Preorder: Woodcut Vibes

Roman Klonek, born in Kattowitz / Poland, has a spot for old fashioned cartoons and modern block printing styles. In the 90s he studied Graphic Arts in Dusseldorf and discovered a passion for woodcut. With this book the Dusseldorf-based artist gives a detailed insight into the working process and the background of his woodcut prints.

The woodcut technique is particularly interesting, as it is primarily known as a “very old” medium and therefore often creates a surprise effect, especially with contemporary motifs. Feel invited to follow the pages about a variety of whimsical characters, often half animal / half human in preferably curious surroundings and embarrassing situations.

A bizarre balancing act between propaganda, folklore and pop!

Preorder: Cihan Tamti — Breakout–100 Posters Book

Cihan Tamti started treating Instagram like a graphic design gym, and worked on designing a poster every day. Without constraints, he was able to experiment, often creating work that no normal agency would approve. Such freedom of approach allowed him to develop designs with strong, experimental typography and complex compositions. Unexpectedly, these daily designs ended up winning some competitions and attracting some cool clients along the way, which now gave him the last necessary push to publish a book that combines all his ideas and creations.

Cihan’s “Breakout–100 Posters Book” summarizes 100 selected posters from the past few years. These posters include free and personal ones, real commission work, exhibition posters, and award-winning posters. But what it makes even more important is that it encourages and inspires to breakout oneself and to start spreading one’s own visual messages.

Preorder: Teasing Typography

How does typography behave under extreme conditions? What visual phenomenons, patterns, artifacts and graphic elements can be provoked by pushing type through extreme grids and using extreme typographic parameters? At what point does a text step back to its original purpose of informing the reader? When does text become something else: a graphic element, a grey surface, a static noise or a haptic pattern?

To investigate these questions, graphic designer Juliane Nöst systematically pushed text through various grids in the framework of a typographic study. Starting with the InDesign default-settings, a range of font-sizes and columns were used to generate a broad spectrum of diverse typographic outcomes.

In a further step, existing results were layered and collaged, aiming to create additional sets of unexpected forms and graphics. The outcome of this research leads to a variety of visual peculiarities, creating absorbing patterns, interacting with the grids, sometimes making them visible while disappearing under other parameters.

The 500-page book is a glimpse into the endless possibilities that may emerge when teasing typography.

Der FRTZN Block

In a playful and experimental way, Der FRTZN Block immerses the viewer in a fairy-tale, almost fabulous world. At the same time, he confronts him with the absurd real world of data flow, stimulus and information overload—a world full of violence and frustration, but also absurdities and humorous weirdness.
In his pictures the viewer can lose himself and often look at a multitude of different sceneries. These “hidden object pictures” cannot be deciphered at first glance—so the viewer can discover new themes and things again and again. With this visual excess, Peer Kriesel translates today’s flood of images, videos, expressions of opinion, and information that is created via television and, above all, the Internet. As in his “grimace carpets,” one work often simultaneously creates extremely gloomy worlds, but also witty absurd situations.

This clash, which Kriesel observes in real life and which influences him in his works, he himself calls defective (“defectivism”).
In the surreal representation of his grimaces, Kriesel wants to confront the defective and distorted state of the world.
Cranky figures, fearful facial expressions and destroyed existences, but also funny-looking, ridiculous caricatures are brought to the paper or canvas with a fine stroke and yet gestural painting style. “But these grimaces are also the grimaces you encounter on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and the other ‘communities’ as well as on TV. They grin at you from everywhere, whether it’s Big Brother, one of the many casting shows, or the jungle camp.”

In the merging grimaces, which Kriesel calls “grimace carpets,” these different grotesque grimaces become one. In the process, a grimace can appear deeply unhappy and at the same time, for example, laugh wickedly. According to the artist, this also reflects our society, which on the one hand functions “well”—offers good entertainment—and on the other hand creates suffering.
Peer Kriesel shows his state of shock about this crazy world and his inner struggle for its acceptance by almost restlessly painting, drawing or blotting his grimaces. He is in search of the perfect, perfect grimace, which—according to the artist—embodies “the total emotion, the absolute power”.
This is what happens when hope, love, anger, and happiness merge into one face.

The FRTZN block results from individual letters of the FRTZN alphabet pushed together. This work is a giclée/pigment ink on Hahnemühle paper measuring 29.7 cm × 42 cm. The work is dated and signed by the artist in pencil on the reverse.
Sold unframed.

Moving Pictures – The complete film posters of Hans Hillmann

Between 1954 and 1974, Hans Hillmann designed over 150 film posters for masterpieces of cinema—including films by Jean-Luc Godard, Luis Buñuel, Alfred Hitchcock, Sergio Leone, Ingmar Bergman, Orson Welles, and Akira Kurosawa. In the early 1950s, while still a student, Hillmann began designing posters for the newly founded film distributor Neue Filmkunst Walter Kirchner. With little or no intervention by the client he had the freedom to create unique graphic design solutions. He used drawing, photography and typography in a complementary interaction and quickly gained international recognition. In his twenty years of work for Neue Filmkunst, he revolutionized poster design for independent movies and became one of the trailblazers of modern graphic design in Germany after the Second World War.

This book shows, for the first time, all of Hans Hillmann’s film posters. Unpublished sketches and drafts from his estate along with commentary from conversations and interviews provide an insight into the creative process of the award-winning designer. His principle to “compete with himself” and to develop different approaches for each task is a universal and timeless leitmotif for all designers and can be explored in the best possible way here. With over 300 illustrations, reproduced and printed in the highest quality, the book presents one of the most remarkable oeuvres in graphic design history.

Pillow »Feddersen«

Attention, Serious Art Theory!
The intersection between unity and permeation of artistic sphere is stripped down to their identity and corporate ideology. The ambigous range of forms presented alongside one another has a mesmerizing effect on the viewer.
A hinzkunst pillow is the perfect companion that makes you feel like being on cloud nine.

Candleholder »Fakir«

Attention, Serious Art Theory!
Beds of nails have been used as meditation and healing techniques by Indian fakirs for hundreds of years. Why not rely on a tradition that old, right? 3 × 5 nails offer you an infinite possibility to arrange all kinds of different candle sizes.

Candleholder
Made in Germany

Modern Typography • Robin Kinross

Situating the birth of modern typography around 1700, when it started to be distinct from printing, Robin Kinross introduces in Modern Typography a new understanding of the subject: as something larger and more deeply rooted than a modernism of style, echoing Jürgen Habermas’s proposition that modernity is ‘a continuing project’. Starting with the early years of the Enlightenment in France and Britain, different cultures and countries successively become the focus for the discussion as they gain significance. Examining the social, technical and material contexts in which typographers operate, the argument also considers principles and explanations of practice. This essay is seminal in many ways, providing a lively and critical narrative of historical development, a springboard for further investigation, and reproductions of not-often seen items.

‘This is a book to read and reread. It is provocative, dense, opinionated, and thoroughly original. […] It deserves to become a classic.’
Alastair Johnston, Bookways

Support Independent Type—the New Culture of Type Specimens

Support Independent Type is a book about the new culture of type specimens, their impact on design and typographic culture at large. It’s a manifesto for independent type foundries showcasing their work in an effort to promote freshly designed fonts, and why we should support them. An exhibit of over 400 of today’s most adventurous typography labels and designers, showcasing their physical and digital type specimens! The carefully selected collection gives a glimpse into the adventurous shift of this creative industry.

The authors believe that “independent type design reflects culture in its ambition to build an exciting alternative to the monolithic corporate font giants. In that spirit, we put together a collection of the most trendsetting, forward-thinking and provocative type specimens produced in the last decade.”

A manifesto for independent type foundries and a visual firework!

fortytwomagazine #5—space

Where does the universe begin, where does it end? Imagining these dimensions is no easy task. However, the fortytwomagazine #5 tries to figure that out, because the universe does not only offer place for speculations about extraterrestrial life or romantic dreams with the view into the starlit sky. Even if it feels far away, it has a direct influence on our lives. As in every issue, they also illuminate ten different disciplines and thus ten perspectives.

Among other things, the magazine deals with the problem of space debris, the role of government space agencies and the question of what it is like to live some 400 kilometers above the earth and to master everyday life in the International Space Station ISS in the most confined space. The works of the artist Protey Temen form an exciting interplay with the interesting interviews.

For this fifth issue, the fortytwo-team has not only ventured into space in terms of content, but has also broken new ground here on Earth: fortytwomagazine is now distributed by Slanted Publishers, an internationally oriented publishing house based in Germany, which is also responsible for the issue’s new design.

The interview magazine for those who wonder!

Armin Hofmann—Reduction. Ethics. Didactics.

Lucerne-based Armin Hofmann (* 1920) is considered one of the most influential graphic designers in Switzerland. With his extensive graphic and educational work, he has contributed significantly to the international reputation of Swiss graphic design and influenced generations of graphic designers and teachers around the world.

On 29 June 2020 Armin Hofmann celebrated his 100th birthday with his family. On the occasion of this round anniversary, his son Matthias Hofmann, who is also a graphic designer, published the book “Armin Hofmann. Reduction. Ethics. Didactics.”

It provides a comprehensive overview of Armin Hofmann’s creative work, his professional ethical convictions and the didactic principles he developed. Thanks to the exclusive access to non-public original sources (his entire creative work, original manuscripts, unpublished texts, thought sketches and photographs), the book enables an authentic, deep and multifaceted immersion into the work of Armin Hofmann.

New insights into his intellectual world and professional attitude become possible. In addition to a professional examination of Hofmann’s work, a detailed personal biography and the most comprehensive compilation of his creative work to date (330 pictures), the book also contains original texts by Armin Hofmann on various aspects of his oeuvre.

Eight guest contributions by world-renowned graphic designers and typographers paint a personal picture of the person Armin Hofmann and illustrate the great international influence of his work. Guest contributions by the US-American graphic designer and trans-media artist April Greiman, the German typographer and graphic designer Wolfgang Weingart as well as the Indian type designer and designer Mahendra Patel among others.

Probably the most personal and comprehensive book about the life’s work of Armin Hofmann!

TEATRIP—a fascinating journey through the Middle Kingdom

For this book tea friends from the German-speaking countries waited long: TEATRIP is a fascinating journey by the realm of the center. It points the whole variety out of the Chinese tea culture in breath-robbing pictures and accompanying stories.

– Understand the differences & characteristics of China’s most famous tea cultivation areas.
– Learn exciting details about the cultivation, processing and preparation of China’s six major tea varieties: Oolong, white, green, yellow, black, and Pu-Erh tea.
– Learn to read the taste pictures of China’s best tea varieties correctly.

The naked truth behind China’s tea culture: China keeps the best varieties for itself! Only little is known in this country about the Chinese tea growing areas and the variety of flavors of the countless tea varieties.

Christian Beck is author of the book TEATRIP. He has been trading with the best teas from China, Taiwan and Japan for over ten years. On his annual tea trips, he has become acquainted with the top tea growing areas and top players in Chinese tea culture.

Stefan Braun, one of the best food photographers in Germany, accompanied Christian for several weeks on his travels throughout China.

In the book TEATRIP, the authors tell the stories from over ten years of tea shopping in China. The book takes you on a fascinating journey, which you can experience first hand thanks to sensational photos.

The authors present unique humans and show on the basis first-class pictures like cultivation, processing, and tea benefit in China really lived.

In the focus of the book are handmade teas from small family businesses from ecological and wild tea gardens. Their journey roams the most important cultivation areas from Zhejiang over Fujian, Taiwan, Guangdong, and into China’s deep south, to Yunnan into the world of Pu-Erh tea.

Cover motif: Freshly picked Assamica tea leaves on the Ailao Shan in Yunnan
Back cover: Master Wu tasting a Wuyishan Oolong tea

The Great Escape–Photographs of Seafaring Life 1950-1970

A life on the high seas has always promised freedom and adventure. Like no other profession, seafaring provided the chance to explore remote regions of the world and offered an incomparable experience removed from everyday routines. Especially in the 1950s, young men followed the lure of distant shores–far away from Germany where many towns still lay in ruins after the Second World War’s nights of bombing.

As evidence of their international travels, the sailors brought home all sorts of unusual souvenirs in addition to countless photos. Owing to affordable compact cameras, they could capture the places they had visited in both snapshots and carefully composed pictures. People were mesmerized by “exotic” countries such as Japan, Egypt, or Brazil and by the modern metropolises of Western industrial nations with their breathtaking skyscrapers, fast cars, and easy girls.

The photographers not only focused on stunning natural spectacles and picturesque sights, but also on the many hardships of their daily life. Tropical heat and extreme sub-zero temperatures, piracy and shipwreck, a poor diet, and tropical diseases were just a few of the dangers they were exposed to.

This book unites more than 170 pictures from the 1950s to 1970s which offer an unprecedented insight into a fascinating and almost forgotten universe.

– A TRIBUTE TO THE BEAUTY, ROMANCE, AND HARDSHIPS OF SEAFARING CAPTURED IN AROUND 170 IMAGES
– MESMERIZING PHOTOS THAT BRING TO LIFE A PAST WORLD
– INCLUDES A COMPREHENSIVE ESSAY ON THE PHOTOGRAPHY AND HISTORY OF SEAFARING IN THE 20TH CENTURY

Silence is the Sound of Fear

In March 2014, Vladimir Putin signed an agreement that declared Crimea to be a part of the Russian Federation. The annexation of the peninsula was preceded by a controversial referendum, and neither the referendum nor the annexation have so far been recognized by the international community. The events are still shaping Ukrainian politics and the country’s relations to Russia. Over the last six years, the Donbass region has been torn apart by a war stoked by Russia, which so far has left more than 10,000 people dead.

Crimea’s economy has also taken a severe hit since the annexation. Tourism, its main source of revenue, has all but disappeared, and the fact that the peninsula is cut off from the Ukrainian mainland frequently causes supply shortages. The sanctions imposed against Russia and the crackdown on freedom of expression and the free press have dramatically changed people’s way of life. In particular, the Crimean Tartars, a Muslim minority who had called for a boycott of the referendum in 2014, suffer intimidation and reprisals at the hands of the Russian authorities.

The photographer Moritz Küstner spent five years, from 2015-2019, documenting the changes affecting Crimea and the lives of the Crimean Tartars. In “Silence is the Sound of Fear” Küstner has created a dense narrative interweaving texts and photos that tell stories about individual lives, displacement, hope, resistance, and new beginnings.

A photographic essay about the life of the Crimean Tartars.
Images showing war, displacement, resistance, and new beginnings.
With a report by Diana Laarz

Spring! Der Traum vom erfolgreichen eigenen Atelier – und der sichere Weg dorthin

Guide to independence!
In their studies and the first years of their careers, creative people learn a lot about crafts and techniques, they develop their style, discover their talent. What hardly comes up is the economic aspect of the creative life. They live for their ideas, but how they make a living from them remains a book with seven seals.
As an employed designer you get a more or less transparent salary, more or less insight into the figures. Rather less. And because numbers remind you of math, you also shy away from them. So you stay, change agencies, are more or less satisfied–but you’re afraid of the big leap into self-employment. It’s too dangerous. Too risky.
This book changes that!

Martina Flor has dared to do it. She enjoys the freedom to decide for herself which jobs she wants to take and which she doesn’t. When she works and what. She is her own boss and she likes to be that. She teaches and networks, travels and gives lectures. And she can make a living out of it. Even more: Every day she proves that children and career are not mutually exclusive if you plan and live your independence solidly. She knows about the stumbling blocks and pitfalls in the everyday life of freelancers. And she tells you how to avoid them or how to master them. She knows the advantages of a self-determined life. And she knows how to secure your independence in the long run.

Martina Flor has the gift of sharing her experience and knowledge in such a way that her energy and zest for life are contagious. Just like you, she loves what she does. Only she does it in her own rhythm. Sets her own priorities. And she describes all this with such infectious enthusiasm that you will want to follow her lead. At the same time, she gives you the tools that will make you a successful entrepreneur. Because you are nothing else than a freelancer. And that sounds very appealing, doesn’t it?
You can dream of your own studio for the rest of your life–or you can take advantage of the times when everything changes anyway–and jump!

You are already self-employed, but things are not going well at the moment? Even then you can benefit from Martina Flor’s experience. She speaks openly about pricing and proposal preparation, about limiting and extending usage rights, about financial management and time planning and all those things that sound dry but ultimately decide whether you are satisfied with your creative routine or not. Seldom do founders speak so openly about their experiences; often money and reputation are considered company secrets. Not so with Martina Flor. She shares her knowledge generously. And at a retail price that is no obstacle, especially as it is tax deductible.

PIN-UP GUINEA PIGS CALENDAR 2020

Hi, there you cheeky little rascals. It’s us, Gin Tonic, Belissa and the other eleven showstoppers from the Pin-Up Guinea show. We knew you would land here, dusting off that old 2020 vibe. Ready for some well-deserved glitz and glamour for this new year. And let us tell you: we’re all here for that, honey.

In the PIN-UP GUINEA PIGS CALENDAR 2020 you will experience month by month an increase in health, money and love, just by looking at us. Great things will happen. Many great things! We wish you a splendid new year and don’t forget to turn the page every month. It’s such a power move, XoXo.
(Only vegan, animal friendly, and cruelty-free products were used. Animals were not harmed and treated with love and respect.)

Forward Magazine “The Odd One Out”

Issue No. 2 of the Forward Magazine “The Odd One Out” of the Forward Festival 2019

The motto of the fifth anniversary of Forward Festival was dedicated to all creatives who can
not be forced into social norms. “At the Forward Festival, we want to encourage them to celebrate
their otherness,” explains Othmar Handl the background to the campaign.

Including interviews with Mirko Borsche, Eike König, Max Siedentopf, Anthony Burrill and much more!

zweitausend&einundzwanzig – A2 Wall Calendar 2021

For everyone who doesn’t have that much wall space: here is the smaller version of our classic wall calendar in half size!
One year, one page: lots of space for dates and appointments, trips and travels, birthdays, and whatever else is on the plan.
This calendar is a 3-color offset: neon coral for the weekends. Black is the base color for the weekdays, and pure gold for the fine details. It is printed on light grey Kaskad 160g paper, a beautiful and unique choice.
Talking about the details: this calendar features calendar weeks, nationwide public holidays as well as the federal state public holidays and school holidays, and other details such as when to set the clock one hour ahead or late for summer and wintertime, and phases of the moon.

The calendar “Neon Coral Black Gold” comes packed in a neat black sturdy roll.

 

Now, please follow me – Eine kritische Designforschung

Critical design is a form of design research in which the designer has a fundamentally critical attitude towards society as well as with regards to his or her own discipline. The resulting design objects are supposed to stimulate reflection and create a critical awareness, but also corresponding changes in current social practices are intended. Critical design is able to solve social problems instead of just aestheticizing or reflecting on them. That this critical attitude is necessary is shown by the designer Susan Karrais on the basis of information graphics in their function of general knowledge transfer. Information is omnipresent, so information graphics are an indispensable instrument to process the flood of data in the contemporary “knowledge society.” The previously often unpopular task among designers has become a real trend in recent years. However, this only rarely led to a real qualitative improvement. Besides the still mostly missing theoretical reference framework, the conventional approach to simplification is the main criticism.

“Now, please follow me – Eine kritische Designforschung” (Eng. Now, please follow me – A critical design research) equally pursues the questions of orientation in the complexity of the world and its representability. In terms of critical design, the goal is not to find solutions but the identification of problems.

B-SIDES

B-SIDES
A compendium of outtakes, leftovers, discarded variations of motifs, actually visual B-Sides left behind on Philotheus Nisch’ path to commissioned pictures for various newspapers and magazines.

Philotheus Nisch is a photographer. His work contains commercial and artistic projects. He currently lives and works in Leipzig.

Please note: This is a pre-order and will be shipped November 15th. Reduced price is valid until then.

Lost Spring

LOST SPRING
2020 was a strange year. Starting off as self-therapy to cope with nameless solitude this body of work evolved into a documentation of 10 odd weeks. 10 weeks that didn’t line up with any other weeks before.

Alexander Kilian lives and works as a still life and fashion photographer in Berlin. His photographic work is characterized by the precise combination between structures and colors captured together with the playful use of light and shadows. His photographs are always highly composed and arranged but still contain the feeling of a snapshot, almost like he’s stumbled across an immaculate plant or table already set up.

Italo Summer Dreams Postcard Box

ITALO SUMMER DREAMS

The “Italo Summer Dreams Postcard Box” is a series about loving and longing. Dreams of Capri, Sirmione, dreams of Bellini e bacione. A series for the ones you love. Per sempre.

KOEKKOEK is a director and photographer based in Berlin and Vienna.
KOEKKOEK was bird of the year 2008.
KOEKKOEK is dutch for cuckoo.

Flughafen Tegel

FLUGHAFEN TEGEL – “Otto Lilienthal”
During the spring of 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, Berlin Tegel “Otto Lilienthal” Airport looked like a stranded spacecraft. Once a symbol of the fluid mobility of the West and an homage to both the automobile and the airplane, the usually crowded airport was suddenly completely empty, offering unobstructed views of its singular architecture and myriad of improvised structures…

Born in Hamburg, Felix Brüggemann is a Berlin-based photographer.
Based in Berlin, Robert Rieger is a freelance photographer focusing his lens primarily on portrait and interior photography.