I dedicate this post to Virginia Woolf because she was a truly great writer and the way I thought about the topic for today’s blog post is very stream-of-consciousness, reminding me of her. It goes like this:
As I sat lost in thought surfing the net, RadioEins (THE best German radio station based in Berlin – thank God for the Internet!) talked about the 40th Berlin Marathon taking place this very Saturday. And guess what: the seemingly random but very official Olympic Marathon distance of 42.195 km derives from the Summer Olympics in London in 1908. Instead of 40 km, which is the estimated distance of the mythical run by a Greek messenger from the Battle of Marathon to Athens, they had to extend the course, so that runners would start the race at Windsor Castle and cross the finish line right in front of the Royal Box at the White City Stadium. A royally random piece of information indeed. Thanks, RadioEins!
So, naturally I googled „marathon design“ just to see if anything came up. And it did. Meet Alex Kirhenstein, for example. He recently held a logo design marathon and created a logo for an imaginary client every day for 27 days, thus showcasing his fast and furious creativity and an ingenious variety of design approaches. Pretty cool.
We will be doing such a design marathon SOON, so stay tuned and get excited! It’s gonna be GOOD!
And finally I directed my attention to the number 42 because you always need something to start with when you feel inspired. 42, by the way, is the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything, in case you didn’t know. Apparently, it’s also a great age AND the name of a type of paper called Heaven 42 created by Scheufelen.
And this is when Virginia Woolf somehow entered my thoughts and I started writing.