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K.H. Drescher—Berlin Typo Posters, Texts, and Interviews

A Publication about the Designer of the BERLINER ENSEMBLE—Karl-Heinz Drescher (1937–2011)

K.H. Drescher—Berlin Typo Posters, Texts, and Interviews

A Publication about the Designer of the BERLINER ENSEMBLE—Karl-Heinz Drescher (1937–2011)

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About

What is this project about?

While researching in the university archive of Burg Giebichenstein (Halle, Saale, DE) for his master studies, the designer Markus Lange came across the fantastic typographic poster artwork of Karl-Heinz Drescher (* October 7, 1936 in Quirl; † May 19, 2011 in Berlin), a graphic artist, who studied from 1955 to 1960 in the former GDR at the same school (formerly known as Hochschule für industrielle Formgestaltung). In the 100-year history of the university Drescher’s name was rather unknown and nobody knew anything about him. In a 1-year research Markus Lange got in touch with Drescher’s family, and conducted various interviews with companions and friends to get to know more about this talented designer.

The book

Lange found out, that Drescher joined the Berliner Ensemble in 1962, the theater founded by Berthold Brecht for which he worked as a graphic designer for almost 40 years under the direction of Brechts’s wife Helene Weigel. In addition to his work at this house, Drescher also worked for other organizers, museums, galleries, and theaters, amongst others the Akademie der Künste der DDR, the Maxim-Gorki-Theater, and the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin. His catalog of works today comprises over 400 posters, about one third printed with letterpress.

For the first time, this book summarizes most of Drescher’s (typographic) posters in one comprehensive volume. The book contains texts and interviews by various authors such as Dr. Friedrich Diekmann, Dr. Sylke Wunderlich, Helmut Brade, Niklaus Troxler, Gerd Fleischmann, Jamie Murphy, Erik Spiekermann, Ferdinand Ulrich, Götz Gramlich, Peter Kammerer, Vera Tenschert, Cesarina and Alessandro Drescher. 

This publication serves as a review of the extraordinary life of a theater graphic designer but also as an inspiration for the here and now.

K.H. Drescher—Berlin Typo Posters, Texts, and Interviews
Eine Publikation über den Gestalter des Berliner Ensemble / A Publication about the Designer of the Berliner Ensemble Karl-Heinz Drescher (1937–2011)

  •  Published by: Slanted Publishers and Markus Lange
  •  Concept and Design: Markus Lange
  •  Release: February 2020
  •  Format: 195 × 265 mm 
  •  Volume: 272 pages
  •  Language: German + English
  •  Printing: Offset
  •  Edition: 1,000
  •  ISBN: 978-3-948440-00-8

With typographic posters of Karl-Heinz Drescher and texts by Dr. Friedrich Diekmann, Dr. Sylke Wunderlich, Helmut Brade, Niklaus Troxler, Gerd Fleischmann, Jamie Murphy, Erik Spiekermann, Ferdinand Ulrich, Götz Gramlich, Peter Kammerer, Vera Tenschert, Cesarina Drescher, and Alessandro Drescher. 

Karl-Heinz Drescher

What’s so special about Karl-Heinz Drescher’s work?

Drescher loved printing and visited the printing works with which the ensemble worked as often as possible, such as the Druckkombinat Berlin. The print shop was located in the border area of Berlin and the production rooms were close to the death strip. It was only thanks to his good relations with the printers that he was allowed to visit the production rooms in spite of the prohibition and the inspectors. 

He came across a large number of forgotten wood, lead, and brass types. In addition to the original type, Drescher was also interested in other typefaces that were not available in the GDR. With the help of a photographer, he finally succeeded in obtaining negatives of a type sample book from the West. He enlarged these negatives and used them to create adhesive originals. From these he produced clichés, which in turn could be used to print the posters.

Various posters of Karl-Heinz Drescher
Various posters of Karl-Heinz Drescher

The effort with which Drescher printed his posters in letterpress was enormous. Although this technique had already gone out of fashion at that time and was replaced by new printing processes, Drescher ignored it and continued to work with passion and devotion on his posters with the technique he loved.     

The BERLINER ENSEMBLE / Bertholt Brecht theatre in Berlin
The BERLINER ENSEMBLE / Bertholt Brecht theater in Berlin

What is Slanted? Who is Markus Lange?

We are Slanted Publishers, an internationally active publishing and media house founded in 2014 by Lars Harmsen and Julia Kahl. We publish the award-winning print magazine Slanted, covering international developments in design and culture twice a year and run the Slanted blog www.slanted.de which highlights events and news from  an international design scene and showcases inspiring portfolios from all over the world. In addition to the Slanted blog and magazine, Slanted Publishers initiates and creates projects such as the Yearbook of Type, Total Armageddon—A Slanted Reader on design, tear-off calendars Typodarium and Photodarium, independent type foundry VolcanoType and other design-related projects and publications. 

Markus Lange is a graphic designer from Leipzig, Germany. Since 2018 he lives and teaches as a lecturer at the German University in Cairo. In 2016 he completed his master’s degree in editorial design at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design with a book project on Karl-Heinz Drescher. Together with the product designer Sophie von Gebhardi he founded the multidisciplinary design Studio Farn in Leipzig in 2014. In the same year, together with Lars Harmsen, he founded the poster screen printing collective Poster Rex, where they print posters worldwide with various designers. Markus Lange taught and gave various workshops at the University of Applied Sciences Dortmund, the University of Design Karlsruhe, the Muthesius Academy of Art in Kiel and the Faculty of Design and Art—Free University of Bozen/Bolzano in Italy. 

In the Archive of the Drescher Family, Berlin 2019
In the archive of the Drescher family, Berlin 2019

Why we need your support

In order to publish this publication we need financial means to cover the production costs as well as other costs of proofreading and translation. Since we do not receive any support for the project, we rely on people who share our passion for typography and good poster design. Please help us to bring this project to life with your contribution. Thank you very much in advance! 

What happens if we exceed the funding goal?

We would like to conceive an exhibition of Drescher’s work so that more people can see this extraordinary work. Moreover, we would like to support Drescher’s family to build an archive of his work.

Alessandro Drescher, Berlin 2019
Alessandro Drescher, Berlin 2019

The Bundles

To support the project there are several packages we have put together for you, from a simple money donation, to a discounted edition, to special packages where you get an original poster by Karl-Heinz Drescher.

1. A Big Thank you!  / 5 Euro

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3. The Book— Early Bird Bundle / 35 Euro plus shipping

4. The Book Bundle / 40 Euro plus shipping

The Supporter Book Bundle / 75 Euro plus shipping

The Sponsor Book Bundle / 250 Euro plus shipping

The Original Poster and Book Bundle / 125 Euro plus shipping

Get a super rare original poster of Karl-Heinz Drescher's archive in a bundle with one copy of the book. 

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Risks and challenges

Obviously, new projects always come with a risk of failure. If this Kickstarter is successful, the book will be produced in November/December 2019 and be ready for shipping in February 2020. The book will be available for regular sale from February 2020 on for 40 Euros. If it comes to any lags and delays within this timing for whatever reasons, we will contact and update you on the details right away.

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