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London College of Communication
Taught by
Christian Granados, A respected industry expert


Letterpress is an artisan printing technique that has been around for hundreds of years that involves printing words or designs with ink whilst impressing the image into thick, soft paper.

This comprehensive course will teach you the conventions of letterpress printing. You will have the opportunity to explore the tactile characteristics and qualities of traditional typefaces and engage with the application of the typographic point system and work / character-spacing in a non-digital environment.

Topics Covered

  • Simple two-colour composition
  • Registration and imposition
  • Proofing – black and white, and colour
  • Preparation for printing
  • Principles and conventions of letterpress type
  • The point system
  • System for spacing and setting measures
  • Setting justified and unjustified type
  • Use of different text-sizes: text, display and poster

Course Outcomes
By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Explore and utilise the tactile characteristics of letterpress typefaces
  • Apply the conventions and practices of letterpress printing
  • Confidently apply letterpress typesetting skills to printed outcomes
  • Design and produce two-colour letterpress prints

Who Should Attend
Students, professionals and enthusiasts looking to learn analogue design processes.

Beginner: Some familiarity with Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.

Follow Up Courses
After you have completed this course you may want to continue in the analogue processes with Screen Printing: An Introduction or learn Digital Typographic Design.

"It was a great environment to work in, surrounded by the extensive range of letterpress equipment and facilities. Christian's knowledge and enthusiasm made the course a real joy! Many thanks."

"Everything is excellent."

Tutor Description

Christian Granados graduated from London College of Communication in 2011 with a BA (Hons) Typo/Graphic Design. A designer with a good working knowledge of the medium, he is currently setting up his own letterpress workshop as part of his design practice.

He is part of Coagulo Collective, formed by six restless minds passionate about design, analogue photography and DIY culture. The Collective produces short run publications, prints and videos.

Granados’s latest work is his participation in the 6x6: Collaborative Letterpress Project, a student and staff participatory letterpress publication involving six colleges with active letterpress workshops. He has also been part of the International Letterpress Workers Summit conference/workshop. An annual event organised and hosted by Officina Tipografica Novepunti in Milan. 


This course will be taught by a respected industry expert.

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