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Alan Kitching

Talk: Tuesday 13 February 2007 at 7pm; exhibition preview 5.30pm
Exhibition: Wednesday 14 February to Thursday 8 March 2007
Where: At the world’s foremost printing and graphic arts library, the St. Bride Library, in London.

Graphic designer, typographer, letterpress printmaker and teacher, Alan Kitching is internationally renowned for his expressive use of letterpress type, process and materials in creating typographic designs for publishing, advertising and his own limited edition prints and ‘Broadside’ publications.

Born in Darlington, County Durham in 1940, Alan left school aged 14 to become an apprentice compositor with a local printer. In 1961 he moved south to pursue a career in design. New directions were inspired by working as typography instructor under Anthony Froshaug in the Experimental Printing Workshop at the School of Art in Watford College of Technology.

Alan subsequently established his own design practice, taught at the Central School of Art, and was invited by Derek Birdsall to join the Omnific Design Partnership. He became visiting lecturer in typography at the Royal College of Art in 1988 and established his workshops there for students of all disciplines.

In 1989 Kitching decided to return to his letterpress roots and launched The Typography Workshop in Clerkenwell London with the first of his A1 ‘Broadside’ sheets – ‘an occasional publication devoted to the typographic arts’. As well as compositions for corporate identities, magazine and book covers and illustrations, Alan’s work has also featured on postage stamps, theatre posters, shop windows, billboards, signage and a 30 x 15ft typographic mural for the Guardian Newspaper’s London office.

Source: St. Bride Library
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  1. Vicki says

    I went to another talk he did at St Brides last night – it was fantastic, very inspiring, and wonderful to see such a range of work over his whole career. It was fascinating t hear him talk about how so much of the poster work is based on the symmetry of the letter-forms.

  2. Gemma says

    Is there ANYwhere I can buy Alan Kitching prints??
    thanks 🙂

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