Friday, March 18th, 2011

Two-Page Cover Spread for Novum Design Magazine

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I have been invited to create a two-page cover spread for novum: World of Graphic Design magazine, Germany’s oldest graphic arts publication. I employed a mixed-media style to create a city scene that’s abundant with wild animals.

The double cover spread was printed on heavy brown art paper that uses white coating to highlight specific elements. As a result, the art looks quite three-dimensional and almost as if it was assembled by hand – really cool ;-)

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Monday, February 28th, 2011

Feature in novum Magazine

A feature about me has been published in novum: World of Graphic Design magazine, Germany’s oldest graphic arts publication that was founded in 1924. >MORE



Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Cadavre exquis

In my latest assignment for Süddeutsche Zeitung, I have composed a cadavre exquis for the career section that runs across a major part of the page.

This formerly surrealist concept works with folded pages; the top parts showing the head of a person or animal, the middle parts the torso, and the bottom parts the legs.

My “exquisite corpse” shown below was designed in a slightly three-dimensional fashion. It consists of a cowboy, a crocodile, a gorilla, a robot, a little boy, a tree, a skirt, and a fish.

>MORE INFO | >MORE WHIMSICAL

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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Event Calendar Design for Spring

The latest event guide for the German Trade Union (DGB) in Munich is out. I created both the jacket design and the inside illustrations. The postcard-sized brochure lists the many seminars and workshops and lectures and events and whatnot that the DGB provides for Munich this coming fall.

I chose a silhouette style for this one that was inspired by the golden era of scherenschnitte. The booklet is a huge success currently, I hear.

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Friday, February 18th, 2011

The Invisible Gorilla Walking

For the German edition of The Invisible Gorilla (Piper Verlag), I created a fun little flip book animation that shows a walking gorilla. The animation is placed at the bottom of the pages.

If a gorilla walked out into the middle of a basketball pitch, you’d notice it. Wouldn’t you? The Invisible Gorilla is a fascinating look at the unbelievable, yet routine tricks that your brain plays on you.

Christopher F. Chabris and Daniel J. Simons won the 2004 Ig Nobel Prize in Psychology for Gorillas in Our Midst. Chabris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Union College in New York.



Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Covered!

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Here’s a mixed-media illustration of mine on the topic of ubiquitous healthcare that was created for a publication from a large health insurance company.

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Thursday, January 20th, 2011

World Market Leaders

In another assignment for Süddeutsche Zeitung, I have created a number of illustrations on world market leaders. The four-page extra features interviews with market leaders in a variety of different branches.

I came up with a large splash illo in collage style and a bunch of circle-shaped icons that visualize the various branches (wind turbines, toys, etc.). I also designed colorful silkscreen print emulations of the enterpreneurs that got interviewed. >more

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Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Wishful Thinking

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Süddeutsche Zeitung has published a double-page feature on happiness and luck that features a large opening illustration of mine, as well as a handful of smaller-sized icons. >more

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Top: Butterfly Girl
Below: Soccer Ball Bear

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Friday, January 7th, 2011

Illustrators 53 Opening Reception

Tonight is the opening reception for the Illustrators 53 Sequential and Uncommissioned Categories at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators.

My The Well-Tempered Year calendar got selected for the show and annual. Too bad I can’t be there – but those of you who go, hope you’ll have loads of fun.

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Thanks to the jury, Monika Aichele, Nicholas Blechman, Leo Espinosa, Tomer Hanuka, Aviva Michaelov, Francoise Mouly, George Pratt, Graham Roumieu, and Mark Stamaty – and congrats to the winners in that category, Asaf Hanuka, Nora Krug, Philippe Petit-Roulet, Brian Rea, and Matt Rota! >more



Friday, December 17th, 2010

Happy Loners

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These are my mixed-media illustrations that I created for Psychologie Heute, Germany’s leading psychology magazine. The article was on introspection and analysed the phenomenon of people that tend to separate themselves from the crowds – not because they are shy but because they choose to stay alone.

>MORE PSYCHOLOGY

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TOP: Cocktail Party + Close-up View
BELOW: Noisy People with Megaphones

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TOP: Diver Underwater
BELOW: Inner View

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Packaging Mania

I have created a great variety of packaging designs for empty tin boxes that (blush) have turned out almost too cool to bear :-) (And they feel good, too!)

The designs come in different shapes and sizes – for coffee, tea, sugar, flour, rice, pasta, cookies, bread, cereal, pet food, toys, gifts and bottles.

Each box design uses geometrical shapes for the background, and hand-drawn illustrations that visualize its content. The boxes are currently being sold in selected toom stores, a retail chain and a division of REWE, Germany’s second largest food retailer. >more

TOP: Tin Coffee Box with Lid
BELOW: Square Tin Tea Box

TOP: Square Sugar Tin Box
BELOW: Rectangular Flour Tin Box

TOP: Rectangular Cereal Tin Box with Lid
BELOW: Round Pasta Tin Box

TOP: Heart-shaped Tin Gift Box
BELOW: Small Gift Tin Box Cube

TOP: Round Cookie Tin Box with Window
BELOW: Bottle Tin Box
BOTTOM: XL Rectangular Pet Food Tin Box



Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Energetic!

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A bunch of mixed-media illustrations on renewable energy has been published by Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s largest daily newspaper. The spreads look really cool, and I am very happy about them :-)

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TOP: Opening Illustration
BELOW: Wind Energy

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TOP: Solar Energy
BELOW: Energy from Water

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Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Don’t you just love this card from 1909?



Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Calendar for Book Lovers

+++ UPDATE +++ I’ve just been notified that the calendar has been selected to appear in the Society of Illustrator’s Illustrators 53 exhibit and annual book. +++ The work will be exhibited at the Museum of American Illustration in New York from January 5 through January 22, 2011. +++ Yee-haw! +++

A new calendar of mine has just returned from the printer’s. I called it The Well-Tempered Year, and it contains 13 whimsical illustrations that I created especially for this calendar, with titles that are mocking famous novels (”The BOLD MEN and the Sea”, “Brave BLUE World”, “Howard’s FRIEND” etc.).

The calendar is valid for all years to come. If you care to shop for Christmas, here’s the link. The price is 14$ for Europe and 20$ for elsewhere (includes shipping).

Some of the motifs are available as postcards also.

BELOW: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young SNOWman

TOP: Of Mice and ZEN
BOTTOM: Howard’s FRIEND

TOP: Breakfast at EPIPHANY’s
BOTTOM: Brave BLUE World

TOP: The BOLD MEN and the Sea
BOTTOM: In the Heat of the LIGHT

TOP: Call of the MILD
BELOW: Finnegan’s LAKE
BOTTOM: MORE and Peace



Thursday, November 4th, 2010

But How you’ve Grown, Son!

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These two images have been created for Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s largest nation-wide published daily paper. They illustrate the topic of (gulp!) financial derivatives and warrants (”Derivate & Zertifikate”), and employ rather unusual imagery.

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