon: When Los Angeles-based designer Jonathan Olivares first met Richard Sapper in 2008 in Milan, Sapper’s adopted home, he … Continue reading

May 4, 2011
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A Taxonomy of Office Chairs

A Taxonomy of Office Chairs by Jonathan Olivares and published by Phaidon is a visual overview of the evolution of the modern office chair and detailing the most innovative chairs designed and built from the 1840s to the present. In … Continue reading

March 29, 2011
by Dan
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Wim Crouwel: A Graphic Odyssey

Phaidon Books has posted a short profile of the original “Gridnik”, graphic designer Wim Crouwel: Crouwel, who appeared in Gary Hustwit’s documentary Helvetica, is famous for his innovative approach to typography and his 1967 ‘New Alphabet’. The New Alphabet font … 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

July 14, 2010
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Midweek Miscellany

The portfolio of Julia Hastings, Art Director of Phaidon Press (via It’s Nice That). Rarefied Content — Alan Rapp on the future of photography books at Imprint: [A]rguably the independently published photo book is flourishing. You can see this from … Continue reading

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