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Berliner Jazztage 1972

Contributed by Matthijs Sluiter on Sep 11th, 2018. Artwork published in
circa October 1972
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    Reproduced from: Welt Aus Schrift: Das 20. Jahrhundert in Europa und den USA, edited by Anita Kühnel, Kunstbibliothek Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, 2010. The poster (offset, 118.7×82.6 cm) is part of the Kunstbibliothek collection, Inv. Nr. 14059394.
    Günther Kieser. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Reproduced from: Welt Aus Schrift: Das 20. Jahrhundert in Europa und den USA, edited by Anita Kühnel, Kunstbibliothek Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, 2010. The poster (offset, 118.7×82.6 cm) is part of the Kunstbibliothek collection, Inv. Nr. 14059394.

    An almost dirty poster for the Berliner Jazztage in 1972, designed by Günther Kieser (1930–), who designed most of the festival posters since the festival started in 1964 until 2000.

    The font in use is Frankfurter which was released by Letraset two years earlier. The typography consists of a photography of a block of text, with artists names inked in different colours, ready to make print, or just after having made a print (which would show mirrored type). The space between the letters is dirty, as if this block has been used many times before — which of course is not the case.

    But… how did Mr. Kieser set the type? On a closer look, it seems like the type has been cut from a polymer- or rubber-like material. In many names, letters overlap one another (e.g. DY in Curdy, MM in Jimmy Smith).

    If anyone can shine a light on how to proceed from a layout with dry transfer lettering to a machine-cut (?) block of text, make yourself heard!

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