NEWS

20|05|2016

Velkommen_Teaser

This beau­ti­ful wee book provides the doc­u­ment­a­tion and back­ground inform­a­tion of an install­a­tion by the great Dan­ish artist Elle-Mie Ejdrup Hansen.
In col­lab­or­a­tion with the artist, I also designed and super­vised a bunch of  neon let­ter­ings.  > > >

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05|19|2016

I’m very hon­oured to have been part of this year’s TYPO Berlin’s editor­eal team. Please check out some reviews, I wrote about the font techo­logy focussed, first two days of  TYPO Labs con­fer­ence:
The World accord­ing to Glyphs
Kernkraft & Co – Glyphs Plu­gins for Kern­ing
Glyphs 2.3 and the GlyphsSDK – Latest Devel­op­ments
Don’t fall into the Cyril­lic pit

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04|13|2016

SuperboothTeaser1

I’m delighted to have been asked to design the sig­nage sys­tem for the Super­booth 16 exhib­i­tion and fest­ival for elec­tron­ics and music that took place at fam­ous Funkhaus Ber­lin.  > > >

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03|08|2016

Katowice_Teaser

I’m very proud to have con­trib­uted an art­icle about the city of Katowice’s urban typo­graphy in the pub­lic­a­tion “Data-driven Meth­ods for City Research and Expor­a­tion” by Medi­alab, Katowice. Find out more > > >

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09|21|2015

Bildschirmfoto 2016-03-08 um 10.01.27 Kopie

I’m very happy for being fea­tured in this month’s Cre­at­ive Char­ac­ters by Myfonts. You can find the full, and very detailed inter­view here > > >

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08|31|2015

BITS_Gerlach.

Very much look­ing for­ward to be part of the line up at BITS 2015, Bangkok, Thai­l­and, »The one and only inter­na­tional typo­graphy and type design con­fer­ence in South East Asia […]«!

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05|19|2015

Teaser_Logos

It’s not only about books: Voilà a short selec­tion of some cor­por­ate designs/logotypes, I designed over the last two years. > > >

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05|12|2015

On may 9th, I was invited to be one of the speak­ers at 21. Typo­t­age Leipzig 2015.
A review on Slanted > > >

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02|12|2015

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An uptate on some jur­ies, I recently was part of:
XI Inter­na­tional Bien­nial of Stu­dents Graphic Design AGRAFA 2015, Katowice, Poland, Feb­ru­ary 2015
»Die schön­sten Bücher Öster­reichs«, Vienna, Aus­tria, Janu­ary 2015
»Szym­bor­ska Type Design Com­pet­i­tion«, Krakow, Poland, Novem­ber 2014

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01|20|2015

Just look at this masterpiece!

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12|18|2014

»Amongst my favour­ite books about typo­graphy and let­ter­ing I have read lately, Karbid, Ber­lin – From let­ter­ing to type design stands out as one where I pos­sibly have learned the most new things. I am thank­ful for the authors to have taken me on this fas­cin­at­ing jour­ney in a lesser-known area of let­ter art.«
A won­der­ful, very enthu­si­astic book review by Yves Peters for Font­shop.

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12|3|2014

Start­ing with the cata­logue (two issues: eng­lish and ger­man), I also designed all the print works, that accom­pany this won­der­ful exhib­i­tion at Architek­tur­mu­seum der Tech­nis­chen Uni­versität München (Pinakothek der Mod­erne). > > >

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07|27|2014

This spring, I had the great oppor­tun­ity to spend more than two months in Ban­galore, India. I got invited by the Goethe-Institut, Max Mueller Bavan, who is run­ning an excel­lent res­id­ency pro­gramme for artists: The ban­galoRes­id­ency.
Gen­er­ous hos­ted by the star­tup and co work­ing space Jaaga, I could work com­pletely inde­pend­ently on the most stun­ning pro­ject, in the most stun­ning tech­nique, I could ever ima­gine: embroid­ery. > > >

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06|26|2014

Great Mead­ows is one of the most extraordin­ary book pro­jects, I could ever work on. It is a Jewel with dif­fer­ent high-quality papers and fold-out plates, enhanced by stamp­ing and one of the most beau­ti­ful con­tem­por­ary typefaces. > > >

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06|26|2014

One of the three books, that were pub­lished just before I left to India is the very beau­ti­ful and pure Morphic Fields, the debut pub­lic­a­tion by the Brit­ish artist Anthony James. > > >

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06|19|2015

Before I will find the time to pre­pare a big and col­our­ful per­sonal review of my time in India, Voilà , some art­icles, that the gen­er­ous Indian press wrote about my stay:

The Art of Sig­nage and the Craft of Embroid­ery, Transcul­tural Design India, 10.6.2014
About the words’ worth, Dec­can Her­ald, 4.6.2014
A Ger­man designer works with Raman­agaram silk artists, The Times Of India, 1.6.2014
The let­ter on the wall, The Hindu, 29.5.2014
I’ve met won­der­ful people here, Dec­can Her­ald, 28.4.2014

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03|27|2014

Please note, that the stu­dio will be closed from April 1st until June 10th. > > >

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12|31|2013

I finally updated the list of inter­views, reviews, and pub­lic­a­tions. > > >

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10|03|2013

Please wel­come my long expec­ted doc­u­ment­ary of a pro­ject I worked on more than 20 years:
KARBID, BERLIN — de la lettre peinte au cara­ctère typo­graph­ique | From Let­ter­ing to Type Design | Von Schrift­malerei zu Schrift­gestal­tung. > > >

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09|30|2013

A Square but not square: The opu­lent but also pur­istic mono­graph »Memory and Inven­tion« for the Span­ish archi­tec­tural office Nieto Sobe­jano. > > >

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08|27|2013

On thursday 10th Octo­ber, 9am, I will present the Ala has a pen work­shop at AtypI Ams­ter­dam 13.

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08|15|2013

Please check out some impres­sions from one week of pure fun and intense work­ing with type inter­ested vet­er­ans and novices at Tipo Brda Sum­mer Typedesign Work­shop. > > >

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07|11|2013

Black on black and rock’n roll. Please enjoy this first mono­graph on the work of the Chinese artist Li Hui. > > >

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07|11|2013

Ger­man Rus­sian friend­ship: Voilà , the two edi­tions of Vadim Zakharov’s »Danaë«, the cata­logue accom­pa­ny­ing the Rus­sian con­tri­bu­tion to the Venice Bien­nale 2013. > > >

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02|20|2013

April 25, 18.00, I will give a lec­ture at Typo­club, Bern, Switzer­land. Every­body is wel­come: free admission.

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02|17|2013

One more treas­ure: The book »REIULF RAMSTAD ARCHITECTS – Selec­ted Works« can be described as 288 pages of pure beauty, cre­ated by the per­fect col­lab­or­a­tion between land­scape and archi­tec­ture. > > >

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12|09|2012

On fri­day the 14th of Decem­ber, the open­ing of the Ala has a pen final exhib­i­tion will take place at ASP Katowice ul. Kosz­arowa 19.
The exhib­i­tion is accom­pan­ied by the pro­mo­tion of fajrant book con­tain­ing the work­shop teach­ers’ lec­tures and the typefaces designed by the par­iti­cipants. Please come over and join us.

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12|03|2012

There is a nice fea­ture of FF Karbid Pro Slab in the new Slanted #20 (p. 54).

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11|23|2012

The new »Ehren­preis für gute Gestal­tung« web­site com­pletely in FF Karbid Pro!
http://www.der-ehrenpreis.de/

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11|01|2012

This is the second jewel of this autumn’s har­vest: the beau­ti­ful mono­graph for artist Thilo Hein­zmann. > > >

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10|29|2012

Cloudline is the most spec­tac­u­lar book, I have ever designed in my career. It’s a pure jewel. Please have a look. > > >

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10|05|2012

Pics from the septem­ber ses­sion of the type design work­shop »2 edycja – Ala ma pióro« (»Ala has a pen«) in Katowice, organ­ized by the Aka­demia Sztuk Pi?knych w Katow­ic­ach.

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07|18|2012

The great res­ults of my two exper­i­mental cre­ation classes from the htw Ber­lin 2011/12. > > >

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07|18|2012

Please wel­come the great res­ults of my poster class, the stu­dents were work­ing hard on, for the last semester at the Ber­liner Tech­nis­che Kun­sthoch­schule (btk). > > >

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06|18|2012

I’m very happy that I had the oppor­tun­ity, to work on this beau­ti­ful book in a dir­ect »exchange of ideas«, together with the artist Bet­tina Khano. Have a look > > >

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06|12|2012

We won! Trust in Taste, the cook­book for blind and sighted people, received the Paperazzo HAPTIK AWARD 2012.

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05|09|2012

Just out of press: Jasper Johns / In Press, The Crosshatch Works and the Logic of Print
Cata­logue to the exhib­i­tion at Har­vard Art Museums / Arthur M. Sack­ler Museum, Cam­bridge, USA, 22.5 – 18.8.2012. > > >

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05|09|2012

Save the date: On the 2nd of June 2012, I will give a present­a­tion on the type con­fer­ence Typo­graVieh lebt in Weimar.

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05|09|2012

Please check out the great pro­gress of the type design stu­dents in Katowice, who are tak­ing part of the type design work­shop »2 edycja – Ala ma pióro«, organ­ized by the Aka­demia Sztuk Pi?knych w Katow­ic­ach. Pic­tures: 1 | 2

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03|06|2012

A big THANK YOU to Slanted.de for their great inter­view, they had with me on »Trust In Taste«, the first cook­book for blind and sighted ama­teur chefs. »>

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01|31|2012

Glam­our­ous con­crete: Cover design for »Archi­tec­ture In India Since 1990«. > > >

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01|03|2012

In spring 2011, I designed the cor­por­ate iden­tity for the »DWIH Moskau« (Deutsches Wis­senschafts– und Innov­a­tion­shaus — Ger­man Houses of Sci­ence and Innov­a­tion). > > >

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12|23|2011

Small and pretty. Please wel­come »Skulp­turales Han­deln / Sculp­tural Acts«, the last book I designed in 2011. > > >

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12|21|2011

I’m very happy, that I had the great oppor­tun­ity to work on a book about the amer­ican painter Robert Indi­ana, who is my abso­lute hero. His state­ments, the use of col­ors, type, and graphic shapes, and how he plays with space, fore– and back­ground is just amaz­ing. > > >

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12|21|2011

There are two new art­icles about my work on FF Karbid Pro:
Font Shop Blog (Ger­man)
I Love Typo­graphy (English)

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>Fresh from the press: The book »Mod­er­at­ors of Change« on archi­tec­ture that helps. Have a look > > >

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10|15|2011 Trust In Taste

I’m very honored to have been involved into the cre­ation of the first cook­book for blind and sighted ama­teur chefs. > > >

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10|14|2011 Friedrich Seidenstücker

This year’s Frank­furt book­fair yield includes the beau­ti­ful cata­logue »Friedrich Seiden­stücker | Of Hip­pos And Other Humans« for the cor­res­pond­ent exhib­i­tion by the Ber­lin­is­che Galerie, Landes­mu­seum für Mod­erne Kunst, Foto­grafie und Architek­tur > > >

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10|07|2011 FF Karbid Pro

Finally: Voilà , the brand new FF Karbid Pro fam­ily, with Basic, Slab, Text and Dis­play fonts, Ital­ics, fea­tures, etc. > > >

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10|06|2011 Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller | The Murder of Crows

Autumn means har­vest: Please wel­come the first of five prin­ted books I designed over this sum­mer. > > >

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07|18|2011 Wolfgang Pehnt

Just prin­ted: 320 very clas­sical pages about the excit­ing his­tory of archi­tec­ture > > >

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05|23|2011

Tak­ing part on this type/illustration pro­ject, cur­ated by Sonja and Rob Keller, I was very lucky, that Emilia For­streu­ter was chosen to illus­trate my FF Karbid Slab Light Italic (2011) »Z«. The new dress of the let­ter looks just great. A big up for Emilia!

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05|19|2011

I will give a present­a­tion about my PARADOX ALG(I)ER(S) pro­ject a the TDC New York on Thursday, May 26, 6 to 8 p.m.

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05|19|2011

Back from my type design work­shop (10–12nd May) at the medi­eteknik, Söder­törns hög­skola (SH), Stockholm

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04|01|2011

Amman, part 2: The offical logo for the 50th aniversary of the Goethe-Institut Jord­anien > > >

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03|25|2011

Voilà , some impres­sions of the (2x) two days logo design work­shop, I hold this February/March at the Jordan Uni­ver­sity, Amman. The work­shop was again ini­ti­ated by the Goethe Insti­tut Jord­anien. > > >

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03|14|2011

Some pic­tures I took side­ways of my incred­ible trip to Jordan and Syria this March. My regards go to all the great people I met on my way between Amman, Petra and Damascus.Chokrane. > > >

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02|07|2011

Feb­ru­ary 26.+27. and March 05.+06.2011 I will hold two logo design work­shops at the Uni­ver­sity of Jordan/College of Arts and Design in Amman.

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12|17|2010


You can find a quite long inter­view with me and a great fea­ture of my work in the cur­rent Slanted #12.

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11|12|2010 Soma. Dokumente/Documents

“We have drunk Soma and become immor­tal; we have attained the light, the Gods dis­covered.“
The offi­cial cata­logue for the exhib­i­tion by Carsten Höller > > >

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11|01|2010 Typo PAGE

For the spe­cial issue on typo­graphy by the PAGE magazine, I was ask to give a state­ment on good and bad typo­graphy.
See typoPAGE 01.2010, pp. 020

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10|11|2010 Sam Shaw

Please wellcome: Sam Shaw, the most glam­or­ous book I had designed this year. > > >

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09|23|2010 Algi­ers in Dublin

All about the »info« posters I designed espe­cially for this show, and pho­to­graphs from the open­ing of PARADOX ALG(I)ER(S) in Dub­lin > > >

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09|23|2010 Raimund Abraham

The third book I designed this year is »Raimund Abra­ham« for the Aus­trian Cul­tural Forum New York > > >

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09|03|2010 PARADOX ALG(I)ER(S)
A typo­graphic explor­a­tion
08.–24.09.2010
Poster exhib­i­tion in Dub­lin in col­lab­or­a­tion with AtypI 2010.
The Fact­ory Space, 100 Capel Street, Dub­lin 1, Co. Dub­lin City, Ireland

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09|02|2010 Angelika Platen

Get­ting closer to the Frank­furt Book Fair this autumn, the first of some books I designed this year got pub­lished: Angelika Platen | Artists > > >

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06|12|2010 FF Cham­bers Sans becomes Webfont

The design and brand agency eden­spieker­mann chose FF Cham­bers Sans for the devel­op­ment of the new brand Sen­tres. For the cor­por­ate iden­tity, espe­cially seen online, FF Cham­bers Sans was con­ver­ted into the new Web Open Font Format (WOFF). You can find a report on the pro­ject and the typeface in the Ger­man design magazine PAGE 07.10. Thanks to Julia Sys­mäläinen for choos­ing Chambers :•)

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05|07|2010 Talk in Munich
I’m hon­oured to be the sup­port­ing act (a short lec­ture on VIELZWECK) for Oliviero Toscani on Tues­day | 18 May 2010 | 7.30pm | Pinakothek der Mod­erne, Ernst von Siemens-Auditorium
An event in co-operation with Die Neue Sammlung — The Inter­na­tional Design Museum Munich.
Thanks to the tgm (Typo­grafis­che Gesell­schaft München).

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04|28|2010 Algi­ers Posters

The full descrip­tion of the pro­ject > > >

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04|22|2010 Algi­ers Posters Exhib­i­tion

My first own show of posters > > >

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03|01|2010 »Before and after East met West«

There is a great three pages fea­ture on some of my typefaces in the Ber­lin spe­cial of Eye Magazine (#74).

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01|01|2010

Credo for 2010: Always look twice. Noth­ing needs to be, what it seems.

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12|20|09 This was 2009

A résumé:

Lec­tures and work­shops in Munic, Algi­ers, Biele­feld, Min­neapolis, Algi­ers (again), Warsaw, Ber­lin and Amman.

Four and one 3/4 books
One typeface (6 weights + fea­tures)
One poster
The usual small stuff …

Thanks to all of you who made this really excit­ing year possible.

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11|02|09 After the wallfall

Pre­par­ing my lec­ture about »20 Jahre Mauer­fall« for Algi­ers this week, I found a very early artistic pro­ject of mine from 1991. »From A to Z«

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10|22|09
Lec­ture in Warsaw
On Sat­urday, Octo­ber 24th, I will give a lec­ture at the»TYPESPOTTING. TYPOGRAPHY AND THE CITY« even­ing, which is part of the »Warsaw Under Con­struc­tion« fest­ival.

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10|18|09 20 Jahre Mauerfall

Last month I gave a lec­ture at MCAD (Min­neapolis Col­lege of Art and Design), I was invited to by Erik Brandt. Part of the trip to Min­neapolis was a visit to Erik’s typo­graphy class, which was design­ing posters for the com­mem­or­a­tion of twenty years since the fall of the Ber­lin Wall. Thanks a lot to Erik and his great stu­dents! I had a fant­astic time with you. Find out more …
You can find all the posters here.
And thanks a lot to Chris Burns for twit­ter­ing my whole lecture!

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10|10|09
Michael Laube

The second book I designed last sum­mer and which was prin­ted last month is a very col­our­ful and extra­vag­ant art­book for the artist Michael Laube. Have a look …

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10|10|09 Schneiders Laden

PTL Vielzweck/Tephe is the cor­por­ate font for the new show room Schneiders Laden of fam­ous Schneiders Büro.

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10|10|09
Mod­er­sohn & Freiesleben

Have a look to this nice little book I was work­ing on over the sum­mer. It’s the first time, that PTL Vielzweck got prin­ted. And it works great!

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06|09|09
Vielzweck/Tephe in tm rsi stm

PTL Vielzweck/Tephe is fea­tured in an art­icle about sig­nage by Christine Schranz for »Typo­grafis­che Mon­ats­blät­ter« 2.2009.

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05|26|09
John Heartfield

Yes­ter­day, the cata­logue, I had designed for the John Heard­field exhib­i­tion (Ber­lin­is­che Galerie, May 29. – August 31., 2009) arrived in our stu­dio. Have a look …

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05|18|09
Please wellcome PTL Vielzweck

PTL Vielzweck is the text ver­sion of the head­line font PTL Tephe. It now provides three weights plus an Oblique. PTL Vielzweck will soon be released at primetype.com. Have a look

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05|07|09
Poster work­shop in Algiers

From April 15–17, 2009 I had the oppor­tunaty of spend­ing a few days in the North African met­ro­polis of Algi­ers. I was invited by the Goethe Insti­tute there to give a short talk at the open­ing of an exhib­i­tion on the Ger­man graphic designer, type cre­ator and first pro­fessor of advert­ising Lucian Bernhard. More …

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03|07|09
Inter­view for cafebabel.com

Last sum­mer I gave an inter­view for the online magazine cafe­ba­bel. Have a look.

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03|06|09 Art of Projection

Just got the prin­ted cop­ies. For this great pro­ject I could use an other vari­ant of FF Cham­bers Sans. It works really great for a lot of con­tent in just a few space. Find out more …

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02|11|09
FF Cham­bers Sans for the president

The typo­graphy class of Erik Brandt at MCAD was using FF Cham­bers Sans for a really great typo pro­ject. The typo­graphic con­tent: Pres­id­ent Barack Obama’s entire accept­ance speech. Check out the work­ing process