For over 20 years, I am working at the intersection of design and digital
technology. I am teaching interface- and interaction design at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, Germany. Parallel to my academic work, I also consult companies and institutions on issues of digital transformation – especially on interface design, data visualisation and generative design. Together with my colleague Marian Dörk, I co-direct the Urban Complexity Lab at my University. You can find a full bio here.
esono.com is my personal web site. Here, you can find a lot of artistic, commercial and playful projects that I worked on in the last few years – next to some of my writing. esono was launched in 2001 and has not really changed that much ever since. So don’t be surprised if you find projects here that date back twenty years. I like to have them around. If you want to know why – here is a short essay on my recent redesign.
On being featured by Medium
Ok – that was interesting. On 30 October 2018, Medium featured my essay Why Do All Websites Look the Same?. Within 14 days, the posting generated 200,000 views, over 100,000 reads, 30,000 claps and over 100 comments. It sparked a lively debate on Medium itself, on Twitter and on Hacker News.
After a couple of days, the whole thing was over - but I would like to reflect on some of the insights I got from the event and want to share my views on Medium as a platform.
esono.com receives the second update in 16 years
Good news, everyone: after 16 years of table layouts, esono.com has a new and improved design!
My aim for the redesign was not a radical new approach but rather another design iteration that reflects the developments of the last few years. Larger screens give you more space, web fonts and web typography allows you to make designs more subtle, high-res displays give images a new quality. My objective was to create a more opulent version of the existing design language.
Video recording of the talk “Bringing Design to Science” at Visualizing Knowledge 2018
Visualizing Knowledge is a conference, showcase, and workshops on Information Design and Data Visualization
This spring, Fidel Thomet and I were invited to the Visualizing Knowledge conference at the Aalto University in Finland. On 4. May 2018, we gave long talk on one of my favourite issues: Bringing Design to Science. The talk is now available on Vimeo!
On the visual weariness of the web
Why is current web design so bad?
The visual blandness of the world wide web is disheartening. Everything looks the same. Generic fonts, no layout to speak of, interchangeable pages, no expressive visual language, even micro-typography is a mess. The current design of “cyberspace” is drab and dreary. Why is that the case?
Type Casting; or, The Comic Sans of Errors
Typefaces resemble actors. So which typeface is which performer? And who is Comic Sans? Read on to find out!
A comparison of typefaces with actors and actresses — they have obvious similarities. Actors do not simply speak the words of the play or the script. They turn an abstract role into a true and believable individual.