hypertype · postscriptum

September 16, 2014

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In my diploma thesis ten years ago I presented a conceptual scenario of reading from digital devices. Back then, there were no smartphones, no tablets, no kindles or other devices available. Today all of them are industrial standard, the internet became mobile and epub is a widespread format for reading of digital texts. So here are my basic ideas, finally readable in the way, they were about.

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(free download, via epubbud)

The reedition of my thesis is part of a series of spontaneous projects I‘ve been doing in the last time to check the creative potential of the epub format. See also posts below.

Below I left some notes about the reedition process.

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eBook estethics DIY

August 15, 2014

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©Titelbild: Kuratorium der Electric Book Fair

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The manifesto »Ästhetik des eBooks. Beginn einer Debatte« recently published by the Kuratorium der Electric Book Fair is, of cause, an ePub. On top you see the title, below on the left ist the introduction that says:

»Die Texte sollen als Initial einer weiterführenden Diskussion über die ästhetischen und politischen Möglichkeiten des E-Book-Gestaltens, -Verlegens und -Vertreibens wirken.« Thanks for the invitation. I read the texts with interest but as a Designer I prefer to start with the typographic quality.

On the left you see the original, displayed in iBooks. On the right you see the same page after two simple improvements of its typographic style:

1) The body text got more line spacing (font size × 1.4 instead of 1.2), so the overall look gets lighter. It’s easier to find the following line which is particularly important on wider displays such as tablet pcs. In eBooks we don’t save pages (/publishing costs /trees) anymore by pressing lines together so why not let them breathe?

2) Orphans and Widows are single lines that are separated from their context by a page brake (see the last line on the left side), an old, well known typographic desease that recently became epidemic in eBooks. Why? I just changed a single number in the existing css code in order to avoid them and it worked. Either you see at least two lines now or both of them jump to the following (resp. previous) page.

As a Designer I am familiar with typography, not with code. If there are good arguments against my proposals let me know.

For me the strongest argument about eBook esthetics is to make an eBook look better.


new discussions & my old thesis

August 10, 2014

Recently there are plenty of discussions * about the current situation of digital media that remind me of the things I found out when I did my diploma thesis. A good moment to make my thesis available to anybody who could be interested in that discourse. Ecco: Hypertype.pdf 

* Here are some of the current discussions:

Friedrich Forrsman @ Logbuch-Suhrkamp

Electronic bookfair versus Forssman

Der Freitag on e-books

Jürgen Siebert (Fontblog.de) versus Deutscher e-Book-Award


Impressions from Istanbul

May 30, 2014

just some photographic sketches from »The City« (Η πόλις), May 2014.

All photos by philipp heinlein


recent photos from Bolzano Trade Fair

January 10, 2014

All Photos by Marco Parisi / fierabolzano.it

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just arrived: Some immages of the new orientation system for the Bolzano trade fair.
Designed in collaboration with Bolzano students Carina Ostermayer, Beatrice Tamagnini, Julia Vogt. The project is an offspring of the Messe Bozen – Orientierung und Identität Workshop in September 2012.


kitsch for cash

December 13, 2013

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Review: Afritecture

November 8, 2013

14.09.2013 – 02.02.2014
Pinakothek der Moderne
Architekturmuseum der TU München

http://www.pinakothek.de/kalender/2013-09-14/35756/afritecture-bauen-mit-der-gemeinschaft

Aktuelle Architekturprojekte aus Aufrika werden in einer schönen Wabenpappinstallation vorgestellt. Die Entwürfe stehen in ihrer Innovation und im Gemeinschaftsgeist, der zu ihrer Realisierung aufgebracht wird, in bemerkenswertem Kontrast zur Münchner Immobilienwirklichkeit vor den Toren der Pinakothek. Zwei konzeptionelle Ideen an der Ausstellung fallen auf:

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30 TRB

August 20, 2013

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30 Thüringer Rostbratwürste. Aus gegebenem Anlass.


Hitech Company Logo

July 8, 2013

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The Taiwanese Company Hitech Energy is specialized on AC Power supplies. They asked me to design a new company logo that represents their core business.


Pedelec Adventures Iceland Challenge 2013

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The first “business journey” of the new logo is an adventure trip to island, where some experts are testing particular off-road e-bikes equipped with Hitech’s Batteries.

(Foto: Susanne Brüsch)


Merkantil pictogram font

June 14, 2013

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Within a current Project in the South Tyrol region a pictogram font was needed. We quickly found out that we would need a custom font that fits with both cultures – the german/austrian and the italian one. So I did this one which I called Merkantil. I did this with fontforge, a great open-source editing tool (once you managed to install it).

Enjoy a sample of the entire font.


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