TypoBerlin 2015, day 2
Prof. Johannes Bergerhausen. The medium is half the message: Typography, characters & semiotics. I carry a notebook, and I couldn’t stop writing (as you can see from my handwriting). So many new things I never heard of..! However, the most inspiring part of it was the way that typography is handled: starting from content, instead of form. This is exactly the way I always thought typography should be tought. Lifted from a technical level to the second one: questioning it’s existing ways and exploring new meanings. The rest of the day I tried to find the professor to ask him about the german way of teaching, but this crowd is so big that I will have to continue my quest today.
There was another guy I was really interested in: somebody known on Twitter as @neinquarterly. Often he is described as being a philosopher, but he rather calls himself a ‘failed intellectual’ that embraces nihilism.
He reminded me of Woody Allen. He has almost 100.000 followers. He wrote: ‘ What did Jesus have, like 12 followers?’
Twitter is his medium. He doesn’t have a desk, he just carries his phone. ‘The best tweet is always one step ahead of you, it’s somewhere out there.’
The hardest part is the context. He can’t control it. One of his light-hearted tweets could easily end up between tweets about serious natural disaster. Expressing the right tone of voice is essential, but almost impossible. ‘Less is more. More or less.’
I think he is a poet, as he writes himself:
‘One who breaks lines
Now try to find Prof. Johannes Bergerhausen.