Re:publica is an annual conference that deals with web-related topics like blogging, social media, digital society and web politics. On the occasion of re:publica 13 which opened it doors in Berlin today, Wortfeld has published a series of historic conference posters, claiming that they were discovered “in the attic of the state archives in Berlin-Dahlem”. The posters purportedly prove that the roots of re:publica go back not only to 2007, but actually a full hundred years, when “engineers, artists, painters and musicians first met in a Berlin machine factory in 1913, under the wary eyes of the Prussian secret police”.
Although there are a couple of details that challenge their authenticity, the posters do a remarkable job at emulating the various historic styles of graphic design. It’s obvious that the designer(s) had lots of fun with these.
The images were published under a CC-by license.
See also the Homeland Vintage Jazz Record Covers.
Thanks for the detailed review! (Maſchinenfabrik: duh, should have spotted that.) I tried to aim for the typefaces that were designed at that time, but I didn’t research the release dates of each available weight…
By the way, “all rights reserved” should read “some rights reversed” since the posters are under a CC license.
Thank you for creating these! Such a series would make for a funny student assignment.
One thing that I didn’t touch upon in the comments is the fact that the lettershapes on posters often are not typographic (i.e. made with fonts), but lettered (drawn, painted, stencilled etc.) – certainly in 1913, but also in post-war decades. Of course I realize that drawing custom letters would have gone beyond the scope of this hoax …
For the “all rights reserved” bit: that’s a known bug – the template is not attuned to CC-licenses yet. Will look into this.
Contributed by Stephen Coles
Contributed by Florian Hardwig