Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress

By John L. Walters

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  • Hardback
  • 350 illustrations
  • 408 pages
  • 11¼ x 9⅛ ins
  • ISBN 9781780677729
  • Published April 2017

This long-awaited monograph documents the work of world-renowned typographer, designer, and letterpress practitioner Alan Kitching. 

Spanning over fifty years, this lavish volume leads us from Kitching's first typographical experiments under the auspices of mentor Anthony Froshaug to his most iconic creations at The Typography Workshop. It covers his years designing alongside Derek Birdsall, as well as his time teaching letterpress at the Royal College of Art, and showcases his most colorful and expressive pieces, including his prolific work for The Guardian. Kitching's work hangs in private collections and galleries but it has also featured on everything from magazine and book covers, postage stamps and theater posters, to wine labels, billboards, and signage. 

About the Author

Author John L. Walters became editor of Eye, the international review of graphic design, in 1999; he has also edited Pulp since 2014. Walters studied maths with physics at King’s College, London and worked as a musician and record producer before launching creative music journal Unknown Public in the 1990s. For five years he wrote a regular column for the The Guardian. He is a Visiting Fellow of the University of the Arts London, and he has programmed many design events, including Eye’s regular Type Tuesdays.

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