Friday, February 3rd, 2012

The Upside of Irrationality

Why can large bonuses make CEOs less productive? How can confusing directions actually help us? Why is revenge so important to us? Why is there such a big difference between what we think will make us happy and what really makes us happy?

In Predictably Irrational, social scientist Dan Ariely revealed the multiple biases that lead us into making unwise decisions. Now, in The Upside of Irrationality, he exposes the surprising negative and positive effects irrationality can have on our lives. Focusing on our behaviors at work and in relationships, he offers new insights and eye-opening truths about what really motivates us on the job, how one unwise action can become a long-term habit, how we learn to love the ones we’re with, and more.

An illustration of mine was used for the cover of the German paperback edition (Wer denken will, muss fühlen – Die heimliche Macht der Unvernunft, Knaur Verlag). It shows a little guy carrying a sun balloon. >MORE

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Fly, Fly Away


The topic was “jump-start your story,” and this is what I have come up with for the cover of The Writer magazine – a hang glider consisting of manuscript leaves which are starting to float through the air.

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Handlettering for The New Yorker Cartoon Book

In On the Money: The Economy in Cartoons, fans can revel in over 350 of The New Yorker’s best cartoons on the theme of money, culled from the past 80+ years.

I designed the hand lettering for the German edition for selected cartoons that needed their headlines, captions, and bylines to be translated directly on the embedded images (The New Yorker: Die besten Wirtschaftscartoons 1925 – 2009).

While it felt a little awkward to be editing the works of fellow cartoonists, I attempted to replicate the various lettering styles used for the original versions, trying hard to make this look as generic and seamless as possible.

The collection is edited by The New Yorker’s cartoon editor, Robert Mankoff, and includes an introduction by Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author of The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers. >MORE

Clockwise from top left: Wonderful cartoons from greats like Jon Agee, Sidney Harris, Richard Decker, Roz Chast, Lee Lorenz (and Roz Chast again). (Copyright of the original cartoons (c) The New Yorker and the respective artists.)

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Free Willy


These are a few of the images I made for Psychologie Heute to illustrate the topic of will power.


TOP: Thinking Jogger
BELOW: So Many Thoughts, So Little Space

Friday, January 6th, 2012

I Tee, You Tee, We All Tee


This is an artwork I created on the the topic of information technology. The idea was to have a monumental “IT,” set in an idyllic landscape, which is maintained by lots of little people.

Some of the people are looking at plans, replacing chunks of the monument, painting parts of the monument, rewiring plugs in its side, adding “whistles and bows” to suggest new software, calculating costs, placing orders on the phone, thinking far ahead, etc.

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Mind Control


Check out this illo that I made on mind control for Psychologie Heute. It shows a bunch of people that are interconnected through head wires.

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Coping with Death

This a book out of the ordinary. On 80 pages, the author gives an unsparing and heartbreaking account of his illness of terminal cancer, his fading strength over time, and, eventually, his willingness to accept the fact that he will soon die.

Wolfgang Bergmann was a psychologist and family scientist who died in May of 2011 at the age of 67 after a year-long battle with bone cancer. In his lifetime, he headed the Institute for Child Psychology and Learning Therapy in Hanover, and he also authored nonfiction books with much success.

Shortly before his death, the author asked the publisher to find an artist who could come up with Japanese-style images to be used inside the book, or log rather.

This called for non-figurative drawings, brushed with Indian ink. This was the first time that I created abstract illustrations for a book, and also one of the rare occasions where I would actually work with real ink and paper, as opposed to the digital world that I usually work in these days.

Needless to say, I was a little reluctant, and also intimidated by the emotional topic that was offered to my by the publisher shortly after Wolfgang Bergmann passed away. I ended up creating a variety of thick brush stroke images that were scattered in the book where deemed suitable.

For the jacket cover of the small book published byKösel (Random House), I chose a dark linen coating, and a small sheet of paper attached to the linen that contained the title. >MORE

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Wine, Women and Song


Here’s another wine illustration that I created for Süddeutsche Zeitung last weekend.

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Ritzenhoff Rocks!

I have created my first tableware design for Ritzenhoff – a coffee mug in the My Darling series.

Ritzenhoff is a leading producer of tableware and glassware in Germany, turning around over 30 million items a year. I first crossed their path back in the early Nineties when they brought designers’ collections on the market, and artists like James Rizzi and Philippe Petit-Roulet supplied unique designs for beverage products.

Today, some 300 designers from across the globe are contributing for Ritzenhoff. Needless to say, I am truly happy to have my own mug with the company now.

My design shows the faces of a man and a woman, intertwined in a pretty complex setup using bright colors, and suggesting love, summer, travel, food, nature, and fun. The cylinder-shaped packaging design shows the man’s torso as he is floating. >MORE


Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Wine Devine


This is my latest artwork for today’s Welt am Sonntag newspaper for an article on wine. It shows a woman holding a glass of wine that has a thermometer sticking out to measure the temperature amidst a Tuscany landscape setting and assembled wine accessories.

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Heat Wave


These are some of the illustrations I created for today’s Süddeutsche Zeitung special on natural heating resources. I went for mixed-media collages for this one. >MORE


TOP: Geothermal Heat
BELOW: Natural Gas Balloons
BOTTOM: Heat from Air
Natural Gas Balloons



Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Singles Are From Venus, Couples Are From Mars


Here’s my latest piece for today’s Welt am Sonntag Sunday newspaper, illustrating the two worlds that people living alone vs. people engaged in a relationship find themselves in. (I managed to incorporate my mom and my grandma into this image, which is always a treat.)

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Mobbing is Killing from the Inside


This mixed-media artwork was created for an article on mobbing that was published in today’s Welt am Sonntag newspaper from Berlin. It shows a young woman in the center who finds herself getting ostracized and mocked by her peers.

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Collection of Humorous Novels

Edited by members of the feature-page section of Süddeutsche Zeitung, this is a collection of humorous novels of all-time favorite pieces of literature that are dealing with humorous topics – from whimsical and satirical to morbid and bizarre to wry and wicked to just plain funny.

The collection of 20 books assembles many timeless classics written by authors that include Woody Allen, Fay Weldon, Heinrich Böll, Robert Gernhardt, Tom Robbins, T.C. Boyle, Roald Dahl, Peter Ustinov, and P.G. Wodehouse.

I have created the whimsical cover illustrations for all books in the collection. >MORE

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Wine Country


Here’s another multilayered illustration that I created for Süddeutsche Zeitung for their SZ-Vinothek wine supplement. I again used warm colors and an intricate design for the piece. >MORE