01. 05. 13
01. 05. 13
05. 02. 13
My first Vandercook proof press in the US is a Universal I, all electric. The press is in our garage here in Belvedere, which was built for the big cars of the 50s. The press was so filthy that I have spent the past two weeks cleaning it. Now the rust and the grime are gone, as are my fingernails. The paint is partly gone and the blank metal looks uneven, so I had to submit these photographs to quite a bit of Photoshop treatment in order to make them at least look nostalgic, if not technically precise.
22. 01. 13
Paul Moxon ran a two-day workshop on Proof Press Finesse, i.e. professional practice on a Vandercook at San Francisco Center for the Book. Paul is not only the man behind the Vandercook website, but also a master printer and a very nice fellow.
We all learned a lot, got on well together and had a good time. While everybody else was busy getting their hands dirty, I took dozens of photos. I did learn to print ages ago and have my own Korrex in Berlin, so for me it was more about getting familiar with the leading brand of proof presses in the US. After the first day, I eventually gave up converting from inches to metric and succumbed to the archaic (and aptly-named) Imperial system. Duodecimal doesn’t frighten me, as that is what typography is all about, but decimal inches seem to be a contradiction in terms.
20. 09. 12
Your own website never gets done. That is why, two years ago, we finally sat down and spent 36 hours on a sprint. At the end of it, edenspiekermann.com was in beta. It’s still there, but so are all websites, always. We just found that video again on some server or other.
19. 09. 12
09. 09. 12
Johannes Bergerhausen and his team at the design college in Mainz just released Unicode, the movie. Takes 2 hours and 31 minutes to watch the full feature with its 109,242 characters. Crazy by Hollywood standards, soothing if you suffer from typomania.
27. 06. 12
The video about my exhibition at the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin is now available with English subtitles:
02. 02. 12
If you cook recipes from a US cookbook, you need to use measurements that seem archaic to a metrified European like myself. They use cups for liquid measurements. US fluid ounces are different from UK fluid ounces, but that is another story. I made a conversion chart for our kitchen, listing cups, tablespoons (which they like to abbreviate as TBSP), teaspoons (TSP) and milliliters. Europeans know that one of the advantages of the metric system is the fact that liquid measurements follow the same standard as those for other substances. Thus, a liter of water (i. e. 1000 milliliters) weighs 1 kilogram (i. e. 1000 grams). I’m using US spelling here, UK English would be litre and kilogramme.
I made a pdf which you’ll find in the download portion of this blog, so you can download it, print it out and stick it to you fridge door or wherever else you wish. Magnets cannot be downloaded over the internet yet.
22. 01. 12
A bunch of old guys on stage in New York: Roger Black, Matthew Carter, Paul Shaw and Erik Spiekermann. Moderated by Maxim Zhukov.
18. 01. 12
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