The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

September 8, 2016
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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

June 22, 2016
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RAMS: The First Feature Documentary About Dieter Rams

Gary Hustwit, the director of the documentaries Helvetica, Objectified, and Urbanized, is making a feature-length documentary about the life and work of designer Dieter Rams: You can support the production on Kickstarter.

December 12, 2011
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Product Design Off Book

The latest short film from PBS Arts Off Book is all about product design:

August 4, 2011
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Kenneth Grange | Crane.tv

82-year old British industrial designer Kenneth Grange has designed some of the most iconic products and appliances of modern British life — Kodak cameras, the Intercity 125 train, Kenwood food mixers, Parker pens, and the 1997 London black cab. Crane.tv spoke … 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, 2010
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The Abolition of Built-In Obsolescence

A nice short video about Dieter Rams’ design philosophy and the recent exhibition of his work at the Design Museum London: What has this got to do with books? Well, it’s a timely reminder to care about what we make… … Continue reading

October 26, 2009
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Monday Miscellany, October 26th, 2009

The brilliant Helen Yentus has redesigned the covers of Chinua Achebe’s books for Anchor with illustrations and hand lettering by Edel Rodriguez who has some amazing sketches of her work on the series at her portfolio site.  (Covers first seen … Continue reading

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