A few TV Wallpapers.

Anyone who knows me also knows that I’m a big fan of 1960’s television. I’ve always liked the typography of titles, the logotypes, the washed-out greyscale, the test screens.


Over the past few days I painstakingly recreated a few TV logos of 1960’s German television in Adobe Illustrator to use them as wallpapers on my iMac. So far there are 5 of them – I’m not sure if I can be bothered creating even more of those, because it’s a lot of work really. The Testbild almost drove me mad.

So, here’s a little present for you: all 5 wallpapers are here in one massive zip file to download. They come in various screens sizes and resolutions – 4:3 as well as widescreen and they’re all in jpg format.







Unterbrechung 1

Unterbrechung 1

Unterbrechung 2

Unterbrechung 2

Needless to say, the copyright lies firmly with the broadcasting companies, most probably ARD and ZDF.

A quick plug.

The Cartoonist’s photos @Picfair. Buy and license. Apart from the rather cheap and unnecessary plug, Picfair is a fabulous stock photo website. In fact I think it’s the best stock photo site ever, set up by former Guardian journalist, Benj Lanyado.

Picfair’s rules:
Upload your pics. Choose your price. Change it whenever you want.
An open-to-all image market, controlled by you… if someone wants to use your pic… you get paid.
Keep all copyright, and get what you ask for. If your pic costs £5, that’s what you’ll receive.

It’s new, it’s fresh, it’s fantastic and I can only recommend it to anyone who thinks their photos are good enough to be worth a bob or two.

The Vibrators backstage

© Ralf Zeigermann

Nebenbei bemerkt.

Meine Bücher Das Ratinger Hof Buch und Die Werkzeuge des Graphikers sind immer noch direkt vom Robert Wiegner Verlag zu beziehen oder in jeder Buchhandlung bestellbar. Und die Antarktisexpedition gibt es auch noch bei Amazon.

Ich schreibe das deshalb, weil irgendwelche Spinner die beim Wiegner Verlag veröffentlichten Bücher zu weitaus überhöhten Preisen bei Amazon anbieten. Dabei war ich immer der Meinung, in Deutschland gäbe es bei lieferbaren Büchern so etwas wie Buchpreisbindung. Seltsam.

Also: Robert Wiegner Verlag.


Das Ratinger-Hof-Buch in der Blechkiste.

A job bag/job number system with Evernote

Life as a graphic designer was always rather easy for me: I received a job from a client, finished it, sent the invoice and sooner or later another job would appear. As of lately though, I got lots of different jobs from one client, all from various department and various product managers and began slowly losing the plot. Have I invoiced this job? Has this job been approved? What’s with the job that started 3 weeks ago? Searching through long
e-mail threads with attached Word, PDF and PPT documents isn’t that much fun either. Clearly a job number system was needed.

There are, of course, dedicated database systems for ad agencies and graphic design studios available. However, they don’t come cheap and why buy yet some more software when I’ve got Evernote?

With a lot of trial and error I came up with a system that works perfectly well for my purposes. I’m sharing it here because it may as well suit your work flow; a basic knowledge of Evernote is required though – download the manual here.

I created two note templates in Evernote. The first one serves as a job bag.

The note template for the "Job Bag".

The note template for the “Job Bag”.

The note title consists of the job number and description of the job, followed by date, name of product manager, and, just for the sake of it, the job number again.

“Art:” shows, once the job is finished, the attachments – a low resolution PDF and the InDesign document. The space underneath is used for briefs from the client, e-mails and everything else that belongs to this particular job. This way I’ve got all the communication with the client within one easy searchable note and don’t have to browse through gazillions of e-mails.

This is what a “Job Bag” note looks like once a job is finished:

"Job Bag" linked to documents and filled with e-mails and further information etc.

“Job Bag” linked to documents and filled with e-mails and further information etc.

The second note template is used for the creation of a jobs list:

Note template for the creation of a list of jobs for a quick overview.

Note template for the creation of a list of jobs for a quick overview.

This gets copied and pasted into one note every time a new job is created. It’s for a list view of all ongoing jobs. Checkmarks show the status of each job and, most important of all, whether it’s been invoiced and paid. “Links:” points towards the job bag and possible additional documents, like branding guidelines. Depending on the number of jobs per month, I can create a new list either every month or every 3 months or could even keep a list on a yearly basis.

Here’s the list view:

The list gives a quick overview of the status of each job.

The list gives a quick overview of the status of each job.

At present this system works just perfect for my purposes. It can probably be extended or perhaps even simplified, but right now I don’t see any reason for this.

And now back to work.