Hochschule Mainz


Transformation in Typography – 
Through the Medium of the Screen

Editor: Hilary Kenna, Jan Piechota,

Anja Stöffler, Ralf Dringenberg

1000. Edition, Warschau: Polish-Japanese Academy, Warsaw;
IADT Dublin; img – Hochschule Mainz 2021 511 P., english, 2021

This book traces the emergence, and continuing development, of typography through the medium of the screen as captured in a series of conferences, exhibitions and workshops via the Motyf Insternational Student Festival of Motion and Interaction Typography (2016 and 2018) and the Future Text Research Project. 

These events are the result of significant collaboration between the Motyf founders – Professor Anja Stöffler, Mainz University of Applied Sciences, Professor Ralf Dringenberg, School of Design Schwäbisch Gmünd and Professor Ewa Satalecka, Polish Japanese Academy of Information Technology, Warsaw – and Dr Hilary Kenna, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire (IADT), Ireland.

This significant volume presents just a sample from the range of academic research, teaching pedagogies, student projects and professional works by designers leading the emerging field of screen typography. The book is divided into three parts that represent and examine the key theme of each of the three conferences mentioned above: Moving Types (2016), Virtual Types (2018) and Future Text.

A range of critical themes, emergent design practices, new teaching methods, and experimental works are discussed and illustrated between these pages. They show a picture of what, how and why typography on the screen is being created, represented and consumed. In interactive experiences that involve a blend of digital technology with traditional media, you will see examples of Augmented Reality printed works, Virutal Reality text experiences, as well as physcial installations. You can watch and read typographic films, to marvel at the fluid motion, animation and sound snychronisation of words as they transition through space and time. You can learn about new forms of generative typography, responsive to gesture, voice and touch, that create random and different designs with each audience interaction. New forms of digital typefaces that encompass variability through coding or additional properties such as motion are also showcased. There are many works to examine and ponder in this book which point a way forward to the future possibilities for typography on the screen.

The critical and cultural significance of the body of work emerging from this book is still evolving. It is not resovled. It poses more questions than presents answers. Digital technology and connectivity empower us to access different cultures, to work together, and to collaborate in unprecedented ways. But how will this affect the diversity of language, writing, scripts and typography? As creators and consumers of text, our reading and writing behaviours and experiences are changing through the medium of the screen. The essays and examples pubished here explore these very issues.

Typography continues to transform through the medium of the screen and this book documents the start of this journey. It is the hope of the editiors, authors and collaborators represented here, that you will find valuable learning, and be inspired to continue, or to begin, your own exploration into the fascinating world of text and typography as it develops and progresses into the future.


Edited by Hartmut Jahn with an introduction by Llane Fragoso Maldonado

Visual axes in landscape gardens – here the walk along the winding garden paths becomes a planned surprise of view, which is always framed anew. The publication documents the immersive photographic visual concentration through the panoramas of Hartmut Jahn.

Language: EN
Place: Mainz
Year: 2021
Format: 204 pages, color, hardcover
ISBN: 3-936483-03-5
Contact: img@hs-mainz.de

Media Design Yearbook
Status 20/02/2020

Published by LE Media Design, Time-Based Media at Mainz University of Applied Sciences and the Institute for Media Design – img

Language: DE
Place: Mainz
Year: 2021
Format: 176 pages, color, softcover
ISBN: 3-936483-01-9
Contact: img@hs-mainz.de

Language: DE
Place: Mainz
Year: 2021
Format: 176 pages, color, pdf
Reference and contact: img@hs-mainz.de

40 SEMESTER 12/02/2021

Moments from Mainz Media Design
Edited by Hartmut Jahn

A small key to the photographic archive of the Media Design Studies of the School of Design, Hochschule Mainz – University of Applied Sciences. A handover to those who are studying and studied, taught and are lecturing in Mainz on the occasion of the farewell of Prof. Hartmut Jahn.

This publication is published as a limited and non-public edition.

Language: DE
Place: Mainz
Year: 2021
Format: 192 pages, color, hardcover
Contact: img@hs-mainz.de


The Mainz Video Poetry Days were established in 2019 at the LUX Pavilion of the Mainz University of Applied Sciences. The meeting with poets Johanna Maxl, Rike Schefler and Manuel Niedermeier is documented in a catalog of video poetic works from 2019 to 2021 from the Time-Based Media program at Mainz University of Applied Sciences.

Language: DE
Place: Mainz
Year: 2021
Format: 132 pages, color, softcover
Contact: img@hs-mainz.de

The Sound of Lisbon-Porto Carthography

Prof. Hartmut Jahn & Prof. Dr. Paulo Ferreira-Lopes

Urbanism between Wealth, Poverty, Gentrification and Tourism

A joint production of the courses Sound Design and Film Directing at the unit of Time Based Media / Zeitbasierte Medien (B.A. / M.A.) Hochschule Mainz – University of Applied Sciences in collaboration with Escola das Artes Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Porto supported by Institute for Media Design – img, Mainz School of Design, DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service

The Sound of Lisbon

The Sound of Lisbon 2018-19

Porto Cartography 2016-17

Language: EN
Place: Mainz
Year: 2021
Format: 108 Pages, Colour, Hardcover
ISBN: 3-936483-02-7
Contact: img@hs-mainz.de

Language: EN / PT
Place: Mainz
Year: 2021
Format: 124 Pages, Colour, pdf
Purchase and Contact: img@hs-mainz.de

Gutenberg goes Media – Writing and poetry in motion

Prof. Anja Stöffler & Prof. Ralf Dringenberg

We proudly present: “Gutenberg goes Media. Schrift und Poesie in Bewegung” – the German eBook on MOTYF 2016, with selected texts on the symposium, the exhibition and the poetry events, as well as additional scientific and above all artistic contributions. In addition to texts and illustrations, the book contains numerous videos that were specially created for this publication. An English-language eBook will also be available soon.

Click here for a free download

Type of publication: eBook
Technical requirements: Multimedia eBook in EPUB3 format for playback on mobile devices (iOS via iBooks, Android via Adobe© Digital Editions), notebooks and desktops (Mac OS via iBooks, OS Win via Adobe© Digital Editions, Readium)

Version 1: Compact version, 50MB (an Internet connection is required to play multimedia data)
Version 2: Normal version, 450MB (most of the multimedia data can also be played offline)

Language: German
Publisher: o.V.
Place: Mainz
Year: 2017
Edition: 1
ISBN: 978-3-936483-09-3
Purchase via: z zg Website
Contact: info@zeitbasierte-gestaltung.de

MOTYF 2013 & 2014 International Students’ Moving Type Festival –
“Type in Music. The Rhythm of Letters.”

Prof. Ewa Satalecka, Prof. Ralf Dringenberg & Prof. Anja Stöffler

The publication serves to documentation of the first international scientific conference, which took place in the framework of the German-Polish cooperation. With more than 240 pages, knowledge about education in the field of moving typography is conveyed.

Language: English
Location: Warsaw
Year: 2014
Pages: 227 pages (booklet)
Price: 15,95 Euro plus postage
ISBN: 978-3-936483-05-5
ISBN: 978-3-936483-07-9
Available via: info@zeitbasierte-gestaltung.de

Shopping in the Middle Ages – in a department store in Mainz

Prof. Hartmut Jahn & Dr. Elmar Rettinger

Presented in the new form of the media book – with text and numerous images, enhanced with 3D animations, music and additional information. New insights into medieval urban and economic history. Large department stores are not an invention of the modern age – they already existed over 600 years ago. A true shopping paradise was housed within the walls of medieval Mainz in the Kaufhaus am Brand department store near the cathedral. The sources tell of a varied range of goods. Exotic spices, fish, wool, soap and much more were traded and bargained for. People not only bought what they needed for their daily lives, but also took advantage of the wide range of luxury goods from faraway countries. The illustrated non-fiction book, enriched with media content, answers questions: What did the medieval department store look like? How exactly did the wholesale trade in the Mainz department store work? Who set the prices, supervised the law and the law in the sale?

It surprises with a document that is unique in German economic history: the Mainz department store regulations from the middle of the 15th century.

Mainz: Nünnerich-Asmus publishing house 2013.
Type: 144 pages, 80 illustrations. 21,5 x 23,5 cm. Hardcover.
Price: € 29,90 (D)
ISBN: 978-3-943904-12-3.
Out of print in bookshops, can be purchased here: img@hs-mainz.de

Moving Types – Letters in motion.
A retrospective from the beginnings of film until today.

Prof. Anja Stöffler, Prof. Ralf Dringenberg & Dr. Annette Ludwig

First augmented exhibition catalogue with ‘built-in cinema’

Moving Types – Letters in Motion’ reflected the use of ‘writing on the move’ from the beginnings of film to the present day, in which mobile media systems are transforming the design and reading of writing into a completely new, mobile, networked, multi-sensory exchange of information. In a retrospective over 300 historical and current media formats will be presented by international artists, filmmakers and designers, including Muriel Cooper, Paul Jeffrey Sharits, Étienne Robial, Ludovic Houplain, Gary Hill, David Small, Alex Gopher and Matthias Zentner. The catalogue presents, among other things, the artistic habillages of the ARTE theme nights, music videos from Bob Dylan to Soko, station logos of ARTE, Al Jazeera, RTL and the historical MTV Idents, the colourful brand world of the Oscar-winning short film “Logorama” or the advertising worlds from Mercedes to Nike. As an exhibition catalogue with “built-in cinema”, ‘Moving Types’ itself writes a piece of media history. More than 80 film clips are made accessible to the reader by means of a QR code via a proprietary Moving Types APP (IOS/Android).

Type: Softcover, 144 pages.
Language: German
Contents: including over 80 integrated font films
Place: Mainz
Year: 2nd, adult edition Mainz 2013 (1st edition Mainz 2011, out of print)
Pages: 132 pages, Softcover
Price: 23,95 Euro plus postage
ISBN: 978-3-936483-03-1

The new Owners of the Berlin Wall

An Exhibition by Prof. Hartmut Jahn
Photo-Editing: Veit-Lup
Sound-Design: Lutz Glandien
Concept and Realization: Hartmut Jahn
Management: PANTA Filmproduktion Berlin
The project was made possible with funding from
Foundation for the Study of the SED Dictatorship, DEFA Foundation

The exhibition “The New Owners of the Berlin Wall – panoramic photographs by Hartmut Jahn” in Berlin from Nov. 6th 2009 until Dec. 3rd. 2009 was an event organized by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Published by Institute for Media Design, University of Applied Sciences Mainz, Prof. Hartmut Jahn

Design: Veruschka Götz [T616]/ Moritz Horn

Translation: Stephanie Rhinehart, Philip Glandien
Paper: Claro Silk 150g/m2
Printed by Druck Center Berlin

Cover USA, CALIFORNIA, SIMI VALLEY 34° 16′ N 118° 44′ W, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Take note of the sign: ,,Natural habitat for rattle snakes !

ISBN: 978-3-936483-01-7