When the Rheinbahn presented its new bus stop signs in spring 2016, this led to a public discussion about design. The new signs frustrated passengers because they were difficult to read and complicated. “Is there a magnifying glass for the new signs?” Twitter said. The trade blog Design Diary and numerous newspapers reported.
Bus stop signs are among those design objects that only attract attention when they do not work. We use dozens of sources of information and objects every day without perceiving their design – unless they make life difficult for us.
A bus stop sign that doesn’t work? That sounded like an irresistible challenge for Linus Luka Bahun. In a one-day workshop we developed designs, built prototypes and tested readability and function on our own. Three basic considerations were at the forefront. The signs should…
→ can act as landmarks from a distance,
→ provide relevant service information for passengers at the stop and
→ implicitly and unobtrusively communicate the Rheinbahn brand.
This was compounded by the fact that the Rheinbahn staff responsible had already ordered several hundred aluminium frames for the stop signs. This meant that the size of the information boards could not be adapted to the amount of information they represented. Rather, all signs were the same size.
Based on these thoughts, we developed a content flexible design that can display all relevant information. The hierarchization of information became particularly important, because it quickly became clear in the self-experiment: through good information structuring, we can save passengers time for decisions and save stress when travelling.
Our first suggestion for the redesign of the newly designed signs already shows that good design can facilitate travel on public transport, strengthen brand perception and thus contribute to a positive brand experience.
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Under the motto “Belgian Jazz in Cologne”, the jazz series of the Friends of the Belgian House e.V. will enter its second season this year. Once again, three evenings will feature renowned artists who have a very special relationship to Belgium and whose music is an ambassador beyond borders and barriers – both musically and geographically.
Also in this season Linus Luka Bahun designed the program as well as digital and printed invitations, which pointed out special events to friends and partners of the club.
To the events.
In spring 2016 the new CD of Nils Mönkemeyer, probably Germany’s most renowned violist, was released by Sony Classical. Mozart with Friends, the title of the album, describes Mönkemeyer’s intimate relationship with the great composer. In 17 tracks, the listener can accompany Nils Mönkemeyer on an approach to the classical composer par excellence and discover the aspects of grief, melancholy and the hope of true friendship in his pieces in overwhelming recordings. With Sabine Mayer (clarinet), Julia Fischer (violin) and William Youn (piano) Mönkemeyer actually plays “with friends” – the result are sound moments that were praised by critics shortly after the CD’s release.
Linus Luka Bahun developed the content concept and realisation of the accompanying booklet for Sony.
A hybrid of interview and author’s text offers a more direct access to the plays. With the original sound perspective of the musician, listeners and readers approach music on a new level; at the same time, textual insertions provide relevant background knowledge and the musical-historical context – without taking the pleasure in the music with too much theoretical superstructure.
To CD on JPC.
Go to the album on Apple Music
2015 was an exciting year full of new projects and moving encounters. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our friends, customers, partners and colleagues in Mönchengladbach, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Berlin and Moscow for their trusting cooperation and the many shared, successful moments.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The new issue of standpunkt magazine will be published in time for autumn 2015. “This issue is something very special for us,” explains editor-in-chief Mark Offermann. “In this issue, we’re going to see Magazine for true values to Magazine for young thinking culture. We look forward to these changes”. In other words: standpunkt breaks new ground – everything remains different.
In the new issue of standpunkt, too, the young editorial team is experimenting with the combination of print and digital and encounters the medium “magazine” from a different angle. In line with the new concept “9 square metres of journalistic exhibition space that inspires thinking”, the authors, editors, designers, photographers and curators of the issue present familiar topics in new contexts and thus offer readers new perspectives and connections. “We want something new and unexpected,” says editor-in-chief Offermann.
Linus Luka Bahun worked with Dorothée Vollmer and Dominik Rau on the conceptual and visual redesign of standpunkt in the Concept & Art Directorate team. “The magazine is changing and we want to communicate and support this visually on all channels,” says Linus Bahun. Together with the redesign of the magazine, the brand image and website of the established editorial were also revised.
standpunkt – Magazine for young thinking culture was founded in 2012 by Dorothée Vollmer, Mark Offermann and Linus Luka Bahun. As a cross-media magazine, it has received awards from DIE ZEIT, SPIEGEL and the Bundesverband der Deutschen Zeitungsverlger (BDZV), among others.