At this year’s IAA fair BMW presented the first cars of the 7 series that contain the new interface concept we’ve been working on for the last three years. It‘s the first occasion to publicly show some immages of this work. All immages have been taken from BMW’s website:
Zeichen für den Umgang mit Geflüchteten. [english below.]
Derzeit passieren täglich tausende Flüchtlinge meine Stadt. Tausende von Münchnern helfen ihnen freiwillig. Um über Sprachgrenzen hinweg für Orientierung und Klarheit zu sorgen, können Symbole gute Dienste leisten. Die Symbole sind frei Hand gezeichnet und vektorisiert. Ziel ist eine klare, warme, freundliche und betont unprätentiöse Tonart.
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Snapshots from 2012, carefully lost on a harddisk and recently re-detected. Today you hardly find those eastereggs on Google Earth anymore.
In the third year of this series the Münchner Aidshilfe wrote about it on their website.
I’m currently unhappy with the streaming performance of my favourite tv channel Arte. I asked them when this would change but I only got an automatically generated reply that didn’t answer my question. I appreciate Arte’s program (therefore I’m pleased to pay my contribution for it) but as long as the streaming doesn’t work better I can get the same result for much less effort then they do.
Everybody can do that, just download my indispensable Arte +7 Streaming Kit (PDF, 830k) and enjoy a nice handicraft evening instead of not seing anything on tv.
For some weeks now I’ve been exploring an archipel which has not been seen as such yet (as far as I know). The islands of my archipel are located in the city of Munich. An idea in progress. Scroll. Read the rest of this entry »
How much should I pay for this newspaper?
I just finished a digital gratis test subscription of my favourite newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung. In return to the gratis subscription i felt obliged to give at least a little feedback of my reading experience.
To answer the initial question: Currently the price would be about 30 Euros per Month.
Below there are some more detailed notes (in German).
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.
(free download, via epubbud)
some notes about the reedition process.
©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.