Alan Kitching Biography - ArtLyst
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.
In 1994 Alan met designer and writer Celia Stothard and they began collaborating on various projects, teaching workshops and the purchase of letterpress materials. The Typography Workshop Printroom and Studio, a joint venture in two south London workspaces, was launched in September 2005.
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.