Plastikcomb Magazine Issue 1

November 8, 2020

Not by me, but designed WITH me, a new - printed - magazine called Plastikcomb Magazine, short PCM, of which I am especially proud. I have invested a lot of work in PCM, created a lot of layouts and graphics and I hope to have contributed a lot to the development of the... Blah blah blah blah.

If you are interested in contemporary art of international artists, you can find a lot of things here on 130 pages without having to swipe. PCM is an independent, privately financed magazine that is not sponsored by a big, sleepy publisher. In its richness, interesting interviews with exciting artists, a lot of art and bizarre layouts, it reminds a little bit of the "good old days" of magazine design in the 90s, like Raygun or Speak magazine. Far from any fancy Berlin-bullshit-layout-efforts and typographically so completely different from the Helvetica-font-clone-armies of recent years, PCM, founded by artist Aaron Beebe, offers something "new old" typographically and graphically. It's like biting into a bratwurst, but tastes like sweet cake. Hmmm, delicious. 

Aaron Beebe and {ths} had the same vision of playing off magazine design against conventional magazine layouts. The idea is that the words become one with the work of the artist. It's not just plain text on one side and the image on the other. The placement and fusion of text and image allows the reader to physically interact with the magazine, making the publication a work of art. Plastikcomb Magazine could be a simple magazine with interviews, but with each issue it sees itself more as a work of art. Each layout should and will be unique, based on the working style of the artist. We hope that we succeeded, but if not, we don't care, as long as we have fun.

You can order PCM here, it is published twice a year and is shipped worldwide.

In the words of Plastikcomb: "We are here to combat the horrible disease that plagues our planet. Plastikcomb pledges to fight Scrolleosis!"

Besides the layouts, I got the job to create a logo and a mascot for the magazine. "Dusty", the PCM mascot is the result. We all love Dusty. The Cape Arcona Type Foundry and I also created an unusual corporate font for the magazine. 

{ths} Podcast

October 6, 2020

Now give it something on the ears. I was invited by the nice people of the "The Weird Show" for a podcast interview. I was very happy for this invitation and gave my best to talk about art, collage, inspiration and BEAST Magazine. So if you don’t want to miss the opportunity to hear my voice, which is supposed to sound like a 60s German James Bond villain - so I was told - listen into the episode.

The whole thing is distributed through the usual channels (Apple/Spotify) and it’s worth subscribing to the TWS podcast, already the first episode with artist Alvaro Naddeo is very worth listening to.

A big thanks to Max-o-matic from TWS, who invested a lot of time and work to make this podcast possible.

Listen to The Weird Show Broadcast

Print is dead (not)

June 23, 2020

Small teaser of two bigger projects I am currently involved in: @46pgs and @plastikcomb_magazine
Both projects are printed on a larger scale. Digital is dead.

No news are good news

January 13, 2020

Interview with TOOMBES

January 5, 2018

Just forgot to publish the link for an interview I did back in 2016 for the great art platform TOOMBES. Shame one me.
Thanks for the interview! Here it is

Almost Ready – the audiobook

August 10, 2017

My new book 'Almost Ready' is now available as an audiobook, read by Ben John Smith (horrorsleazetrash.com) and with music by the great Michael James Christian.
It’s hard to explain how spoken images sounds, so visit our bandcamp site and listen to it.

What’s next, a musical?

Trio infernale

THS 8055

May 19, 2017

“THS 8055”, in honor of the “grunge Internet” (around 1998-2001) or “I always hated Helvetica” . Free typeface.
UPDATE: v1.005 / 23.05.2017, added a Bold style
Download here

Something that every type designer once tried out:
scanning rub-down lettering and make a typeface out of it. Now, after twenty years of beeing a type designer, I did the same.

Almost Ready – a new book by {ths}

April 19, 2017

Love the smell of fresh printed paper in the morning? After a long pause from print making, {ths} finally created a new book. Come’n get some...

In progress: “Almost Ready”

April 10, 2017

{ths} new book “Almost Ready” is in print. Pre order starts soon.

New project: computer aided art

February 22, 2017

Published a new project called „Infinite Everything: Generative Art“ about how math can help to think outside the box in art and graphic design.
Take a look here