Typographic Summer Program
Hi! I am Dafi Kühne
Daf Kühne is a graphic designer + letterpress printer. He studied in Zürich in the Visual Communications Department of Zurich University of the Arts. During his studies he did an internship with Hatch Show Print in Nashville TN, focusing on letterpress printed posters with wood type.
After learning the very traditional approach of letterpress printing during his internship he focused on the more contemporary methods and explored the potential of the laser cutter in combination with the old traditional printing equipment. His diploma project «Woodtype Now!» systematically investigated and documented new opportunities in production and printing letterpress printing blocks.
Since 2009 Dafi Kühne has built up his studio and workshop «babyinktwice» in Näfels, straight in the Swiss Alps, specializing in posters, invitation cards, brochures and magazines for music, art, architecture, theatre, and film projects. Every project he produces somehow gets processed through at least one of his number of printing machines from the 1960s. His posters got won prizes, got published in books and are documented in several international poster collections.
Besides his working practice, Dafi has been giving lectures in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, UK and the USA and teaching workshops and full semesters at different universities in Switzerland, Germany and the USA. Dafi Kühne is organizing and coaching the whole program with a main focus on the poster design process and the final letterpress printing production.
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