in collaboration with laura witte & theresa jung
In the course Text & Type, we were free to choose the topic of our end-of-semester project. In collaboration with Theresa Jung and Laura Witte, we came up with the idea to creatively process the term schwammig (literal 'spongy', meaning 'fuzzy' or 'vague'). We set ourselves the goal of looking at it from as many perspectives as possible, both in terms of content and method. We bundled the results in what we called Schwammbuch (literal 'sponge book'). A separate course assignment consisted of creating a zine on the chosen topic using risography. When unfolded, our zine reveals a Lappenlegende (literal 'rag legend') and is meant to be used as a poster.
In our creative exploration of the term schwammig, we used both analog and digital techniques. From letterpress and gravure experiments and acrylic painting to photography, scanning, vectorizing and 3D graphics of blackboard sponges, steel sponges, natural sponges or rags. Typographically, we worked with uninterrupted stringing of words to describe the method used in the creation of each graphic on each page, separated only by the respective page number.
For the cover of the book, we halved a blackboard sponge and chose the page format accordingly. The coated, glossy paper gives the impression that you can hold the book under water – just like a sponge.