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Otfried Preußler exhibition

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Jan 20th, 2015. Artwork published in
October 2014
    Photo: Florian Hardwig. License: CC BY-NC.

    Der Mensch braucht Geschichten — “Humans need stories”. Poster and flyer for an exhibition about German children’s books author Otfried Preußler, using Laurent Bourcellier’s Joos, an upright italic inspired by the work of Joos Lambrecht, a sixteenth-century printer and punchcutter from Ghent.

    Behold the First Spiekermann Dictum: “Where two consecutive lines are closely spaced, […] then in 99 per cent of cases the descender and the ascender will meet and overlap.” Line-spacing has been increased for the flyer, shown below.

    Source: License: All Rights Reserved.

    The illustrations are taken from two of Preußler’s most famous works, Die kleine Hexe and Der Räuber Hotzenplotz, by Winnie Gebhard and F.J. Tripp, courtesy of Esslinger Thienemann Verlags GmbH.


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    1 Comment on “Otfried Preußler exhibition”

    1. Elmtree says:
      Jan 21st, 2015  1:04 am

      Adorable. That upright italic style is perfect for this – quirky and antiquarian and eccentric without seeming musty. Like browsing in an interesting bookshop. I would have loved this as a kid.

      Business-wise in this age of huge font families I’m startled anyone’s left brave enough to do a typeface in just one style (upright italic at that!) but I guess it it makes your design’s best qualities stand out …

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