I’m sitting in the Dusseldorf airport awaiting my next flight to Nice. After roaming around for thirty minutes or so, I realized I was much calmer than usual in such a situation. I’m convinced it’s the lack of visual noise. Design is simply a function of daily German life. Color theory (which doesn’t seem to be taught in US portfolio schools) is a given. Every sign, ad, etc is designed perfectly for the space where it lives. And the kerning on every single government sign is as it should be. I’m actually looking at and trying to read almost everything vs trying desperately to tune it out.