Typographic BERLIN

aszszelp's picture

I'm trying to save what is yet to be saved, as I did not manage to ask this in time.

I've got some more days left, and wanted to ask, what not to miss in Berlin, typographically?

Any museums, exhibitions, foundries to visit? Any signage to look out for?

All tips appreciated!

dan_reynolds's picture

Well, aside from FontShop in Kreuzberg, there aren't any foundries left in Berlin, although the city is awash in type designers!

In terms of letters, I love to visit the city's many cemeteries. Here are a few photos – http://www.flickr.com/photos/typeoff/sets/72157600961533746/

The Bode Museum on the Museumsinsel has lots of letters in its basement medieval collection, and also in its large coin collection. The Bauhaus-Archiv might have lettering, but I've not been inside it. There are a number of Soviet and East German memorials with expressionistic stone-carved letters, too. If you go up to the top of the Reichstag, and look down into one of the courtyards, you can see a large lettered installation by Hans Haake.

Near the Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz there are a series of Rosa Luxemburg quotes set as inlaid metal letters into the pavement.

Florian Hardwig's picture

Check out these older threads:
Interesting typographic places in Berlin?
Specialist Art & Design Bookstores in Berlin

Not much to add. You’re too early for TYPO, and as Ivo is having a good time in San Francisco, no Typo-Stammtisch at the moment either.


Florian Hardwig's picture

Right now, you can visit an interesting exhibition of graphic design tag-team Ott + Stein, whose works (posters, typographic logos, books) were quite formative and influential for the Berlin scene in the last 3 decades.

Ott + Stein Grafikdesign
The graphic works of Nicolaus Ott and Bernard Stein
Retrospective exhibition at Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz, Kunstbibliothek

Matthäikirchplatz 8, S Potsdamer Platz
Until 15 June 2008. Tue–Fri 10–18 h, Sat/Sun 11–18 h

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