Typonauts in Space: 20 Jahre Mauerfall

Posters from a recent type workshop at MCAD.

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Above: MCAD student Ana, 24×36 inches. (All posters are listed alphabetically.)

Our GRD_3020 grupetto welcomed Verena Gerlach to our class on the day before her recent lecture at MCAD. Based on some advance preparation, we were ready with sketches based on the theme of the workshop, the commemoration of twenty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The students devoted several more weeks to respond to critique and developed new ideas. As exhibited here, these posters represent only part of the design brief, their folding also creates a magazine spread environment we will share more of soon.

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Above: Waiting to hang for the first crit, smiles all around.

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Above: Problem description with folding schema.

We were especially grateful to Verena and to Fontshop for allowing the students to experiment with FF City Street Type, by Verena Gerlach and Ole Schäfer (2000). It was equally interesting for us to hear from Verena directly on life in Berlin, twenty years ago that day. She shared images that a friend took during those fateful days, some of which were incorporated into the designs you see below.

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Above: Early experiment from Tomas (see blue final below).

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Above: Annie and Brian stretch to match the flow-line, Ana helps.

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Above: MCAD student Andy, 24×36 inches.

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Above: MCAD student Alexa, 24×36 inches.

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Above: MCAD student Annie, 24×36 inches.

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Above: MCAD student Brian, 24×36 inches.

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Above: Visiting MCAD student Charlie, 24×36 inches.

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Above: MCAD student Dan, 24×36 inches.

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Above: MCAD student George, 24×36 inches.

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Above: MCAD student Huong, 24×36 inches.

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Above: MCAD student Joe, 24×36 inches.

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Above: MCAD student Katie, 24×36 inches.

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Above: MCAD student Tomas, 24×36 inches.

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Above: More from MCAD student Andy, 24×36 inches.

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Above: More from MCAD student Annie, 24×36 inches.

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Above: More from MCAD student Huong, 24×36 inches.

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Above: More from MCAD student Annie, 24×36 inches.

For more information on the history of these rescued letterforms, see Verena’s description at fraugerlach (dot) de. I hope to post documentation of the spread format soon. A thousand thanks to Verena and the students for their efforts.

Typonauten, avanti!

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Above: MCAD student Amy, 24×36 inches.

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Above: MCAD student Mitchell, 24×36 inches.

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Above: MCAD student Christopher, 24×36 inches.




25 Responses to “Typonauts in Space: 20 Jahre Mauerfall”

Wow Annie!

1 and 2 are marvelous! Super sick.

George Folz added these words on Oct 16 09 at 2:40 PM

whoah! these are splendid. way to go designers, professor brandt and verena!

kindra added these words on Oct 16 09 at 10:03 PM

its good to see them all together in color like this! everything looks really good…but you caught me with my eyes closed in the 4th picture…

joe added these words on Oct 17 09 at 10:19 AM

Wow, well done! This is so impressive!
And thank you so much for inviting me.

verena added these words on Oct 19 09 at 1:56 AM

Thanks George!

These all look really fantastic, we’ve come a long way.

annie added these words on Oct 19 09 at 6:37 AM

all are wonderful.

im personally reeally enjoy mcad student dan’s.

who is this dan fellow

tousue added these words on Oct 19 09 at 11:38 PM

RT @thefndtn: 20 years later, amazing posters by MCAD students celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall – http://bit.ly/1dYmZi (via @FontFont)

Sebastian Goll added these words on Oct 20 09 at 2:47 AM

RT @walkerartcenter: @thefndtn: 20 years later, amazing posters by MCAD students celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall: http://bit.ly/1dYmZi

Heidi Raatz added these words on Oct 20 09 at 2:54 AM

RT @walkerartcenter RT @thefndtn: posters by MCAD students celebrate the fall of Berlin Wall http://bit.ly/1dYmZi (via @FontFont)

design:related added these words on Oct 20 09 at 3:16 AM

I like Joe + Brian! RT @walkerartcenter Posters by MCAD students: 20 years after the Berlin Wall http://bit.ly/1dYmZi via @FontFont @thefndt

Sight Unseen added these words on Oct 20 09 at 4:05 AM

Celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years later with stellar typographic posters :: http://bit.ly/2aWYW (via @designrelated)

Justin Parnell added these words on Oct 20 09 at 4:17 AM

Celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years later with stellar typographic posters http://bit.ly/2aWYW (via @juparnell, @designrelated)

Angela Shetler added these words on Oct 20 09 at 10:09 AM

RT 20 years later, amazing posters by MCAD students celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall – http://bit.ly/1dYmZi (via @FontFont)

mcad added these words on Oct 20 09 at 5:07 PM

20 years later, amazing posters by MCAD students celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall – http://bit.ly/1dYmZi

mcad added these words on Oct 20 09 at 5:09 PM

Bravo. RT @mcad_edu: 20 years later, amazing posters by MCAD students celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall – http://bit.ly/1dYmZi

Gregory Lang added these words on Oct 20 09 at 5:11 PM

Thanks to everyone for your remarks. Thanks to FontFont as well, they just ‘favorited’ these on their Flickr site.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fontfont/favorites/

Erik Brandt added these words on Oct 20 09 at 5:15 PM

Special thanks to FontFont and the Walker Art Center for the retweets… ¡Que VIVA!

Erik Brandt added these words on Oct 20 09 at 6:43 PM

RT @walkerartcenter: 20 years later, amazing posters by MCAD students celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall – http://bit.ly/1dYmZi

Rob Davis added these words on Oct 20 09 at 6:53 PM

Und auch Frau Gerlach: http://www.fraugerlach.de/

Erik Brandt added these words on Oct 20 09 at 9:01 PM

love all the posters! amazing i wish i’m still a student! :(

MANAR added these words on Nov 09 09 at 10:52 AM

UPDATE: Andy’s poster was added to a Flickr gallery, West und Ost: http://www.flickr.com/photos/15079109@N08/galleries/72157622632465431

Erik Brandt added these words on Nov 13 09 at 12:25 PM

Just noticed this from Experimental Jetset on the FB, lovely posters on etapes (dot) com: http://www.etapes.com/actus/89-plakate

Erik Brandt added these words on Apr 20 10 at 7:02 AM

Fascinating new discussion going on Typophile, one year later to the day! Check, check, one, two: http://typophile.com/node/75055#comment-434656

Erik Brandt added these words on Oct 17 10 at 11:24 AM

Verena Gerlach’s FF City Street Type is on sale, cool to see they chose to use Brian and Dan’s posters as part of the promo. Great debate happening in the comments (in German) on the differences of some typographic approaches. Access font sale here: http://www.fontblog.de/der-woche-ff-city-street-type-nur-65-e-statt-79-e/comment-page-1#comment-140662

Erik Brandt added these words on Sep 18 12 at 11:28 AM

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