Preview of my MA project ‘DECONSTRUCTION – RECONSTRUCTION’ exhibited at Manchester School of Art, June 24th to July 5th 2019. Final show coming up in September. #ma #msoa #postgrad #criticalthinking #art #exhibit #photography #design #letterpress #analog #digital #fabric# hahnemuehlen #mcr #mastudies #research #deconstruction #reconstruction…
Thrilled to announce that my ‘Dogs and their Humans’ Project has been featured on the cover of UK culture magazine ‘Actual Size’. Issue 4 of ‘Actual Size’ publishes my portraits of eight Berliners and their furry companions, as well as a studio portrait of Bear…
Visit to Erik Spiekermann Studio P98a, on November 19th 2018
p98a.berlin – typographic workshop
Potsdamer Straße 98a
In my quest to find practitioners of typography and letterpress today, I am visiting Erik Spiekermann’s Berlin-based artist studio, p98a
Presses include an Original Heidelberger Tiegel, Korrex Frankfurt Kraft (1961), FAG Swiss Proof S 52 (1979) and FAG Standard AP 550 (1960)
Korrex Frankfurt Kraft (1961)
Original Heidelberger Tiegel
Archive of Wood Type letters of US and European origin
Wood blocks featuring common German word endings such as ‘heit’ and ‘keit’
Archive of Lead Type letters of US and European origin
Catalogues of Wood Type and Lead Type Letters
Exposed Polymer Plates – Used for print runs
Studio Working Spaces
Bauhaus Fonts – supported by Adobe California, presented at LA Adobe MAX in October 2018
Download via Typekit, Creative Cloud
Font designs discovered in the Bauhaus Archive Dessau
Modern designers to complete the five original alphabet designs by Joost Schmidt, Carl Marx, Xanti Schawinsky, Reinhold Rossig & Alfred Arndt
Experimentation with different materials used to print on letterpress
Alphabits – typeface FF Amoeba letters in 5mm acrylic
Books and posters for sale, printed by P98A
YouTube Video By Jaroslaw Godlewski
The ‘Festival of Lights’ was held in Berlin for the 14th annual year from October 5th to 14th 2018, attracting 3 million visitors. Video projections and light art installations were designed by 66 artists from around the world, and exhibited at 60 different locations across the City…
As part of my typographical field research, I wandered the city of Berlin to seek out any surviving commercial signs, particularly on the facades of buildings, that bear witness to earlier times.
New Manchester-based print magazine Actual Size (https://www.actualsizemagazine.com) contacted me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/heike_schneider_matzigkeit/) after spotting one of my Berlin typography photographs, the Hotel du Monde, to enquire whether I would like to contribute a feature to the first issue of the magazine.
Typography originating from various decades is commonly featured on Berlin architecture old and new – tracing back to the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution.
The most archaic text, typically signs related to former businesses or shops, is frequently witnessed today as ghostly and faded sitting sadly forgotten on crumbling facades.
Happily with the extensive renovation of many of Berlin’s older buildings various examples are being re-discovered and restored. Often vintage typography is seen as an asset to a building’s overall aesthetic. Indeed embracing a structure’s heritage can add greatly to its visual, cultural and commercial value.
Noticing these faded or restored signs, letters and inscriptions painted or fixed directly onto the front of buildings in Berlin, gives us a sense of times gone by, a sense of history, and a reminder that we are not the first to walk these streets…
It’s especially lovely to see myself in the contributor’s section 😉