So long as I have questions to which there are no answers, I shall go on writing.” — Clarice Lispector

I’m Lars Mensel and here I collect what I’m noticing. Currently, that revolves around memory, authenticity, and the culture wars.


I keep busy with a variety of ongoing projects:

  1. I’m 1/3 of studio~humm, an independent brand design studio in Berlin.
  2. I collect inspiration on
  3. I upload pictures on the old-school photo-sharing site Flickr.
  4. Each year, I try to rack up 4000 km on the gravel trails around Berlin.
  5. Available Light is my (dormant) project exploring the culture, history, and madness of photography.


I used to work as an editor at the magazine The European (now defunct), then as a content designer at photography startup EyeEm and at IBM iX. I also authored two books of the Startup Guide series, and created the magazine The Idea List.


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