Freistil – The Book Of illustrators # 6

Every two to three years Raban Ruddigkeit combs the illustration scene & scouts fresh talent with the potential & courage not only to depict things, but to reinterpret them through her illustrations. He is on the lookout for creative people with the strength to maintain their own style even when some clients would rather have the lukewarm familiar. With the fearlessness to use new techniques & media & to tackle new business fields.

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Very few technical developments have changed & shaped the culture & the consciousness of people as much as Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press. But have you heard of Tim Berners-Lee? In decades to come, he will be recognized as equally groundbreaking & transformational for he is considered one of the most important pioneers of the World Wide Web. If we can believe scientists, in the coming decades we will mainly be dealing with three issues: globalization, democratization & digitalization. The Internet plays a key role in all three. And even though many self-proclaimed entrepreneurs smirk at what the chancellor said, it is still true that developments are still in their infancy, especially in the German-speaking world.

For the first time in 500 years, communications have fallen behind technical developments. This can be seen in various daring attempts at reinterpretation as well as the loss of trust in politicians, journalists & more & more artists & cultural professionals. A nightmare scenario? No – it’s an opportunity that only comes along every 500 hundred years! Only ideas can fill the spaces that have been created here. Only content give the media the right to exist & only quality can assert itself in GIF storms. The works in this book make me very optimistic that a new generation of illustrators has arrived who are more than up to this task, and I, together with you, am looking forward to a future in which creativity will be able to develop its full force!

Raban Ruddigkeit, Editor