The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

September 6, 2013
by Dan

Close Not Touching: Penguin Designer Gerald Cinamon

Close Not Touching is a beautiful short film by DILLONROSE.COM about the work of designer and typographer Gerald Cinamon. Born in Boston in 1930, Cinamon moved to England in 1960, eventually becoming chief designer at Penguin Books. Strongly influenced by Swiss … Continue reading

August 4, 2010
by Dan

TM Covers Designed by Yves Zimmermann

The good folks at Kind Company have posted some beautiful images of Yves Zimmerman’s vintage black and white, text-only covers for the typographic periodical TM at their wonderful website Display: (link)

July 15, 2009
by Dan

Midweek Miscellany, July 15th, 2009

Vintage Camus — Seen at Bente Miltenburg‘s Flickr photostream (via A Journey Around My Skull). An Intricate Dance — Author Sonya Chung describes her experience of the cover design process (and the weird — slightly tortured — anxieties that accompany … Continue reading

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