From B With Love – City Tales as Printed Matters

Pictorial staging of urban spaces is the theme of the workshop. The project consists of explorations in the city of Berlin and their translation into digital graphic images using the printing technique of risography. We will explore different possibilities of image creating through experimental design tools. How can manual and technical methods (drawing, photography) be used to develop an individual, contemporary visual language? What are their relationships to urban reality?

Berlin as a public stage will be the trigger for our design process. Intangible moments shared during the field research will be visually expressed with risograph printing – certain techniques influence the aesthetics of the product in a way that printing becomes a creative tool rather than a mere means to reproduce information. Our observations will then find their way back into the public space as postcards. This small-format exemplifies the use of colour as a medium and shows how a complex streetscape can be condensed into an image to concisely express a subjective moment.


Day 1

  • Introduction
  • Input lecture
  • Experiment I

Day 2

  • Conceptional phase
  • Layout
  • Individual mentoring

Day 3

  • Experiment II
  • Conceptional phase
  • Layout
  • Guest review

Day 4

  • Experiment III
  • Individual mentoring
  • Production

Day 5

  • Final production and presentation


  • Pleasure in experimental image-making
  • Passion for digital printing (risography)
  • Interest in alternative design methods
  • Enthusiasm for urban realities


  • Laptop with image editing and layout software
  • Mobile phone
  • Mobile phone camera (optionally DSLR camera)
  • Sketchbook and writing tools
  • Colours (to be determined)

Judith Holly is a graphic designer with a special interest in experimental design methods. In her practice, the public space (“Pashkevilim in Mea Shearim”) as well as aspects of staging (“Talking to Talking Images”) play central roles. She studied Visual Communication at the Berlin University of the Arts (BA of Arts, 2018) and the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, before graduating in Iconic Research at the Basel School of Design (MA of Arts, 2021). Her design-ethnographic BA thesis has been published and presented several times (Tÿpo St. Gallen 2019, DGTF Annual Conference 2018, SGD Lecture 2020). Currently Judith Holly lives and works in Vienna.

Thomas Lehner is a graphic designer, author and lecturer. His particular focus lies on the poetry of graphic expression thus inventing new roles (“Maler Müller und seine Bilder”, 2021) and challenging the discipline’s definition (Grafik als Mäeutik, since 2021). Dedicating 10 years to applied design for art and culture (Thomas Lehner Studio, Berlin), he taught visual communication at the University of the Arts Berlin ( Having completed his MA of Arts in Iconic Research (HGK Basel FHNW, 2021), he now lives, works and teaches in Basel, Fribourg and Berlin.

Run period:
21.07.2022 – 25.07.2022
Course fee:
EUR 100

Max. number of participants:

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