Hello, I am Erik—The German Letterman

Erik Spiekermann is one of the best-known typographers and graphic designers in the world. Not only does he represent German typeface and corporate design like no other, but his work and the companies he founded—MetaDesign, FontShop, and EdenSpiekermann—have also had an unparalleled influence on contemporary graphic design around the globe.

At his newly opened letterpress workshop P98A gallery, Gestalten.tv meets this master, who has been “suffering from typomania” all his life. We learn about the beauty that benefits from constraints, the heritage of letterpress printing, and his unusual entrepreneurship principles. This video also gives you a sneak peak into his upcoming Gestalten book Hello, I am Erik, the first-ever visual biography of Erik Spiekermann’s life and work.

View our upcoming letterpress workshop with Erik Spiekermann here.

Pre-order his book:

Hello, I am Erik (EN)
Hallo, ich bin Erik (DE)

Hands-on Workshop with Erik Spiekermann

Erik Spiekermann is the epitome of a typographer. With his typefaces, commercial projects, and enterprises, he has shaped the world of graphic design like no other. Gestalten proudly teams up with Erik Spiekermann to host a series of letterpress workshops at his newly opened P98A gallery.

We’re thrilled to kick-off this series with a comprehensive two-day workshop on July 25–26. It will explore the fundamentals of letterpress through theory, the mechanics of the printers used, and experimentation. Participants will be introduced to basic typesetting, including the setting of small type, as well as justifying, binding columns, distributing type, and press set up. After being led through basic printing with mock-ups, cylinder packing, and the inking process, it’ll be time for hands-on printing with one of the world’s most influential designers!

Held in German and English, this is a workshop for anyone interested in typography and letterpress. You don’t need to come prepared with anything. The studio will have aprons for everyone and a healthy supply of soap to wash off the ink after the two days. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

Register here.

Book Review on yatzer today:

House of Adriano and Silvia in Milan, Design by Pietro Russo, Photography: Filippo Bambhergi, from The Chamber of Curiosity, Copyright Gestalten 2014.

New Gestalten Workshop: 3D Printing with UNFOLD


Date & Time: August 4–5, 10:00–19:00
Location: Fablab Berlin
Language: English
Participation Fee: €599

Founded in 2002 by Dries Verbruggen and Claire Warnier, Unfold is a Belgian design studio and a multidisciplinary platform at the intersection of design, technology, and art. Sharing a love of experimentation, the duo continue to expand the possibilities of 3D printing and digital production in both theory and practice. Recently, they have transferred their ideas into Printing Things: Visions and Essentials for 3D Printing, a new book by Gestalten that presents the newest technologies and outstanding projects, testifying the paradigm-shifting topic of 3D printing.

In this two-day hands-on workshop, participants will learn and explore the fundamentals of 3D printing—from ideas on paper to actual printed work. They will focus on creating and producing custom-made adapters and connectors to bring together already existing components and objects that are normally incompatible. Background on how digital fabrication could help contribute to a system of universal and open standards for parts and products can be found in the “Building Blocks” chapter of the book. 

Topics will include:
- What is 3D printing: a basic introduction into the various processes
- How to design for 3D printing: making the most effective use of these tools
- A shared language for things: how to design for re-use and interoperability
- Basic 3D modeling tools: how to translate your idea into a 3d printable 3D model
- How to practically print by using at-home 3d printers and consumer 3D print services

This workshop is a great opportunity to get an entry-level start to 3D printing and experiment with all steps in the process. Participants who are already familiar with 3D printing will also gain better insights into what 3D printing is (or is not) about and learn how to make better use of it from two renowned experts in the field.

Requirements: Participants should bring their own laptops with the following free softwares installed: 123D Meshmixer & 123D Design (both at123dapp.com), Netfabb Basic, Google Chrome Browser. Participants should also register a free account at 123Dapp.com.


Opening Recap: The Outsiders at Gestalten Space
Last Thursday, The Outsiders’ product showcase opened its doors at Gestalten Space. Once again, thank you to everyone who came to the opening! It was 30 degrees, but we were able to beat the heat by enjoying some exotic popsicles by Paletas Berlin and chilled craft beers by beer4wedding.

While showcasing David Boyson Cooper’s landscape photography, Kate Sutton’s wildlife illustrated prints, and Jun Oson’s retro-styled illustrations as a backdrop, we have also launched our new special edition collaborations with tokyobike, Fredericks & Mae, and Sanborn Canoe Co.

Featuring additional brands include: A PIECE OF CHIC / BioLite / Bobbin Bikes / Campfire Cologne / El Solitario / Falcon Enamelware / Farmer’s Racer /Field Notes / Frescobol Carioca / Geoffrey Fischer / Hatchet & Bear / Herbertz / Izola / Kammok / Luger Binoculars / Opinel - Page officielle / Oru Kayak/ Otto London / Pendleton / Sandqvist / GRAYL / Ursa Major / Waka Waka / Wood&Faulk

This themed product showcase will be running at Gestalten Space (Sophienstrasse 21) until July 31, so come stock up for your next outdoor movement.

Browse the book and more photos on Facebook.

Photography by Yves Sucksdorff.

Opening Tonight: The Outsiders at Gestalten Space


Inspired by our recent book The Outsiders, we are presenting a themed product showcase that captures the evolving ethos of today’s outdoor scene.

With stunning alpine landscape photography by David Boyson Cooper, wildlife illustrated prints by Kate Sutton, and retro-styled illustrations of the outdoors by Jun Oson as a backdrop, we will be launching the new issues of the magazines Another Escape and The Weekender.

Featuring additional brands such as: A Piece Of Chic / BioLite / Bobbin Bikes / Campfire Cologne / El Solitario / Falcon Enamelware / Farmer’s Racer / Field Notes / Frescobol Carioca / Geoffrey Fischer / Hatchet & Bear / Herbertz / Izola / Kammok / Luger Binoculars / Opinel / Oru Kayak / Otto London / Pendleton / Sandqvist / The Grayl / Ursa Major / Waka Waka / Wood & Faulk

Globetrotters and adventurers, join us for the opening at 18:00 tonight. RSVP on Facebook.

The Outsiders product showcase will be up until July 31 at Gestalten Space: Sophie-Gips-Höfe, Sophienstrasse 21, 10178 Berlin.

Elisa Strozyk for Gestalten


Exclusive Collection Available at Gestalten Stores

We’re so pleased to announce our collaboration with Elisa Strozyk on a special collection of her award-winning Wood Textiles. Exclusively for Gestalten, Strozyk has created a new series of Wooden Plaids in two different color variations, as well as a selection of Table Runners in three sizes.

"Giving importance to surfaces that are desirable to touch can reconnect us with the material world and enhance the emotional value of an object," says the designer.

These elegant accessories meld wood and cloth into a surprisingly new tactile experience between hard and soft. With these items, one can make three-dimensional shapes and add a sculptural element to any home.

Wooden Plaids: 
Variations: Fading to Black (black/maple), Fading to White (nude/red) 
Size: 120 x 180cm

Table Runners: 
Variation: Fading to Black (black/walnuts)
Available in three sizes: 35 x 130cm, 50 x 155cm, and 50 x 180cm

Prices range from €400 to €1800

The Wooden Plaids and Table Runner pieces are now exclusively available at our Berlin stores, Gestalten Pavilion and Gestalten Space.

Type Talk No. 10 with Rober Klanten, Erike Spiekermann and Helmut Ness

Last Tuesday saw the 10th edition of Type Talk Berlin, taken place at Apple Store Kurfürstendamm. Gestalten’s Robert Klanten joined together with type designer Erik Spiekermann and Fuenfwerken’s Helmut Ness at the Apple Store’s conference hall and discussed their point of view on the future of printed books in this digital age.

E-books are quick, interactive and don’t use up space in the bookshelves, but they aren’t replacing the tactile experience of real books. What does digitalization mean to printed matter? 

On the other hand, young designers and publishers are ringing in a new era for printed books, one that is likely to be the most exciting in their entire history. Gestalten’s Fully Booked: Ink on Paper has captured the design and concepts of new publication that celebrate the distinctiveness of materials, techniques, workmanship, and production methods–and push their limits. So, what would you prefer: 
E-books or Fully booked?

(Images: Yves Sucksdorff)

Our new book The Outsiders arrived at Something Else, Bristol! To coincide with the launch, photographer Tom Powell and designer Rebecca McDonald have created a beautiful window installation for the store, featuring stunning photography from the book, in celebration of the exploration of the new outdoor creativity.

If you are in Bristol, go take a look at this wonderful display and browse our books at Something Else!

Thanks for the great work Tom Powell and Rebecca McDonald.

On Gestalten.tv: Richard Turley—Mission Accomplished

From Bitcoin Dreams and a surprisingly sophisticated Twitter bird to a hedge fund boner, we were always fascinated by Richard Turley’s radical cover designs for Bloomberg Businessweek over the past four years. In April 2014, news broke that he was bidding farewell to the magazine’s newsroom and moving on to MTV.

In this video, possibly Turleys last interview as Creative Director of Bloomberg Businessweek, Gestalten.tv captures some of his greatest work and the thinking behind the design of the publication. He talks about how he and his team translate the complex and data-driven world of business, politics, and economics into an endlessly surprising visual package of bold provocative designs every week. We give our heartfelt thanks to Turley for having made business matters so visually interesting.

Read Richard Turley’s essay and learn more about Bloomberg Businessweek in Gestalten’s book Designing News: Changing the World of Editorial Design and Infographics by Francesco Franchi.