Two-day Workshop with Erik Spiekermann

Advanced Letterpress Workshop
Date: August 7–8, 2014
Time: 10:00–18:00
Location: P98a, Potsdamer Strasse 98a, Berlin Schöneberg
Language: English & German
Limited to 12 participants
Participation Fee:


PLEASE READ: Due to changes in schedules, our upcoming workshop with Erik Spiekermann, which was previously scheduled for July 25–26 has been changed to August 7–8, 2014. 

Erik Spiekermann is the epitome of a typographer. With his typefaces, commercial projects, and enterprises, he has shaped the world of graphic design like no other. Gestalten proudly teams up with Erik Spiekermann to host a series of letterpress workshops at his newly opened P98A gallery.  

We are thrilled to kick-off the series with a comprehensive two-day workshop on August 7–8. It will explore the fundamentals of letterpress through theory, the mechanics of the printers used, and experimentation. Participants will learn about the history and methods of printing. They will be introduced to basic typesetting, including the setting of small type, as well as justifying, binding columns, distributing type, 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 4 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. 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.


Please read the Terms & Conditions before registering.


About the host

Erik Spiekermann

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. 

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