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Joe Villion

Every year one of the highlights during the big annual exhibition at the Berlin University of the Arts is the exhibition of the illustration class. The class is supervised by Henning Wagenbreth, whose unique visual style has a big impact on every single work of his students. This year’s exhibition actually reminded that for months I already wanted to do a post about a young illustrator working under the pseudonym of Joe Villion, who was one of Wagenbreth’s students and graduaded in 2010 (as far as I remember). Besides doing some freelance work she is founder of Slalom Press, a small independent publishing studio in Berlin.

Xtal Extended (in collaboration with David Tovar and Marc Hennes):

contribution to the BAMBAM zine “Quotable”:

 Nobrow No 6:

It’s oh so quiet:

Joe VillionSlalom Press


Have I got some information for you

Kyra van Ineveld made this very nice piece of work: The Wiki Truth.
This project consists of 5 enormous books about, well they ARE actually, the top 5 topics (pages) on Wikipedia: Barack Obama, the Catholic Church, Gaza war, global warming, and ‘race and intelligence’.

I love how taking data and forming it in a great design shows so much more that the pure data. The fact that you can go through the history of the information about the topic in the book, that you can see for real what an enormous amount of information is there to read online, what the top-5 says topic about the world nowadays, and how it changes over the years. Most of these topics do not exist that long at all (for a non digital medium).
Of course all the writers are getting their credits as well e.g. Missy_1987, TonyTheTiger and Anonymous225.

The first official encyclopedia ‘Naturalis Historia’dates from the 1st century AD and was written by Plinius de Oudere.
in this book there was still room for personal notes and comments, e.g. at the topic of the different continents in the world he concludes that the world has to more length than width so that he as to be a bot rounded because the sun is not always rising all over the world at the same time.


A week ago I visited Pictoplasma in Berlin.
Went to a lot of galleries and so great and not so great stuff.
I discovered I am not that into street art, or cartoons. Which is not the best combination for a Pictoplasma visitor maybe.But nevertheless I will excite you with some things I think were great!

beautiful masks, and totems of Raymond Lemstra (Amsterdam based)

The etches and drawings of an animation in NikeStadium Gallery of the Black Heart Gang were also beautiful. (I did not make pictures of that of course…)
I did like how they added their drawings to an old photoalbum, as well.
I must admit: I like the drawings and etches better than the animations, but you can judge yourself  on their website:

“The Tale of How coffee table book makes for a great present for children and widows alike.”

Russian beauties

Due to research on russian letterforms for my own typeface I got stuck on        this website filled with beautifully old, hand-drawn, vanguard and quaint books.



Library Hotel, New York City

The Library Hotel is a 60-room hotel in New York City. The hotel boasts a unique organizing principle: each of its ten guest floors has a theme, designated after a major category of the Dewey Decimal Classification (the 5th floor, for example, is the 500s, the Sciences), with each room as a subcategory or genre, such as Mathematics (Room 500.001) or Botany (Room 500.004).
Wikipedia, Library Hotel

Book: Designing Dictators

Excerpt from notesondesign.net
The four main chapters outline the 20th-century regimes of the Nazis, fascists, and soviet and Chinese communists. Each demonstrates a forceful lesson about the principles of branding as embodied by the Führer, Il Duce, Comrade Lenin, and Chairman Mao. Steven Heller outlines the “effective branding [that] is centered on a core narrative” with eloquent essays and lavish representations of historical photos, posters, flags, books, portraits, stamps, and charts.
Review New York Times

colour my rainbow

This book makes me smile everytime I see it!
You can buy this book of Masashi Kawamura at the Stereohype website.
Check their website for more amazing stuff.