The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

April 7, 2014
by Dan
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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

January 6, 2014
by Dan
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Favourite Covers of 2013: A Postscript

I didn’t exactly know what to call this post, but ‘postscript’ seems appropriate. Every time I post my annual list of favourite covers I immediately see (or remember) a dozen designs that would have been on the list (or would’ve been … Continue reading

July 23, 2010
by Dan
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Something for the Weekend

The cover for The Disappearing Spoon designed by the amazing Will Staehle. To quote Tal Goretsky at Book Covers Anonymous:  “Holy Mother God!”. Apparently it’s printed on uncoated paper. You can see some of Tal’s own rather nice design work … Continue reading

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