Twen, short for twenty, catered to the first generation of young German adults who came of age after the end of World War II. It was published from 1959-1970 when deepening political and intellectual thought, combined with increasing sexual awareness, captured the attention of its spirited audience. Twen was unmatched in its avant-garde visuals, layouts, typography and fine, literary content. Art director Willy Fleckhaus employed an innovative twelve-column modular grid for the magazine.
Published monthly, Twen's covers consisted of eye-catching photos or feature copy on black backgrounds. Fleckhaus enjoyed using one typeface in contrasting colors to highlight specific articles. Twen's table-of-contents page was different each and every month. They were a marvelous pastiche of layouts adorned with stunning visuals; specifically tailored to each issue's topics. In essence, they were perfect segues to what awaited its readers on succeeding pages.
Twen was unsurpassed when it came to overall design, exhilarating photography and illustration. Fleckhaus always managed to startle, challenge and eventually persuade the reader’s eye and mind into the opinionated world of Twen.