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...
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...
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...