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For a long time perfection was the only goal, now we value the small imperfections, the individual features that make up the charm of the hand-made. The April issue of novum, dedicated to the theme of »hand-made«, presents a range of projects that have been carefully and lovingly hand-crafted. Woodcuts, screenprints, tape art, hand-lettering – all of this and more awaits your discovery in the new novum. And, in line with the theme, the cover of this month’s issue is also hand-made: Students from the University of Applied Sciences in Münster numbered each copy by hand!


novum 04.18 is available now as PDF for only 8,99 Euro.



To buy the printed issue, please visit our Shop

The cover

Our plan was to do all the covers in risographic printing, but sadly this was abandoned because of the technical requirements. But in an issue dedicated to the theme of »hand-made«, the cover itself also had to feature some element of hand-crafting. For this we were pleased to have support from students at the University of Applied Sciences in Münster who literally hand-processed each copy!



12,000 covers were numbered in sequence by the budding illustrators – a remarkable achievement. The numbering takes up another aspect of the cover of novum 04.18: As we had to rule our risographic printing, we decided instead to produce individual risographs and place them on the cover. Only our subscribers will have a chance to be the lucky recipients of these signed and numbered art prints. But all our other readers can still enjoy a hand-lettered unique print. As long as stocks last, the risographs will be available to buy as a pack in our online shop.

The risographs

The designs for the risographs were created on the illustration course of Felix Scheinberger and Rüdiger Quass von Deyen at the University of Applied Sciences in Münster. The only brief was to interpret the theme of “hand-made” and the results are most impressive and diverse. Fourteen designs in total were produced, each illustrating different aspects of the hand-made and hand-craft work, or the process of creating such work.



Click here for more about the individual designs…



The risographs were printed in the Munich studio Herr & Frau Rio which has years of experience and interest in this technique. As it is a very special technique, it was important to choose the right material. We used the paper Extrarough by Metapaper which has a very rough surface, as the name says, and also delivers very good printability.

The content

In the novum+ section this month we focus on the theme of »hand-made« and bring you a broad spectrum of works, from woodcut book illustrations and screen prints to hand-painted shop windows, gilded labels, hand-lettering and lots more.


In our Showroom, we go to Berlin to the creative studio of Stan Hema and to all-round talent Vinzent Britz. In London we visit sought-after designers the Yarza Twins, and we report on the American studio Colony. Austria beckons, too, as we drop in on Dunkelblaufastschwarz, returning then to Germany to visit Mydsgn in the Bavarian Allgäu.


The content


Franziska Neubert (GER)

Lander Project (ITA)

Klebebande (GER)

Herr & Frau Rio (GER)

Lorenzo Durán (ESP)

Katharina Konte (GER)

Kate Gibb (GBR)

Meike Meyer (USA)



Stan Hema (GER)

Dunkelblaufastschwarz (AUT)

Colony (USA)

Yarza Twins (GBR)

Mydsgn (GER)

New Talents Berlin: Vinzent Britz (GER)


The cover

Design: Students of FH Münster

Risograph printing: Herr & Frau Rio

Risograph paper: Extrarough, 175 gsm by Metapaper

Offset printing: f&w

Photos: Tobias Holzmann