The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

April 2, 2016
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Alan Kitching: “I always try to have some logic to the job”

Related to my post earlier today, typographer Alan Kitching also talked to It’s Nice That this week about printing with letterpress, and a new monograph documenting his work: Kitching started Omnific studio with Martin Lee and Derek Birdsall, who he … Continue reading

December 5, 2014
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Catalogue Covers: A Request for Submissions

For the past few years, Quill & Quire (magazine to the stars) has asked Canadian books designers choose their favourite covers of the year. This year, however, instead of choosing a book cover like everybody else, David Gee picked out the McGill-Queen’s University Press Spring 2015 catalogue designed … Continue reading

September 11, 2012
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Art of the Book: The Making of Dog Dreams

Illustrator Michael Wertz explains the process of hand-printing 100 copies of his limited letterpress edition book Dog Dreams at the San Francisco Center for the Book: A trade edition of Dog Dreams is now available from Ginko Press. (via Drawn!)

June 20, 2012
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New York Types

‘New York Types’ is a short film about New York, letterpress, and the art exhibition of the same name at the Art Directors Club last year. Inspired by the ʻThe Scriptʼ at  New York Writes Itself, the exhibition illuminated the sights and sounds … Continue reading

June 7, 2012
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Epilogue: The Future of Print

Epilogue: The Future of Print is a wonderful student documentary project by Hanah Ryu Chung about book and print culture in Toronto. In the film, eight local book and print professionals talk about their work and what the future holds for the printed … Continue reading

March 27, 2012
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Birth of a Book

A short film created for the Daily Telegraph by Glen Milner, Birth of the Book captures a book being made using traditional printing methods. Shot at Smith-Settle Printers in Yeadon, Yorkshire, the book being printed is Mango and Mimosa by Suzanne St Albans … Continue reading

February 29, 2012
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Practice and Space: Jay Ryan

The talented Jay Ryan, owner of The Bird Machine screen print poster workshop, interviewed as part of a series of short films about craftspeople in the Chicago area called Practice and Space: You can see more of Jay Ryan’s posters in … Continue reading

February 15, 2012
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Earl Kallemeyn Letterpress

The New York Times has posted a short video interview with Earl Kallemeyn of Kallemeyn Press about the beauty of letterpress:

January 27, 2012
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Hand und Werk

Some lovely letterpress action to ease you through your day: (via Coudal)

January 3, 2012
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Ink & Paper

‘Ink & Paper’ is a bitter-sweet short film directed by Ben Proudfoot about Los Angeles paper company McManus & Morgan Paper and their next-door neighbour Aardvark Letterpress: (Happy New Year)

October 20, 2011
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Novum 11/11: The Making Of Cover

Yes, yet another “making of” video, but before you roll your eyes and click away, take a moment to watch this one. It shows the cover design for the latest issue of German graphic design magazine Novum. Designed by Paperlux, the … Continue reading

October 17, 2011
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Trip Print Press

In this short film, Nicholas Kennedy proprietor of Trip Print Press in Toronto talks about the process of printing with letterpress and running a print shop: (via Tania)

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