These posters are still available

Some of our posters are out of print and we had to reprint those motives, albeit in a different style, lest we break the promise of a limited run for each of them. Here they are all on one page. As we take photos of the printed pieces on the workshop floor at different times, with different cameras and even different photographers, they come out quite, well: different. But they’re all printed on the same MetaPaper Rough Warm White 160 gsm in Black and Pantone Warm Red ink. From original wood type on our Korrex Frankfurt, 50×70 cm.

The 50 posters each are 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.
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The calendar is different, see here:

The eternal calendar is ready

It could be called that because it took us an eternity to print and bind, but now that it’s ready, it’ll last forever, literally:

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Each day of the week has its own page and its own typeface. All printed by hand on a Korrex proof press at Galerie P98a in Berlin by Dylan Spiekermann, Erik Spiekermann and Ferdinand Ulrich. Jan Gassel organized production and had the calendar backed with a heavy grey card and spiral bound by Ralf Fischer at Buks in Berlin. The calendar is 35×70cm, printed on 160gsm MetaPaper Rough in three colours, including white on the red cover.

Just like the animated gif below, the calendar will run forever. Or at least until we run out of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For those of you unable to live with English words on the wall, we can provide translations.

There are exactly 75 prints, so supplies will not last forever. It sells for $/€/£ 198, including shipping, tax etc, regardless where you are. Order it by email from info@p98a.com.

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March poster is ready to ship

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.

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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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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