Preorder: Today is Tomorrow’s Yesterday

“These pages were never intended to be public so it’s kind of a personal exercise here. I like the idea of people seeing what’s in my brain somehow. I always have had the curiosity of seeing other artist’s notebooks and dig in their mentality in order to understand better their work. Now it’s time to share mine.”

Rubén Sánchez is a self-taught artist, born and raised in Madrid (1979), adopted by Barcelona and Dubai in the past years. He is coming from the subcultures of graffiti and skateboarding with graphic design and illustration as a background.

With this book he gives an insight into his very personal sketchbooks for the first time, diaries full of notes, experiences, drawings, printing experiments, quotations, tickets etc. Sketches of many works, which can be found in many countries around the globe in the context of art festivals, commissioned works, humanitarian projects or international exhibitions, but also as any kind of “uncommissioned” works.

“My work is made of messages to depict through strong interactions and chain reactions. A visual balance always surrounded by a Mediterranean vibe, in a journey with no destination.”

To be published end of September 2020!

Preorder: Slanted Magazine #36—COEXIST

COEXIST—to live or exist together, in peace, at the same time, or in the same place. The first time in our lives the world is changing fundamentally. We need to rethink what all this is about. Higher, faster, and further at the expense of others cannot point the way to the future. We need to question ourselves, how we want to coexist, show consideration, and take a step back.

How do we reconcile ego and common sense? How do we meet poverty where a few have everything? How can we face climate change, political madness, religious wars, and other paradigm shifts? How do we want to live in a society that is politically divided? How do we face government decisions that affect civic freedoms and human rights?

Creative professionals from all over the world have addressed these questions and followed the call for submissions for this issue of Slanted magazine in spring 2020.

Some very personal statements of more than 450 people from all over the world can now be found in the form of graphics, illustrations, photographs and texts in this extra thick edition, which makes you think and / or smile.

To be published end of October 2020!

Tabletto Stencil

With this fluorescent stencil, you can design any letterform, number, or punctuation in all languages. Beside making type, you can use the Tabletto shapes to make illustrations, logos, icons, wherever your inspiration leads!

Inside the Tabletto Stencil pack there is:
– one Tabletto Stencil, color fluorescent red or green
– an inspiration leaflet with the complete Latin alphabet
– a pencil

Pappkarton: Handle with Care

Imagine you are presenting a gift. You have thought about it for a long time, searched, found. You have carefully chosen and lovingly packed. To be on the safe side, you have packed the whole thing in a cardboard box again, you never know … you hand it over and hope for a heartbeat.
You see the joy in the eyes of the presentee and are happy. You rejoice until you recognize: The joy is in the packaging, not the gift. The normal cardboard box. Well, not quite. Because you have of course already chosen the most beautiful box from the boxes that were waiting for the waste paper collection. The one from the Asian market, you like to buy there. And sometimes you look at the lettering on these boxes, which you like to carry your shopping home in, and you dream. From your vacation in Thailand. Or something like that. But then you quickly tidied everything up and then there was this cardboard box that was stable and now …

… the story takes its course.
The cardboard box meets your presentee(s) and thus fantasy, cutter, glue, and endurance. You make a person happy, what you wanted. But his attention is focused on the carton, not the gift.
Unconsciously, you have given your presentee one of the most versatile materials available for living out creative energy: The Cardboard box. That which otherwise ends up in the waste paper a million times over now becomes the material dreams are made of. Self-forgotten, your lucky devil cuts and glues. Forgets space and time –and unfortunately also your gift. A world of its own is created: not by, but made of cardboard. More cardboard boxes are needed. The store owner is happy. Not having to dispose of outer packaging is good. For the store. And for the environment. And for the creative process you have initiated. You are amazed. You admire a cardboard production that takes up space.

In fact, there was this one cardboard box. It changed hands in Munich. And yes, it gave the impulse for this book and what you discover in it. And now it’s up to you whether you just want to look, marvel, and hold your breath, or whether you want to run off yourself, get the boxes, get going. And “write” your own cardboard box story. Whatever you decide: Have fun! And don’t forget: If you give away this book–which we think is a really good idea–always with cardboard around it …

“Pappkarton: Handle with Care”–a book about an almost normal cardboard box and what can become of it when it meets cutter and glue, creativity, and enthusiasm.

Design ist mehr als schnell mal schön

The economy has a new contract to award: Creative consulting!
In volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous times, design takes on a new meaning. Management consultancies have found the term design thinking for this. You as a designer have always practiced this. Time to use it for your success.

This book “Design ist mehr als schnell mal schön” is the first step towards a new design and self-image.
It paves the way for you to design consulting. To more satisfaction and participation.
As a designer, you have always placed the customers of your clients at the center of your creative work. You do not primarily design books, brochures, websites, and more, but rather the communication between brands and people. Only: So far you have not charged for this.
Instead, you discuss colors and favors–and the strategic positioning is communicated to you in the briefing.
You want to get to the table earlier? More responsibility? Also: more money?

Maren Martschenko advises medium-sized enterprises on how to build and manage their brands and companies. She involves design at an early stage–and with great success. And she wonders why designers and their skills are not involved much earlier and more intensively in processes that always end with visualization, i.e. design. She observes a design dilemma in which lack of appreciation and payment play a major role. This does not have to be the case, she is convinced of that.
Step by step, she will open up a new terrain in which you will feel at home–as new as it may seem to you–surprisingly quickly: design consulting.

Design is more than quickly beautiful (in german: Design ist mehr als schnell mal schön). Design is more than form and color.
Design is a designed corporate strategy! That is your expertise. And your chance. Seize it!

Perspektiven des Critical Design

Can design, as it is currently practiced, live up to the engineered environment? Is it still possible to provide our everyday objects with a real additional value? Does it forward usability? Or does it only exist to make products “sexy” in the consumer world, only serving as yet another reason to buy something? Is a connection between design and science necessary and if so, is it realizable? How has the design-process to change so that “Design” gets more seriously perceived as an academic discipline. And which additional value is then inherent in this kind of design?

Jana Thierfelder dedicates herself to those and similar questions by addressing the notion of “Critical Design” coined by Anthony Dunne in the nineties.
Final Project Merz Akademie, University of Design, Art and Media, Stuttgart.

NOT THE END OF PRINT

Self-publishing is the trend–even among designers. Today, graphic designers develop and publish magazines and books on their own, creating a platform where they can work autonomously as authors, far away from their everyday job situation. Here they have complete control over the aesthetics and content of the project. The medium of choice is often the book: in the age of digitalisation, where information can be accessed and changed anywhere and at any time in a matter of seconds, the printed book seems almost like a loan to eternity.

The haptic qualities of the book link the content much more closely with sensual perception, creating a more direct and personal access for the reader. In addition to changes in the role of the designer in the context of the digital revolution, which at the same time makes self-publishing possible in its present form, designer Isabel Seiffert places particular emphasis on the sensory experience and its role in the communication process.

“NOT THE END OF PRINT” captivates through the unique symbiosis of modern, digital production technology and traditional production methods. It is a statement in the very form of its production (embossing, gilding, screen printing): a bibliophile bow to the medium of print, literally a precious object.

DISZIPLIN

The Vienna-based photo collective Fountain’s Edit sheds a light on the notion of discipline in six series and an accompanying glossary. The softcover book DISZIPLIN underlines and emphasizes their different photographic styles and aesthetics by using a different kind of paper for each series. Photographies.

About the photographers:
Fountain’s Edit is a group of photographers – Erli Grünzweil, Susanna Hofer, Martina Lajczak, Marlene Mautner, Nadia Morozewicz, Stefan Pani, and Alicia Pawelczak – based in Vienna, Berlin, and San Francisco.

Reportagen Band #53

Reportagen send the best authors around the globe. For stories that stay.

In this issue, from the contents in brief:

  • Grounding. From Shanghai via Athens to Buenos Aires: A kaleidoscope of standstill. By 40 reporters* from 29 countries.
  • Threatened or threatening. Botswana’s elephants inspire tourists. But not all locals. By Christina Karrer.
  • City above the fire. Under Centralia it has been burning for sixty years. Visiting the last inhabitants. By Alexander Krex.
  • His last gift. How an orderly in an operating room experiences a multi-organ removal. From Christian Wittmann.
  • Five times work. Street vendor, influencer or packer at Amazon: How our relationship to work is changing. By Vauhini Vara.
  • The historical reportage: Sulawesi, 1988. By Nigel Barley.

Collection of Research on Chinese Typography

“Collection of Research on Chinese Typography” is a three-volume collection of our on-going research and dialogues about typography and design in China, including its history and development, conventions and contemporary practice, and working in transcultural contexts.

The Type has been promoting public awareness of typography and design in the Chinese community for over ten years. Whether it is introducing Western typography theories and knowledge, or conducting independent research on Chinese typography in recent years, we are often concerned about the inadequate typography education in China as well as the lack of exchange we have with the international community. Chinese typography is not easy to tackle, but we believe that, by more self-initiated and open research, we are able to address our challenges under a global perspective and invite more discussions and breakthroughs to the field.

上海活字:管窥现代中文字体设计史
Shanghai Type: a slice of modern Chinese type history
The development of Chinese type design since the foundation of the People’s Republic in 1949 cast significant influence to its contemporary developments. Yet it has remained as much a mystery to the outside world as to local designers. Thanks to the research throughout the Shanghai Type project, we attempt to illustrate a slice of the history of how modern Chinese type design began as a groundbreaking state-initiated endeavor, and then gradually faded in the age of market and commercialization.

跨文化字体设计:中文语境下的讨论
Transcultural Type Design: a dialogue from China
Among the Chinese-speaking designers, discourse around transcultural typography is still in its infancy. This small volume is the record of the first of a series of open discussions moderated by us, to address this global trend as well as the debate and strategies that come along in the Chinese context.

孔雀计划:重建中文排版的思路
Kǒngquè: restoring the mindset of Chinese typesetting
The convention and wisdom of Chinese typography that was developed over centuries has failed to be inherited by designers today. This is caused partially by the Latin-orientated computer softwares and the negligence in the Chinese design education. Kǒngquè project aims to fill this gap by revisiting the typographic traditions in China in the modern context and restoring a mindset of native Chinese typography.

Original Poster: K.H. Drescher “Bertolt Brecht”

Karl-Heinz Drescher (1936-2011) was a graphic designer who worked for almost 40 years at the world famous Berliner Ensemble theater of Bertolt Brecht. His catalog of works today comprises over 400 posters, about a third of which are printed by letterpress. The original posters from the archive are provided by the family of K.H. Drescher. Despite the great age, they didn’t lose any of their value and history, that’s behind every single one of them.

More about Karl-Heinz Drescher can be found in the comprehensive book K.H. Drescher: Berlin Typo Posters, Texts, and Interviews published by Slanted Publishers.

WV 273. Bertolt Brecht. Untergang des Egoisten Fatzer → 1987
Berliner Ensemble
114.8 × 81.2 cm
Won the 1st prize in the selection “Die 100 besten Plakate des Jahres 1987” of the GDR.

DERIVE Wanderer ZINE #6

What is DERIVE Wanderer Magazine?
A (small) indie zine exploring the past and the future of places. The idea for Wanderer was born late at night after an evening photographing the streets of New Taipei City with a few friends. Somehow there was something in the city that drove each of us to photograph it in our own way, to seek out the stories and moments that it contained.

DERIVE Wanderer explores places, past and future, by walking the streets and exploring architecture and artifacts, from the colonial lane houses under the blazing neon skies of Shanghai, to the towering mega-blocks of Hong Kong and further, DERIVE Wanderer seeks to understand the world’s cities as they were and as they might have been.

A long journey into the night and a connection between the memories of places – The sixth edition of DERIVE Wanderer Magazine takes you on a journey through two cities, connected by a highway and a fleeting dream …

Dimensions: A5 size 36 pages, offset printed, full color.
By purchasing this magazine you will help support the DERIVE project.

DERIVE Wanderer ships using airmail from Taiwan and there are sometimes delays outside of our control. Generally, the product should arrive within 2-3 weeks.

Ditroit — Ten Years Book

One decade after founding Ditroit, its creative director Salvo Giunta together with all his crew, past and present, decided to go down the memory lane and reminisce the most relevant moments to their growth, both on a human and on a professional level. Published by Mr. Giunta himself, this book is about what a design studio goes through in its first years of life and it includes testimonies by Ditroit’s members and collaborators, as well as many pictures, storyboard, sketches and stolen moments from the studio life.
In their words: “The DITROIT — TEN YEARS BOOK is like a dissertation to present to the school board after an intense decade in the classroom. In this sense, we may thus consider today to be our true starting point: we studied, we failed, we lost heart, but then we took notes, learned, and our grades eventually got better. We had fun, we went through some rough patches, but we’re finally ready for the greater challenge of adulthood.”

Little Big Rooms

How do you set up a children’s room that is fun, colorful, and fresh? One that gives children room for playing, daydreaming, and letting their imaginations run wild?
A child’s room must be fun both for its smaller inhabitants and for the parents that arrange them; it’s here that budding young minds first begin to explore the world. These rooms have plenty to do, acting as playrooms, places to sleep, reading nooks, and spaces for young minds to concentrate and let their creativity unfold. Years can be spent playing and learning in a child’s room; a sibling might move in, making it a space for laughter and sharing. Setting up a children’s room can be a wonderful challenge.

Little Big Rooms is here to offer inspiration to parents, full of exciting tips for new rooms or spaces in need of an update, as well as furniture and accessory recommendations sure to please everyone in the family.

Let’s Play Outdoors!

“Let’s Play Outdoors!” is a book that encourages children to go and play outside and discover what nature has to offer.

Leave the house and roam outdoors: It is a fascinating place, waiting to be conquered by children with curious minds. Let’s Play Outdoors! encourages little nature detectives—not just to see, but also to listen, to touch, and to smell our surroundings. Climbing trees, watching clouds, tracing animals’ footprints, playing games outdoors …
This book is packed with simple activities and experiences to inspire the environmentally-conscious children of today. The suggested activities inspire independent learning about animals, plants, and the weather, as well as how to look after the world.

What to expect
– Over 20 activities and ideas
– Simple, easy-to-follow instructions that help the fun unfold
– Information on the importance of why and how nature works
– A bold and colorful illustration style

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Catherine Ard’s first job after her studies was writing children’s comics. Since then, she has written and edited many craft books for children. She lives in Bristol with her family. Their little dog, Annie, sleeps at her feet while she is working.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Carla McRae is an Australian illustrator living and working in Melbourne. Her work covers editorial, publishing, and branding. She also likes to design socks and paints large-scale mural projects.

ABOUT THE RESEARCHER
Polly Jarman has worked for many years with young people through environmental education and outdoor activity projects.

Cercle Magazine #7 – Volcanoes

Cercle Magazine #7 – Volcanoes is all about Volcanoes! Rocks, magma, strata, stones, explosion, lava, fumaroles… With Cercle, 2019 will definitely be under the aegis of geology. Monster made of lava and ashes, the volcano impresses, but is also a source of fascination and beauty, a marker of the world’s health and dynamism. And when the lava buries all its surroundings, it is the creative energy and the destructive passion that this issue calls for. With four interviews of professionals working in art, cinema, volcanology, sociology, plus a portfolio introducing ten artists, photographers or illustrators interviewed about their practice, this seventh issue of Cercle Magazine will be the most explosive of all!

Content: Jacques-Marie Bardintzeff (Interview, France), Anton Moglia & Jérémy Landes / Velvetyne Type Foundry (font design, France), Léo Puel (Films, France), Maria Medem (Portfolio, Spain), Daesung Lee (Portfolio, South Korea), Émilie Fernandez & Alexandre Rochon (Music, France), André Demaison (Interview, France), Perrine Lotiron (Fashion, Canada), Agata Felluga (Food, Italy/France), Emmanuelle Pidoux (Portfolio, France), Verene de Hutten (Publication, France), Marion Cole (Translation, France), and many many more…

DERIVE Wanderer ZINE #5 – Bangkok

What is DERIVE Wanderer Magazine?
A (small) indie zine exploring the past and the future of places. The idea for Wanderer was born late at night after an evening photographing the streets of New Taipei City with a few friends. Somehow there was something in the city that drove each of us to photograph it in our own way, to seek out the stories and moments that it contained.

DERIVE Wanderer explores places, past and future, by walking the streets and exploring architecture and artifacts, from the colonial lane houses under the blazing neon skies of Shanghai, to the towering mega-blocks of Hong Kong and further, DERIVE Wanderer seeks to understand the world’s cities as they were and as they might have been.

DERIVE Wanderer ZINE #5 – Bangkok: In this edition, join Cody Ellingham as he ventures away from the flashing lights and traveller hotspots to explores the forgotten concrete and canals of Bangkok, Thailand.

By purchasing this Zine you will help support the DERIVE project.

DERIVE Wanderer ships using airmail from Japan and there are sometimes delays outside of our control. Generally, the product should arrive within 2-3 weeks.

Cercle Magazine #8 – Ghosts

After a long wait during which it’s been impossible to release the magazine, our eighth issue is finally out. Cercle Magazine #8 – Ghosts explores the unexplained, the intangible, the transparent. It wonders about our relationship to ghosts, let them haunt us, make us scream with fear or laugh, whether light spectrum or wandering in the dark worlds.

Four interviews with enthusiasts professionals or amateurs, ten illustrators, photographers or visual artists, interviewed about their practice, and always varied selections, here finally is the eighth issue of Cercle Magazine.

With the point of view of Felipe Ribon, French/Colombian designer. He works on fascinating objects that allows living humans to contact deads, such as pendulum, turning tables or mirrors.

Caroline Callard, historian and author of Le temps des fantômes: Spectralities of the Old Regime from the 16th to the 17th century clarifies our vision of ghosts in terms of history and how their presence has been felt even in the courts.

Stephane Du Mesnildot, critic for Les Cahiers du Cinéma. Asian cinema specialist and author of a book on ghosts in Japanese cinema, he is also the co-director of the exhibition Hells and Ghosts of Asia at Quai Branly.

Mack Rides, German family company, founder of Europa Park and maker of many ghost trains and other haunted houses for parks around the world.

Artists, illustrators, photographers: Jules Julien (France), Stephan Tillmans (Germany), Angela Deane (USA), Akos Major (Hungary), Eduardo Mata Icaza (Costa Rica), Eva Feuchter (Germany), Josh Courlas (USA) and Rhys Ziemba (USA).

The Gardens Of Eden

Wander through an assortment of innovative gardens, from rooftop plots to lush countryside backyards: discover The Gardens Of Eden.

As our lifestyles become more sustainable, so does the way we interact with our gardens. No matter what size your patch is, it’s easy to create diverse and rich environments for plants and insects, or to grow your own fruits or vegetables.

The Gardens of Eden introduces you to over 20 imaginative projects, featuring interviews with garden designers, insightful texts, and plans to show what contemporary garden culture looks like. In addition, this title offers information about different climate zones and soil types and gives tips for sustainable gardening and self-sufficiency. Get creative with native plants, and design greener corners within urban areas.

The Gardens of Eden looks at fascinating examples of gardens around the world, teaching what you can do for nature while revealing what a green space can do for you.

Small Homes, Grand Living

Diminutive rooms, grand possibilities. Small Homes, Grand Living shows how to make use of a limited space and turn a small apartment into a design marvel.

The book’s assortment of projects and homes pays homage to the iconic innovation within modest living areas and shows the creative usage of space in continually expanding urban areas. As more people across the globe move into cities, living space becomes a precious commodity. Designers, architects, and innovative inhabitants seek new ways of creating a home that is just as comfortable as it is functional and aesthetically pleasing. Where does one stow clothing, bicycles, suitcases, or bed linens? Where is the perfect place for the desk, bed, or couch? How does one use less square meters more effectively?

Compact flats perched atop the roofs on high-rise buildings. A one-bedroom apartment that houses a family of four. Stairs that cleverly transform into wardrobes. A collection of cozy cocoons shows the personality and innovation of those living inside: a home is both shelter and a welcoming reflection of the residents. Small Homes, Grand Living offers real interior design solutions directly from the occupants’ imaginations.

Shape Grammars

How can unique pieces be mass produced? Or: How can the computer take over and support creative work? Sol LeWitt writes in his Sentences on Conceptual Art: “The idea becomes a machine that makes the art. […] There are many side effects that the artist cannot imagine. These may be used as ideas for new works.” A form is removed from the status of pure art as soon as it is filled with unambiguous information or applied utility. Its poetic function as art is thus weakened, its practical function as design is strengthened.

With the right system, an idea can also become a machine that produces design instead of art. This is then called generative design. However, this form of design is primarily used to display complex data sets or to fire off overwhelming visual spectacles.

Based on the work of Sol LeWitt, graphic designer Jannis Maroscheck has designed and programmed his own production systems that can draw an unlimited number of individual graphic shapes.

The result is a systematic catalog—a kind of dictionary of shapes—for browsing and exploring geometric systems, in which one can always discover something new. Shape Grammars is intended as a handbook for graphic designers for the design of fonts, logos and pictograms, which, in addition to 150,000 generated shapes, shows some potentials and limitations of generative design. At the same time, the work serves as a basis for further research on more complex systems and artificial intelligence. The computer can thus already function as a dialog partner in the creative process.

Slanted Special Issue Rhineland-Palatinate

Above all, Rhineland-Palatinate stands out for its wine with 65 percent of German wine being produced there. But what about design? Following the Special Issues of Babylon (2013), Marrakech (2016), and Rwanda (2019), we were curious to find out more about our Heimat Germany and highlight regional differences.

The first destination of our journey took us right across the Rhine, to Rhineland-Palatinate. In its state capital Mainz, Johannes Gutenberg invented letterpress printing and delivered the first printed Bible in 1456, and probably drank a pint of wine on it. The state was formerly founded from the French occupation zone after a referendum on the state constitution on May 18th, 1947, two years before the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany. The black, red, and gold of the flag of the Hambach Festival, the first democratic demonstration, are still the colors of the Federal Republic of Germany today.

The state has a long tradition of arts and craftsmanship, supported and kept alive by a strong middle-class as well as strong regional institutions and cultural drivers. Awards such as the State Prize for Arts and Crafts promote, amongst others, outstanding gem and jewelry designers, ceramists, silversmiths, carpenters, barrel makers, and textile designers of the region.

With the help of descom—Designforum Rhineland-Palatinate we sourced designers, photographers, illustrators and makers—all people who love their region and are passionate about what they do. So yes, beyond beautiful landscapes with vineyards, rivers, forests, and castles, Rhineland-Palatinate is a shining example of design in Germany, that moves with time while sticking to its roots.

Unfog Your Mind

Mindshift for more joie de vivre and lightness of mind. From reactive to creative mindset with life hacks and applied creativity. Food for thought for a more conscious everyday life in personal responsibility and presence.
We do not see the world as it is, but as we are. Most of the things that cloud, spoil or screw up our everyday life exist only in our heads. But there they are well anchored and take away our view of what makes life easy and worth living. Until Leander Greitemann blows the fog away. With food for thought and stories. With practical tips and humor. With philosophy and psychology. And without excuses!
Others we cannot change – and some situations we cannot change, even if we try to do so quite often. But we can change ourselves. With a book that makes us aware of what we already know: Doing is like wanting to do – only more blatant!
With apparent ease Leander Greitemann leads you to the switchboard of power: into your head. To the places where you decide every day and every hour whether worries cloud your view or whether you switch to the mode that makes happiness possible – and almost guaranteed: the Bluebird mode.
Greitemann offers you twenty changes of perspective, scientifically founded, seasoned with his own experience and life hacks: For an everyday life in which personal responsibility and self-reflection pave the way to lust for life and ease. For satisfaction in partnership and profession. For applied creativity. For a sense of ease.

How did this book come about?
Leander Greitemann was a speaker at a conference in which Bertram took part. He captivated his audience. Bertram told about it and wrote him a letter. As a thank you for the thought-provoking impulses he enclosed a book: Letters in his head, along with an up-to-date list of publishers. In this book, Leander Greitemann discovered “Die Kunst, ein kreatives Leben zu führen” by Frank Berzbach.
Sometimes the world is small. Leander Greitemann lives and works in Mainz. And he owned the book, the design of which he had fallen so in love with years before, that he literally thought: “If I am going to write a book some day, it should feel so beautiful and be so beautifully designed!” – not knowing that it came from a publisher in Mainz
We met for dinner and we talked. About applied creativity, about thought models and changes of perspective. We didn’t talk about a book for a while. And then we did.
Leander Greitemann is bubbling over with ideas, he knows how to infect with his enthusiasm and he combines creativity and discipline. In this way, an idea very consistently became a manuscript. At some point in the middle of the project there was a day when fog took away my clear view, I was in a bad mood and grouchy. And I had a task in relation to this book. And I could see how this book was going to unfold its power. You cannot read Greitemann and (!) be in a bad mood. The fog lifted and I couldn’t be grouchy any more. I’m telling you this because that was the moment when I understood: This will not only be a very good book, it will be a little miracle drug.

Schwarzdenker

“Schwarzdenker” offers a wickedly self-deprecating view of today’s creative industry. For designers, for all the future potential designers, and for their parents trying desperately to prevent that.
The topics of the first edition: a relentless introspection; a revelation of scandalous practices in competitive business; a look outside where others get along quite well without design; about the manners of how designers treat each other and customers; a biting satire about designers as a species and a razor-sharp criticism of their thinking; the eternal dilemmas “art vs. Design” and “fame vs. success”; about fashionable denglish and the eternal same; about today’s fake news and the good old days; with anger about design education and with confidence in the future, about sustainability in print and real problems in procurement practice, and last but not least about money.

Publisher: Victoria Sarapina
Authors: Michaela Harnisch, Horst Moser, Olaf Leu, Kurt Weidemann, Silvia Werfel, Dr. Hans Jürgen Escherle, Jost Hochuli, Herbert Lechner, Rudolf Paulus Gorbach, Susanne Zippel, Christian Büning, Clemens Theobert Schedler, Peter Vetter, Joachim Kobuss, Bernd Weber, Christian Aumüller
Photographers: Kathrin Schäfer, Oleg Koscheletz, Dominik Parzinger
Illustration, Lettering, Infographics: Silja Götz, Frank Ramspott, Petra Wöhrmann, Peter Felder