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London Kerning: Typographic Perambulations around a City That Remembers

For over 500 years, the center of financial and judicial power in England has grown and remained in and near a square mile of buildings called the City of London.

And at the heart of it is arguably the art of printing. From a modest start in a small shop founded by Wynkyn de Worde near Fleet Street and Henry VIII’s Bridewell Palace, printing’s importance in the City grew ever larger. It cemented London as the center of empire during expansion, and the center of media and money in the modern era.

Join author Glenn Fleishman’s jaunt around London, visiting collections and meeting printers, designers, archivists, historians, and contemporaries — and especially examining and discussing the work of type designer Berthold Wolpe (1905–1989), who helped shape the face of lettering in London. This book looks at the charm of the present and the uncertain future of London’s legacy of printing.

The History of London’s Printing Past Told Through the Present

In this book, He walked (and took the Underground, the Overground, and more) to find London’s history of type and letterpress printing.

Type designers in London

Meet three type designers. Robert Green’s Doves Type is a remarkable effort that led to the recovery of metal type thought to be drowned in the Thames. Toshi Omagari of Monotype, who created the revivals of Wolpe’s work, is a prolific designer at the current incarnation of a historic English type company. And Jeremy Tankard is also prolific: he’s created dozens of typefaces over a couple of decades, and has produced some beautiful specimen books of his work.

Letterpress printers in London

Most of the independent letterpress shops still extant in London are part-time or operating for somewhere just above the love of the craft — some commercial work produced, and some teaching of workshops, students, or apprentices. I detail three studios in the book: Hand & Eye Letterpress, New North Press, and the Counter Press.