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

100 Beste Plakate 19

Every year the association 100 Beste Plakate e. V. presents awards to honor the most innovative and trendsetting poster designs from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The yearbook has fast become the go-to source for graphic artists, designers, and advertisers. Even today, the traditional printed poster is still regarded as the ultimate challenge in the graphic arts.

The 100 Beste Plakate 19 yearbook focuses on how designs can be described verbally. What is the relationship between language and image? How can visual codes and phenomena or trends be captured in words? Thirty designers, curators, artists, architects, and theorists were invited to join the project and to describe the selected posters. The purpose of this exercise was not to come up with a standard jury statement, but to point out ways of interacting personally with the poster: either by offering an objective description or by delivering a subjective critique in the form of an essay.

Florian Lamm and Jakob Kirch, who created this year’s 100 Beste Plakate 19, have translated this conceptual task into their design by dividing the catalog into two parts. While the thirty text contributions have been united in a booklet, a separate image section presents the corresponding posters.on presents the corresponding posters.

Preorder: 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.

To be published mid of July 2020.

Preorder: 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.

To be published mid of July 2020.

PHOTODARIUM PRIVATE 2021

For everyone who wants more: For the forth time we publish the PHOTODARIUM PRIVATE parallel to the classic one. This tear-off calendar reveals uncensored instant images with an artistic approach to nudity. Day after day a new erotic, nude or cheeky instant-picture is uncovered.

On the front of each calendar page there is an analogue instant-photo in original size, finished with high-quality lacquer finish creating a true polaroid feeling. On the back is a little text to the emergence of a picture and information about the photographer and the film used.

A modern and young view on eroticism beyond pornographic clichés—from photographers and individuals all around the world. Emancipated & honest. The private edition has a sticker sheet for personal censorship, is limited and a very special piece of art!

Therefore the PHOTODARIUM (formerly POLADARIUM) is a treasure and an eyecatcher for desk, window sill, cake buffet, parcel shelf, shop windows, bed stand … and of course the perfect christmas gift for lovers of analogue photography!

PHOTODARIUM 2021

The photo-tear-off-calendar is already set to appear for the 9th time and will delight us again every day in 2021 with an instant photo and its own little story. 365 times, the calendar shows the almost intimate snapshots of well-known photographers and newcomers, professionals and individuals.

On the front of each calendar page there is an analogue instant-photo in original size, finished with high-quality lacquer finish creating a true polaroid feeling. On the back is a little text to the emergence of a picture and information about the photographer and the film used.

Therefore the PHOTODARIUM (formerly POLADARIUM) is a treasure and an eyecatcher for desk, window sill, cake buffet, parcel shelf, shop windows, bed stand … and of course the perfect christmas gift for lovers of analogue photography!

#sarahlikesprettygirls in Berlin

An ode to the natural! Sarah Żak was born in Cologne in 1987 to polish parents. In 2012 she went to Berlin to train as a make-up artist. As part of her work, she met many beautiful women. With an analogue camera, without photoshop filters and poses, the 29-year-old self-taught photographer takes pictures of these women from her personal setting. Free of modified artificiality, which is so omnipresent in our world. In the last three years innumerable intimate nudes of more than 100 women from Berlin have been created. The pictures were previously published exclusively on Instagram and clicked there thousands of times.

Sometimes the imperfect is perfect. Sarah Żak’s work represents exactly that in an impressive way.

Permanently Improvised

Various & Gould: 15 Years of Urban Print Collage! The artist duo Various & Gould has been an integral part of Berlin’s Urban Art scene for a decade. In a playful and unconventional way, the two artists tackle major social issues and find new, specific forms of expression in each of their series.

Just in time for Various & Gould’s 15th anniversary, this bilingual monograph presents the full range of their work, enriched by essays by selected author.

DO YOU READ ME?

Bookshops are not the only places where books are sold. They are places of togetherness in a neighborhood and often the first port of call for travellers who want to explore a city. Bookstores invite you to linger, to readings, concerts and parties; always with the aim of bringing together people who are thirsty for knowledge and curious and to make friends with strangers.

The shops themselves are as different as their owners. There are small bookshops where books are stacked up to the ceiling, minimalist concept stores and true book temples; they are located in apartments, on boats or in Gothic churches. Do you read me? brings together bookstores from all over the world and introduces some of the people who make them unique places.

Dennis vs. Gregory Poster by Kid Gringo

Watch out, illustration-nerds & dancehall-afficionados! Our most beloved Kid Gringo has some strictly limited Dennis Brown und Gregory Isaac silkscreen poster for you. Numbered, signed and handprinted. Limited stock of 10 pcs.

Kid Gringo—whodat?
Graffiti kid since 1991, HGB student 2001–2010 (Leipzig), co-inventor and cover artist since day 1 of KLEBSTOFF Mag. Since two years in Kampala/Uganda

// @kidgringo

Analoge Fotografie

The perfect book to (re)ignite your love for analogue photography!

Maybe you have found an old Nikon in a second-hand shop or inherited your grandfather’s Leica. Or you are one of the many younger photographers who are bored of the perfect digital world and attracted by analog “real” technology. This book will give you all the information you need to understand and use your old camera. All basic information about the technology and functioning of cameras and photography is explained and illustrated in a simple and understandable way. This is a purely technical manual, there are no tips on how to take “better” photos. Once you have mastered the mechanics of photography, you will have total creative control over your camera, and you can let your creativity run wild.

Coexist: Atlas of Circles

In the context of the open call for submissions for Slanted Magazine #36—COEXIST, République Studio from Paris designed this wonderful poster entitled “Atlas of Circles”: »From natural elements to invented objects, solid or liquid, huge or microscopic, things that makes us strong or vulnerable, scared or joyful, this way of depicting the links between nature and culture is based on the Mnémosyne Atlas of Aby Warburg. By playing with scales and circles, it reinforces the uniformity and the connection than can happen between items that compose our day-to-day life. Because everything is in constant dialogue, we need to re-evaluate our relationship with the planet and with others.«

180° 20 min

Everyone knows: fish is delicious and healthy. Many think: fish is not easy to prepare. The team of the Blankeneser Fischhuus has made it their mission to prove the opposite.
“180° 20 min” is the name of the cookbook that Nathalie Gideon and Andreas Patzer from the famous Fischhuus that has been developed together with the Hamburg photographer couple Ingrid von Hoff and Konstantin Eulenburg in months of hard bonework. The strange title is quickly explained – the rule of thumb for fish in the oven is: 180 degrees, 20 minutes, and the salmon is ready to eat. The result is a wonderfully plump book with 100 delicious recipes, wonderfully photographed and garnished with personal, funny and profound stories from the life of the passionate fishmonger couple.

A book about the Blankeneser Fischhuus in Hamburg, Germany. And an absolute must-read, not only for fish lovers.

Das ABC der Typografie

The “ABC der Typografie” may become your new favorite book. It certainly has what it takes, because no topic is left out here: Character, word, line, font classifications, font history, detailed typography, font choice and effect, typography with Adobe InDesign, and typography in the digital world! All typography concepts and terms are logically structured and explained in a nutshell. Charts and typographic graphics illustrate the rules and basic principles. No question remains open!

The Eggplant Collective Stickermag

22 Pictoplasma Academy Alumni go sticking crazy! Caused by an explosion of creativity at the first Pictoplasma Academy in Berlin, “THE EGGPLANT COLLECTIVE STICKERMAG” was born. The various artists unite their love for character design – from eggplants to avocados, cats and creatures, to vampires and zombies. You can find them all in the their first Stickermag.

This issue presents – as usual – works of international artists like: zapatoverde (GTM), Gutless Wonder (UK), Ricardo Munoz (ECU), Six (AUT), Nerderella (NL), Tuuli Juntunen (FIN), Ninna Thorarinsdottir (ISL), Goldmaki (CH), Siv Nordsveen (NOR), Ramiro Amorena (ARG), Protoplanet Studio (GER), Lukas Gülcher (AUS), Pabs (MEX), Captain Lala (AUS), happyfunny (PRI), Tirzaworld (NL), Claymen (IND), Sarah Klan (UK), WaRjul (GER), Luma (ISR), Dunk0Tron (AUS), Memi Mizukami (JPN).
The mag contains about 200 seperate peelable stickers.

Slanted Magazine #35—L.A.

From the perspective of a European, Los Angeles is the opposite of our old metropolises. The sprawling multi-dimensionality is alien, and for many, gets on our nerves: the tangled network of highways and the constant driving around (damn you, General Motors streetcar scandal!), the emphasized nonchalance and never ending optimism of everyone, the sunny weather, the ingenious modernist architecture, the film industry, the tourists and the shitty art museums … perhaps, just perhaps everything about this city gets on our nerves. Despite, or maybe because of all of this, L.A. is a fucking awesome city, both in the Biblical sense and the slang sense. This staggering awesomeness is fucking undeniable.

We wanted to meet Ed Ruscha to talk about his mysteriously seductive and motionless-looking reductive paintings. Unfortunately it didn’t work out, but his piece “Hollywood is a verb” inspired the three different titles/cover variations of this issue. We would also have liked to see David Hockney, who fled the austerity and grey oppression of England (an early Brexit) to Los Angeles to discover a sunny and hedonistic city. No dice there, either. But hey!, in a town like L.A. and on a production like Slanted’s, not everything has to work out. Often, the best things happen when they’re not planned, just as they did here.

We hung out with the wonderful actor Udo Kier and learned a lot about Hollywood and his life. We spent a superb evening with Sarah Lorenzen and her husband, photographer David Hartwell, who meticulously restored the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences, the home of architect Richard Neutra (see our video interviews), and a number of other luminaries.

Our partner-in-crime Ian Lynam introduced us to tons of great designers, artists and teachers, who all—really, all—when asked where their allegiance lies: with N.Y. or L.A., yelled “L.A.!!!” without batting an eyelid. You can find their brilliant works in the new issue, and a deeper look at their opinions and views through video interviews that can be watched online on our video platform for free.

Illustrations, interviews, essays, and a huge appendix with many useful tips and the best Californian typefaces complement the issue thematically.

Have a look at our limited L.A. special edition, containing an enamel pin showcasing your love for a good read, and a super glossy notebook to write down all your ideas.

Offset Printing: Stober
Silkscreen Printing: Seismografics
Paper: PERGRAPHICA® by Mondi Group

Notes of Berlin. Das Buch.

After the calendar is only available for a short time and regularly sold out, fans of the award-winning cult blog will for the first time be able to enjoy a photo book with the best and funniest note photos from the city! This way we provide our more than 500,000 Instagram, Facebook and Twitter fans and everyone else with the finest paper photos throughout the year!

Since 2010, Joab Nist has been documenting the strangest notes from the streets of Berlin on www.notesofberlin.com every day. With up to one million page views per month, his blog is one of the most famous in this country. So far, the community has sent in more than 50,000 found objects and this book presents an exquisite best of them.

Pure urban everyday culture in its purest form.

Stickélium Stickermag

“Stickers + Mycélium = Stickélium”—This simple equation produced an invisible mycelium made of artists, bookmakers and art lovers (you!), which is as incredibly diverse as the mycological inspiration, these stickers being the mushrooms of this metaphorical mycelium, growing and popping to the light for your delight.

The mushroom kingdom feeds on death (or turn ants into literal zombies) and yet sustains life like no other – mycorrhiza, the underground symbiosis between the mycelium and the plants, enables trees to exchange nutrients and information, like an Internet of Nature. It reproduces itself through any conceivable means, from asexual cloning to a record of 30.000 different sexes in one species. Its universally intriguing cultural presence, from fairy tales to the shaman’s starter kit, its incredible promises in biotechnology or its generous gifts of bread & beer to humans (thank you, yeasts!) are some of the elements that inspired the marvelous artists who grew their artworks in these pages. 12 women & 12 men whose technique, imagination and personal background form the utterly diverse, soulful and absolutely enchanting aesthetic ecosystem I was dreaming of when I started the mushroom artist hunt. Enjoy!

Featured artists: Alexandra Zutto | Ossi Pirkonen | MLN (Mélanie Béguier) | Edward Neo | Hiné Mizushima | Jim Stoten | Emmanuelle Le Nouaille | Ooong (Ted Hwang) | Moki | Akinori Oishi | Yoii (Anna Johnstone) | Angrysnail (Nikita Solo) | Rob Flowers | Cream Team (Chelsea Agno) | Vlad Stankovic | Zarella Solis | Jæn | The Friendly Fungus (Anna Towers) | Cosmic Nuggets | Monika Mitkuté | MUTE (Nathaniel Rueda) | Charlotte Couderc | Alex Heywood | Aafke Mertens

The mag contains about 200 seperate peelable stickers!

Poster C004

Shapes is a graphic artist from Manchester. Inspired by cycling and modernism his compositions are abided to a strict and structured grid system with an emphasis on elementary shapes, a peculiar colors palette and elegant use of negative space.

Poster C018

Shapes is a graphic artist from Manchester. Inspired by cycling and modernism his compositions are abided to a strict and structured grid system. He focuses with an emphasis on elementary shapes, as well as a peculiar colors palette and elegant use of negative space. The designs are full of life and plotted, so it appears to be a good example for various design-based products. His visuals will surely help to improve your home or office.

Poster C012

Shapes is a graphic artist from Manchester. Inspired by cycling and modernism his compositions are abided to a strict and structured grid system. He focuses with an emphasis on elementary shapes, as well as a peculiar colors palette and elegant use of negative space. The designs are full of life and plotted, so it appears to be a good example for various design-based products. His visuals will surely help to improve your home or office.

Mut zur Wut × Compendium

Since 2010, Mut zur Wut has organized poster exhibitions in the public space in Heidelberg, Germany. Within the framework of a competition, an international jury awards 30 posters per year. The winning posters are then exhibited throughout the city. A collection of the winners from 2010–2019 has now been published in this anniversary catalogue.

In line with the brand name Mut zur Wut, wich translates as “Courage to Anger,” the posters critically deal with social, political and / or personal issues. Their motifs include expressive, bitingly humorous statements on current events, alongside visual memories of dramatic political situations.

The designers devote themselves, uncompromisingly and freely, to uncomfortable topics, thus pushing the medium of the poster back into the context of the thought and discussion.

Auslöser Magazine Issue 3

Interview with Paul Albert Leitner, Nadia Morozewicz, Daniel Chatard, Katrin Koenning.

Behind the scenes: Vienna Secession.

In detail: Apple QuickTake

C/O VIENNA Magazine THE BEAUTY ISSUE

“SMELLS LIKE CHEWING GUM”—The Beauty Issue is full of interviews, reports, stories, photo and art works by internationally known and upcoming artists and authors. From which ingredients does beauty develop? Where do we find beautiful things in the world? What is beautiful? Who determines what is beautiful and what is ugly? We’ll try to answer these questions by talking to people who might have found the answer.

The Beauty Issue comes along with contributions by:
BELA BORSODI
JAKOB LENA KNEBL
HEALING STONES 2.0
WER IST DIE SCHÖNSTE IM GANZEN LAND?
GELATIN
DER PFERDENARR
SARAH STEINER
THE DIVER
SISSEL TOLAAS
DER KITSCH
DIE SCHÖNHEIT DES BÖSEN
CHRIS AUSTIN HADFIELD
IMMO KLINK
LOS MANTEROS
WITH A LIMITED ART EDITION
BY PETER KOGLER