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August 30th, 2014 (Photo: © Oliver Lins)

As of September 2014, all blog posts will be published in the news section of our new agency website. Details to follow soon. It has been a great ride with WordPress! This archive which spans over a period of almost six years, will remain online at this address.

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The Streets Of Istanbul, Beyoğlu and Fatih – Typography Impressions, Part II.

August 8th, 2014 (Photos & Text: © Oliver Lins)

While exploration on foot is exciting in pretty much any city, it’s a particularly colourful and vivid experience in Istanbul. This metropolis which is situated on both sides of the bosporus connecting Asia and Europe counts 39 districts since the year 2009. It’s remarkable, tangible history reaches back to the prosperous times of Constantinople and even further, to the 7th millennium BC where first settlements took place during the neolithic age. Istanbul is often mentioned as a prime example of being a melting pot where various cultural interests and religious groups co-exist in perfect balance. At least it was that way until recently … happy voting!

The Streets Of Istanbul, Beyoğlu and Fatih – Typography Impressions, Part I.

See our related posts: Istanbul – From Dusk Till Dawn, Karaköy’s Changing Architecture, Port of Haydarpaşa, Istanbul, Turkey. Part II – Seaport and Railway Terminal, Port of Haydarpaşa, Istanbul. Turkey. Part I – Container Terminal, Turkey

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The Streets Of Istanbul, Beyoğlu and Fatih – Typography Impressions, Part I.

July 28th, 2014 (Photos & Text: © Oliver Lins)

While exploration on foot is exciting in pretty much any city, it’s a particularly colourful and vivid experience in Istanbul. This metropolis which is situated on both sides of the bosporus connecting Asia and Europe counts 39 districts since the year 2009. It’s remarkable, tangible history reaches back to the prosperous times of Constantinople and even further, to the 7th millennium BC where first settlements took place during the neolithic age. Istanbul is often mentioned as a prime example of being a melting pot where various cultural interests and religious groups co-exist in perfect balance. At least it was that way until recently …

See our related posts: Istanbul – From Dusk Till Dawn, Karaköy’s Changing Architecture, Port of Haydarpaşa, Istanbul, Turkey. Part II – Seaport and Railway Terminal, Port of Haydarpaşa, Istanbul. Turkey. Part I – Container Terminal, Turkey

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A Kingdom For A Drop: A Connoisseur’s Choice Of Summer Whites – Typography Impressions.

July 18th, 2014 (Photos: © Oliver Lins)

This weather just calls for a glass of perfectly chilled white wine. Here is a highly recommended connoisseur’s choice: Nigl – Senftenberger Piri (Grüner Veltliner, Kremstal Austria, 2009), Planeta – Cometa (Fiano Sicilia, Indicazione Geografica Tipica, 2010), Stellenrust – Barrel Fermented (Chardonnay, Stellenbosch South Africa, 2010), Polz – Obegg (Morillion, Weingut Erich & Walter Polz, Südsteiermark Austria, 2006), Dr. Heger – Grauburgunder (Ihringer Winklerberg, Spätlese, 2011). Many thanks to Patrick!

See our related post “Riesling Kings – Typography Impressions

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Along the “International Express”, Flushing Local & Express Subway Lines No. 7, Queens New York – Typography Impressions. Part I.

July 1st, 2014 (Photos © Oliver Lins)

Traveling on New York’s No. 7 train from Manhattan into Queens is like traveling the world. The 18 stations that dot the train’s route take riders through neighbourhoods representing 190 nations and ethnic enclaves with an extraordinary international array of culture and food as well as past some important art and entertainment institutions. You will pass Irish neighbourhoods in Sunnyside to Little India in Jackson Heights and the Korean and Chinese sections of Flushing. The train has for a good reason been dubbed the “International Express” and it’s listed as one of 15 sites on the National Millennium Trail of the United States.

See other recent New York posts:

Chinatown, New York – Typography Impressions, United Nations Headquarters – New York, About To Disappear: Bayside Fuel Oil Depot Corp., Brooklyn New York, Russ & Daughters, Appetizers – New York, Times Square, New York. Typography Impressions 125th Street, Harlem (Or What’s Left Of It) – Typography Impressions, Midtown Manhattan – Typography Impressions.

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Bad Kleinkirchheim, Carinthia, Austria – Typography Impressions.

June 18th, 2014 (Photos & Text: © Oliver Lins)

Spending time in a typical alpine resort during the summer months lets you experience a very special atmosphere: Vacancy signs all over, empty streets, the soundscapes of renovations and rebuilding activities mix with happy cattle cowbells. Happy because outside and chewing on fresh, green grass only. But not everyone is particularly happy during this time of the year. Hotel and Restaurant owners for instance, chew on their nails while trying to get more visitors and guests (bikers and hikers) to place a booking. A leaden haze can be felt covering such a resort in summer and when walking the town one gets this notion that something had gone terribly wrong here.

Architectural monsters, also called “Betten-Burgen” destroy otherwise charming villages and prove that there is space for loads of skiers during winter while at the same time prove cluelessness, for the time after the snow is gone. The negative effects of mass-tourism are somewhat the same everywhere, reaching from the sand-less beaches on the most remote pacific islands to the ski-lift-saturated mountains of the most remote alpine valleys.

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