Santa’s Sinister Ancestry

Santa’s Sinister Ancestry

“The modern Santa Claus with his red robe and white fur was invented by Coca-Cola for an ad”. You’ve heard this urban myth many times before, and even repeating it every year doesn’t make it more true. Mumpitz¹, I’d say. Truth is that there has been a Coca-Cola ad in...

I’m German, and I Hate Beer

I’m German, and I Hate Beer

So there. Its out. Maybe that’s another reason I left the country considered to be the epitome of beer 20 years ago. Now, don’t you even try to convert me – I have tried them all: English Ale (lukewarm), German Pils and Export, the good ones (Tannenzäpfle, Bocksbier,...

Japanese – The Typography

Japanese – The Typography

While the first part of this series was focussing on a basic understanding of the rather complex Japanese writing system itself, in the second part I’d like to point out some typographical peculiarities that might be of interest to typographers and type/language...

How Japanese Writing Works

How Japanese Writing Works

Some people say Japanese is impossible to master for a non-native, yet everyone living in the country for a few years can bear witness to the many foreigners living here, who are fluent in the language, some even in reading and writing. This is not to say the writing...

Firefox On macOS – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Firefox On macOS – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

I really want to like Firefox, because I like that they're an NPO, I like how they want to put the user and privacy first, but apart from that, they're really not making it easy for Mac users to love their browser. Admittedly Firefox’ rendering with electrolysis is...

From the Sketchbook

Pepsi-Man

My younger son (8) recently discovered Pepsi-Man, and is collecting the figures. I sketched this for...