We’ve been closely following the 2014 FIFA World Cup matches through every stage of the competition in Brazil for the past month, which culminated with Germany beating Argentina 1-0 in the dramatic final in Rio Sunday. After such major global sporting events, it’s always fun to see how various media cover the big story, especially in countries of the winning and losing teams. On Mashable, there’s an excellent sampling of front pages from various German newspapers reporting news of Germany’s World Cup victory, as well as a couple of Argentine newspapers. Below, the front page of German newspaper Bild.
Pictured below is the entrance to the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin building, or Berlin State Library, in the German capital. The building is a sprawling piece of post-war architectural modernism by architects Hans Scharoun and Edgar Wisniewski. It’s an architectural landmark that’s a bit under-appreciated compared to Berlin’s other, more famous and iconic structures. The library is aging — some parts not as handsomely as others — and thus undergoing some renovation, as the photos attest. The massive library is captured beautifully on film as one of the principal settings of German director Wim Wenders’ classic 1980s movie “Wings of Desire.” See film clip below.
This iconic photograph of late Apple Computer founder and CEO Steve Jobs was shot by New York-based Scottish photographer Albert Watson. The image was used in the book cover design of Walter Isaacson’s best-selling 2011 biography of Jobs. The photo was part of a recent retrospective exhibition of Watson’s photography career at the Deichtorhallen museum’s Haus Der Photographie in Hamburg, Germany.
The “Ampel Man” symbol is a beloved design artifact from the days of the former Communist East Germany and the country’s transportation infrastructure. Ampel Man or Ampelmannchen, in German, was the hat-wearing icon used in traffic lights at pedestrian street crossings in the GDR.
In spite of German re-unification, the symbol has endured throughout parts of the former East Germany and can be found throughout East Berlin. The icon has been riffed on and subject of design appropriation often, as befits such a well-established symbol. We recently spotted this use of the symbol on the men’s washroom door in a Berlin building, where Ampel Man sits on a toilet.