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Selfienation – A Glance at Generation Y // Book design and dynamic website
Hardly anything is more present in our social media than the medial phenomena of the Selfie.
Nowadays, we have technical ways and social networks to distribute any sort of content with
our smartphones. And most of us do it.
Narzism, mirror gazing, egoism – all these things are somehow connoted with selfies, and we
associate it with them. But we disregard the embedded social context of the selfie. This project
aims to encourage medial reflection whilst motivating the reader to reflect about this multi-layered
work. Content of the book are selected scientific essays which investigated multiple qualities of the
selfie. As an expansion, the website shows the user live content from the web application Instagram
(this is marked in About – text about the project). This way, the user is be able to view and relate
to selfies in a more objective and bias-free way.
a) Book design
Selected scientific articles are used to show the society-embedded qualities of the selfie. The reader can educate
himself about the state of the art knowledge about the selfie according to anthropological and social science.
b) Dynamic website
The website is constantly fetching live content from Instagram. People, taking selfies at different
places around the world (but at approximately the same time) and sharing them online, are shown in short time
intervals. The dynamic and culture-spanning characteristic of the selfie is emphasized.
Das Internet? Gibt's diesen Blödsinn immer noch?* // Book design
The internet has revolutionized the whole world. A counterculture in times of
increasing interconnectedness is on the rise. Practical recommendations and directions
for enjoying life offline are, in most cases, vague even though being online holds the
barrier of digitalization itself. Also, using particular services like google or facebook
almost seems natural, becoming sort of a reflex in everyday life.
This project tries to translate common online habits and linked services into the offline, analogue
life. It also includes sections from the field report of the Offliner Alex Rühle,
editor at Süddeutsche Zeitung, displaying the extent of his online-dependency. This project is
intended as an inspiration for everyone who wants to reflect upon his online habits, without
answering specific questions.
In collaboration with Carina Haumering and Bianca Rother.
*Title is a quote from Homer Simpson.
with you. // UX Design, Prototyping
An app that accompanies. Using it, the life at home can be analyzed and reflected. Tracking
and visualization of user data help to live a more aware and mindful life consistent with technological
advances. Data acquisition and preparation is done via smart home devices, that will be established and
used in the near future: Activities are being tracked and visualized. They are the mirror image of our
habits and patterns in everyday life.
Onboarding: The video shows the start of the app itself, followed by user interaction with the buttons.
The users personal patterns of habit are being displayed in a clear and minimalistic design. The corners of the
visualization represent areas, each for respective smart home devices. The colorful pattern is being extended due
to its own value, e.g. power consumption. This way, the rhombic form of the graphical web is altered. The text layer
is offset, within the terminal, containing the selectable buttons.
Comparison of timeframes:
The user wants to compare the device usage during a vacation week with their regular usage. For this purpose,
he switches the scale to Woche and the current week is visualized. Next, he wants to add the preceding week for
comparison, clicking the button Woche again. The timeline shows a second slider (different color) which can be moved.
After the timeframe selection is done, the graph shows two visualizations for comparison.The color scale remains fixed
in the terminal.
Pfalzbau Theater // Flyer design
Programm flyer for Festspiele from Theater at Pfalzbau Ludwigshafen. With and for Double Standards.
Can you – Serendipity? // Generative Art, Processing
Serendipity is a phenomenon to discover things in a random fashion, not by intent. It is more of a surprising approach.
First, I examined sunburst diagrams to understand their storytelling concept: Single layers are arranged in a hierarchical
fashion, with each ring representing a layer (image below).
As with many projects being realized using Processing, the open
source culture has a strong impact, meaning project and data files are mostly public ones. As data source I chose a hierarchical,
taxonomy like, database of different food products
and enriched it with a qualitative knowledge of histamine content in food products. The motivation was to create an easy to read chart
with a high information density for people who are histamine intolerant (HI). The first two inner layers show the structure of different food categories.
The outermost layer shows the corresponding histamine levels in the respective food category (high meaning irreconcilable). However, eventually,
the sunburst chart was unsuitable for my intention: The real information density is only found at the outer ring. Histamine content of food categories
cannot be displayed this way.
To finally return to the concept of serendipity, the Processing code was altered, effectively removing the interpretability of the graphs
itself. The resulting abstract shapes are being reduced aesthetic objects. It can only be adumbrated, that originally, hierarchical data
structures with high information density were being visualized.
Air Max // Book design
Air Max is an collection of the corresponding shoe model from Nike. Chronologically, The book
shows several models with their hard facts like color and material. Just like in Nikes' corporate
identity, the font face Futura was used.
Schriftenreihe Typographie // Book design
This series of type was designed in a small format. As a practical specialist literature for students
or people being interested in the history and design of typography, it contains lectures from prominent
designers such as Gerard Unger. A fine red strike resembles the art of giving a lecture. Above this line,
new content is being introduced first, floating text and graphical content is typesetted below. Thereafter,
a new line marks the next slide.
Together with Christina Hermainski.
Elvetia // Font design, Glyphs
Which typeface is clearly in the focus of public discussion? Helvetica. The design concept of Elvetia is to create a pulpier
version of Helvetica. Using the original typeface as template, new forms were created. Breaking up the type was the proper
goal, it was achieved by using a higher line contrast and defining little inequalities. The playful approach of this project
reflects the general interest in the Helvetica typeface. Elvetia is a display font which is suitable for headlines and for
marking special parts in texts.