The world’s oldest institute of higher education for mining sciences, Freiberg University of Mining and Technology, celebrated the 250th anniversary of its foundation in 2015. Reason enough to pay tribute to this history and the scientific renown of the Faculty of Geosciences, Geotechnics and Mining with an extensive book publication. The aim was to enable readers to immerse themselves in the fascinating world of geology and to pique the interest of potential students for this field of study. At the same time, the book is targeted towards employees and external experts, it presents the institutes and collections, and it describes the current areas of research in great technical depth. Creating a coherent overall concept from a multitude of different individual papers and supporting this with high-quality images was a creative challenge. Abstract geological maps are used as a graphical element throughout, to depict the stratification of the earth – the subject of the research – in an alienated manner. A ruler at the edge of the page represents the connection to scientific work, the foundation of which is measurement.