p98a is an experimental letterpress workshop in Berlin Tiergarten, dedicated to letters, printing and paper.

We are a group of multi-disciplined designers, exploring how letterpress can be redefined in the 21st century through printing, research, collecting, publishing and making things.

Erik Spiekermann, Ferdinand Ulrich, Norman Posselt, Jan Gassel, Alexander Nagel, Lunia D’Ambrosio, Jannis Riethmüller, Daniel Klotz, and Susanna Dulkinys work with our hot metal- and wood-type, several proof presses, a Heidelberg »Windmill« platen and other traditional analogue equipment and combine those with digital technologies. We expose polymer plates, cut large size type from digital data, mill punches to make matrices for casting new hot metal type and will be 3d-printing poster type as soon as the materials become affordable.

We use a direct-to-plate process to output digital plates for letterpress-printing books at our friends’ shop Die Lettertypen. They have a Heidelberg Cylinder and a large 1924 Johannisberger stop-cylinder press, plus lots of other machines for typesetting, printing and finishing.

We have more than 500 cases of wood type from 8 to 60 Cicero (the German equivalent of a »line«, aka 1 pica, but about 7% larger) and around 450 cases with foundry type from 6 to 96 point. The Linotype machine has 56 magazines from 6 to 18 point.

Our digital Risograph is used to print small publications with spot colours, like our own p98a Paper.

We do occasionally take on commercial work. We also let colleagues set type and print, as long as they contribute to our expenses. We like visitors but encourage them to make appointments in advance of their visit.

We speak English, German, and Italian.

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We are engaged in design education and believe letterpress should be integrated in the curriculum. The following universities have visited us in the past for workshops or studio tours:

→ Warren Wilson College, Asheville/NC, USA Art Center
→ Bath School of Art and Design, UK
→ Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), Germany
→ Miami Ad School, Berlin, Germany
→ University of Art and Design (BTK), Berlin, Germany
→ School of Design Bern, Switzerland
→ Canterbury College, UK
→ Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Dessau, Germany
→ School of Arts Gent (KASK), Belgium
→ Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design, Halle/Saale, Germany
→ Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW), Germany
→ Kingston University London, UK
→ University of Applied Sciences Konstanz Konstanz (HTWG), Germany
→ Leeds College of Art, UK
→ Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Design, Australia
→ University of Ljubljana, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Slovenia
→ Münster University of Applied Sciences, Germany
→ Art Center College of Design, Pasadena/CA, USA
→ University of Reading, Department of Typography and Graphic Communication, UK
→ Texas State University, School of Art and Design, San Marcos/TX, USA
→ Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, Netherlands

P98A House

p98a.berlin – typographic workshop
Potsdamer Straße 98a
10785 Berlin

Telephone → +49 (0)30 8321 9070
E-mail → info@p98a.com
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Twitter → @galeriep98a
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