Hugo Hoppmann

Harvey MacKay

Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So, love the people who treat you right. Forgive the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.

Harvey MacKay

June 1st, 2013

FILE Magazine London

The following short recommendations on my hometown Cologne are coming straight from the heart and are published in the lovely Citylikeyou column of FILE Magazine London. Alaaf!



The best art book store in the world will be a highlight for the soul of every paper lover and a sad moment for your travel budget.


Update: Read an excellent interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist with the founder Walther König — published in 032c #21 here.



The Kitchenette is a small but absolutely fantastic bistro which is run by my two favourite people who I know since I was born: Jean-Philippe Demougeot and Barbara Zander. Say Hugo sent me here! and get a drink for free!



Very nice and cozy pub in the heart of Cologne’s Südstadt. Apart from the magnificent Kölsch (“offering a smooth journey of sensations that may be unremarkable individually but are extraordinarily pleasant as an ensemble”—The New York Times) they have a great program of life music and local DJ’s.



Built on the ruins of a church destroyed in WWII this museum designed by legendary Swiss architect Peter Zumthor really is a place of wonder and awe, a celebration of simplicity and purity.



One of my favorite venues in the city is the Stadtgarten restaurant and club alongside the beautiful parc of the same name. Highly recommended are the Cologne Sessions parties which take place in the legendary basement called Studio 672.

June 1st, 2013

Find what you love and let it kill you

James Rhodes

My life as a concert pianist can be frustrating, lonely, demoralising and exhausting. But is it worth it? Yes, without a shadow of a doubt.

This is an extract from a great article by pianist James Rhodes for The Guardian worth checking out.


May 14th, 2013

Jason Fried on editing

Lately, I like sitting with designers, working through problems, and helping them see something they haven’t seen before—usually, ways to make things clearer or simpler. I love editing. I think the CEO job is really an editing position. To me, editing is the unheralded skill that makes the best people, the best. You have to edit down ideas and concepts. Everyone has big ideas, but you can’t do big ideas all of the time. So, how do you figure out what’s essential about an idea? I love that process.

Steve Jobs was a great editor, I think. Whenever I see an Apple product, the first thing I think about is all of the things it doesn’t do. I can see where they made decisions. Apple’s products have very clear decisions attached to them, unlike a lot of other products which try to do a lot of things and just add on more features. Most brands I really like have that editor at the helm who has a certain taste or vision or outlook on things. That’s where the best things come from. For example, a band could go into a studio and record 30 tracks, but they have to edit it down to 12. That’s what makes the album great: not the 30 tracks, but the 12 tracks.

Jason Fried on editing in an interview with Technori.

May 14th, 2013

Sophie Hicks’ Advice


I just stumbled across this book spread on the website of my old ECAL colleague Mads Freund Brunse showing architect Sophie Hicks with this great statement by her:

What advice would you give to other women?
Follow your instincts and don’t be afraid. There’s no point in looking at what other people are doing wondering if what you’re doing might be better or not. That way of thinking is a disaster.

May 7th, 2013

What is it that you enjoy more than anything in life?

What is it that you enjoy more than anything in life? What gives you flow? What can you lose yourself in that makes the hours pass by like minutes? What gives you a feeling of being re-energized rather than drained? Whatever it is my friend, you need to make more time for it.

Markus Almond

May 7th, 2013

Interview in The Shelf


My interview with Mirko Borsche has recently been translated to French and published in the excellent The Shelf magazine.



(Image courtesy of MagCulture, also read a review there)

If you’re interested you can still buy a copy over at Magpile!

May 5th, 2013

Cologne Sessions — San Soda


Just a quick reminder for all the Köln people — we are celebrating our Cologne Sessions tonight and invited one of our favourite DJs and producers: San Soda — looking forward!

May 3rd, 2013

Good morning — Ribéry

Good morning.

April 30th, 2013

Evigno Habit 2: Morning Pages

Please consider reading the introduction for this post.

My second habit of the day are the Morning Pages, an idea I got from a book my aunt gave me called The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.
In the authors own words: Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages — they are not high art. They are not even “writing.” They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind — and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand. Do not over-think Morning Pages: just put three pages of anything on the page.

I liked the idea of having a consistent writing ritual every morning and so I began one day in the summer holidays of 2009 and never (really) stopped until today. I adapted the practice from time to time and I don’t bind myself strictly to a certain amount of pages anymore — but I still write down first thing after waking-up what’s going on in my head. Every morning begins with the Morning Pages but the writing continues throughout the day and becomes a journal and a protocol of my life.

I don’t want to rely solely on my head to save ideas and memories. With the time the mind just makes this big memory-soup out of all things in the past and important details often get lost. But it’s not merely about the memories but all the things you have learned along the way, about life and about yourself. I see journaling as a cornerstone of self-progression.

Essentially it’s all about self-reflection and this is something I find truly important. Writing down what, how and why you are doing what you are doing gives you a clear view on your work and how you are spending your time and energy, clarifying your intentions and priorities.

Little note on the procedure:
Every single morning I create a new textfile for the day stored in a great app called NvAlt which is synced to the cloud with Simplenote. On the top of the file I have my Evigno Habits (to be marked off) and below space for thoughts throughout the day.

Last words:
For me, writing has become an irreplaceable tool. It’s my self-therapy and problem-solver. When I’m stuck with something I write about it. The mere act of transfering your thoughts to written words can move mountains. I found that this process generates ideas, solutions … and after all: makes me happy.

So even if you only jot down some notes for each day it is a wonderful habit I recommend to anyone.

April 29th, 2013

Be Like The Mayfly

Be like the mayfly — lovely meditation on life and longevity with the one and only Neil deGrasse Tyson.

April 26th, 2013

When I feel lazy and don’t want to do anything, I remind myself of the gift I’ve been given.

When I feel lazy and don’t want to do anything, I remind myself of the gift I’ve been given. I live an amazing life, and to be given the joy of this world and the people around me, is a complete and utter miracle. Then I ask myself, “Is this how I want to use this miracle?” What a complete waste of something so perfect, so profound, to spend the little time I have in this life on pointlessness and laziness. I don’t mind doing nothing, if it is a nothing that makes me happy. But I also want to create, to help people, to be compassionate towards others, to do something fulfilling and joyous. And so I do.
Leo Babauta

April 25th, 2013

A Brief History of John Baldessari

Check out this fine little documentary on John Baldessari narrated by Tom Waits and directed by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman.

April 24th, 2013

Grace Jones Typeface available now

Hurray! After endless hours of drawing, kerning and testing in the last months the Grace Jones Typeface is now completely revamped and available for purchase in the Shop!

April 23rd, 2013



This week’s recommendation is REWORK, a book from Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, founders of 37signals. It’s officially a business book — but don’t let yourself be scared off by this term. It’s truly refreshing and packed with great ideas on life and work in general. Without further ado here are some of the passages I highlighted in the book:

For everyone who loves you, there will be others who hate you. If no one’s upset by what you’re saying, you’re probably not pushing hard enough.

Pour yourself into your product and everything around your product too: how you sell it, how you support it, how you explain it, and how you deliver it. Competitors can never copy the you in your product.

The easiest, most straightforward way to create a great product or service is to make something you want to use.

Write to be read, don’t write just to write. Whenever you write something, read it out loud. Does it sound the way it would if you were actually talking to someone? If not, how can you make it more conversational?

Clear writing is a sign of clear thinking.

Stanley Kubrick gave this advice to aspiring filmmakers: “Get hold of a camera and some film and make a movie of any kind at all.” Kubrick knew that when you’re new at something, you need to start creating. The most important thing is to begin. So get a camera, hit Record, and start shooting.

➝ REWORK on Amazon

April 22nd, 2013
Hugo Hoppmann Blog

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