Old-World Typographic Pilgrimage

ben millen's picture

Hello all,

I've been given the fortunate opportunity to live in barcelona for several months, and hope to travel around mainland europe during this time -- with a bit of an initial adventure in the Czech Republic and Poland beginning this friday.

I was wondering if anyone here could recommend some typographic destinations on the continent. I'm generally not much for the tourist bit, but i imagine letting typography influence the wandering a bit could be quite qood.

Currently the only thing i had planned was to go to Belgium and stalk Yves so i could observe him in his natural environment, but i'm sure there are better suggestions... (or at least, other suggestions?)

dan_reynolds's picture

Come through Frankfurt (well, Offenbach, actually), Germany, on the 29th of August ;-) Some local typographers/type designers and I meet once a month for drinks, and that's the next date. During the day you can go to the Klingspor Museum (www.klingspor-museum.de). There are two great little type design exhibits there new, one on Rudolf Koch.

There is also the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, which I like quite a lot.

At the end of September, the ATypI's annual conference will take place on the other side of the Iberian pennisula in Lisbon.

dishdesigner's picture

While you're in the Czech Republic, if you can get to Prague, there's the Museum of Decorative Arts (lots of writing / bookbinding / graphics). And there's supposed to be an important collection of typographic works and manuscripts at one of the monasteries, although I haven't been......you could ask around about this, probably at the MDA.

Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague
Main building
17. listopadu 2
110 00 Prague 1

T) +420 251 093 111
F) +420 251 093 296
E) info@upm.cz)

Metro line A, Tram num. 17 or 18, Bus 133
Staroměstská stop

opening hours
Tuesday 10 a.m.—7 p.m.
Wednesday — Sunday 10 a.m.—6 p.m.

Monday 12 noon—6 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m.—8 p.m., Wednesday — Friday 10 a.m.—6 p.m.
July — August closed

Monday — Friday 10 a.m.—7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10.30
a.m.—7 p.m.

admission charges
Combined ticket: permanent and temporary exhibitions 120 CZK (concessions 60 CZK)
Temporary exhibition: 60 CZK (concessions 30 CZK)
Permanent exhibitions only: 80 CZK (concessions 40 CZK)

free entry
Tuesday 5 p.m.—7 p.m.

ill sans's picture

If you go to Ghent or Antwerp in Belgium, be sure to visit the bookstore Copyright. They have a great selection of graphic design books & -depending on the moment- also some nice books on typography. The Fnac-stores sometimes also have great books on their shelves.
The adresses for the Copyright bookstores are:

Jakobijnenstraat 8, 9000 Ghent
(openinghours: Mo-Sa: 10h00 - 18h30)

Nationalestraat 28a, 2000 Antwerpen
(openinghours: Tu-Sa: 11h00 - 18h30, Su: 14h00 - 18h00)

dan_reynolds's picture

Amsterdam has the famous Nijhof & Lee bookstore, which may be the best typographic bookstore anywhere in the world.

ben millen's picture

This is great, exactly what i was hoping for. -- thanks so much.

Dan, i'll be in touch about the 29th!

dan_reynolds's picture

Great! Just e-mail me over my Typophile profile page.

ill sans's picture

If you make it to Belgium quick, there's still a (tiny) exhibition of illustrators (until 26-08-2006) in a local comic book store (Mekanik, St. Jacobsmarkt 73) here in Antwerp. It only features a few works, but is definitely worth seeing if you happen to be in the neighbourhood. The 2 works of Eduardo Recife alone make it worth the while!
And if you're also into comics or graphic design, it's a fun store to visit anyway.

Good food tips are also available on request ;-)

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