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Employment History

Visiting Professor
The London Institute

Affiliations

Founder
The Guardian

Honorary Fellow
Royal College of Art

Royal Designer for Industry and Elected Member
Alliance Graphique Internationale

Founding Member
London College of Communication for the London Design Festival

Founder
Typographic Workshop

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Alan Kitching | ideasondesign

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Alan Kitching

Alan Kitching is widely respected as one of the foremost practitioners and teachers of letterpress typographic design and printmaking.
He established the Typographic Workshop in 1989, became a visiting lecturer in typography at The Royal College of Art in 1988.
He has given workshops (including LCP) and lectures to industry, colleges and design conventions in the UK and Europe.
Alan has exhibited at Pentagram Gallery in 1992 and 1997, at the Royal College of Art in 1993 and at Coningsby Gallery in 1998. He has also contributed to various exhibitions in the UK and Europe, including the Pompidou Centre and the Powerhouse:UK.
In 1994 he was elected Royal Designer for Industry and a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale.
In 2001 he was made Visiting Professor of the London Institute.


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Typographic Circle - Alan Kitching - 6 November 2014
Another superb event held by the Typographic Circle
Antony from MediaVita (Committee Member of the Typographic Circle) attended the event held at JWT in London.
World-renowned typographer and designer Alan Kitching is one of the world's foremost practitioners of letterpress typographic design and printmaking.
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.
Alan was appointed Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) and elected member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) in 1994. He was made Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1998, and Visiting Professor at the London Institute (University of the Arts London) in 2001.


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Typographic Circle - Alan Kitching - 6 November 2014

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World-renowned typographer and designer Alan Kitching is one of the world's foremost practitioners of letterpress typographic design and printmaking.
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.
Alan was appointed Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) and elected member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) in 1994. He was made Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1998, and Visiting Professor at the London Institute (University of the Arts London) in 2001.
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"I always try to have some ...

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"I always try to have some logic to the job, to the work": we interview letterpress legend Alan Kitching

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Alan Kitching was born in Darlington, County Durham in 1940. He had acquired a love of printing, drawing and painting whilst at school and by the mid-1950s when he started looking for work, knew that the heavy industry dominating Darlington wasn’t for him. The local employment office told Kitching about a local jobbing printer, so he went with his art teacher and a small portfolio and on the day after his 15th birthday started a six-year apprenticeship as a compositor.
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Kitching wanted to keep the team who had worked on Celia Sings, and brought in John Walters as editor, who started interviewing Kitching in 2012. “He would come over every week in the morning, we’d have coffee and the machine on and I’d just talk to him about the history of the whole thing.�
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Kitching wanted to keep the team who had worked on Celia Sings, and brought in John Walters as editor, who started interviewing Kitching in 2012. “He would come over every week in the morning, we’d have coffee and the machine on and I’d just talk to him about the history of the whole thing.�
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In the late 1980s the atmosphere around printing “didn’t really exist�, but Birdsall had started as a professor of graphics at the Royal College of Art and convinced Kitching to teach in the letterpress studio one day a week. “I didn’t want to do it, but eventually I gave in so we went.
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Alongside technician Mick Perry, Kitching had started a series of workshops: “I didn’t tell anybody about it, just printed the posters and went round all the departments.
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Kitching maintained a relationship with the college until 2006, and while there he had also been running his own workshop, The Typographic Workshop in Clerkenwell. “And I was never interested in printing, the first thing I’d say when I came into the studio in the morning was ‘I’m not interested in letterpress printing, I’m interested in what you can do with this stuff.’ All this obsolete technology, what can we do new with it now.�
"I was never interested in printing, the first thing I’d say when I came in to the studio in the morning was ‘I’m not interested in letterpress printing, I’m interested in what you can do with this stuff.’"
Alan Kitching
This had been a consideration in Kitching’s commercial work, for clients such as The Guardian for whom he did typographic work that crossed over between the limitations of text and image. “When we were at Omnific the type was very much separate and not treated as one with the image, as it was in the work at The Guardian and for the Dazed & Confused cover from around 2000.
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Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress
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Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress
Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress by John L Walters is published by Laurence King on 7 April and is exclusively available from the publisher's website.


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