The Typography of Huttenstrasse

In Depth is an occasional series on the Berlin Typography blog celebrating the variety and diversity of typography found within a very specific location. This week, guest author John Peck examines the colourful, cross-cultural signage at the intersection of Huttenstraße and Beusselstraße. Continue reading

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Umlauts of Berlin, Part 1: Ü

It was madness to think that a single blog post could convey the fantastic diversity of Umlauts in Berlin … so we’ve decided to celebrate the Umlaut over the course of three posts, each devoted to a different umlauted letter. This week we start by exploring the strange and mesmerising world of the Ü. Continue reading

Stations of the Ring

In the course of the past decade, Berlin has become internationally notorious for its perplexing and seemingly comprehensive inability to build an airport. Well, perhaps that’s not fair: we did manage to build it – it’s been standing there on the edge of town, complete, since the summer of 2012 – but we still have yet to see it opened. Continue reading

Former Breweries of Berlin

A city of three and a half million can get through a lot of beer … especially when that city happens to be Berlin. Admittedly the beers of Berlin are nothing to write home about. When people from other countries rhapsodise about the great German beers they are, for the most part, talking about beer from Bavaria. Weihenstephaner, Augustiner, Schneider Weisse, Ayingerbrau: all from the South. Continue reading

Opticians in Berlin

When walking through a city, people will tend to see what they need to see. For someone who is hungry, a street may appear to be full of restaurants or supermarkets. Someone in need of a watch battery or a haircut will be able to pick the jeweller or the salon out from the chaos of a busy thoroughfare. Continue reading

Stations of the East

Berlin has been striving toward a unified public transit experience for more than a quarter-century now, but it’s not quite there yet; just ask anyone trying to get from Kreuzberg to Prenzlauer Berg using fewer than three trains. The Berlin Wall may be long gone – indeed it has now been down for longer than it was up – but the subtle divisions between East and West persist in the city’s transportation networks. Continue reading