Volker Pook

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The family name Pook is written in Japanese in a katakana phonetic translation using the characters “pu” and “ku”. Katakana (Jap. 片仮名 or カタカナ) is a syllabary, a set of symbols that represent syllables. Besides hiragana, it is the second Japanese syllabary. Each katakana symbol stands as a syllabogram either for a vowel or a consonant with the following vowel. Since my wife is Japanese and my children are half Japanese I am trying to learn this language.

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Compendium of Monograms

Monograms and combinatorics

Combinatorics as the phenomenology of pattern design is part of the basic course Design and Layout in my teaching at the BTK. In this book the results of a few semesters were assembled into a compendium. The students designed their own monograms and subjected them to the design principles of seriation, permutation and aleatorics. Out of respect for the student’s work, several monograms as well as the names of all the students were included on the cover.