Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Patient-Doctor Relationships

Here’s a piece I made for today’s Süddeutsche Zeitung for an article on doctor-patient relationships. The article suggests that traditional medicine where real people treat real patients is still superior to Internet-based knowledge. I went for a scherenschnitt papercutting technique emulating a tradition look and feel, and incorporating a variety of medical symbols.

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Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Wine in Winter

This is my winter cover for Süddeutsche Zeitung’s three-monthly SZ-Vinothek wine supplement that got printed both in a tabloid newspaper format, and on a glossy wine brochure. I created the cover art for the winter edition that shows a warm Christmas interior setting against the backdrop of a winter landscape, snowman and all.

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Monday, November 18th, 2013

Make a Dollar, Lose a Dollar

In a number of articles that were originally written for F.A.Z. newspaper (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), the authors of this book on the psychology of making and losing money (Lübbe Verlag) discuss typical mistakes that people make when dealing with investments.

We will spend money more readily when we have small bills at our disposal; we choose flatrates because we believe they’re a cheap alternative; and we tend to overestimate our capabilities when it comes to monetary issues.

Using whimsical line art, I created twenty full-size interior cartoon-style illustrations in two colors to accompany some of the topics described in the book.

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Winand von Petersdorff & Patrick Bernau: Denkfehler, die uns Geld kosten – Warum wir immer das Falsche tun und andere sich ins Fäustchen lachen (Thinking Wrong: Why we Keep Messing up and Losing Money)


Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Moving East

Here’s a rather pretty (I find) cover image I made showing middle-eastern rooftops.

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Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Wine in Autumn

Here is my autumn cover for Süddeutsche Zeitung’s three-monthly SZ-Vinothek wine supplement that got printed both in a tabloid newspaper format, and on a glossy wine brochure. I created the cover art for the fall edition that shows two hands saluting their wine glasses amidst a fallsih landscape.

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Friday, October 4th, 2013

Monotasking


A new book of mine has come out from adeo/Random House: Multitasking, the art of juggling many tasks at a time, is what we are all about in this day and age of the smartphone. Our daily lives are based on getting a multitude of things done more or less simultaneously, while being efficient at the same time.

Why this craze? In her book, Hanna Schott sets out on an experiment, trying to do without multitasking for a given period of time. Her log-like account on a daily basis analyses the whys and hows and what-fors of slowing down rather that speeding up, a process the author labels “monotasking.” She also reflects on the many obstacles on her way. – Less is indeed more. Or is it?

I created a great many whimsical-style interior illustrations for the book, and also came up with the overall design, including the jacket cover. Printed on thick, warm paper, the book looks absolutely stunning!

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Hanna Schott & Oliver Weiss: Monotasking – Mein Abschied vom Allesaufeinmal-Wahn (Monotasking: Saying Good-bye to Everything at a Time)


Friday, September 27th, 2013

The Psychology of Personal Space

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In his book on everyday psychology from Rowohlt publishers, journalist Walter Schmidt unravels quirky mysteries surrounding personal space.

Personal space is an area with invisible boundaries that surrounds us, a protective buffer zone that allows one to maintain a sense of privacy and to control the amount of stimulation one receives during interaction with another person.

The author discusses popular examples of personal space, ranging from finding a parking spot and talking to strangers at a party, up to sharing space in the elevator; and he concludes that many features of human behavior are dating back to the stone age.

I have provided several dozen interior cartoon-style illustrations that are visualizing some of the examples mentioned in the book. I employed brushed ink for the artwork.

Walter Schmidt: Warum Männer nicht nebeneinander pinkeln wollen – Rätsel der räumlichen Psychologie (Mind the Gap: The Mystery of Buffer Zones)
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Man in flying bed tied to balloons


Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Electoral Districts

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These mixed-media pieces illustrate today’s Welt am Sonntag feature on the upcoming federal election in Germany. They visualize specific landmarks from various politicians’ electoral districts, from conservative CDU’s Angela Merkel’s Stralsund (the Ozenaneum aquarium) to socialist SPD’s Sigmar Gabriel’s Wolfenbüttel (Herzog August Library) and liberal FDP’s Rainer Brüderle’s Mainz (carneval).

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From Top: Carneval Duncecap; Jumping Shark; Gotha Lovers (Gothaer Liebespaar); Heavy Book


Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Outdoor Fun Book

This nature activity book from Random House offers a great many games and pasttime activities that can be played both on the balcony, and in the city park. In the author’s view, kids need outdoor adventure to get a grasp of their own liveliness.

I have created the book’s playful jacket design using handwritten and mixed-media typography.

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Andreas Weber: Das Quatsch-Matsch-Buch – Das Aktionsbuch: großstadttauglich und baumhausgeprüft (The Outdoor Fun Book)


Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Wine in Summer

This is today’s summer cover for Süddeutsche Zeitung’s three-monthly SZ-Vinothek wine supplement that got printed both in a tabloid newspaper format, and on a glossy wine brochure. I created the cover art for the summer edition that shows a group of people sitting under a beautiful tree, drinking wine and enjoying a sunny day.

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Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Pets for Sale

This is Pitter Patter Pets, another limited-edition screen print of mine. It is A4 size, and available for purchase.

  • Silkscreen Print, 4 Colors
  • Paper Size A4 (210 x 297 mm / 8.3 x 11.7 in)
  • Limited Edition of 52
  • Signed and Numbered
  • Munken Pure Matte White Paper, 240 g/m2
  • Unframed (Frame and Passe-partout are Recommended)
  • Price without shipping 55 EUR | 83 US$


Friday, April 26th, 2013

Wikipedia Art for New Scientist

This is my whimsical cover art for today’s New Scientist on the topic of Wikipedia authors that are overall white males from Western countries, which leaves out much of the rest of the world. I did a few more interior illustrations in that same style.

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

In the Heat of the Light

This is In the Heat of the Light, another limited-edition screen print of mine. It is quite large (A3), and available  for purchase.

  • Silkscreen Print, 4 Colors
  • Paper Size A3 (420 x 297 mm / 16.5 x 11.7 in)
  • Limited Edition of 52
  • Signed and Numbered
  • Munken Pure Matte White Paper, 240 g/m2
  • Unframed (Frame and Passe-partout are Recommended)
  • Price without shipping 95 EUR | 143 US$

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Saturday, April 20th, 2013

E-Book Writers

I have illustrated an article for today’s Süddeutsche Zeitung weekend special (SZ Wochenende) on e-book writers, showing on a full page multiple writers in a wimmelbild setup, crowding an e-book reading device, and chipping in to write a novel together.

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Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Problem Lovers

Why on earth should one tackle a problem while it is still small and can be handled easily? Why not wait until it has grown to larger size instead?

In his provocatively humorous book, Problem Lovers, Johnatan Briefs, a business coach, lays out an anti-success strategy along the lines of Paul Watzlawick’s infamous Pursuit of Unhappiness.

I have created the book’s jacket design using an illustration of a surfer falling off a great Kanagawa-style wave. The title has also come out as an audio book.

Jonathan Briefs: Ich habe keine Lösung… aber ich bewundere das Problem – Provokatives Coaching für den Berufsalltag

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