Sunday, May 22, 2011
The Abstract City by Christoph Niemann
If you have a heart for NYC and Berlin and if you want to have a refreshing view on the little everyday moments that in the end make up city life, you will enjoy Christoph Niemann's illustrations.
Formerly NY, now Berlin-based Niemann is an attentive observer with a pure approach and a big sense of humor. His techniques may be not as varied as it may appear at first glance. Most frequently he points out the components that makes a city distinctive, deconstructs them to their very core and illustrates them by charts that are already familiar to the viewer from a different context.
Niemann's blog has changed its name from the "Abstract City" to the "Abstract Sunday" after having moved to the NYT Magazine though I think that the original one was more to the point.
His picture story I lego N.Y. is a masterpiece of non-cartoon, minimalistic illustration.
More pictures can be found in the correspondent book.