March poster is done

The poster for March 2015 is, as always, 50×70cm in size (approx 20×28in), printed 2 colours on 160gsm Meta­Pa­per Rough. It is the second run of our most popular motive, albeit this time set in a different typeface. We just got this chunky Block Heavy in 16 cicero and welcomed the opportunity to try it out. It prints almost too perfectly for wood type. Doesn’t need much pressure, but a lot of ink. Weight has its price.

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There are 50 prints of each poster, num­bered and signed by Erik Spiek­er­mann. We ship every­where and you can pay by Pay­Pal. Price is the same in these cur­rencies: £, $, €; always 98, includ­ing tax (where applic­a­ble) and ship­ping, wrapped in a solid card­board tube.

Orders with shipping address please to info@p98a.com. We’ve been promising a proper shopping basket for this site for a while and hope to get it done before the next poster gets printed.

February Poster

The second poster for 2015 is, as always, 50×70cm in size (approx 20×28in), printed 2 colours on 160gsm Meta­Pa­per Rough. In case you didn’t notice: it’s in German, meaning: Everything is ready, it just needs to be done. We printed the same saying before, but in black only. That one was very popular and all 50 prints sold out immediately. So here’s a new print run in two colours. The type is 16 cicero (approx 17 pica) HWT Artz, the one I designed for the Hamilton Wood Type Museum to cut in wood for us. These letters are from the second production run, cut in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, earlier this year. The outlines and counters are clean, the type has the proper German height and they print really well.

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There are 50 prints of each poster, num­bered and signed by Erik Spiek­er­mann. We ship every­where and you can pay by Pay­Pal. Price is the same in these cur­rencies: £, $, €; always 98, includ­ing tax (where applic­a­ble) and ship­ping, wrapped in a solid card­board tube.

Orders with shipping address please to info@p98a.com. We should have a proper shopping basket for this site soon, which will make buying a poster much easier.

My EDC

In case you didn’t know what my EDC is, don’t worry, I didn’t either until a gentleman from everydaycarry wrote and asked for a photograph of the contents of the bag I carry every day. That request seemed harmless enough and offered an occasion to go through said bag and clean it out. Once all the old receipts and boarding ticket stubs were gone, I was left with the bare essentials. So I spread them on a cutting mat and took a photograph. As the little Sony RX100 that I always carry with me had to be in the photo, I took it with my Leica M. Made for a sharp picture although it was handheld from an awkward position.

And, yes, I do use all those pens: they’re all different and each one serves a different purpose. Just like my bicycles, albeit cheaper.

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Three-letter words

Characters make words, and words make sentences. If you had all these words printed on paper in front of you, you couldn’t help yourself but would want to arrange them into sentences. So we intend to print these and more words, regardless of whether they’re nouns, pronouns, adjectives or verbs. We’ll also do a similar exercise in German but may have to go to four-letter words as German is not known for too many short words. As Mark Twain famously said: “German words are so long, they have perspective.”

Not sure whether it’ll be in the HWT Artz typeface (which only has upper case so far) or in a new one we’re about to cut, but print we shall.

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January poster

The first poster for 2015 poster is, as always, 50×70cm in size (approx 20×28in), printed 2 colours on 160gsm Meta­Pa­per Rough. In case you didn’t notice: it’s in German, meaning Everything will be fine (for once, German is shorter than English). And for the people living in Berlin, we have a special version in the local dialect; this one only got printed 15 times.

The type is Akzidenz Grotesk Black, a particular cut only available as display type, made from Plakadur, Berthold’s high quality resin. The type is sharper than normal wood type, but as large: 20 cicero (approx 22 pica)

There are 50 prints of each poster, num­bered and signed by Erik Spiek­er­mann. We ship every­where and you can pay by Pay­Pal. Price is the same in these cur­rencies: £, $, €; always 98, includ­ing tax (where applic­a­ble) and ship­ping, wrapped in a solid card­board tube.

Orders with shipping address please to info@p98a.com. We should have a proper shopping basket for this site soon, which will make buying a poster much easier.
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December poster for 2015

This month’s poster is, as always, 50×70cm in size (approx 20×28in), printed 2 colours on 160gsm Meta­Pa­per Rough. The type comes from several collections. We only have a few characters of each size, so this arrangement owes more to chance than design. We didn’t have a P, L, G or a second U in the big size (that type comes from an Italian village printer), and the only other U was this very tall and thin one. The horizontal red bar is a Cap I.

There are 50 prints of each poster, num­bered and signed by Erik Spiek­er­mann. We ship every­where and you can pay by Pay­Pal. Price is the same in every cur­rency, £, $, €: always 98, includ­ing tax (where applic­a­ble) and ship­ping, wrapped in a solid card­board tube.

Orders with shipping address please to info@p98a.com.

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November poster hot off the press!

This month’s poster is, as always, 50×70cm in size (approx 20×28in), printed 2 colours on 150gsm Meta­Pa­per Rough. The type is 16 cicero (approx 17 pica) HWT Artz, the one I designed for the Hamilton Wood Type Museum to cut in wood for us.

There are 50 prints of each poster, num­bered and signed by Erik Spiek­er­mann. We ship every­where and you can pay by Pay­Pal. Price is the same in every cur­rency, £, $, €: always 98, includ­ing tax (where applic­a­ble) and ship­ping, wrapped in a solid card­board tube.

Orders with shipping address please to info@p98a.com.

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October poster is ready

After a long fight with the brand new rollers (new is not always better!) at Galerie P98a, Ferdinand finally managed to print the red forme for our October poster. It is, as always, 50×70cm in size (approx 20×28in), printed 2 colours on 150gsm Meta­Pa­per Rough. The type is our favourite Akzidenz Grotesk 16 cicero, the type made from Plakadur, Berthold’s superb resin material that lasts longer than wood and prints much sharper. If anybody has any more of that type in sizes between 12 and 24 cicero, we’d like to hear from you.

There are (barely this time) 50 prints of each poster, num­bered and signed by Erik Spiek­er­mann. We ship every­where and you can pay by Pay­Pal. Price is the same in every cur­rency, £, $, €: always 98, includ­ing tax (where applic­a­ble) and ship­ping, wrapped in a solid card­board tube.

Orders with shipping address please to info@p98a.com.

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P98a posters

Over at Galerie P98a, we print a poster every month to help pay the rent. P98a is not a commercial studio but we have expenses just like any other.
The posters are 50×70cm in size (approx 20×28in), printed 2 colours on 150gsm MetaPaper Rough. There are 50 prints of each poster, numbered and signed by Erik Spiekermann. We ship everywhere and you can pay by PayPal. Price is the same in every currency, £, $, €: always 98, including tax (where applicable) and shipping, wrapped in a solid cardboard tube.
The posters are printed from original wood type which can show slight imperfections. Sometimes those imperfections are also the result of us being too lazy to renew the packing on the machine, badly adjusted ink rollers or any number of mechanical surprises that are bound to happen with machinery from the 1950s. The press is a Korrex Frankfurt, maximum paper size 78×65cm on a good day.
The type for the September poster is 24cicero (approx. 25pica) Schmalfette Grotesk.
If you want to buy one of the posters, write to info@p98a.com.

Watzlawick’s First Axiom of Communication is the September poster.

Watzlawick’s First Axiom of Communication is the September poster.

The previous 3 posters and the Korrex in action.

The previous 3 posters and the Korrex in action.