Letterpress workshop at P98a

As just announced by Gestal­ten Ver­lag, we’ll have our first work­shop on July 25 and 26, fri­day and sat­ur­day, 10:00 – 18:00 (that’s 10am until 6pm for the met­ri­cally challenged).

Check this video, which was pro­duced by Ole Wag­ner for Gestal­ten. Ole made a video inter­view with me years ago, when I received the Ger­man Fed­eral Design Award.
This lit­tle movie also men­tions the forth­com­ing mono­graph that Johannes Erler wrote about me. It’ll be back from the print­ers mid-August. So they say.

Farewell Fest

On fri­day evening, more than 50 peo­ple turned up at the P98a printshop: my friends & col­leagues from Eden­spiek­er­mann across the street (literally).

They had decided to cel­e­brate my pro­mo­tion from CEO to the Super­vi­sory Board of the com­pany (i. e. quasi-retirement) and brought food & drink with them. They also made a movie with short inter­views which will be made pub­lic once we have it sub­ti­tled – a lot of them are in Ger­man, as befits a com­pany with an office in Berlin.

In return, my friends at P98a printed a small poster for every­body which I signed. It had the first para­graph of our inter­nal man­i­fest on it which I had writ­ten some seven or so years ago:

We don’t do decent work.
Decent work is not good enough.
We need to do great work.

Christoph Rauscher posted some pho­tos on his blog. This one comes from there:

Helvetica, the movie

Appar­ently there are still peo­ple who haven’t seen this movie. You can rent it from here or even buy it and inflict it upon your mother, chil­dren, stu­dents, dogs – whomever you are try­ing to impress, shock or sim­ply bore.


Ever since I used my first num­ber­ing stamp as a school­boy, these clever mechan­i­cal devices have fas­ci­nated me. I now print one on every piece that leaves our work­shop, even though they are really dif­fi­cult to print on a proof press. They require a lot of pres­sure and the plunger will even­tu­ally destroy the cylin­der because it is much higher than type and will also print on the trip back (if you don’t under­stand this jar­gon, this may not be for you).

Which didn’t stop me from try­ing to build a forme with 60 of these lit­tle suck­ers. It’ll take a lot of arrange­ment, adjust­ing the mak­eready and other para­me­ters to get them all to print fairly evenly, but I am not going to give up eas­ily. These pho­tos are from the first run which hasn’t yielded any pre­sentable results so far.

The cool thing will be that every time it prints, all 60 stamps will rotate by one digit. Every print will be ran­domly unique.

(the two top pic­tures are by Max Zer­rahn)
First proof

Steepest US streets

If you’re on a bicy­cle, this infor­ma­tion could be vital. As far as I expe­ri­enced from cycling around San Fran­cisco, they missed quite a few streets.

I like the fact that the graphic uses FF Meta.

Click the image to enlarge
Top 10 US steepest streets
Via fixr

The Public Domain Review

Among mil­lions of other good­ies, http://publicdomainreview.org also has a col­lec­tion of ani­mated gifs like this one:


That site is a project of the Open Knowl­edge Foun­da­tion. They trawl through col­lec­tions of images, books, films, audio, essays and pick stuff that is obscure (i.e. well-hidden), amaz­ing, insane even. But always inter­est­ing and not eas­ily found else­where. And every­thing they pub­lish is under a Cre­ative Com­mons Attribution-Share Alike license. In other words: they charge no money so they make no money. I’ve put my money where my mouth is and donated. You should do like­wise, or else an amaz­ing resource like this one can­not exist.

Letterpress will save the world

We (my new gallery and let­ter­press work­shop, P98a in Berlin) printed a poster as a New Year’s gift for clients and friends at Eden­spiek­er­mann. Set in 16 cicero (approx. 17 pica) Akzi­denz Grotesk Halbfett (aka Medium) type made from Plakadur, Berthold’s resin-based mate­r­ial for large dis­play type. Two colours, 50x70cm (work it out for your­selves), printed on our Kor­rex Frank­furt. 100 posters, signed and num­bered. Here it hangs on the wall of Fer­di­nand Ulrich’s office at the Uni­ver­sity in Halle.
The poster next to it is by Alexan­der Roth who works at FontShop Inter­na­tional in Berlin and designs cool stuff, e.g. this site for FF Mark.

More bicycles

Well, one more for now. Here in San Fran­cisco one needs a few more gears. I had a bicy­cle put together for me by Brad Woehl at Amer­i­can Cyclery in the city. The frame was made by Water­ford Pre­ci­sion Cycles in Wis­con­sin. I like Cam­pag­nolo and need 11 gears here in the hills. Athena is good enough for my less than pro­fes­sional needs.

I pub­lished these pic­tures before on this site, albeit smaller and with a warn­ing to bike thieves.

Still rides like a dream.