Size 70 x 100 cm
Letterpress printed in two colours onto 100 g Packtauen Rot from hand-typeset original metal typefaces and hand cut linoleum
Limited edition: 55 copie copie / 25 copies for “Tipoteca 25”
Design and printing
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As “birthday gift” for the first 25 years (1995–2020), Tipoteca Italiana asked 25 designers and printers, from all over the world, to design and print a poster. The project 25×25. Tipoteca 25 was conceived in this way. Maximum freedom of creation was left, except for a few rules: the size (50 × 70 cm), the colors (maximum 4 colors), and the printing technique (letterpress). Over half of the posters were made directly in the printshops of the invited designers; instead, those who had no way of printing the poster in their studio were sent a Type-Kit, consisting of the digital scan of twenty typefaces from the Tipoteca archive with which they could design the posters. The print would have been performed by the Tipoteca Stamperia on the basis of the indications of colors, fonts, and layout established by each graphic designer. And so it was.
Dafi Kühne (Neufels) is a graphic designer and letterpress print maker from Zürich+Glarus, Switzerland. Since 2009 his studio “babyinktwice” has been designing and printing posters, invitation cards and brochures for music, art, architecture, theatre and film projects and also for products. Dafi combines contemporary graphic design with old printing technologies, embracing the labor envolved in the entire process of creating his artworks.