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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Lutz Seiler prints Lutz Seiler

Suhrkamp Verlag is one of Germany’s most well-known and respected publishers. One of their authors, Lutz Seiler, just received the German Book Prize 2014. He came to our studio to print quotes from his books. We printed three broadsides on three presses: the black forme on the Korrex Berlin, the red one on the Korrex Nürnberg and the blind embossed on the Grafix with the adjustable bed. Watch us (speaking German, of course) at work here:

December poster could be the motto 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

We almost forgot the November poster. It 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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Eternal calendar

Presuming weeks will always have seven days, this calendar will work forever. You can always look up the date and the time of day on your smartphone, but the day of the week is the most important information. Monday is the day hairdressers are closed in Germany, tuesday is when the Frankfurter Allgemeine publishes its “Technik+Motor” section, wednesday is called Mittwoch in German because it is the middle of the week, thursday is when Die Zeit comes out and then Thank God it’s Friday, etc. The day that matters is printed red because that is the correct colour for things that matter.

We printed around 80 sets, and once we get the cover paper and print that, we’ll know how many sets will remain. Printing on a proofing press is tricky because you always waste a lot of sheets fitting the second colour, in this case we had to do that seven times. Printing seven black formes, each with one blank for the red day and then printing seven red formes. A lot of make-ready and locking-up. All with old wood type that is far from even in height or size, especially with the mix of German and US fonts as in this case.

We’ll let you know once the sets are done and ready for shipping.

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October poster finally done

After a long fight with the brand new rollers (new is not always bet­ter!) on our Korrex Frankfurt, 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

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.

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.

The Galerie P98a August poster is out

Printed on our Korrex Frankfurt, 50×70cm, in black, red and white. Type is Akzidenz Grotesk Medium 16 cicero.
Can be bought for €/$/£ 98, incl. shipping. Drop us a line at info@p98a.com.

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Letterpress workshop at P98a

As just announced by Gestalten Verlag, we’ll have our first workshop in October. The July date announced earlier didn’t work out: we had too much to do to get the workshop ready.

Check this video, which was produced by Ole Wagner for Gestalten. Ole made a video interview with me years ago, when I received the German Federal Design Award.
This little movie also mentions the forthcoming monograph that Johannes Erler wrote about me. It’ll be back from the printers mid-August. So they say.

July poster from P98a

The red forme has been added and 50 posters are now available. $/€/£ 98 each, including postage and tax where applicable. We’ll ship them in a square tube. The prints are 50×70cm on MetaPaper Rough Warm 150g, handprinted, numbered and signed by Erik Spiekermann. Write to info (at) p98a.com with your address.

The type is 20 Cicero (approx 22 pica) Akzidenz Grotesk Bold, cut in Plakadur, the resin composite used by Berthold to make their large poster type.

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