Looking at Freud's Letters in Jerusalem and a sleepover at Freuds former office in Vienna AND a NEW handwriting project on Kickstarter.
(if you backed both of my projects, the Sigmund Freud Typeface and the Albert Einstein font you will receive this news twice… sorry for that)
September was Archive Fever month. First I visited the Sigmund Freud Archive in Vienna to store the letters for the pen pals project on the 1932 Einstein / Freud correspondence that I launched on Kickstarter earlier this year. The archive was so supportive and allowed me to store the letters in Freud's former office room from the night of September 5th to the 6th. Where he wrote 85 years ago on September the 5 into his diary "Diskussion mit Einstein beendet " (Ended discussion with Einstein). Presumable after he finished his answer to Einstein on the topic "Why War?"
A few weeks later I finally visited the Albert Einstein Archive in Jerusalem…
…where I had the chance to examine original letters from Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud side by side!
Dr. Roni Grosz director of the archive welcomed me very friendly and we talked for a very long time about Freud's handwriting especially discussing the German letter "ß" and that it now has an uppercase counterpart, and of course about the challenges of preserving manuscripts.
Chaya Becker the archivist at the Einstein archive pointed me to some books that were found in Einstein's library, which apparently were gifts from Freud to Einstein.
The archive holds a thick folder on the relation between the two:
In the letter above from Einstein, one finds a friendly respectful and joking tone, when he is playing with the idea to get analysed by Freud in 1929.
My personal highlight was to inspect Freud's and Einstein's handwriting next to each other. Here a letter from Einstein to Freud, addressed envelop and a scientific paper by Einstein:
I had a wonderful time at the Albert Einstein archive and I can recommend everybody to go for a visit if you are in the area. You can contact the archive through their website: http://alberteinstein.info
Feedback request: new project on Kickstarter
The last months I have preparing a new Handwriting font project.
My next endeavour is going further back in history and is based on a letter written in Latin half a millennia ago:
2017 is the 500 year anniversary of Martin Luther's "Thesenanschlag" the publication of the 95 Theses. The discussion around this publication lead to the reformation movement which inspired deep and lasting social, cultural and, political changes and, eventually the foundation of protestantism. To commemorate this anniversary I like to create a font based on Martin Luther's handwriting & I need your support to do that.
I have already created a working prototype of the font which you can download right now… but before I tell you all the details, I rather invite you to have a look at the campaign site before it launches:
If you see something missing in the project description that is missing either a reward that you like to see, some typos, something is wrong, or a thought that comes to your mind. Let me know! Every Feedback is appreciated. Thank you!
Spread the word
If you know someone that would be interested in the Martin Luther handwriting font, please forward this message - Thank you.
The project is going to launch Friday 27 Oct 2017
- Frankfurt 11 pm (CEST)
- NYC 5 pm EDT
- L.A. 2 pm PDT
(Saturday 28 Oct)
- Sydney 8 am
- Hong Kong 5 am
On the preview site you will find a "notify me on launch button"
I would love to see you on board with this campaign too.