Type In Berlin


“Chromeography” celebrates the metallic emblems that gave names and life to vintage automobiles, domestic appliances, and other consumer objects. Curated by Stephen Coles, this collection of photos and physical chrome emblems tells a fascinating story of the changing trends and ideals of the last hundred years simply through metal lettering.

Please join us Friday, November 16th from 6pm for the opening reception. Stephen will be on hand to answer all your questions about anything chrome lettering to font identification.

And as always, there will be plenty of free drinks and loads of new books and typographic goodies to check out!

The opening party is tomorrow, Friday November 15th, from 18:00.

The show runs from November 15th – December 22nd.

More info at: http://www.motaitalic.com/gallery/exhibitions/chromeography

{BTST 08.12}: Readability Part 2

Nach dem nicht nur für Sommerferienverhältnisse extrem gut besuchten Stammtisch mit Gerard Unger – knapp 75 Gäste lauschten trotz Hitze gespannt –, folgt schon der zweite Teil der Leserlichkeitsserie. Wie bereits in der letzten Einladung angekündigt, werden Florian Adler und Albert-Jan Pool vom Normungsausschuss DIN 1450 berichten und ihre Forschungsergebnisse und Normungsvorschläge vorstellen. Erwartet werden weitere Mitglieder des Arbeitsausschusses NA 152-06-02 AA „Schriften“, so dass die seltene Gelegenheit gegeben sein wird, mehrere Experten dieses Gremiums in Diskussionen zu verwickeln.

After a very full last Typostammtisch (75 people!), there will be another one with the topic of legibility. Florian Adler and Albert-Jan Pool who are involved in the Normungsausschuss DIN 1450 will presents their research and norming suggestions.


Date: August 22, 2012
Time: 19:00
Location: Max & Moritz, Oranienstraße 162, 10969 Berlin


Mastering Type 12

For the second year, Mota Italic present the typefaces of the 2012 masters students of the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (NL) and the University of Reading. This joint sneak peek from Europe’s two rival schools provides an early view of their unique new designs.

The opening party is tomorrow, Friday August 10th, from 18:00.

Free drinks and plenty of type talk as usual.

The show runs from August 10th – September 15th.

More info at: http://www.motaitalic.com/gallery/exhibitions/mastering-type-12

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Content vs. Form
A Collaborative Poster Clash

exhibition w/ pseudo election party

Thursday 19th July 2012
At Letters Are My Friends

On 19th of July the two parties Content & Form are competing visually and interactive at Letters Are My Friends’ typographic concept store: The collaborative exhibition CON<>FORM deals with the subject of conceptual contentdriven editorials versus free-form based graphic design within the setting of a politically incorrect debate: are content and form contradictory or complimentary?

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Stephen Coles Live in Berlin @ Creative Mornings

Live now… Stephen Coles speaking about letters on cars at Berlin’s 10th Creative Mornings talk. Updates later…

Small Update:

Nice job Stephen! That was an interesting and entertaining talk about chromeography.com.

And we must agree, the coffee by the mobile Electric Espresso bar is excellent. Certainly worth the ticket price :)

Fontblog has a nice little writeup of the event already (in German).

Follow @Berlin_CM on twitter for info about future talks!

TYPO Berlin 2012

I don’t know how TYPO Berlin never got a post here… I guess everyone already knows about it though. Hopefully you are one of the fortunate 1500ish that will be there, but if not, there is still hope. There will be some wonderful free presentations on the small TYPO Stage as well as plenty of mingling to be had in the main lobby.

Live options aside, there are also live streams of some talks online. Don’t miss them!


+1 Year & TYPO Berlin Pre-Party

Mota Italic opened its physical gallery and storefront the day before TYPO Berlin 2011 and the dual opening party and TYPO pre-party was one of Berlin’s typographic highlights of the year. This time around we are celebrating not only our space’s first birthday/anniversary but also (again) Berlin’s biggest and best conference – TYPO Berlin.

The party will be here Wednesday, May 16th starting at 6pm and going till late. It’ll be the perfect start to the giant TYPO weekend! Be sure to get here early and have some drinks with us!


Upper Case & Lower Space

Upper Case & Lower Space 
- A night with parametric typography & other sensory delights. 

Due to the extensive distribution of new mobile media such as iPad, iPhone and a growing amount of larger displays in our living environment, we have to question the changing conditions of design(ing), and therefore, notions of visual habits. 

What makes a typeface a typeface? Which laws are subjecting a font? Which techniques and displays define their body? Which influences are affecting the design through the use of special tools? Is a font generally perceived as being flat and static? 

More than ever, the combinations of new technologies allow us to create, display and use type in fundamentally different ways. As we compare this to architecture, the construction and the design adapts to the new technical possibilities. 

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