“You have to touch everything—you have to think about it, you have to plan a little more, and whatever you do is fairly permanent.” – Erik Spiekermann
Gestalten is proud to host an exclusive letterpress workshop with Erik Spiekermann at his recently opened letterpress workshop p98a in Berlin on October 17-18, 2014.
The design world at large mainly knows him as an acclaimed “digital” designer, creator of some very successful digital typefaces, and the founder of MetaDesign, FontShop, and EdenSpiekermann, but letterpress has long been a passion for Spiekermann and has played an influential role in his career.
This extensive two-day workshop will explore the fundamentals of letterpress through theory, the mechanics of the printers used, and experimentation. Participants will be introduced to basic typesetting, including the setting of small type, as well as justifying, binding columns, distributing type, and press set up. After being led through basic printing with mock-ups, cylinder packing, and the inking process, it’ll be time for hands-on printing with one of the world’s most influential designers!
The P98a workshop is equipped with six proof presses (2FAG’s, 3 Korrex’s, 1 Grafix), two of them all-electric and the rest hand-cranked by power. Participants will be divided into four groups, each with their own press to work on and print from wood, lead type, woodcuts, and polymer plates. Each group will design, set up their own press, and print under the guidance of Erik Spiekerman and five instructors including Jan Gassel, Laureen Mahler, Axel Nagel, John Peck, and Ferdinand Ulrich.
Participants will also have the opportunity to see a demonstration of the Heidelberg Platen press in use.
Held in German and English, this is a workshop for anyone interested in typography and letterpress and is a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from Erik Spiekermann himself. You don’t need to come prepared with anything. The studio will have aprons for everyone and a healthy supply of soap to wash off the ink after the two days. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
About the host
The founder of MetaDesign, FontShop, and EdenSpiekermann has been a successful entrepreneur and impluse generator for decades. When Erik Spiekermann founded FontShop International with his wife Joan and Neville Brody, he helped establish the interest as a source for buying fonts. His typefaces FF Meta and ITC Officina have been bestsellers for years and are already considered modern classics by typographers worldwide. Spiekermann now likes to comment on current developments in the world of design via Twitter, where he has more than 250,000 followers. In 2011, he received the German Design Award for life-time achievement.
Hello, I am Erik, as the first comprehensive book that showcases Spiekermann's life and work, documents his projects, traces milestones in his life, and offers his personal perspectives on design. To be released in August 2014, this monograph is also published as the German edition Hallo, ich bin Erik.