Kitching's Concise
Letterpress Workshop

World-renowned typographer, designer and letterpress practitioner Alan Kitching (RDI AGI Hon FRCA), will
teach a hands-on two day course exploring the details
and fundamentals of typography. The course will give each participant an exceptional understanding of typesetting
and the art of letterpress printing.


Booking information
All courses run for two consecutive days at Alan Kitching’s Kennington workshop, normally Friday–Saturday unless
by special arrangement. The cost is £750 and includes
lunch and all materials. A deposit of £100 is required
when booking.


New workshop dates 2015
22–23 & 29–30 May
10–11 July

4–5 & 11–12 September


To book a course or if you have any questions,
please email:

The project
Since its first edition in 1949, the essential handbook
for compositors and printers was
Rudolph Hostettler’s
The Printer’s Terms. This modest, compact, and now revered publication was described by Hostettler as
a dictionary in three parts. Part three is a dictionary
of printer’s terms in five languages based on 1,361
English terms.

From his treasured
1963 edition, Alan Kitching
has chosen 215 of these terms to be interpreted
by participants in
Kitching’s Concise Letterpress Typography Workshop.

Each participant will choose a term from the list,
which they feel they can interpret and express in
the simplest, most direct and exciting way, using the
letterpress equipment, type founts, rules & borders
held at
The Typography Workshop Printroom,
Iliffe Yard.

Following research prior to the workshop, initial
concepts will be composed, developed and proofed.

The most successful works will be considered for inclusion in the first of a new series of Broadside publications
The Typography Workshop.

Workshop director: Alan Kitching RDI AGI Hon FRCA, born 1940 Darlington, Co. Durham. Apprentice compositor (1956–61). Met Anthony Froshaug and co-established the experimental printing workshop at Watford College of Technology, School of Art (1964). Worked with Froshaug until 1967 and later collaborated on student projects at
the Central School of Art & Design. Established own design practice London (1973). Partner with Derek Birdsall at Omnific (1977), started letterpress printing there (1985). Established The Typography Workshop in Clerkenwell EC1 (1989). Teaching through letterpress at the Royal College of Art (1991–2006). Partnership with designer/
writer Celia Stothard from 1994.

Workshop designers/printers: Christian Granados and Marta Dos Santos graduated from London College of Communication, formerly known as London College of Printing (LCP), with a BA (Hons) Typo/Graphic Design. Christian Granados currently works as a letterpress technician at LCC. Marta Dos Santos assists Alan Kitching as well as collaborating with the London Centre for Book Arts. Both are practitioning graphic designers with a good working knowledge of the medium of letterpress.

Type Talks – Coming soon

The Typography Workshop is working on a new
series of themed evenings hosted at Alan Kitching’s Kennington workshop, featuring a soirée of slides and original work taken from the archive and on display.

Dates and booking information coming soon, for press or further details email: