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Not only for graphic designers: two current exhibitions

September 1, 2017

Not only for graphic designers: two current exhibitions in Munich, both worth a visit until 10 september (and some thoughts about the second one):

Kunstfoyer: Peter Keetman, free entry…/peter-…/

Villa Stuck: Willy Fleckhaus. entry quite expensive.…/fleckhaus/index.htm

According to the curators, Fleckhaus imported the role of the art director from the american to the german print media market. The exhibition shows numerous spreads from his work for student and union publications, the youth magazine twen and, later, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Magazin. All of these publications were highly influential for the development of editorial design in Germany, by giving importance to visual storytelling and breaking taboos of the traditional bourgeois imagery of the media in the 60s – strongly connected with the social and political changes in that period. When I was a child, Fleckhaus‘ Work had already influenced the imagery I grew up with. For younger people the exhibition might be interesting – thanks to the high quality of the work – but not surprising. What Fleckhaus did has become state-of-the-art – even before the digital publishing revolution started, just a few years after his early death in 1983. I do not agree that dtp revolution made visual communications weaker than they were in Fleckhaus‘ time (as some statements in exhibition claim). I would rather say that people like Fleckhaus brought a degree of freedom into the visual culture that made the digital publishing tools a logical & necessary step to follow.


SZ Beta

October 2, 2014


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).

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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.

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 Hypertype.pdf.

Friedrich Forrsman @ Logbuch-Suhrkamp

Electronic bookfair versus Forssman

Der Freitag on e-books

Jürgen Siebert ( versus Deutscher e-Book-Award

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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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