1. 2011/04 Christoph Niemann


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    Our speaker at the April 2011 CreativeMornings/NewYork was Berlin based Illustrator and Designer Christoph Niemann. (http://www.christophniemann.com/) The event was generously hosted by Galapagos Art Space (http://galapagosartspace.com/) in DUMBO, Brooklyn. ........ ABOUT CREATIVEMORNINGS? CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types. Each event is free of charge, and includes a 20 minute talk, plus coffee! You can currently join us in New York, Zurich, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. (http://www.creativemornings.com) ........ A big thank you to Sy J. Abudu (http://syjabudu.com/) for filming and editing the talk.

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    • Christoph Niemann — Visual Reduction


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      The visualization of data is the graphic designer's core business. For illustrator, graphic designer and art director Christoph Niemann – man behind the überpopular blog for The New York Times and numerous The New Yorker covers – it's daily business. Find out how Christoph Niemann tackles some of today's trickiest dilemmas – what does one do with that bottom arm while spooning? – in exactly the kind of humorous off-color ways that make him an ace in our latest Gestalten.tv interview. As the master of visual reduction, Niemann’s work is featured in Data Flow 2, Gestalten’s upcoming book on information graphics. Related Book http://shop.gestalten.com/data-flow-2-160.html More podcasts on www.gestalten.tv (video originally published February 2010)

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      • Petting Zoo by Christoph Niemann: Official App Trailer


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        "Petting Zoo by Christoph Niemann" is an interactive picture book for iPad and iPhone, designed by highly acclaimed illustrator Christoph Niemann. Petting Zoo by Christoph Niemann is available in the iTunes store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/petting-zoo-by-christoph-niemann/id602773895?l=en&mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2 Christoph Niemann's first interactive picture book is a delightful menagerie of 21 illustrated, animated animals. Swipe and tap each unique creature and be surprised at how they react. This app combines the charm of handmade animations and Niemann's wry humor with state-of-the-art technology. What would an elephant in your bathroom do? Can a dog breakdance? Could you play a crocodile's teeth like a xylophone? Featuring: 21 unique interactive animals Thousands of hand drawn animation frames Fun for all ages Playful, musical sounds for each animal No English required (animals don't speak English!) Credits: Concept and animations: Christoph Niemann Developer: Jon Huang Music and Sound Design: Markus Wormstorm Executive Producer: Design Indaba For more info go to: http://www.designindaba.com/projects/petting-zoo-christoph-niemann

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        • Petting Zoo's Christoph Niemann—What's His Game?


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          Award-winning illustrator Christoph Niemann's interactive hand-drawn animations gained his Petting Zoo App an international sensation. Now, 36 of the charmingly funny animal characters are found on the colorful cards of his new Petting Zoo Memo Game from Gestalten. Also a fan of Christoph Niemann's work, the Gestalten.tv team met with the world-acclaimed artist for a chat, talking about the lasting joy of game playing and his motif to stretch your brain muscles with these adorable, made-to-stick animals. Buy this game: http://shop.gestalten.com/niemann-petting-zoo.html

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          • SPD Speakeasy: Arem Duplessis, Art Director of The New York Times Magazine


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            NO FORMULA: Intuition is Underrated Arem Duplessis, Art Director of The New York Times Magazine What cover shoot "scared the shit out of" Arem Duplessis? How does he really feel about the people who bite his style? How does he do it every week? (Spoiler alert: he'll tell you it's a team effort all the way.) After the newspaper gives you the headlines, The NYT Magazine puts news and ideas in context with amazing photojournalism, innovative type design, inspiring fashion and even comics. Hear more about what it is like designing the smartest magazine in the smartest newspaper in the world, from our premiere kickoff event of SPD's Speakeasy series with New York Times Magazine Art Director Arem Duplessis, discussing his work, inspiration and how he comes up with award-winning ideas that work, and some that don't. From The Wild Project Theatre, Monday, September 22nd, for the SPD Speakeasy Series.

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            • AGI Conference Christoph Niemann Introduction Slide


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              Christoph Niemann's Introduction Slide at the 2008 AGI Student Conference. Created at Thirst in collaboration with Rick Valicenti. Type design by Bud Rodecker.

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              • Christoph Niemann: Digital expands the possibilities


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                Christoph Niemann talks about his transition from print to digital, in particular projects like Petting Zoo and his column for The New York Times. Illustrator and author Christoph Niemann sat down with Design Indaba at the AGI Open 2013 conference in London after his presentation to talk about his work. While Niemann comes from a print background he has been dabbling in digital over the last few years, and increasingly so since his work for Google and on the Petting Zoo app. In this interview Niemann says he enjoys working in digital because he can do so many more things all by himself: “Working with sound and movement really expands the possibilities… There’s media that’s new. Not everything has already been said… You’re part of developing a new language, rather than just speaking the language.” Niemann’s work now almost always sits with one foot in both fields, print and technology. He says that nowadays it’s very rare not to have to think about both sides of the coin. His breakthrough job was his online column for The New York Times. “It was so way out of my comfort zone,” says Niemann. At the time Niemann had wanted to change his work. But “as a freelance designer,” he says, “the change never comes from the outside. Nobody in their right mind will call you and say, ‘Stop the thing you’re doing that’s working and try something that might be a complete mess.’” Niemann was fortunate to find people at The New York Times to encourage him to try something new. “That was where I really started telling stories, going from one drawing to multiple drawings, developing storylines, and also being personal,” says Niemann. On collaboration and Petting Zoo The theme for Niemann’s conference talk at AGI 2013 was collaboration, and he made a point of saying that often the problem with collaboration is too much talking and not enough doing. With reference to his experience on Petting Zoo – which was a very collaborative project, working at times between Berlin, New York and Cape Town – Niemann explains in the interview why this project did work well. One of the most important things he says learnt on Petting Zoo was that all the work he did that didn’t make it to the final product was necessary. “Experience is necessary,” he adds, “but ultimately it’s all trial and error.” Advice to young designers Giving advice to young designers is difficult, says Niemann, because you never know which mistake has actually made your career. He nonetheless concedes: “It’s always about the work. All the selling skills, you can learn… it’s actually remarkably simple. The thing that’s hard is the creative work. There’s no recipe.” View more inspiring videos like this one at http://www.designindaba.com/video Designindaba.com hosts hundreds of videos of speaker presentations and interviews and world design news. Updated daily, its content features the most cutting-edge design thinking and the work and ideas of the world's industry leaders in all the creative fields. Design Indaba is a multi-tiered platform committed to a better world through creativity. Established in 1995 with its flagship conference, it has evolved into a multidisciplinary experience that now consists of the globally acclaimed annual Design Indaba Conference, Simulcast, Expo and FilmFest, as well as a host of parties, performances, training workshops, design projects, community initiatives and publications. www.designindaba.com

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                • Petting Zoo by Christoph Niemann: App Walkthrough


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                  We've created a real-time video walkthrough of Petting Zoo by Christoph Niemann. It takes you through each of the lovable animated creatures that populate the app, and the imaginative transitions between them. Illustrator Christoph Niemann brings us this charming animated picture book app, featuring his signature style of quirky hand-drawn characters and irreverent sense of humour. Available in the iTunes store, the app is fun for all ages. Users can swipe through 21 unique animals – poking and prodding to see how they react – and expect to be surprised and delighted every time. With programming by friend and developer Jon Huang and music by South African composer Markus Wormstorm, Niemann has created a lovable and entertaining pastime that is his first attempt at interactive illustration. The app features thousands of hand-drawn animation frames, and playful, musical sounds for each animal, providing endless fun for the whole family. The app was released in the iTunes Store in February 2013 and launched at Design Indaba Conference on 1 March. It has already been featured in Creative Review, Fast Company, Wired magazine, Dezeen and PSFK. Credits: Concept and animations: Christoph Niemann Developer: Jon Huang Music and Sound Design: Markus Wormstorm Executive Producer: Design Indaba

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                  • Elephant Magazine Issue 21 (Winter)


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                    Creatve Direction: Astrid Stavro and Pablo Martín Design: Atlas Film: Mau Morgó Cover Artwork: Christoph Niemann

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                    • I Lego N.Y. Christoph Niemann


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                      I LEGO N.Y. is an imaginative look at life in New York City constructed entirely out of LEGOs. Designer and illustrator Christoph Niemann was inspired to create a series of miniature New York vignettes out of his sons' toys after a few cold and dark winter days in Berlin. The former New Yorker then posted photographs of his creations along with his handwritten captions on his New York Times blog. Resident and honorary New Yorkers around the world responded enthusiastically to the clever and minimalist inventions, which captured both the iconic (the Empire State Building) and the mundane (man standing on a subway platform) in fewer LEGO pieces than one might think possible. This book includes all of the original images, plus thirteen new creations. The resulting collection is delightful in its simplicity and moving in its ability to cature the spirit of life in New York in so few strokes.

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