England

England impresses with ancient oaks, extensive landscape gardens and luminous facades made of sand and limestone. The lively university town of Oxford and the former noble spa town of Bath also attracts visitors with great architecture, beautiful cafés and parks. Numerous palaces and manor houses are mostly located out of the large cities and metropolitan areas. If you see them, you get an idea of their former owners wealth and power. Due to the hot summer many of these palaces were surrounded by dried grass instead of the typically lush green. more

Sicily

Due to the enormous size of Sicily you forget that you are visiting an island. Rugged coasts and green fields alternating with mountainous landscapes. Everywhere you can find traces of past epochs and cultures. Once upon a time, the ancient Greeks settled in Sicily. After that, Cathars, Romans, Arabs and Normans ruled the big island. Later, Sicily was even part of the Austrian Habsburg Empire. Many of their influences can still be found until today. more

Athens

Athens is famous for its Acropolis and its archaeological collections. Hundreds of thousands of tourists come here to marvel or just to take a selfie. Since the financial crisis, the city as well as the whole country met rough treatment. You can see this through empty shops, semi-finished houses and ruined streets. more

Salzburg state

When Mozart was born in Salzburg in 1756, the city was still the capital of an independent principality of the Bishop. The prince-bishops built for instance the Hohensalzburg and the cathedral. Last one is the first baroque building north of the Alps and of enormous dimensions. Numerous tourist shops attract tourists in the historic district with souvenirs and the famous “Mozartkugel”. more

Bernese Highlands

The Bernese Highlands impresses with its more than 4,000-meter-high mountains and the crystal clear Thuner lake. The largest city in this area is Bern. The Bernese historic centre belongs to UNESCO World Heritage and consists of countless historic houses that line up like pearls on a chain. The centre is dominated by the tower of the one of the largest churches in Switzerland – the Bern Minster. more

by Stefan Christian Hoja

Integrated 2017

Every two years, the design conference “Integrated” takes place in Antwerp, which attracts numerous graphic designers, artists and interested people. The schedule was packed with interesting presentations, lectures, workshops and music performances. One of the lecturer was Nadya Tolokonnikova from “The Pussy Riots”, who among other things explained the impact of her protest on herself and the society. Graphic designer Lucienne Roberts posed the daring question “Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?” and presnted examples when design can save lives. American designer Paul Sahre questioned “Why be a designer?” and “Is it even a choice?” He tried to give answers to this question by using examples of his extensive oeuvre.

Imaginary Master of Typography

For an imaginary art school which had the intension to start a new Master course, dedicated to typography, I started a new project supervised by Petr van Blokland. Together with Hana Jira we worked on a pre-promotion presentation for this new Master. This presentation should give an impression of what the Master course could add to the skills of professional graphic designers and typographers. The result of the design process gave us a realistic view on what this Master Typographic (PaTyFu – Past Fype Future) should look like, how the study should be structured and how it would be visualised in the media. The project work resulted in a visual identity, a website, an image film and an exhibition model. more

Morocco

The Masters program Graphic Design took me to Morocco. I visited two cities which could not be more different. One is ancient, located near a high mountain range, with façades glowing brightly in red – Marrakech. The other one is located by the sea and presents itself with skyscrapers and white facades – Casablanca. more

by Stefan Christian Hoja

C.o.c.o.i. Workshop

During the C.o.c.o.i. workshop with Emmy van Thiel I got to know more about the artist group “Oulipo”, who are known for their self-imposed restrictions while writing texts. Emmy lectured also more about “cabinets of curiosities”. These cabinets were created by merchants, the nobility and the clergy at the beginning of the 17th century. Various extraordinary exhibits such as mussels, minerals and animal preparations were exhibited. more