Democratize Creativity

The world cannot be divided into creative and uncreative people. This is a fallacy that is being spread by a self-proclaimed “elite” who cling to a long outdated cult of genius. And “Democratize Creativity” proves it right away.

The copywriter Denisse Ariana Pérez, who works at the Swedish design agency Essen International, pleads for the democratisation of creativity. She clearly rejects all those who see creativity as the privilege of a few. As an expert in the so-called creative business, she provides practical instructions on how each individual can express his or her creative energy.

“Democratize Creativity” is a manifesto against boring straight forward thinkers, stubborn pragmatists and eternal chicken orderers, against yes-men, misfits and all-rounders.

KLEBSTOFF Stickermag #10

KLEBSTOFF Stickermag #10 lives!

We will never stop collecting our favorite sticker artists all together in one magazine … like this one. Since this number is somewhat like an anniversary number, we asked artists you will surely remember to contribute their latest stuff and of course some new guys you’ve never seen before.
Artists in this issue: Raquel Meyers (SWE), Baptiste Virot (FR), Nuria Figueiredo (ES), Sebastian Schwamm (GER), Ana Benaroya (USA), Robokid (GER), Nick Alston (JP), Berto Fojo (ES), HOR (GER), Lukas Weidinger (AUT), Boyane (KOR) and many more.

AVERSIVE ADHESIVES by Max Siedentopf

No matter where we look, we are surrounded by beautiful images. Yet, with this excess in beauty all around, why should we bother to remember any of it?
AVERSIVE ADHESIVES looks into the other direction and explores the icky, the disturbing, the unsettling, or in some way “aversive” images that repel upon sight. However, because of their repulsive nature, even when looking away these images become adhesive to you.
AVERSIVE ADHESIVES shines a light on a number of individuals who approach photography in new, unusual ways and who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty to create images that will stick with you.

Concept: Max Siedentopf
Photographers: Roger Ballen, Olaf Breuning, Jesús Monterde, Thomas Mailaender, Yumiko Utsu, Jaimie Warren, Beni Bischof, Parker Day, Thomas Rousset, Pieter Hugo, Jaap Scheeren, Andy Kania, Olya Oleinic, Chris Maggio

KLEBSTOFF Stickermag #11

Print’s not dead! While everbody sheds tears about their print sales, we just keep on printing. On to the next one—Klebstoff #11 is ready! This time we have handmade cookies out of the International Neighborhood focusing on the boards that mean the world. Miscellaneous artists we met at the infamous SHRED EXPO have contributed their artworks for Klebstoff Stickermag #11. To mantain a decent mixture there are illu nerds on board from all over the world. And pizza! Mmm … Pizza.

We‘re rolling with Azimet Ahmet (Turkey), Anton Akey (Ukraine), Brainfart (Switzerland), Capstan Design (Germany), Carlo Vivary (Germany), Dennis Gabbana (Germany), Foodie (Germany), Jasmin Roggenkamp/Raccoon Skateboarding (Germany), Lance Schmale (Netherlands), Lara Swiontek (Germany), MUAH! (Germany), Nadja Barth (Germany), NLSN (USA), Pablo Perra (Germany), Paw (Spain), Pro Heroes (Greece), Rachel Oregan (Ireland), Ralph Niese (Germany), Solaris 100 (Germany), Tamar Moshkovitz GO-TAM (Germany), Tina Mamczur (Germany), Yusuke Inoue (Japan).

COZI + KLEBSTOFF Stickermag #12

’Dis time the infamous COZI-Collective threw in the lion’s share in COZI + KLEBSTOFF Stickermag #12. Nevertheless, there are KLEBSTOFF-Friendz on 48 pages – including 24 sticker pages – getting cozy. Again we gathered lots of wonderful international artists. Since the COZI Comic- & Zinefest takes place (same time the Frankfurter Buchmesse takes place), this collabo mag is about to release. That’s why it’s a special delight for us to bring this well-nourished lamb to the market and to let you disembowel the countless stickers. As usual: strictly limited edition. So grab your specimen while it‘s still fresh from the press.

Who’s with us in COZI + KLEBSTOFF Stickermag #12 this time?
Adrian Durrani, Anna Haifisch, Benedikt Luft, Die PARTEI Sachsen, Genia Espinosa, James Turek, Johanna Bieber, Juliane Maria Hoffmann, Karla Paloma, Kentaro Okawa & Kid Gringo (Cover&Backcover), Lina Ehrentraut, Max Baitinger, Michel Esselbrügge, Minho Jung, Mr. Impact, Nadine Kolodziey, Paul D’Orlando & Lukas Weidinger, Riso Club Allstars, Ritak, Sebastian König, Sonja Yakovleva, Stefanie Sargnagel, Wooden Cyclops.

OPTICAL ILLUSIONS IN GRAPHIC DESIGN

What are illusions? Illusions trick you into perceiving something differently than it actually exists, so what you see does not correspond to physical reality. While scientists and doctors are studying how pathological illusion arises, our excellent designers are also working on how to trick your eyes with graphic illusion! In Optical Illusions in Graphic Design, it’s unbelievable to see how simple elements create extraordinary effects that attract your attention, make you doubt, and fall for their “tricks.” Waves and mazes formed by simple lines, overlapping images that cannot count the layers, stereoscopic vision from graphic to space, you will experience what optical illusions in graphic design does with your own eyes! Be prepared, and welcome to the “dizzyland!”

Wang Shaoqiang is a professor and graduate supervisor at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (China). He is a prolific editor whose works focus on international design, architecture, branding, communication, trends, and culture. Also, he is the editor of Design 360° magazine and Asia-Pacific Design. He has been invited to lecture at numerous universities, design academies, and organizations, and he has also been a jury member for China’s most prestigious design and illustration awards. Mr. Wang is also director of the Guangdong Museum of Art and professor and doctoral supervisor at the College of Arts and Humanities within the Macau University of Science and Technology.

further 01

The Fotobus Society, set up by Christoph Bangert, is a network that connects more than 400 photography students from 29 German and European universities and photography schools. Members can avail themselves of a wide range of cultural and social activities offered by the association. At the heart of the community is a 30-year-old bus serving as a mobile photography school that regularly carries members to photo festivals, symposia, and professional events. Over the last years, the association has firmly established itself as a promoter of cultural and academic exchange within the international photography scene.

FURTHER 01 is showcasing selected works by members, inaugurates a series that from now on will be published annually by Verlag Kettler. The projects presented in this first edition offer an overview of different contemporary approaches that oscillate between documentary and conceptual photography, challenging and crossing the boundaries of the genre. Many of these works have already received international awards. Collected in a single volume, they provide intriguing insights into today’s young European world of photography.

Works by: Arne Piepke, Mafalda Rakoš, Vivian Rutsch, Max Slobodda, Felix Kleymann, Lena Kunz, Elias Holzknecht, Martin Lamberty, Maximilian Mann, Lucas Bäuml & Lando Hass, Alexander Ziegler, Ole Witt, Luise Jakobi, Ronja Hermann, Jann Höfer, Ingmar B. Nolting, Kristina Lenz, Markus Seibel, Patrick Junker, Lukas Kreibig, Sebi Berens, Rafael Heygster, Richard Heinicke, Magnus Terhorst & Thomas Morsch, Anna Roters, Theresa Albers, Fabian Ritter, Katja Sterzik & Wolfgang Gähtgens & Ronja Hermann & Florian Genz, Monika Hanfland, Victoria Jung, Elena Fiebig, Marvin Böhm, Josh Kern, Benedikt Ziegler

NEW 3D EFFECTS IN GRAPHIC DESIGN—2D Solutions for Achieving the Best Pop Up Results

New 3D Effects in Graphic Design presents an eclectic selection of a hundred graphic design projects that are drawn from a wide variety of areas and incorporate three-dimensional effects. Through using 3D tools, each of these sophisticated projects reveals spectacular, hypnotic and dynamic effects that lend depth and visual impact. The volume demonstrates the different possibilities for combining 2D and 3D and for applying those combinations to different graphical elements to communicate a message with fresher and stronger expressiveness. It includes photographs of each of the practical applications of the projects, which range from posters for exhibitions and events to branding and corporate identity, and its descriptive texts cover the applied techniques and details of the graphics processes.

This book demonstrates how proficiency in 3D tools can open up futuristic, agile and fun finishes for projects. New 3D Effects in Graphic Design is a guide full of inspiration and practical ideas for graphic designers and students.

Design 360° is one of the major Asian design magazines. It is dedicated to get international advanced design concepts, original works, outstanding designers and prestigious design institutes introduced in their best way. Also, it covers graphic, industrial, fashion, illustration and digital, design, among many other-related topics. It is an informative source for students in art and design academies, professional designers, and design lovers who take great interest in international design trend. It has built up a bridge between the design industry in China and that of the rest of the world.

Dutch Type (Reprint)

Published in March 2004, Dutch Type was sold out about four years later. Only in the end of 2018 the reprint was published: In Dutch Type, Jan Middendorp presents a comprehensive overview of type design and lettering in the Netherlands, tracing its origins through type designers and lettering artists from the 15th to the 20th centuries.

Partly based on interviews, the book also offers insight into the motives and methods of the first generations of digital type designers, featuring published and unpublished typefaces as well as sketches, studies, and samples of lettering work. While the quest for quality and innovation has remained constant, it makes clear that the advent of desktop type has opened up the discipline to a more spontaneous, inventive, and democratic approach.

FIESTA—The Branding and Identity of Festivals

Fiesta: The Branding and Identity of Festivals is a compilation of remarkable branding designs and campaigns for a variety of renowned festivals from around the world. The festivals examined span the worlds of music, cinema, design, gastronomy, culture, and art. The identity and communication campaign strategies deployed by festivals encompass an endless array of design techniques, from graphic elements such as logos, posters, web pages, advertisements, mobile apps, tickets, and wristbands to collectible items like T-shirts, bags, and cups.

Fiesta will inspire and serve as a useful tool for graphic designers and branding agencies that seek to handle challenging and wide-ranging festival projects with the highest degree of creativity and imagination, as well as for festival organizers and anyone interested in visual culture in general. The events featured show that the success of a festival has a close connection to its tailor-made branding and design and that no matter what the subject of the festival is, it is essential to have a coherent identity strategy.

Wang Shaoqiang is a professor at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (China), where he is Professor and Graduate Supervisor. He is a prolific editor, whose titles focus on international design, architecture, branding, communication, trends and culture, and the editor of Design 360° magazine and Asia-Pacific Design.

Limited Special Edition L.A. / Notebook + Enamel Pin

On occasion of the release of Slanted Magazine #35—L.A., a limited special edition has been published and is exclusively available in the Slanted shop. It contains an enamel pin showcasing your love for a good read, and a super glossy notebook to write down all your ideas.

HOLLYWOOD, VENICE, ETC.

You are definitely making a statement and not raising questions. This high glossy, neon-colored notebook in a handy format gives you the space you need to write down your ideas and thoughts on 176 pages of premium paper. The pages have a fine dot grid and a light purple bookmark to help you find your way.

Production: nuuna by brandbook
Format: 10.8 × 15 cm
Volume: 176 pages
Paper: Munken Polar, 120 g/sm (endpaper 200 g/sm)
Cover: Glossy Artificial Leather, neon-orange
Printing: Silkscreen printing
Workmanship: Flexcover with rounded corners, lilac bookmark

HUSTLERS, SUCKERS, JERKS

This hard enamel pin not only shows your love for a good read 😉

Format: 3.17 cm / 1.25″
Color: White & Yellow
Plating: Black Nickel Metal

This Way! Explore special arrows in all our fonts—Type specimen

This Way! As a type foundry, we are obsessed with arrows—all our fonts contain additional sets of navigation symbols. This inspired us to go beyond typography and put together broader presentations: type specimen focused on arrows and an exhibition* guide where you can find fascinating stories behind navigation tools that we use every day.

From the Type Specimen introduction:
Have you ever thought where the cursor came from? Or why the oldest arrow ever created was showing the way to a brothel? The answers to those questions are part of those publications. The project aims to explain the historical background of arrows and exciting phenomena related to them. Understanding the context of those signs can help clarify the development of human perception. The spectrum of interpretation is broad: the arrow could have been a tool for killing (as in the case of Robin Hood), it could be an indicator of directions or even a symbol of love (Cupid’s attribute). “This way!” initiative will not set a course for your life, but it might explain some of the stories behind arrows which are an active, but often hidden part of our everyday life.

*The exhibition was part of the Weltformat Graphic Design Festival, Luzern, Switzerland, 2019.

This Way! Navigation tools in visual communication—Exhibition guide

This Way! As a type foundry, we are obsessed with arrows—all our fonts contain additional sets of navigation symbols. This inspired us to go beyond typography and put together broader presentations: type specimen focused on arrows and an exhibition* guide where you can find fascinating stories behind navigation tools that we use every day.

From the specimen introduction:
Have you ever thought where the cursor came from? Or why the oldest arrow ever created was showing the way to a brothel? The answers to those questions are part of those publications. The project aims to explain the historical background of arrows and exciting phenomena related to them. Understanding the context of those signs can help clarify the development of human perception. The spectrum of interpretation is broad: the arrow could have been a tool for killing (as in the case of Robin Hood), it could be an indicator of directions or even a symbol of love (Cupid’s attribute). “This way!” initiative will not set a course for your life, but it might explain some of the stories behind arrows which are an active, but often hidden part of our everyday life.

*The exhibition was part of the Weltformat Graphic Design Festival, Luzern, Switzerland, 2019.

Şimdi heißt jetzt

“The first thing a big city does to us is sneak into their language, and if we don’t curse, the curse will fall on our cells.” Şimdi heißt jetzt (“Şimdi means now”)  is a collection of personal essays. Fifteen authors tell of their encounters, adventures, and crises in Istanbul—lively, honest, humorous, and sometimes melancholic.

The interplay of atmospheric illustrations and background information on everyday Turkish culture creates a complex picture of this city in which so many cultural influences, social ideas and individual dreams mix together.

Şimdi heißt jetzt is intended to make encounters possible. Encounter with new impressions and personal perspectives that arouse curiosity and create connections between Turkey and Germany.

We are far away from each other. We are close to each other. And we care about each other.

With contributions from Tuğba Yalcınkaya, Carina Plinke, Matthias Wechsler, Seda Sina, Neslihan Yakut, Marie Hartlieb, Navid Linnemann, Onur Sesigür, Zeynep Ünal, Seden Filiz Güleç, Onur Sekmen, Derya Reinalda, Marlene Resch, Uğur Ugan, Sabrina Raap.

Motion graphics—100 Design Projects You Can’t Miss

Motion graphics—a digital technique that combines the language of traditional graphic design with the creative visual language of film and animation—has become a fast growing area within the practice of graphic design. With the function of storytelling, it evokes a strong emotion and creates a connection between the message and the watcher. It collects the outstanding projects from across the globe. All the striking works are divided into three categories, namely commercial, cultural, and experimental. Motion graphics—100 Design Projects You Can’t Miss will serve as a valuable inspiration for young graphic designers and anyone who have interest in learning more about the technique.

Ready to jump into the world of motion graphics?

Guidelines and Standards for Visual Design

Less than a quarter of a century after the end of National Socialism, Otl Aicher was commissioned to design the “cheerful” XX. Olympic Games in Munich, 1972 . He took a systematic and scientific approach, liberating visual communication from national pathos and reducing it to the essential, in the spirit of the Bauhaus: purpose. The manual Guidelines and Standards for Visual Design, completed in 1967, is an astonishingly clear set of rules, a flexible system of colors, forms and writing that allowed Aicher’s team and partners to “play freely” and saved “unnecessary preparatory work and time-consuming detailed decisions.”

Aicher had a comprehensive requirement: everything should be able to be designed. With the results from more than 100 design areas, he succeeded in creating an extraordinary broad effect of the appearance and, in addition, in setting new standards in corporate design. To this day, Guidelines and Standards for Visual Design for Munich 1972 is considered the most successful design project of all the Olympic Games.

Otl Aicher (1922–1991) was an internationally acclaimed graphic designer and educator, renowned for his corporate identity work, visual communication systems, and typography. With concise corporate designs for commercial enterprises, for example the Deutsche Lufthansa, his visual communication system for the Munich Olympic Games of 1972, and in particular as co-founder (together with Max Bill) and rector of the Hochschule für Gestaltung Ulm—an experimental design school in the spirit of the Bauhaus—he achieved a high reputation worldwide.

 

Lindenstraße – Die Chronik

LARGE ILLUSTRATED BOOK AT THE END OF THE SERIES

After a good 34 years, the last episode of “Lindenstrasse” will be running on 29 March 2020. No other family series on German television can look back on a comparable length of time. And no other series has portrayed everyday life in Germany as conscientiously, consistently and unsparingly as “Lindenstrasse”. The lavishly designed illustrated book “Lindenstrasse – The Chronicle” by Hana and Hans W. Geißendörfer and photographer Steven Mahner documents this epoch of national television history. Seven richly illustrated chapters illustrate over three decades of serial production. Exclusive archive material provides insight into the work of producers, ensemble and team.

Around 400 illustrations on 736 pages show portraits of actors, historical footage of the film set and photos of the shooting on the set. The book also provides entertaining anecdotes, interesting facts about individual episodes and direct links to real events in German history.
The first edition of the book, published in 2015, has been revised in this new edition, supplemented by texts by Natalie Philippi, who has been working for the series for 20 years. Eighty new photos show the great moments of the final “Lindenstraße” years, but also accompany the emotional last days of shooting in Cologne-Bocklemünd up to the dismantling of the sets.

New Queer Photography

Art, more than anything, opens up the possibility of approaching one’s own sexuality beyond the limits imposed by taboos. Not only does it allow for a risk-free, playful exploration of gender and forbidden desires, but it is unique in capturing its contradictions.
In recent years, a young and active queer photography scene has emerged, helped in large part by social media. Indulging their desire for self-presentation, affirmation, and reflection, many photographers portray male homosexuality in particular as a private idyll. At the same time, they shine a critical light on their own and society’s approach to transsexuality and gender roles and expose the corrupting but also affirmative power of pornography.
Films, series, and mainstream cultural appropriation suggest that society has largely embraced queer lifestyles. However, a number of documentary photographers provide evidence that being gay or lesbian can still lead to marginalization, isolation, stigmatization, and violence in certain countries and communities. Their works also take the regime of sexuality itself into account and show that many bans on same-sex contact have colonial origins.
This carefully researched and richly designed book introduces around 40 contemporary photographic positions, including those of well-established photographers as well as plenty of unknown and less well-known talent.

FEMME TYPE | A Book Celebrating Women in the Type Industry

Femme Type is an all-women publication conceptualized by ex-University of Arts London Chelsea attendant Amber Weaver aiming to celebrate over 40 skilled, international women in the type industry. Femme Type’s purpose is to create a valuable stage and platform for designers to showcase their brilliant typographic achievements wrapped up in a wonderful printed format.
We’ve teamed up with UK-based creative printers and finishers Pressision Ltd, MOO, Stack Magazines, Slanted and Production Type all who have helped make this project a reality. Includes contributions from over 40 international women.

FEMME TYPE–Back for the Second Edition!
SAME CONTENT. FEW SLIGHT CHANGES.

Polis—A subtle portrait of Turkey’s capital city

In 2015, the Cologne photographer Harald Schwertfeger traveled to Istanbul for the first time. His initial aversion to the noisy, overcrowded urban jungle quickly turned into profound fascination. For Schwertfeger, “Polis”—quite simply the “City,” as the Greeks used to call it—became a photographic treasure trove that transcended the purely geographical divide between Orient and Occident. His works in Polis—A subtle portrait of Turkey’s capital city present a kaleidoscope of overwhelming images and impressions.

Schwertfeger was spellbound not so much by the Ottoman palaces and monumental mosques—his photos focus above all on Istanbul’s hectic hustle and bustle and the people with their vastly different attitudes and lifestyles.

In capturing the metropolis with all its scars, vulnerability and roughness, Schwertfeger creates a moving portrait of the city that challenges the usual stereotypes.

ALPHABEATZ. Graffiti Alphabets from A to Z

Graffiti writing was born in the streets of Philadelphia in the late 1960s. But it was in New York in the early 1970s that it became a full-fledged urban art, gradually taking over the landscape of the city, from its grey walls to its subway cars. In these years when this art form was emerging, graffiti pioneers laid its foundations through the constant game they played with the twenty-six letters of the alphabet, which they distorted and highlighted in the words that they painted on walls.

In the first section of Alphabeatz: Graffiti Alphabets from A to Z, Woshe recounts the incredible story of the birth of this culture. He then offers us a detailed examination of the twenty-six letters of the alphabet, their structure and the ways in which graffiti writers have made them evolve. The study Alphabeatz: Graffiti Alphabets from A to Z is enriched with a wealth of illustrations and examples of the various customizations that artists add to their letters. At the end of the volume, ten of the international scene’s most talented graffiti creators answer Woshe’s questions about matters that include their practice, their relationship with letters and their cultural references. Danmark: BATES and SWET. France: DARCO, LOKISS, ZOER. The Netherlands: SEARCH. Spain: DEMS. USA: GESER (Connecticut), JURNE (Oakland, CA), SYE (NY, NY).

Born in 1972 in Val-de-Marne near Paris, Woshe discovered his first graffiti at the age of 14 by taking the train. Fascinated by these clandestine paintings that appropriate urban greyness, using the letter as a subject for experimentation, he begins to sketch his first drawings. Over time and encounters, he discovers a true culture, initiated by pioneers, full of codes and positive values in which he recognizes himself. For 30 years now, he has relentlessly traced the alphabetical material, juggling with different styles and answering the most diverse orders.

COLOR CODE. Graphic Design, Branding and Identity

Color has multiple functions that differ from those of other design elements as shape, texture and form as it is able to awake multiple feelings and emotions to audiences in communication. The right color provides great power to any design. Color Code, branding & identity is a vibrant analysis on the world of chromatics: by decoding the secrets of color in branding and identity design, the book shows its multiple, dynamic possibilities. Each of the case studies of this selection demonstrates the importance of a thoughtful application of color, and illustrates its visual impact in different sectors. Color Code will be a quintessential guide for understanding and mastering the use of color in graphic design.

Wang Shaoqiang is a professor and graduate supervisor at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (China). He is a prolific editor whose works focus on international design, architecture, branding, communication, trends, and culture. Also, he is the editor of Design 360° magazine and Asia-Pacific Design. He has been invited to lecture at numerous universities, design academies, and organizations, and he has also been a jury member for China’s most prestigious design and illustration awards. Mr. Wang is also director of the Guangdong Museum of Art and professor and doctoral supervisor at the College of Arts and Humanities within the Macau University of Science and Technology.

CREATIVE DRAWING. 100 Tips to Expand Your Talent

Intended for creative professionals, Creative Drawing offers 100 tips, resources and techniques for those who want to take their drawing skills to the next level. Through the work of contemporary artists, amateurs and even children, the author gives the basic concepts of this art form: color, line and style. With his characteristical sense of humor, clarity and direct style, his lessons and tips will engage the reader.

Albrecht Rissler began his career as an instructor for artistic-technical classes, but quit the teaching profession in 1980 to found an illustration studio. He has published several books for children as well as on drawing and composition techniques for photographers. He taught at Merz Academy in Stuttgart as an associate professor in 1987, and then earned a professorship at FH Mainz University of Applied Sciences, where he taught illustration from 1988–2007. Since 2005, Rissler has been an associate professor at the Art Academy in Bad Reichenhall.

German edition published by dpunkt.verlag GmbH.

EXPLORING COLLAGE AND MIXED MEDIA TECHNIQUES

By way of ten different works produced using a wide variety of techniques, the book analyses the process of creation, offers tips, ideas and solutions. Each chapter includes a step by step process and details of all the tools and materials necessary for the production of a particular technique. In its final section Exploring Collage And Mixed Media Techniques studies the different possibilities of reproducing the finished works, and offers clear and simple explanations to create a small, domestic photographic set and how to light your photographs to highlight certain aspects of your work and obtain the desired result. The book is addressed to professionals and lovers of the graphic arts who wish to delve into new possibilities by exploring their own tools and knowledge in Collage and Mixed Media Techniques.

Renowned illustrator Víctor Escandell was born in Ibiza and graduated in Graphic Design from the prestigious Massana School of Barcelona. He has worked for companies such as MacCann-Erickson, TBWA, Bassat & Ogilvy and most of the Spanish national newspapers. In 2007 his work was selected for the exhibition of Catalan illustrators at Frankfurt Book Fair. He is the author of A Wonderful World of Animals, Dinosaurs and Sweet Monsters of the World, published by Promopress.