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...

Why Cultural Appropriation Isn’t a Thing

Why Cultural Appropriation Isn’t a Thing

For me as a European (I'm a German living in Japan) the whole concept of cultural appropriation is absurd. Europe as we know it, wouldn't exist if it weren't for picking up someone else's culture and their ideas, mixing and matching it with your own and trying to...

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...

Usability isn’t Only For Noobs

Usability isn’t Only For Noobs

“Developers will be using this, so it doesn't need to be super simple”, or “Technical users can figure this out, it doesn't need to be streamlined for n00bs”. That's like saying “this book is for cryptologists, so print it in your shoddy handwriting, they're used to...

The Mac is Back – in Black*

The Mac is Back – in Black*

I'm a creator, I need a powerful and flexible platform to create. To my dismay I felt like the Mac was sadly withering away. However, with the WWDC announcements about macOS and the Mac upgrades all this doom and gloom about the Mac changed instantly and really got me...

Learning & Remembering German Nouns

Learning & Remembering German Nouns

My younger son has only been to Germany once, and while I had him attend Kindergarten there for two months and he was once able to speak simple sentences it is all but gone now that he's eight years old. It is quite a challenge to have him remember even the simplest...

From the Sketchbook

Pepsi-Man

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