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Bayerischer Rundfunk

BR Zündfunk | City of Pop Information Graphic

Information on the client

Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting, BR) is a public-service radio and television broadcaster, based in Munich.


Design of a revised edition for the 40th anniversary, with additions showing the latest developments in pop music. For the new edition, the plan was completely redrawn by hand.


40 years of Zündfunk stands for 40 years of pop culture history. Zündfunk is a series by the Bavarian Broadcasting Association (Bayerischer Rundfunk) and noted for its critical examinations of complex political, social and cultural themes, with a strong core of music journalism at its heart.

The background: For the show’s 30th anniversary in 2004, Designliga and the editorial team developed the idea of presenting this knowledge not in magazine form, but in a form more suitable for the representation of pop culture contexts. Designliga designed a complex information graphic in the form of an imaginary city.

This first edition of the City of Pop had over 800 streets and squares and over 350 icons, individually designed for each artist. The back of the map showed a timeline listing the most important political and musical events. The entire print run was snapped up in no time at all. The Pinakothek der Moderne included it in its Neue Sammlung and an on-air game (radio broadcast) was developed. The City of Pop has continued to develop just like a real city. Houses have been demolished and new ones built, streets have disappeared or been rerouted. Altogether, the new City of Pop has grown to encompass over 1300 streets and squares. Over 500 icons were added for the new edition.

The new map is completely hand-drawn. On the reverse, a timeline spanning 40 years shows the most notable events in the worlds of politics, society and music.


  • - 3D visualization
  • - Art Direction
  • - Design
  • - Illustration
  • - Conception
  • - Production