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EDCH 2019

This year Laureen and I have the honour to be part of the EDCH – Editorial Design Conference – in Munich and to get inspired by other creative heads. With a slightly new concept the EDCH presents itself as a salon of ideas at the HFF Munich (University of Television and Film). On three packed days of lectures and workshops the triangle of editorial design, visual story-telling and digital content is woven. Thereby it is not only about modern design of magazines but as well about freethinking and critical contents of various independent magazines from all over the world.

Every day we take two seats in our cinema chairs in the fourth row and listen eagerly to our colleagues in the industry. During the breaks, we examine the magazines and works presented, and browse the Soda Bookshop – of course we find what we are looking for too –  and make new contacts. As a little treat, after the big breaks a variable font is presented by students around Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer, type designer from Vienna. So, you can play TicTacToe against a font and the word "Trump" will automatically get an orange wave of hair dryer while typing. Very amusing what can be done with type!

This year, the speakers are a colourful mix. Journalists, art directors, designers, typographers, artists, graphic editors, authors and many more were represented. And no journey seems too long. Miguel Reyes, typographer, came specially from Mexico to present his font "Canela". Audrey Fondecave, artist and founder of TOO Much Magazine, travelled from Tokyo to present us her magazine.

Our highlight of the EDCH is the lecture by Edel Rodriguez. The Cuban-born artist has illustrated and designed numerous covers for the Spiegel, the New York Times Magazine and the New Yorker. In recent years, he has attracted particular attention with his Trump-critical illustrations. Mark Burckhardt also delights us with his extravagant paintings.

The Infographics Group's presentation is also exciting. They developed a new tool for visual storytelling, which can best be described as a mixture of AfterEffects mixed with Keynote. In this way, online information can be packaged into vivid stories and made available online to the general public. Unfortunately, no one external can use the program yet, but we are following this development closely.

At the end of the exciting days there is a small aftershow party. We dance and laugh and network once again with the speakers in a relaxed atmosphere. We can already register a networking success: Rod Stanley already sent us his magazine "Good Trouble" last week – we devour it with enthusiasm.