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Quantity Produced

400 (1st run)

Production Cost

Production Time

10 Days

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

70 cm × 100 cm (27.6 in × 39.4 in)

Page Count

Paper Stock

Alster Werkdruck, 120g

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Malaga (Emigre) by Xavier Dupré

This piece is available for purchase for €20 (US$27)

I remember in grade school all of my friends cheated and bought the SparkNotes version of Macbeth. This really got under my skin, because Macbeth was, by far, my favorite work from Shakespeare (not including his sonnets.) I’d like to send an “All the World’s a Page” copy to everyone who cheated themselves, and demonstrate true dedication and appreciation. What a commitment. Shown in the photos below is Marx’s Das Kapital.

Out of a sense of idle curiosity, Ian Warner from Berlin’s Blotto Design tried to typeset an entire novel on a poster, using James Joyce’s Ulysses as experimental raw material.

The result was impressive and was met with a lot of enthusiasm from friends and clients of the office. Blotto decided to turn the idea into a commercial project, and launched a webshop which currently sells four posters based on the original idea: Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Homer’s Iliad in English; Goethe’s Faust (parts I & II) and Marx’s Das Kapital in German.

The longest text is Marx’s Das Kapital, which has over 800,000 words, and is set in 2.2pt type. The result is a wall of text, which intrigues the viewer by slowly revealing its content the closer one gets to the poster: from a distance it resembles a uniform grey-scale field; from up close the hidden structure of the text is revealed through the varying density of paragraph symbols.

Parsing and structuring Shakespeare’s Macbeth as a table was a marathon task of database hacking, automated text formatting and search-and-replace routines.

But the biggest challenge was the steep learning curve involved with starting up a webshop, organising all the backend logistics for shipping, and dealing with the legal side of German consumer rights.

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“All the World’s a Page” Poster


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Blotto Design, Berlin



This post was published in the original layout of FPO so all images are smaller. Project descriptions as well as production lessons are quoted in the main content area.

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Lauren Dickens

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Lauren Dickens

Former intern at UnderConsideration LLC.

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January 27, 2011


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