When we started the workshop two-and-a-half years ago, we thought we’d print a poster a month to help with the expense of running a non-commercial studio. Somehow along the way we lost the monthly rhythm. A few posters were so popular that we had to print them again, albeit it with different type or layout. After all, every print run is limited to 50 posters, all numbered and signed by yours truly. So even the same statement in a different layout will always be a new run of 50 only.
Apart from filling a demand, we also have to deal with the fact that all our projects continue to cost money. We’ve had wooden type (my own HWD Artz) cut in three sizes by Hamilton Wood Type, my own FF Real was cut in 16 cic wood type by our friends Delia and Tudor Petrescu in Romania, and we just received a large amount of freshly cast Akzidenz Grotesk 60p. It was cast by Rainer Gerstenberg, the last remaining type founder in Germany. A few characters were missing from the matrices that Rainer borrowed from the type museum in Leipzig, so we had new punches cut for them. We also had punches cut for characters that weren’t included in the sets for a German font in the 1950s, like @, #, £, $ or €.
All these and many other projects cost more money then we had budgeted for, so printing and selling more posters seems a good way to not only raise some cash, but also to try out all the cool typefaces we keep finding in our cases.
So here are several posters that are available but haven’t been shown properly. Except, of course, over on spiekerstuff, where you can order them all plus all the older ones that are not sold out completely.
All these posters are printed from original wood and metal type on MetaPaper Rough 170g, usually with black and Warm Red inks. They measure 50×70cm (roughly 20×27in) and are shipped in a durable cardboard tube.
This last one may need some explanation. Martin Luther (the original German who started the Reformation, 500 years ago next year) was know for his direct language. Unlike the Pope and his minions, he didn’t speak Latin, but popular German, i. e. he didn’t mince his words. This saying is attributed to him by credible contemporary sources (the Twitters of their time). In English it can be paraphrased as: “Never a happy fart from a sad arse”. We set this inspiring motto in Fraktur (literally: broken type), which is what German was printed in until the Nazis discriminated those typefaces by overusing them for their propaganda in the 30s.