Eyes & Ears eNews 01-2015

Projects wanted – HISTORY AWARD 2015

The HISTORY channel is calling for entries to its HISTORY AWARD competition for the tenth time. "Regional, global, digital – Where is your home?" is the theme of this year's nationwide student contest.

For the past 10 years, HISTORY has made it its mission to motivate students to approach the subject of history in a creative and practical way. Students have the opportunity to submit their self-made movies to the HISTORY Award.

"Regional, global, digital – Where is your home?"

This year, HISTORY wants to encourage students to look around and think about what home means to them, their classmates, friends and neighbours. What role does the Internet and our behaviour in the World Wide Web play in this? Who even has a home and what role do origin, culture, history, language, occupation, religion, political orientation or money have on the way we define home.

School classes, school groups or individual students of all ages and types of schools may participate in the history competition under the guidance of their teacher, department head or other adult companion and submit their film.

Participation takes place in two steps: Those interested can register for the competition by February 28, 2015: http://www.history-award.de/fileadmin/template/pdf/2015/HISTORY-AWARD_2015_Anmeldeformular.pdf
Participants have until April 24, 2015 to submit their projects with a completed entry form: http://www.history-award.de/fileadmin/template/pdf/2015/HISTORY-AWARD_2015_Teilnahmebogen.pdf

Further information at http://www.history-award.de/

BAF hosts Open Day

On February 7, 2015, the Bavarian Academy for Television (BAF) in Unterföhring is holding an Open Day.

All those interested in training as a television journalist, cameraman, cutter/video editor or visual effects artist can gather useful information about media studies. The event also gives visitors the chance to get to know the house, the equipment (incl. the latest HD technology) as well as the BAF team.

The programme starts at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. with:

  • Welcome and presentation of the Academy
  • Consultation and detailed information about the courses
  • Guided tour of the Academy
  • Meeting with students and graduates as well as discussions on career prospects

Open Day on February 7, 2015, at the BAF, BetaStr. 5, 85774 Unterföhring. Directions: http://www.fernsehakademie.de/de/anfahrt.html

New members – mehappy und Swisscom

Eyes & Ears of Europe

In this section, we present the newest members of Eyes & Ears of Europe. We are happy to welcome Mehappy and Swisscom, each of whom joined in January 2015. A very warm welcome to our new members.


The creative agency for audiovisual communication with headquarters in Munich and Vienna provides effective solutions in the areas of design & brand management, on-air promotion, print, production and marketing consultancy. mehappy serves renowned national and international customers in the media; e.g. the firm is responsible for the appearance and on-air promotion of a major German TV channel. Klaus Schäfer, managing director of mehappy, says: "As a broadcaster, Eyes & Ears of Europe is a great asset for us: It will broaden our horizons, provide inspiration and, of course, act as an incentive for our everyday work, where we are always competing for the best idea. This, ideally, comes from us."


Swisscom is the leading communications company in Switzerland. The company sees itself as a trusted companion in the networked world and aims to offer its customers the best network, excellent deals and excellent service. Sascha Weisshaupt, Head of Brand Strategy & Management Swisscom, says: "In a world in which brands are becoming dynamic, content is moving and channels are becoming multi-sensory, one must understand and master the design of audiovisual media. Because this world is evolving rapidly, the constant learning and exchange with peers, which an association like Eyes & Ears of Europe offers, is extremely important."

Personnel note: Tilo Fischer

Eyes & Ears of Europe
Tilo Fischer

On January 1, 2015, Tilo Fischer (48) took over the management of DMC in Munich. Fischer has been with the dmcgroup since 2011 and most recently served as Head of Production and as member of the management board at the design agency.

Book & Exhibition tip

Exhibition tip: 'The Divine: Homage to Michelangelo'

From February 6 to May 25, 2015, the Art and Exhibition Hall in Bonn is showing the exhibition 'The Divine: Homage to Michelangelo'.

The exceptional artist was a living legend. His outstanding work is admired, imitated and interpreted by artists to this day. The attraction of his work lies mainly in its virtuoso display of the human body. He created a repertoire of expressions which is still regarded as a benchmark. The exhibition tells the story of Michelangelo's immense effects on European art. The show centres around sculptures, paintings, prints and drawings by artists such as Raphael, Giambologna, Rubens, Fuseli, Delacroix, Rodin, Cézanne, Moore, Mapplethorpe and Struth. They are in dialogue with the great creations of Michelangelo.

"The Divine: Homage to Michelangelo" from February 6 to May 25, 2015 at the Art and Exhibition Hall in Bonn, Museumsmeile Bonn, Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn. Opening hours: Thursdays and Fridays from 10 AM to 9 PM, Thursdays through Sundays from 10 AM to 7 PM, closed on Mondays. Further information at http://www.bundeskunsthalle.de/ausstellungen/der-goettliche.html

Peter Paul Rubens Die Schlacht der Kentauren und Lapithen, nach Michelangelo
um 1600, Kreide
© Fondation Custodia, Collection Fritz Luigt, Paris

Book tip: 'Hanging by a serif'

What do we do as designers? And what does it really come down to? John D. Berry collects theses on typography. And he loves fonts. Right down to the last detail of a serif. The recently published booklet 'Hanging by a serif' presents each statement on its own page, the text juxtaposed with a single graphic element: an enlarged detail of a serif, each one from a different typeface. The playful presentation belies the underlying seriousness and usefulness of the advice.

The German version of the booklet was published by the Hermann Schmidt Verlag and can be purchased for €9,80. Further information at http://www.typografie.de/shop/index.php/de/thesen-zur-typografie.html and http://johndberry.com/shop/.