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 famousContinue Reading

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 photographyContinue Reading

Energetic¬† graffiti art on a roller-shutter door on Kastanienallee street in the Prenzlauer-Berg neighborhood of Berlin. We’re not huge fans of most graffiti art, but we like this piece.

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, theContinue Reading