Web-Tipps: Knolling, Windows XP per CSS, Corona

We present tidy art, a look back at old interfaces and creative thoughts on the current Corona situation from all over the world in the web tips.

simonpuschmann.com/albums /wastelands


Knolling is the name given to a special form of still life, for which objects are sorted according to size and lying straight next to each other are presented – mostly as a photograph. Knolling, which is currently a trend on Instagram and Pinterest, also became known through the Swiss Ursus Wehrli and his bestselling picture books entitled “Art Clean Up”. Photographer Simon Puschmann collected rubbish and captured it in the Knolling photo series Wastelands. Lots of bottle caps and cigarette butts from the banks of the Isar, “Jupiter” beer cans and cigarette packets from Brussels – he has everything neatly arranged.

Puschmann is planning a total of 30 works of this type. The garbage collages that have been completed so far can currently be seen in an open-air installation on Postplatz II in the Baltic Sea resort of Zingst. In an interview with Edda Fahrenhorst from the “horizonte zingst” environmental photo festival, Puschmann talks about collecting waste in Munich and Malaysia and how he came up with the unusual idea. (dwi)


github.com /jdan/98.css

Everything used to be better: Technology was simpler, programs weren’t web apps and user interfaces were bluer – or grayer, depending. At least for the latter there is a remedy. XP.css and 98.css are “theme systems” that allow websites to look like Windows XP and Windows 98, respectively. XP.css evolved from 98.css (and can mimic Windows 98 itself), but the two projects are from different developers and both are still maintained.

As a web developer with a longing for the past, you only integrate a CSS file in both cases. The designs can be used in mere HTML pages as well as combined with JavaScript (libraries). Both projects use relatively simple semantic HTML to describe the UI, so that nostalgic feelings can arise quickly and without major contortions in the code. It remains to be seen whether there is a “use case” going beyond this – it is always an eye-catcher. (syt)


The corona virus knows no national borders. It threatens the health of people around the globe. However, responses and actions differ from country to country, depending on the state of the economy and the health system, among other things. There are cultural differences in the fears – and sometimes the faint hopes – that the pandemic is instilling in people.

The Goethe-Institut has asked its numerous contacts in culture, politics and science for a contribution to its Afterthoughts project. The result: highly interesting, often very personal texts, videos and even comics by bright minds from all over the world on how the pandemic is changing our lives.

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