Drawing for WIRED

Drawing for WIRED MAGAZINE’s KIA column: if I feed the bird in front of office, will it become dependent?

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Drawing for NYT Book Review
Donna Leon

Drawing for the NY Times Book Review crime column:
Donna Leon’s new book “By It’s Cover”.

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Design and Violence/ MoMA

For the MoMA project “Design and Violence”

An animated response to Yosuke Ushigome’s “Commoditised Warfare”.
For all six animations click here.
Curator: Paola Antonelli.


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Mobility Myth
New Yorker

Drawing for the New Yorker financial page on an article on the “Mobility Myth”.

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Book Review Cover

Cover for the New York Times Book Review.

Drawings to illustrate Al Gore’s review of Elizabeth Kolbert’s new book “THE SIXTH EXTINCTION”.
AD Nicholas Blechman.

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“How The NSA Almost Killed The Internet”
February cover for WIRED Magazine.

Available as limited edition silkscreen print.

see more…

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Chris Christie/ bridgegate
Animation for The New Yorker

A look into Chris Christies secret Control room
(animation for the New Yorker).

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First Day of Summer Winter
Google Doodles

Animations for the Google home page to celebrate the first day of Summer (southern hemisphere) and the first day of Winter (northern hemisphere).


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Let It Dough

from the book Abstract City published by Abrams.

Also available in German

If you’re looking for a holiday gift that is larger but flatter than a book, check out my silkscreen prints.
Go to the USA/Canada store.
Go to the Europe/World store.

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Circle Silkscreen
Holiday Raffle 2013

On Monday, December 16th, I will give away free prints from the black and white edition of the Circle prints.

Here’s how it works:
Sometime during the day, I will post special email addresses on my twitter feed and on my Facebook Fan page.
The first 2 readers who will write a note with their email address to these addresses will receive a print.

Please note:
Your mail MUST INCLUDE your mailing address!

last year there was a bit of a confusion.
The twitter and Facebook raffles are separate (two different email addresses that will be posted).

Happy holidays!

Read more…

To see all silkscreen editions please click
HERE (Europe world)
HERE (US/Canada)

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Black & White silkscreen, signed and numbered
Edition of 20
24,8x32 inches (63x81cm)
Paper 170 g, Munken pure.
€ 120, US$135

New Solo Show
Hetzler Gallery

Solo show at Galerie Max Hetzler in their new spaces at Goethestrasse 2/3 in Berlin Charlottenburg.

Opening on 11/23/2013, 6-8 pm

More info..

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Now available
New silkscreens

See all editions in the webshop.

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New York Times Magazine
Dave Eggers “THE CIRCLE”

Drawing for Dave Eggers’ forthcoming novel, excerpted in the New York Times Magazine. To read the story (and see some of the images animated, triggered by scrolling) please click here.

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Pros and cons of the Sharing Economy
Illustration for the New Yorker Financial Page

Column by James Surowiecki. To read the article click here

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Apple Store Berlin
Lecture @ Apple Store

Friday, August 23, 18:00-19:00
Lecture in Berlin at the Apple Store, Kurfürstendamm.

I’ll be speaking about illustration, animation and how I came up with my app “Petting Zoo”.
The event is free of charge. You have to get a ticket through Apple Store site or the Apple Store App.

(to get your ticket through the store site: Scroll down to events and click “see more” until you get to August 23rd.)

Looking forward to seeing you!

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Abstract Sunday
Web Based Drawing App

For the New York Times Magazine’s innovation issue I teamed up with Jon Huang (the ace developer of Petting Zoo) to build a web based drawing app. Try it out here and share your art.

For more background on the app as well as detailed instructions on how to hack it (Nerd Alert!) read the related visual essay here.


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New show in Backnang/Germany

A show with my illustrations, prints and animations will run through 10th of august, in Backnang, in southern Germany.
Galerie der Stadt Backnang/


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Installing Marathon drawings for the upcoming show.

Innovation Cover for the New Yorker

Click here to learn all about the creative process behind the idea. . image

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New Silkscreen editions

Info for raffle on June 10th
When you send your email, make sure to include:
-which one of these 7 prints you would like
-your mailing address.
-your phone number

(Of course we will neither store or share your information)

To see all silkscreen print editions and for more information about paper/edition/colors click here.


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In Pursuit Of Happiness
New Abstract Sunday column

Click here for a larger version on the New York Times website.

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Drawing for the Money issue of the New York Times Sunday Magazine

At last!
Petting Zoo for Android

Petting Zoo is also available for Android Devices.

Get it at the Google Play store.

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Drawings for
“Der Mann mit den Masken”

I created a series of pencil drawings for the magnificent new book by Lisa Zeitz on the psychoanalyst Werner Muensterberger.


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New Kids Book
The Potato king

The Potato King was released in German this month by Jacoby and Stuart.
It is the story of King Fritz, and how he supposedly brought the potato to Prussia. Obviously the story is told with potato prints. For more informations click here.

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The making of the app
Essay for the New Yorker

I wrote a visual essay for the New Yorker that describes the technical and creative challenges I faced while I learned to code and developed the idea for Petting Zoo

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New app
Petting Zoo

My interactive, fully animated app for the iPhone and iPad was just released. Download it at the iTunes Store..
For more informations click here.

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Requiem for a dreamliner?
Illustration for the New Yorker

Column by James Surowiecki. To read the article click here.

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Tribute to Maurice Sendak
Abstract Sunday Lives issue

For the New York Times year-end issue “The lives they lived: Maurice Sendak”.
Based on the radio interview on NPR with Terry Gross.

An Illustrated Talk With Maurice Sendak (Drawings by Christoph Niemann)

Santa Silkscreen
Holiday Card

Since you have been so outrageously nice this year, I am giving away 20 silkscreened, signed holiday cards (A5 / 5.8.x8.3 inches) through twitter and another 20 through Facebook.

I’ll post a magic email address on Tuesday, December 4, sometime before noon Eastern Time.

To participate, send an email to that address with:

-your complete address

-your pick from the images on the right (A,B,C or D)

Sorry, cards are not for sale.

Happy Holidays and thank you for a fun 2012!

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new prints
Silkscreen editions

Three new images in different sizes and colors.

To order click here.


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"American Illustration" (Blue), 8 color silkscreen.

Illustration for the New York Times

Click here for more.

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Van Alen, New York
Book Signing Nov 2nd 2012

The one and only Stefan Sagmeister joins me for a conversation, book signing and reception.

November 2nd 2012, 7 PM
Van Alen Book Store
30 West 22nd Street

Free. Limited space available. Seating is first come, first serve.

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Herman Miller
WHY Magazine

Illustrations for WHY Magazine on their innovative thinking about the modern workspace.
For more details click here.

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Live illustrating the live tweets of the G.O.P. convention

To see more click here

Live Illustrating Tweets of the R.N.C. - Elections 2012

London 2012
Live blogging the Olympics

Go to my Abstract Sunday blog to see my adventures with the athlets.

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Cover for the 2012 Open House New York Event guide.

Featuring pixelated versions of some of my favorite New York landmarks, including Saarinen’s TWA Terminal at JFK, the miniature New York panorama at the Queens Museum of Art and the East Harlem School by Gluck Partners.

Click here for the OHNY blog.



New silkscreen prints

I just finished new silkscreen prints.
Five new drawings in grey and black&white. For details click here

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London 2012
Live blogging the Olympics

On August 3rd I will go to London to report live from the 2012 Olympics for the New York Times Magazine.
Go to my Abstract Sunday blog to follow my adventures.

For news and alerts follow me on twitter or become a fan on facebook.

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branding illustrations

Michael Bierut of Pentagram Design asked me to create characters for, to go with Michael’s beautiful hand lettering. For more info visit the Pentagram blog.
And even though it’s very hard to resist adding a wordplay with “nuts” here, I won’t.

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Cover "Man of Action"
NYT Bookreview

Man Of Action.
75 Years of Superman.
Cover for the New York Times Book Review. Art Director Nicholas Blechman.

Read the article here.

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Cover Illustration for the premiere Issue
Huffington Post Magazine

Here’s the cover (can one still call it a cover?) I drew for the first issue of Huffington Magazine.

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New silkscreens
Art in Berlin

I just finished new silkscreen prints.
Two new drawings in various color combinations. For details click here.

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Abstract City
Silkscreen Poster

3 color silkscreen
23.4 x 16.5 in
42 x 60 cm
Edition of 180
Signed and numbered

€75 or US$100, plus shipping
To order please
send an email

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April 2012
Events in New York

Mark your calendars:

On Monday April 16 at 7-9 P.M. I’ll be back with my friends at the Powerhouse Arena in DUMBO to present Abstract City. And yes: there will be drinks.
For more information, please call 718.666.3049
Email rsvp.

On Tuesday April 17 join me at The Strand Bookstore on Broadway with Francoise Mouly, the art editor of the New Yorker. We’ll talk about Abstract City as well as her terrific new book “Blown Covers”.
Details here.

On Wednesday April 18 I will share the stage with Jennifer Daniel, Nicholas Blechman and Maria Popova at the New School’s Tisch Auditorium for the AIGA event POST ILLUSTRATION. Details here.

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AIGA Post Illustration

Abstract City
Books have arrived

ABSTRACT CITY is finally out and I received my first copies today:

You can buy the English edition here, or get the German edition (release planned for 4/14/2012).

Like Abstract City on Facebook for updates, readings etc (and yes: I will give away some silkscreen posters soon).

Like the German edition here:

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Sondermarke Umweltschutz (Special edition "for the environment")
Postage Stamp

My first postage stamp for the German Postal Service.
The theme is “Abfall ist Rohstoff” (“Garbage is a resource”).
Release date May 2012

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Tax Me if You Can
Illustration for the New Yorker

How the super-rich avoid taxes, by James B. Stewart

To read the article click here.
Subscription only

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New Abstract Sunday
Abstract Sunday: The Odds of March

Will you win your N.C.A.A. bracket this year?

Read it here.

Abstract Sunday: The Odds of March 1

New Abstract Sunday
“On Hold”, thinking about Debussy, pay walls and Romney.

New Abstract Sunday column: 
Click here to see

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Upcoming Book

Release date:
April 2012

Published by Abrams
- Preorder
- More info

Also available in German:
- Vorbestellen
- Mehr Info


Thank you readers and happy 2012!
Free Prints

Here’s is the deal:
Go to my Imagekind gallery and pick any image you like.

At some point on Monday, December 12, 2011 I will announce a special @gmail address via twitter. The first 10 people who will email to that address will receive a free 21x16 inch print of their favorite image.

Please don’t email to my regular email address!

Unfortunately the shipping address needs to be in the United States, Canada or Germany No P.O. Boxes.

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New Abstract Sunday
Modern Squash

New Abstract Sunday column.
Click here to see.

Click for a print.

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New NYer Cover

“Promised Land”.
Cover for the Thanksgiving issue of The New Yorker.

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Life Sketching Marathon

New Abstractsunday 26,2 Miles, 45 sketches, for entire series click here, for prints click here

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ADC Invite
ADC Hall of Fame Invite

Art Directors Club Hall of Fame Gala 2011. Concept and illustrations for invitation.

Click here for entire series.

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Upcoming Project
NYC Marathon

On November 6 I will attempt to live-draw the New York City Marathon.
How will I finish the race? Curled up on the sidewalk in Park Slope? In an oxygen tent on First Avenue? Or actually in Central Park? Before sunset? Find out by following my live tweets.

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New Abstract Sunday
Rock Paper Scissors

For generations, this children’s game has helped settle some profound conflicts. So I’ve created a few additional hand gestures that might be helpful for our representatives in Washington.

Click here to read.

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New Yorker Cover:

for the August 15 & 22, 2011 issue of the New Yorker.

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Stereotype Map
The World Map of Useless Stereotypes

See it on the NYT site here.
Buy a print of the drawing here.

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Abstract City live from Venice

I will draw the next Abstract Sunday column live from the opening days of the Venice Art Biennial.
From June 2 through June 5 2011 I will create drawings and animations and post them straight onto my blog. You can also check for updates on twitter.

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Abstract Sunday E.P.A.
The E.P.A.‘s secret agenda

I uncovered the sinister, hidden agenda of the Environmental Protection Agency by deconstructing their logo. They are abusing our fears to go after famous TV actors. Really.

Read here.

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Cover for Varoom

Cover for the knowledge issue of Varoom! magazine.

Get the issue here.

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NYer cover Japan
Dark Spring

Cover 3/28/2011 issue of The New Yorker

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Abstract Sunday
To Run Or Not To Run

Mitt Romney sure seems to be running; Newt Gingrich and Tim Pawlenty are probably running, too. Palin may run as well, and Obama will run no matter what. Should I?

Clicke here to read.

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Final Abstract City
Goodbye. Hello. Thanks.

This is the last entry of my Abstract City blog.

In a few weeks I will start a new series, “Abstract Sunday”, which will appear in print and online with the New York Times Sunday Magazine.

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I am leaving.

Kids Book: That's How
New Kids Book

New kids book, “THAT’s HOW”  published by Greenwillow books.
See samples here.

Buy it here.

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Let it Dough
Abstract City: “Let It Dough”

See the chapter at the NYTimes website here.

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Chrome Animation
Video for Google Chrome

You and Your Browser