11.3 times cycled around the world – thesis


From 1973 to 2015, my grandfather notes down all his bicycle rides in a diary. These diaries are the subject of this master project. Apart from the bicycle rides and weather details, the research also highlights the evolution of graphic design and lifestyle in this time span of 43 years. Extensive literary search has shown that the graphic design of a certain period is clearly visible in all diaries. Furthermore, the effect of the globalisation starting around the turn of the century has also a clear effect on the diaries. Before 2000, Belgium and the identity of Flanders were predominant in the diaries but also in the daily life of the people in Flanders. This changed significantly at the turn of the century.