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A-Z presents A—Z is a new space in Berlin for experimental graphic design. A–Z is dedicated to developing, showcasing and promoting ideas and projects in which graphic design goes beyond its boundaries and explores its more unconventional and experimental facets.

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Today we want to give a little sneak into Andrea Tinnes' collection Library of Shapes, Texts and Structures. Andrea writ...
04/03/2022

Today we want to give a little sneak into Andrea Tinnes' collection Library of Shapes, Texts and Structures.

Andrea writes about her collection: Since my studies at the California Institute of the Arts I have been taking pictures of typography, type and graphics in public spaces on a regular basis.
This photographic practice is highly inspired by my former mentor Ed Fella who has been documenting signs and letterings throughout the United States with his polaroid camera for many years. Beyond the vernacular I’m especially looking for traces of faded writings and lyrical remnants of torn off posters as expressions of everyday life poetry.
I process these photographs by converting them into black and white images or bitmaps with highly increased contrasts. In addition I use tight cropping as a means of abstraction by emphasizing interesting details or extracting elements from their context. Some of these details can eventually be vectorized and then included in my collection of shapes and symbols. This specific collection appears as a series of fonts, since font files have proven to be a perfect archival means for simple or medium complex vector graphics.
Any other than that I store and archive all my collected materials both as digital files and prints in ringbinders.

We are open every Thursday from 13:00–19:00 and by appointment.

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We have a new entry to our exhibtion Graphic.Designers.Collectors. from Sarah Boris, who collected all the insane Tweets...
03/03/2022

We have a new entry to our exhibtion Graphic.Designers.Collectors. from Sarah Boris, who collected all the insane Tweets by Donald Trump about global warming, before he was banned from Twitter. It is disturbing to notice how the reach of his stupidity had soared after he became the president of the United States.

Sarah writes about her collection: I was invited to take part in an exhibition in London titled: ‘Man Made Disaster: How Patriarchy is Ruining the Planet’. Each artist was invited to submit one artwork. While I was thinking of how to approach my response I came across a tweet by Donald Trump on climate change. I then decided to research if he had tweeted more on the topic and found over one hundred tweets just on this.
The collection is arranged in chronological order and forms the likes of weather diary. I felt it was important to keep as part of the collection the data surrounding the tweets at the time of finding them (such as the RTs, likes, date and time).
After I turned my collection into an artist book, the main discovery was to see that it could appeal to the political sphere. A Green MP at the European Parliament got in touch to purchase 20 of the books. It made me realise the impact of the collection and its display in book form could have appeal and become a political tool as well as a historical reference.
When I did the book I did not expect Trump’s twitter account to be deleted and therefore I realised the collection had formed an important archival and documentation of this commentary found on social media from the 45th US President.
The paper used is G.F Smith Extract Aqua made from paper cups recycled from the landfill.

We are open today from 13.00–19:00.

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From reds to yellows, to oranges and blues, we are more then delighted to include Peter Nencini’s collection 'Olives To ...
02/03/2022

From reds to yellows, to oranges and blues, we are more then delighted to include Peter Nencini’s collection 'Olives To Sages To Hi-Vis Greens‘ in our exhibition. Exisiting of the most curious little objects. Come have a look for yourself, and don’t worry when you might think you’re seeing double!

Peter writes about his collection: The collection triangulates three kinds of common consumable green – olive, sage and hi-vis – so there are three ‘first pieces’ rather than one.
At the olive vertex is a ‘Chevron’ celery dish, from a range designed by Gill Pemberton for Denby Pottery in about 1962. There’s something insular and lithic about its modernism. This is the day-to-day tableware of my childhood, embodying a period of 60s to 70s class mobility, affordable design for people such as my parents – emerging from growing up in Victorian terraced houses in Liverpool through the 40s and 50s. My feelings about this dish are confused, like Britain’s relationship to modernity and the public sector. They tend to be nostalgically viewed from an increasing distance, rather than as a tool to imagine a different present.
At the sage and hi-vis vertices are, respectively, a SlimLine hanger ‘Shoulder Shaper’ and the leg from a Maped ‘Kid’Z’ compass. Like the Chevron dish both objects’ attributes stylistically recur in more complex things, such as architecture, appliances, accessories. So they serve as parts for composite object works which tell small stories about socio-economic change.
At this triangle’s centre are the chewed tennis balls, gathered from daily dog walks as part of a working day. The frenetic working through of dirt and saliva means that each ball chromatically spans this collection’s greens.

We are open every Thursday from 13:00–19:00 and by appointment.

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Today we would like to share with you not only vacation vibes but also the collcetion Twenty Six Eleven by Sven Völker, ...
01/03/2022

Today we would like to share with you not only vacation vibes but also the collcetion Twenty Six Eleven by Sven Völker, which is all about the accidental appearance of a Porsche 911 on touristic postcards. The corresponding publication is available in our A–Z online shop and in our space.

Sven writes about his collection: It all started with an old Berlin postcard from the 1960s on which also – rather incidentally – a Porsche was to be found. Not just any vehicle drove through that picture, but a beautiful 911, an F-model, first generation in blood orange.
I immediately thought, there must be more like this. I began to look for old postcards on which this specific model in different colors was to be found. This took a while, but it was also fun, perhaps best compared to puzzling. In ten years, a good 70 cards came together.
Of course, it is somewhat pointless, but perhaps that is also an important aspect of collecting. Not everyone else understands why you do it. It also helps if you don’t collect what everyone else collects, otherwise it can get expensive. These postcards are precious and rare, but they were cheap.
Contemporary photographs of old Porsche 911 are almost exclusively pictures from old catalogs or campaigns – staged and not just documented. These postcards though were showing the cars as hidden gems within a long gone everyday life. You can hardly get more honest.

We are open every Thursday from 13.00–19:00 and by appointment. 

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What screams more collection than a stamp collection? That’s why we want to share these vintage poster stamp beauties by...
25/02/2022

What screams more collection than a stamp collection? That’s why we want to share these vintage poster stamp beauties by Niko Courtelis today.

Niko writes about his collection: I found my first poster stamp mixed in with a regular stamp collection and wondered “What is that?!”
I was fascinated by the form and purpose.
Collecting poster stamps has been enriching in many ways. The scope and range of design and printing styles is a great source of inspiration. In fact, with my design partner Joshua Berger, we founded The Portland Stamp Company, dedicated to creating and producing contemporary poster stamps.
We love to share vintage poster stamps from my collection by posting them on Instagram. We hope to inspire creativity and foster design dialogue.
There are some highly sought after poster stamps. After years of searching I located not one, but three copies of the Berthold Loffler ‘Angel’ stamp designed for the Kunstschau Wien in 1908. It remains one of the favorite items in my collection.
The continual pursuit, acquisition and research are all interesting and interlinked facets of collecting. As with any collection, focus on a particular area leads to constant surprise and delight. I’ve been very lucky to find great stamps and make wonderful friends through collecting.

We are open every Thursday from 13.00–19:00 and by appointment. 

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Our brand new collection from Franziska Morlok & Till Beckmann of notebooks with a wide range of different lineatures ar...
24/02/2022

Our brand new collection from Franziska Morlok & Till Beckmann of notebooks with a wide range of different lineatures arrived this week! So check it out today, we are open from 13:00 – 19:00.

Franziska & Till write: We‘ve always had a certain fascination with stationery and unusual printed matter ... The first school book we deliberately bought was from Malta. It is printed in a beautiful green, and the paper is great. After this find, we started to look for more.
A visit to a stationery is part of every trip for us – the dustier it looks the higher the probability of finding strange labels, accounting ledgers or school books. What is represented by this collection of exercise books, notebooks and writing aids is a wide range of rulings. These say a lot about lettering and writing systems, even without showing fonts.
For example, school books from China look like abstract patterns, from which one can already guess the complexity of the characters. The materiality of these books is also special: made of very absorbent, coarse paper, produced cheaply, even with multicolored linings, they leave room for variance away from the standards. In many areas, rulings are becoming obsolete due to digitization, and in exercise books they are increasingly standardized due to large print runs. So in the future, we may have to find a new occupation on our travels.

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What do all these words have in common? They are univocals, meaning that each vowel appears only once. Since the early 1...
23/02/2022

What do all these words have in common? They are univocals, meaning that each vowel appears only once. Since the early 1960’s, Bernard Stein collects these particular types of words. Also there is a little Easter Egg in Bernard's choice of words. As chance would have it, Niklaus Troxler, who also participates in our exhibition Graphic.Designers.Collectors., is a univocal word.

Bernard writes about his collection: About ten years ago, I was out of town for a few days. My kids took advantage of my absence to invite friends over. One of them was P., a school friend of my twins.
In the kitchen, P. noticed a few of my Wasunger trays and my son told her that I collect them and asked if she would like to take a look at the whole collection. P. was interested and encouraged by her enthusiasm, my son told her that I also collect words that contain all five vowels, each once.
P. was curious and asked my son to name a few. He named the usual ones like JALOUSIE, NAGEL-STUDIO and BIOBAUER. He added that my favorite word is ARBEITSORDNUNG. P. looked surprised and he explained that this is my only word where all the vowels are in alphabetical order.
P. nodded in agreement and replied “Ah – just like in MAGERMILCHJOGHURT.”

We are open every Thursday from 13.00–19:00 and by appointment.

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She might be the most famous woman in Germany: Erika Mustermann. In the collection Licence/Photo/Document by Magaret War...
22/02/2022

She might be the most famous woman in Germany: Erika Mustermann. In the collection Licence/Photo/Document by Magaret Warzecha, which is about fake documents, Erica is an often seen guest.

Magaret writes about her collection: I stumbled across my first sample in a cheap wallet at a so called EuroShop in Amsterdam in 2008. It was an imitation of a dutch Postbank card. During that time I was researching everything around the phenomena of placeholder names like ‘John Doe’ or ‘Erika Mustermann’ for my graduation project. I found the card of ‘Th. G. Lucassen’, even signed with a beautiful handwritten signature, and got kind of obsessed with browsing through discount stores all over the world on travels or holidays. By now, 13 years later this phenomena unfortunately almost disappeared.
Since I usually have to take them out of unsold wallets, which turns me into a thief every time, this already feels pretty exciting to me. But I guess the most exciting experience through my collection was the portrait picture of a boy, which I have found in Chinatown in San Francisco and never saw it somewhere else again. As with this very specific example, this collection somehow talks so much about stereotypes and symbols of identity, status and society.

We are open every Thursday from 13.00–19:00 and by appointment. 

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Flowers and babyblue, what else could it be than toilet paper? Juli Gudehus collects all colours and prints of toilet pa...
21/02/2022

Flowers and babyblue, what else could it be than toilet paper? Juli Gudehus collects all colours and prints of toilet paper one could possibly think of. If you want to come have a look yourself, we are open every Thursday from 13.00–19:00.

Juli writes about her collcetion: My collection of toilet paper from all over the world began over 20 years ago and comprises over 1,000 copies by now. The beginning of the Corona time saw a veritable run on this supposedly so mundane consumer item. On this occasion I finally opened my treasure chest and started an extensive and entertaining YouTube series Design for the Arse.
To date, my toilet paper collection comprises 1.028 single sheets from about 30 years and uncounted countries. The countries are uncounted because, unfortunately, I did not take any notes on the exhibits. What I know about them, I have simply memorised. In any case, I know that I bought toilet paper in Japan, the USA and Latvia, for example, and that toilet paper was „donated“ to me from Ukraine, Eritrea and the Netherlands. I have archived all these sheets in A5 transparent pockets, each with a white sheet of paper behind it – a bit like a butterfly collection.
Among the hits in my collection are a poo-brown toilet paper from the early 80s, toilet paper from Deutsche Bahn - i.e. former state property, a toilet paper printed with camouflage patterns, but which is not the Bundeswehr’s own brand.
Toilet paper that looks and feels like crepe paper. Toilet paper that looks like glassine and is completely smooth. A rainbow-farting unicorn, a tap-dancing and egg-juggling Easter bunny, a talking toilet roll, cacti and pins, Trump and Putin

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A–Z is a new space that opens in Berlin with the mission of expanding the territory of graphic design, by rethinking its limits and by challenging its traditional views. The storefront located in the heart of the city will be the place where renowned graphic designers are invited to unfold their artistic, conceptual or formally experimental projects.

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seid am kommenden donnerstag (10.02.) dabei, wenn ich mit dr. christina thomson (@kubi_cat, #kunstbibliothekberlin) und dr. julia meer (Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg) über das sammeln und archivieren von #grafikdesign spreche. das ganze findet im rahmen der ausstellung #graphicdesignerscollectors (A-Z presents) statt. ihr könnt euch per zoom ab 19:00 uhr zuschalten: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84426922642 •• #graphicdesign #collectinggraphicdesign #a5 #booklaunch
On Wednesday November 10, the exhibition opening and book presentation of #rijksakademie alum Anita Di Bianco's solo show 'The error is regretted' will take place in A-Z presents in Berlin. The exhibition and book release marks the 20th anniversary of the artist's ongoing newsprint project 'Corrections and Clarifications': an edited compilation of daily revisions, retractions, re-wordings, distinctions and apologies to print and online news from September 2001 to the present, which she started during her residency at the Rijksakademie. At the opening of the show, at 19:00 hours, Anita Di Bianco will discuss with Florian Wüst and Anna Bromley the ever-expanding struggle in the media landscape between credibility vs. attention, the renewed legitimacy of mis-information, and the pitfalls of news consumption habits and codes. The talk will also be streamed through A—Z's Instagram account Check for more information and opening hours: https://a-z-presents.com/
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Feminism is on everyone’s lips today and we think that this is a normal state of being. We like to forget the historical background on which we build this feminist self-confidence today. The editorial team of the Feminist Findings zine has analyzed an exciting selection of historical publications that allow us to discover the path of this movement and its significance for our times. This is an important approach to prevent the discussion of sometimes tiresome topics such as gender equality from being forgotten again. “The power of finding each other.” Coming together through the digital ether over lockdown, Feminist Findings is the product of a collective, extensive research of twenty-six womxn and non-binary people on histories of feminist publishing. The result was the Feminist Findings zine and its accompanying exhibition of the same name, which was on show at Berlin’s A-Z presents gallery until the end of September, showcase nearly forgotten stories of feminist publishing, packed with powerful messages, art, and illustrations. The Liberation in Print Collective (L.i.P) formed during the recent lock-down period. Across four continents and many time zones, its members came together via their computers to dig through digital archives, searching for the missing histories of feminist journals, magazines, zines, newspapers, and newsletters. Eventually the Collective’s research took the form of a zine and exhibition, shining a long overdue spotlight on the missing histories of the feminist movement’s print publications. The Feminist Findings zine presents articles and essays on the labor, loves, networks, hierarchies, friendships, fall-outs, struggles, victories, economics, designs, and daily lives of womxn in the past working out what it might mean to organize a feminist praxis. Especially from the late 1960s onwards, publishing became a crucial means for womxn to build community and inspire social change. Feminist Findings chronicles these means and methods, seeking to garner what we can learn today from the movements that came before us. Feminist Findings also marks the first project of Futuress, an online magazine and community space launching in fall of this year. It’s mentors—Corin Gisel and Nina Paim—are of the design research practice common-interest, which is a non-profit design research practice collaborated with journalist Madeleine Morley. In a remote workshop during lockdown, initiated by le Signe, the National Center for Graphics in Chaumont, Feminist Finding’s authors met remotely every Wednesday during the early months of social distancing. They shared and discussed individual research findings; quickly, the global group of multidisciplinary strangers. This included artists, graphic designers, writers, educators, type designers, publishers, social anthropologists, students, and more—became a tightly-knit research unit. In recent years, through the efforts of many archivist-activists, more and more feminist periodicals are digitized and available online; with libraries and universities shut, the L.i.P. Collective sought to resurface the unknown histories embedded in these online archives, and make them known to a wider readership. While there aren’t any plans to reprint the first issue of Feminist Findings, which was limited to a run of just 120 copies, or any suggestion that it’ll run for more issues than a one-off, the contents will be shared gradually online on the new Futuress platform. Designers and Authors: The Liberation in Print Collective Editors and Publisher: Futuress Release: August 2020 Volume: 32 pages Language: English Production / Finishing: Le Signe (Risograph) Price: Suggested donation of 20.– Euro Buy via the Futuress Instagram (while stocks last!): www.instagram.com/futuress_org
Dass Frauen im Publishing und im Design über lange Zeit nur eine nebensächliche Rolle spielten, ist in der Zwischenzeit wohl den meisten bekannt. Dass sie auch im Jahr 2020 noch systematisch benachteiligt werden, ist allerdings mehr als traurig. Feminist Findings ist das Ergebnis der Recherchearbeit von 26 Frauen und nichtbinären Menschen zur Geschichte des feministischen Publishings. Das Kollektiv mit dem Titel „Liberation in Print“ hat sich jüngst während der Lockdown-Periode im virtuellen Raum zusammengefunden, um unzählige Archive nach (leider) äußerst seltenen Fundstücken zu durchforsten: feministische Zeitschriften, Magazine und Zines. Die hieraus entstandene Ausstellung und Publikation sind noch bis zum 24. September in Berlin zu sehen. Nichts wie hin da! A-Z presents Torstraße, Berlin mehr Infos unter a-z-presents.com
We will have an open house during art week and you are warmly invited to experience and enjoy our library. Doors are open Friday, 13 September – Sunday, 15 September from 13:00 - 18:00. Seid herzlich willkommen zu unserem Open House während der Artweek. Von Freitag, 13. September - Sonntag, 15. September könnt ihr jeweils 13 - 18 Uhr unsere Bücher mit allen Sinnen erleben und genießen. A-Z presents #artbooks #design #socialconsciousness #openhouse #Berlin #bookstore #artweek
The wonderful Anja Lutz describing the concepts behind her experimental design space A-Z presents.
Detail of the back side of the current exhibition at A-Z presents
Thanks to Anja Lutz for hosting us and telling us about her new project A-Z presents! Great current exhibition!
Bei A-Z presents, dem neuen Raum für experimentelles Grafikdesign in Berlin, findet in Kürze die zweite Ausstellung statt: New Anthems VI (Berlin) – Eine neue Hymne für Deutschland vom dem australischen Designkollektiv Inkahoots New Anthems VI (Berlin) ist eine großformatige interaktive typografische Installation, die zur kreativen Teilnahme an einem öffentlichen Dialog über die Kritik und Konstruktion des zeitgenössischen Nationalismus und der nationalen Identität einlädt. Eröffnung und Präsentation von Jason Grant (Inkahoots): Freitag 14. Juni 2019, 19 Uhr Torstr. 93, 10119 Berlin A–Z widmet sich der Entwicklung, Präsentation und Diskussion von Ideen und Projekten, die herkömmliche Grenzen des Grafikdesigns ausweiten und seine eher unkonventionellen und experimentellen Seiten beleuchten. Renommierte Grafikdesignerinnen und Grafikdesigner werden eingeladen, in diesem Rahmen ihre eigenen künstlerischen, konzeptuellen oder formal experimentellen Projekte vorzustellen. Alle eingeladenen Grafikdesigner verbindet, dass ihre Werke persönliche Statements sind, die jenseits von Auftragsarbeiten entstehen. Ziel von A–Z ist es, einen neuen Blick auf die vielfältigen Facetten des Grafikdesigns zu eröffnen.
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