Book Launch: Barley & Hops

This Friday, September 19, 20:00–22:00
Gestalten Pavilion, Bikini Berlin

We’re celebrating the launch of Barley & Hops: The Craft Beer Book. Come meet some master brewers as well as the book’s editors Sylvia Kopp, Sven Ehmann, and Robert Klanten.

Some of the best craft beers featured in the book will be available! Among them are brews from Heidenpeters (Berlin), Private Landbrauerei Schönram (Bavaria), Schneider Weisse (Bavaria), and Brewers & Union (South Africa). 

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Barley & Hops—May The Craft Be with You

“Brew it yourself” is more than a trend; individual breweries are going back to basics and using meticulous craftsmanship to create beers with rich taste. These beers represent a new authenticity and way of life.

To offer you an expert perspective on the international craft beer movement captured in Barley & Hops, met with beer sommelier and founder of the Berlin Beer Academy Sylvia Kopp, who authored the texts in our new book Barley & Hops (also published in German as Das Craft-Bier Buch), and for added insight, we also paid a visit to the Berlin-based American craft beer brewery Vagabund Brauerei.

Last Thursday saw a special evening at Gestalten Space as we celebrated the book launch of Hello, I am Erik (Hallo, ich bin Erik in German) with Robert Klanten, Erik Spiekermann and Johannes Erler. We had a wonderful time and were happy to see a full house; thank you for the terrific turn out! 

Many fans also brought home a personal copy of the book signed by both Erik Spiekermann and Johannes Erler. If you did not get your copy of the publication yet, get it at Gestalten Stores in Berlin or through our webshop:

Hello, I am Erik:
Hallo, ich bin Erik:

Photography by Yves Sucksdorff (

Visual Families—Graphic Storytelling in Design and Illustration

Visual Families visualizes our penchant for sorting in playful and entertaining ways. The book presents lighthearted yet compelling work by illustrators, designers, and the creators of infographics that visually structures the stuff of our daily lives. In very different ways, all of the examples tell interesting stories with subjects that might otherwise be boring and dry and show how enjoyable arranging things can be.

Browse and buy the book here.

Video production by Jan Schöttler for Gestalten.

Book Launch, Talk and Signing Event in Berlin


Date: August 28, 2014

Time: 19:00

Location: Gestalten Space, Berlin

Join us for a special evening with Erik Spiekermann and editor of the book Johannes Erler to celebrate the book launch of Hello, I am Erik (Hallo, ich bin Erik in German) this Thursday.

You will also have the opportunity to get your copy personally signed by both Spiekermann and Erler. RSVP on Facebook.

Next Workshop with Erik Spiekermann

“You have to touch everything—you have to think about it, you have to plan a little more, and whatever you do is fairly permanent.”

We are proud to host the next exclusive letterpress workshop with Erik Spiekermann at his letterpress workshop p98a on October 17–18, 2014.

Held in German and English, it will explore the fundamentals of letterpress through theory, the mechanics of the printers used, and hands-on experimentation.

As a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from Erik Spiekermann himself, this is an advanced course for anyone interested in typography and letterpress printing. 

Available for Pre-Order Now!

The Monocle Guide to Good Business is a book for would-be business leaders, start-ups, and established companies that feel it’s time for some new ideas. It’s a book made to be used. Write in its margins and turn over the corners of its pages as you find inspiration.

It’s not a book about staging a revolution, but about doing things well—from how you run the show to the pens you buy.

Let the teaser video speak for itself.

Upcoming Gestalten Workshop


Juan Velasco, Senior Editor for Art and Graphics at National Geographic magazine will be joining Gestalten this fall to host a workshop on the “Power of Infographics.”

This two-day workshop will provide the foundation to understand the role of visual storytelling with infographics and go through the process of creating them. You will learn about gathering and preparing data, and working with numerical information to create charts, sketches, and storyboards. You will also be able to use hierarchy, color, typography, illustration, and narrative order to get your messages across with effective infographics for print editorials.

The workshop will offer an overview of the essential tools and strategies involved in creating engaging animated and interactive graphics for mobile devices and the web. 

Date: September 29–30, 2014
Time: 10:00–19:00
Location: Gestalten Space
Language: English
Limited to 20 participants
Participation Fee: €799.00

Does This Happen to Everyone? – A Budding Adult’s Guide to Puberty

Puberty is a time of big physical and emotional changes. You want to guide your child through them, but you don’t know how. Does This Happen to Everyone? is here to help! It not only tackles tricky FAQs by boys and girls about love and puberty, but also reveals the joyful adventure of growing up. 

This book is available in American English or in British English that reflect local vocabulary and circumstances.

See other new titles by Little Gestalten, a new children’s book imprint by Gestalten.
Video credit: Jan Schöttler.

PLEASE READ: Due to changes in schedules, our upcoming workshop with Erik Spiekermann, which was previously scheduled for July 25–26 has been changed to August 7–8, 2014. 

“You don’t just hit the button ‘delete,’ there is no ‘delete,’ there is no ‘return,’ you have to touch everything. You have to think and plan a little more, and what you do is very permanent. ” – Erik Spiekermann

Our exclusive two-day workshop with Erik Spiekermann is for anyone who is interested in typography and letterpress. On August 7–8, you will work and learn with your hands. You will design and set up your own press, and experience the traditional letterpress printing under the guidance of Erik Spiekermann and five instructors at the P98A gallery. Having your own press to work on, you will print from wood, lead type, woodcuts, and polymer plates. 

Limited to 12 participants only. REGISTER NOW