Christoph Niemann

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03/19/2014: Design and Violence animated gifs

As part of MoMA’s Design & Violence series, Christoph Niemann created this excellent series of animated gifs that change the tools of war into games by altering the original intent of their design. The series, entitled Commoditized Warfare, takes its name and influence from the work of Yosuke Ushigome, whose series of videos have...

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Niemann Goes Large

Years ago, I asked Christoph Niemann "to do something large." And he said "no way!" He did it nonetheless, for a show at Gallerie Max Hetzler in Berlin (installation below) November 23, 2013 – January 18, 2014.

My Ideal Bookshelf: The Books That Make the Designer

Visually, the average bookshelf is a mess. Arranged along single planks are these hundreds of objects of every conceivable dimension and color, spanning decades—centuries, even—of our cultural history. Stately black-and-orange Penguin Classics butt against the garish hues of a science fiction series that we secretly devour, which rubs covers with our starkly minimal art...

Today's Obsession: 20 Things I Learned About Browsers and The Web

20 Things I Learned About Browsers and The Web is a lovely little book, sort of, created by the Google Chrome team to do a couple of helpful things. Firstly, for us more advanced users, it displays what Chrome can do with HTML5-based goodies, and it gives an important conceptual reason why we should...

ICON Reax, Part 1: Is Animation the Future of Illustration?

So Print – as in “print” – has launched its daily blog (the good news is that it’s not called “Out Of Print.”) But what else can be said about publishing’s future? This issue was the primary topic of discussion and debate throughout the ICON 6 illustration conference. Held at the Langham Hotel –...