ANKE: Oh, that’s no easy decision. Every development has a positive and a negative side. A project like our bookazine would have never been possible without the new ways of communication. It is so easy to get in touch with people from all over the world, talk to them by e-mail or to call a blogger in Greece or China by Skype. We love the endless possibilities of the internet, but we still love print as well. That’s why we wanted to combine the best of both worlds instead of choosing one.
JOSEF: The great thing about the internet is that it doesn’t matter where you are. When we developed the idea for Circus only Inga, Eva and I were in Darmstadt. Anke was in Dublin, Florian was in Beijing and Rebecca was in Vienna. So we don’t see Circus as a project from Darmstadt, it’s a project from wherever you want. After all, it was not Darmstadt that caused us to put more passion into our pursuit, but rather the international atmosphere of our office and the knowledge that there are people out there passionately working for us although we have never met in the real world.
INGA: I actually don’t really know – it just happens. Probably it is just the atmosphere in the Herznote office as there are so many creative brains meeting. Most of the time we are just talking nonsense and in the end something new ingenious develops as for example The Blog Slam.
TESSA: We are all different people, different individuals. Our diverse personalities are projected onto the bookazine and contribute to a special touch that a team of people who are more alike could not fabricate. However, we work together to make something colourful, new and unique. Having said that, I think it’s important to portray everyone’s unique quality and their personal signature and contribution to the team. To conclude, it’s important to portray the team as a whole, consisting of individuals with unusual, interesting traits that make the team just a little bit better and more diverse.
REBECCA: We look for people who are talented in their field and passionate about what they are doing – be it writing, photography, illustration or whatever creative way they have to express themselves. In addition, we care a great deal for a professional attitude towards work. That is to say we love it when someone keeps his promises and completes his work within a given deadline. And as Circus is a bloggers’ bookazine we like our contributors to have a blog or some other kind of workspace on the internet.
EVA: Daily life, the world wide web, our office … we find inspiration everywhere. For Circus we had so many ideas that we could not have ever stopped looking for new inspirational blogs and bloggers if we had not set ourselves a deadline at some point. When we had sketched the first ideas for texts, taken the first photos and developed a rough idea about the page amount, we started compiling Circus. Therefore, we printed out dummy pages in a mini format, took needles and started on our big blackboard. The first version of the content plan took us two days.
JOSEF: I would go with the wool man, but I don’t, because everybody loves the wool man. So I choose the maps. I love beautiful infographics and I know how much work those little fuckers were.
REBECCA: My favourite photo editorial probably is the one by Saga Sig. She and her stylist chose designers from Iceland and the whole thing is just so dramatic in this rough but beautiful surroundings.
ANKE: It’s so hard to decide! But photo-wise I would choose the Showgirls editorial by Burke Heffner. He is one of my most loved burlesque photographers from the United States and I’m so happy that he’s part of CIRCUS.
INGA: I really do not want decide. I just do, because you want me to. My favourite piece is Raphaela Anouk’s poem – I always get goose bumps when reading it.
EVA: I’m the biggest fan of the illustrator duo Ingela Och VI from Sweden. They did the artwork of the story "The F-Word" about the intimate relation between food and fashion. I’m so proud they became Circus artists.
JOSEF: Next year we’re doing Gadgets which is pretty much the best thing that could have happened to me. But I also look forward to the Internet issue.
REBECCA: I would like to have a greater variety of cultural backgrounds in the bookazine. I hope we will have even more exotic languages in there next time.
ANKE: I would love to have a topic like music or food in the future. And apart from that I agree with Rebecca; a greater variety of cultural backgrounds and languages would be awesome!
INGA: I want an issue about sex one day, but I really think that pretty much any topic could be interesting!
EVA: I would love to do an issue about food, an issue about animals, an issue about sweets and we could do an issue about clowns … whatever – I hope we get the chance to do many more!