Karl-Heinz Drescher (born on 7 October, 1936 in Quirl; died on 19 May, 2011 in Berlin) was a graphic artist working at Bertolt Brecht’s world-famous theater, Berliner Ensemble, as a graphic designer for almost 40 years. In addition to his work at this house, Drescher has also worked for other organizers, museums, galleries, and theaters, including the Akademie der Künste der DDR, the Maxim Gorki Theater, and the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin. His catalogue of works today comprises over 400 posters, about one third printed with letterpress.
As part of his one-year research, designer Markus Lange contacted Drescher’s family and conducted various interviews with companions and friends to find out more about this talented designer, who studied from 1955 to 1960 in the former GDR at the same school as he did (Burg Giebichenstein, formerly Hochschule für industrielle Formgestaltung).
For the first time, this book summarizes most of Karl-Heinz Drescher’s (typographic) posters in one comprehensive volume and 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. “Karl-Heinz Drescher – Berlin Typo Posters, Texts, and Interviews” serves as a review of the life of an extraordinary theater graphic designer but also as an inspiration for the here and now.
Karl-Heinz Drescher – Berlin Typo Posters
Publisher: Slanted Publishers . Editor & Design: Markus Lange . Final Artwork and Production: Julia Kahl, Clara Weinreich . Project management publisher: Lars Harmsen, Julia Kahl . Format: 19.5 × 26.5 × 2.5 cm . Volume: 272 pages . Language: English, German . Printing & Embossing: Stober, Cover material: WestRock Crescendo, C1S 300 g/sm by WestRock, Paper: Holmen TRND 2.0, 80 g/sm by Holmen Paper . ISBN: 978-3-948440-00-8 . Price: € 40.–
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