Sophie, Alan and friends

Last night our founding director, Sophie Thomas, spoke on a panel at Pick Me Up with some of Typography’s biggest names; Alan Kitching, Anthony Burrill, Henrik Kubel and compère John L.Walters. Sharing two main things in common – their love for hand crafts and their fulfilling experiences at the Royal Collage of Art with Kitching as their letterpress tutor. As the hustle and bustle of the Pick Me Up exhibition continued to take place in the background, we were taken through snippets of their work in letterpress and why it has had such a lasting impact on each of them.

Main observations from the evening:

  1. Alan’s favorite typefaces are Gill and Caslon – they work beautifully together – but ‘Johnston is probably the greatest typeface of all time.’
    (see our poster celebrating 100 yrs of Johnston’s here)
  2. In the words of Antony Burrill ‘Keep it analogue’. – watch out for that one on his next poster.
  3. Handcrafted is beautiful, but adding technology to the mix can create revolutionary outcomes. Check out Henrik Kubel’s A23D letterpress font to prove it.
  4. Waste, ink and typography make for some great prints. And it’s economical too!

You can catch Pick Me Up at Somerset House until Monday May 2nd.


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