Conference Description

This conference — Post-Digital Letterpress Printing — aims to reflect on the current status of letterpress practice and research nowadays. As in other international contexts, in the last few years, we have been slowly witnessing the revival of this technology in Portugal, mainly due to the surging interest of the modern printers and typesetters — the current generation of graphic designers and visual artists. With or without formal training, they have been experimenting, learning and merging this craft into their digital processes “reinvigorat[ing] traditional letterpress values from a design perspective” (Clouse, Voulangas, 2009), following the trend of international graphic designers.

By focusing on the activity held in the portuguese territory — by the letterpress workshops, artists and works produced — within a more global international trend, we aim to gather researchers and practitioners of this traditional practice in the current post-digital editorial design context of the XXIst century’s activities and technologies.

Venues

The conference will be held at the Museum of Fine Arts Faculty of the University of Porto (FBAUP). The Workshops will take place at a nearby School and at FBAUP

Dates

The conference will take place in the final week of january: 30 and 31 Jan, 2020.

  • 24 november: Call for papers (abstracts) Deadline;
  • 9 december: Notification of acceptance;
  • 5 january: Registration Deadline;

History & Context

This conference is being organized in the context of previous similar initiatives, such as the Typography Meeting (the 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th editions). The idea of organizing such an event took place during the conference “Letterpress Printing: Past, Present, Future” that took place at the University of Leeds in 2018, where we presented part of our ongoing ethnographic research on the letterpress activity in Portugal. Although the scope was wider and more traditional, it was there that we were confronted with the need for a similar discussion to take place in Portugal.

This topic of interest has also been highlighted in “Imprimere”, a major Design exhibition and massive catalog about the production of books, organized by ESAD also in 2018. And more recently, in the “Tipo: um encontro de Impressores Tipográficos” that will take place in October 11, 2019, in the Azores.

These initiatives have been focusing on the traditional approaches to the technology. In this conference we want to highlight the current post-digital practices that take advantage of letterpress, whether for commercial production work, education or for research.

Program

During the conference, we will hold several activities:

  • Warm-up workshop(s) on traditional letterpress or current post-digital practices;
  • International keynote conference(s)
  • Oral presentations of research and practice (result of the call for papers)
  • Exhibition of works;

In order to do so, we will conduct a peer reviewed call for submissions of:

  • Artworks and editions (for an exhibition during the conference);
  • Communications (for the conference);
  • Workshops proposals (prior or parallel program to the conference).

We will publish the accepted extended abstracts as a conference proceedings’ book, with an ISBN register number, prior to the event. We will exhibit the accepted artworks during the conference.

Also resulting from the call and conference presentations, authors will be invited to extend their submissions into a full book chapter to be published after the conference. The accepted artworks will also be featured in a special section of the book.

Registration

Assistance

10€: Assistance to the conference, to the communications and to the keynote speakers

Workshops

Tba: Registration on a workshop

Participation (Communications)

50€: Authors that have their papers accepted for presentation must register ate least one author per paper. Additional authors benefit from a 50% discount

Information on how to register soon

Call for Submissions

The PDLP conference is open for submissions of: 

  • Artworks and editions (for an exhibition during the conference);
  • Communications (for the conference and later publication);
  • Workshops (prior or parallel program to the conference).

Topics of interest

The topics of the conference and later book are organized into three main sections:

  • Letterpress history. Including, but not limited to: Historical reviews, or state of the art reviews, past and current operating workshops, current practices and authors;
  • Letterpress education. Including, but not limited to: current and traditional curricula of schools, workshops’ practices; letterpress role and influence in the graphic design education context;
  • Letterpress practice.  Including, but not limited to: authors, designers and general practitioners; documental or artwork analysis.

Communications

Please submit an abstract between to 300 and 1000 words (see template below). The final selection of accepted submissions will be the result of a double-blind peer review process. 

We will publish the accepted extended abstracts as a conference proceedings’ book, with an ISBN register number, prior to the event. We will exhibit the accepted artworks during the conference.

Also resulting from the call and conference presentations, authors will be invited to extend their submissions into a full book chapter to be published after the conference. The accepted artworks will also be featured in a special section of the book.

All of the above should be relevant to the current post-digital graphic design framework, and include letterpress as a central topic or technology.  

Submit you extended abstract via the easyChair platform. Please see instructions template.

 

Workshops

We are interested in hosting short-term workshops that focus on the use of traditional letterpress printing techniques  in the current post-digital design workflow.

To submit a proposal, or for any inquiry contact the organization email: pdlp@fba.up.pt. Please see instructions template.

Exhibition

We are interested in designing and presenting an exhibition that can demonstrate how letterpress as a main, or dominant technique, can have a relevant role in today’s editorial or graphic design artifacts. We are looking for Posters, Books & Booklets, Flyers, or other printed materials. 

To submit a proposal, or for any inquiry contact the organization email: pdlp@fba.up.pt. Please see instructions template.

Contacts

The conference will take place at FBAUP:

Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto
Avenida Rodrigues de Freitas, 265
4049-021 Porto
Portugal

www.fba.up.pt

For any inquiry contact the organization email:

Committees

Executive Committee

Ana Catarina Silva (IPCA / ID+ CAOS)
Pedro Amado (FBAUP / i2ADS)
Vítor Quelhas (ESMAD.IPP / ID+ / uniMAD)

Secretariat

Amanda Midori (FBAUP / i2ADS)
Margarida Dias (FBAUP / i2ADS)

Media

Patrícia Almeida (FBAUP)

Volunteers

(tba)

 

Organising Committee

Ana Catarina Silva (IPCA / ID+ CAOS)
António Modesto (FBAUP / ID+)
Eduardo Napoleão (UFSC)
Graciela Machado (FBAUP / i2ADS)
Jorge Pereira (IPCA / ID+)
Pedro Amado (FBAUP / i2ADS)
Rui Vitorino Santos (FBAUP / ID+)
Tiago Assis (FBAUP / i2ADS)
Vítor Quelhas (ESMAD.IPP / ID+ / uniMAD)


Scientific Program Committee

Ana Catarina Silva (IPCA / ID+ CAOS)
Andreu Balius (EINA / Type Republic)
Catherine Dixon (CSM-UAL)
Claudio Rocha (Tipoteca)
Eric Kindel (UR)
Gerry Leonidas (UR)
Graciela Machado (FBAUP / i2ADS)
James Mussell (CHoP ULeeds)
João Bicker (UC)
Jorge dos Reis (FBAUL)
Jorge Pereira (IPCA / ID+)
Manuel Diogo (O Homem do Saco)
Manuel Sesma (UCM)
Miguel Sanches (IPT)
Oriol Moret (UB)
Patrick Goossens (AEPM)
Pedro Amado (FBAUP / i2ADS)
Rafael Neder (FUMEC / SENAC)
Roberto Gamonal (UCM)
Rúben Dias (ESAD)
Vítor Quelhas (ESMAD.IPP / ID+ / uniMAD)