eBook estethics DIY

August 15, 2014


©Titelbild: Kuratorium der Electric Book Fair


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.

hypertype, the future of reading (for ten years now).

August 10, 2014

In January 2004 I finished my studies at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar with my diploma thesis »Hypertype – künftig lesen«. It was a rough sketch scenario about reading from digital devices. Many aspects had to be excluded, others have been overrun by (mobile internet) reality in the meantime.

Some basic observations are today as valid as they were back in 2004. Maybe I‘ll sum up some of them soon. 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 thesis.

A good moment to make my thesis available to anybody who could be interested in that discourse. Ecco: Hypertype.pdf As the thesis itself is a pdf simulation of the ux I created, i highly reccomend to watch it in fullscreen. Otherwise it‘s hard to understand in the beginning.

* 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


Review: Afritecture

November 8, 2013

14.09.2013 – 02.02.2014
Pinakothek der Moderne
Architekturmuseum der TU München


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


30 Thüringer Rostbratwürste. Aus gegebenem Anlass.

Hitech Company Logo

July 8, 2013


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


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


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.

Cancellation Camp – No Humans Allowed

June 3, 2013

As a designer and as a citizen I do not agree with the concept of crossing out somebody – at least I would not like to be crossed out by anybody. Respect of human beings should not allow us to do so. Anyway it‘s a quite common phenomenon in visual communication as my continuously growing collection demonstrates.

(collection est. 2011)

update one: participate with the collection.

update two: the collection on fontblog.de


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