When in typography, do as the typographers do…

A session at Kerning 2013

  • Anonima Impressori

A letterpress and typographic composition workshop.

Each and every typographic printshop is a layering of materials, recoveries and tricks. Each and every typographer has his own personal way of organizing, creating and cataloguing.

The life of a printshop is represented by the typefaces kept in it, by the forgotten compositions that lay in its dusty corners, by old clichés and, in luckiest and rarest occasions (as in "La vecchia stamperia"), wood engravings… a history whose remains are images, pieces and broken messages, just as an archaeological site.

The workshop we are proposing here, investigates the ways traditional typography can be used in actual contemporary communication, while bringing a particular emphasis to a fundamental aspect of this practice: the act of recovery. By recovering ancient techniques and materials, a substrate made by images emerges: a substrate that characterizes the "typographic place" both culturally and geographically. These exact materials are where we want to start our journey from, a path that will lead to the construction of a new approach to artisanal typography.


  • introduction to typography with letterpress
  • printing demonstration at "La Vecchia Stamperia"
  • observation of how an "old style" typography is organized
  • introduction to tools: Typefaces, machinery (presses), cliché, woodcut block, block of type, specimen sheet.
  • Experience of typography process


  • Development of personal project
  • Printing with press
  • Debate on the works

Bring a pencil, computer and a camera (and, if you have them: linocut knife, burin, lino and different materials for the printing plate)

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Anonima Impressori

Contemporary letterpress studio combining traditional kraft skills with digital design.

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Kerning 2013

Italy Italy, Faenza

2nd3rd May 2013

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Date Thu 2nd May 2013

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