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, Axel Nagel, Jan Gassel, Jannis Riethmüller, Daniel Klotz, R.Jay Magill 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 and German.

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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:

  • Art Center College of Design, Pasadena/CA
  • Bath School of Art and Design, UK
  • Berlin University of the Arts (UdK)
  • Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design, Halle
  • BTK University of Art and Design, Berlin
  • Canterbury College, UK
  • HAW Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  • Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Gestaltung Konstanz
  • Kingston University London, UK
  • Leeds College of Art, UK
  • Miami Ad School, Berlin
  • Münster University of Applied Sciences
  • Type and Media, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague
  • Warren Wilson College, Asheville/NC

P98A House

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

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