März 10th, 2013

week #20 – @andreaskuhn / Andreas

Who are you and where do you come from?
Hi, my name is Andreas Kuhn. I’m an Apple and Adobe certified freelance trainer and consultant mainly being active in the publishing industry currently residing in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. Having had the chance to learn my first profession and develop skills as a typesetter with moveable type on a composing stick real old school and »letterpress era«-like may explain my ongoing love for this craftsmanship and the outstandingly wide field of typography. We’ve come a long way since then: hot metal and phototypesetting, DTP, an iPad with Retina Display. These days my concentrated passion besides the daily business is shared between type, taking »lo-fi photography« pictures through my iPhone lens — http://urban-patterns.de — and sharing guitar licks whilst creating vocal harmonies with my bandmates. First and foremost, I heartily enjoy the paternal role for my two lightning-quick and by now grown-up daughters.

Share your twitter account with us and tell us what you are twittering about:
My private Twitter handle is @andreaskuhn — being interested in topics such as arts in general, literature, photography, music, film, and type i like to tweet »inspirations/recommendations of the day«, share little visual or audible jewels i gather all over the net, as well as technological or job related findings that catch my attention. I furthermore tweet as @urban_patterns about my pictures, related events and so on, and as a chapter representative under the name of @idugrheinmain for the InDesign User Group Rhein/Main.

Tell us about your creative side:
Focus at the moment is photography. The »urban patterns« — http://www.facebook.com/urbanpatterns — are a collection of meanwhile 900+ 5 megapixel photos taken with an iPhone. An edition of 24 of them I showed in several exhibitions during the last 17 month. What’s it all about? They surround everyone of us everyday yet still we are rarely perceptive. They are rather abstract, usually devoid of humans, a mixture of pattern, colour and material. Fluke acts a certain part, things appear or are swallowed by light, a different angle brings to light surprises. Harmony as well as dysphoria exist utterly equitable, and every so often details are the spice. Sending out visual stimuli with the aid of »vivid« colours and occasionally almost painful contrasts they defend against categorization. Neither they want to please nor make a point. They’re just there: findings »en passant« collected passing by.

What inspires you?
Most of all extraordinary personalities. I do have a list of idols, heros and heroines. It is quite long. It would break the mould.

Time travel: Where would you go to?
Three choices, please! Montmatre 1891, catching a glimpse of Toulouse-Lautrec painting his poster for the Moulin Rouge, or side by side with Robert Johnson during his legendary recording sessions, or October 22, 1978, at the Cow Palace in San Francisco watching Neil Young & Crazy Horse performing »Powderfinger« (this should be played very loud at my funeral).

Name your favorite present book:
»The Old, Weird America: The World of Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes« by Greil Marcus.

Which tweeter would you recommend for @createandrotate and why?
I strongly recommend @juligudehus — educated, creative par excellence, eloquent, and always funny!

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