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Süddeutsche Zeitung Special Edition

In collaboration with the compositor-printer Martin Z. Schröder I designed the special edition »Schriftbild« of the Süddeutsche Zeitung in spring 2012 – just in time for the Leipzig Book Fair. In SZ No. 59 of 10th March: Beauty of Language, an eight-page weekend-special not allowing for any photographs once at all, was published – an »homage to printer’s art and the beauty of written language« [SZ], including prose and poems on the subject of writing and language. Merely selected typefaces, ornamental elements and calligraphy, just as the classical letterpress printing could have reproduced them, were to design this exclusive weekend-edition. The concept – finally a short ramble through the history of type from the Middle Ages to modern times – typographic and colour design, page layout as well as the production of all decorative elements (typographic images, fleurons and calligraphy) were left extensively to us.
Frank Ortmann Potsdam in February 2013

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