Neville Brody & Erik Spiekermann at the Berlin Wall, November 1989

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News | Ivo Gabrowitsch | November 9, 2009

logo_twenty In 1989 Joan and Erik Spiekermann founded FontShop. That same year the Berlin Wall came down. On a visit to Berlin Neville Brody – who would co-found the FontFont library with Erik one year later – chipped away a fragment of the Wall, a moment immortalised by Joan. FSI FontShop International and its Berlin-based type foundry FontFont today celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

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  1. Congratulations Berlin! I remember the tears in my eyes and the shivers down my spine when I witnessed the news footage of the Berlin Wall being torn down. One of the most powerful images I have seen in my life.

    Posted by Yves Peters on Nov. 9, 2009
  2. Congratulations Berliners, FontShop, Erik and Neville. It’s a touching historical moment and a cheerful industrial milestone to most people around the world. It meant too much to everyone. We love FontShop and we care Berliners. Cheers! All the best and thank you for the beautiful fonts.

    Posted by Elsa Yuen on Nov. 9, 2009
  3. I remember when the wall came down. It feels like walls have been falling ever since.

    Posted by Michael Critz on Nov. 9, 2009
  4. Yes. Most important moment in new history of Central Europe. I found really nice designed website presenting interviews with people who reflecting their life before, and after the Berlin Wall fall

    Posted by Jeames on Nov. 9, 2009
  5. 1989! I made a trip by bicycle in Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Yugoslavia in august that year. We met a lot of people that were on their way to ask for a visum in the Austrian embassy in Budapest, with which it all started. But it was only when we entered Italy that we realised that we had been witnessing the beginning of a turning point.

    Posted by Evert Albers on Nov. 10, 2009
  6. Gut gemacht!

    Posted by Youssef Sarhan on Nov. 10, 2009
  7. On a fortnight’s stay in the Netherlands in 2009 I made a trip to Berlin – just to see the historic city and one of the first things I saw as I came out of the Potsdamer Platz underground rail station were remnants of the infamous Berlin Wall – now full of colourful graffiti and panels of a beautifully designed exhibition of the city’s history in between panels of the old wall. It was very moving to see tourists photographing themselves against the background of the Berlin Wall. Link to my photographs on Flickr showing this:

    Posted by Sujit Patwardhan on May. 3, 2011

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