Author Archives: Brian Lawler

About Brian Lawler

Brian Lawler is an Emeritus Professor of Graphic Communication at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and was a Guest Professor at Hochschule München from September, 2021 to September, 2022. He writes about graphic arts processes and technologies for various industry publications, and on his blog, The Blognosticator.

German & EU Pharmaceutical Safety using Blindenschrift

I walked into the local Apotheke this afternoon to buy a couple of over-the-counter medicines. Both were easy to find. I paid at the cashier’s counter and turned down an offer for a bag to carry the two small packages. … Continue reading

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The advertising poster is enjoying a multilingual limelight

(Das Werbeplakat in mehreren Sprachen) I’m doing a casual study of what I call translingual advertisements here in Germany. Germans are famous for being multilingual. They begin studying a second language in elementary school, and many students graduate from college speaking at … Continue reading

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Late to the party for Shepard Fairey

It gets late early here in Munich in winter, and sometimes I find myself being ready for bed only to discover that it’s 8:15. So, I have taken to watching documentaries on Hulu (and elsewhere) or refining that day’s effort … Continue reading

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A visit to FOGRA

A few days before Christmas I rode a subway to a regional train to another subway, then walked a bit to reach the headquarters of FOGRA, the Research Institute for Media Technologies in the town of Aschheim, just outside Munich. This for me … Continue reading

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It was a dark and stormy night…

Two of my students and I were searching for Daniel, one of the important people in a community of artists in Munich. I say he is “one of the important people,” but I cannot tell you his title, nor how … Continue reading

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An analysis of the Image P3 color space

About four years ago, Apple changed the color space of the iPhone from whatever it was (maybe sRGB?) to a new color space called Image P3. This is the color space used by flat panel TV screens. This was a … Continue reading

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A grateful message to all of you

This is my occasional update on traffic to The Blognosticator with statistics and commentary on my art of blogging. In an era when podcasters are doing fabulously, I have to face facts: I am a print guy. I tried video, … Continue reading

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An obsession with words

Though it has nothing in common with my usual posts, I want to say a few words about my obsession with the New York Times’ Spelling Bee puzzle. It’s fun! It’s cause for insanity. It’s enough to make you either … Continue reading

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A refined approach
to repositioned panoramas of Munich street art

Four years ago I was teaching in Munich, and during that time I photographed a number of pieces of street art on Tumblingerstraße in the city. You can read that story and its associated comments here. The photos were taken … Continue reading

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AppleScript solves my grid mask challenge in Adobe Photoshop

I pride myself on being a competent user of Adobe Photoshop. I know how to make my photos look good by sliding sliders and pushing buttons and applying filters and adding Layer Effects and all sorts of visual things. Occasionally I need … Continue reading

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