22 September 2019


Triumph der Provinz / Hidden Champions

Text: Charlotte Könenkamp

In the current issue about Germany’s East we offer a small stage to seven projects that are situated far away from prominent creative and design metropolises such as Leipzig and Berlin in Eastern Germany. It is not a representative selection. What all these projects share in common, however, is delight in experimentation and commitment, inventiveness and courage. These examples are trendsetting not only for economically underdeveloped regions, because here the post-industrial and post-growth economy is already quasi a reality. Or as the Kühlhaus Görlitz association puts it: Industrial culture is becoming industrial nature. Here you can read the expanded article about Katapult– Magazine for Ice, Cartography and Social Sience.


Who would have thought that cartography would experience such a Renaissance, particularly with younger readers, in the age of GPS and Google Maps? Despite dire warnings by management consultants not to bet on the print market and especially not in the small university town Greifswald, this magazine has been demonstrating the courage to fill a niche since 2015. “We aren’t immune to advice; you just always have to do the opposite of what the business consultants tell you to do. Then it’s the best advice in the world. Thank you,” according to editor-in-chief Benjamin Fredrich. The magazine appears four times a year and is expanding: Within four years, circulation increased fivefold to 50,000 copies. In addition, the magazine has been joined by a book that within a year was published in its seventh edition, a radio show and the special “Knicker” issue. The nearly advertising-free business lives from its subscribers and is additionally financed by donations and a circle of supporters. The magazine focuses mainly on the social sciences and thus evaluates current studies and statistics and presents them creatively in graphics. However, it has more to offer than just condensed infographics. Each graphic is accompanied by a detailed text. Historical references are made just as elsewhere the current political situation is explained. On the homepage, individual maps and infographics are also presented in English. The tone is by all means enlightened, entertaining and now and again rather cheeky. This makes for popular science of the best sort.


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