PDLP · Warm-up workshops

Within the scope of the PDLP conference we will also promote and host a series of warm-up activities — more workshops — to get the general public in sync with the curent traditional and post-digital hybrid approaches.

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From procedural digital programming to modular letterpress printing.

Ana Catarina Silva (ESD-IPCA / ID+), Pedro Amado (FBAUP / i2ADS), & Tiago Pinho (FBAUP / i2ADS)
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 20, 22 & 23 of January 2020 (FBAUP, PA301), 14h00–18h00 (12h)

Workshop Description

The objective of this workshop is to produce a short run of collective prints, based on the work of Portuguese’s conceptual artists such as Maria Keil and António Quadros Ferreira. Within the scope of the conference, the participants will be first introduced to procedural graphics programming with the Processing language. The basics of computer programming will be provided (e.g. drawing and exporting graphics, introduction to foundation concepts such as variables, functions, loops and conditions) in order to produce a set of procedural generated geometrical compositions. Then, the participants will fabricate the matrices of these compositions (print or cut, one or more color separations) using consumer-grade available 3D printers and laser cutters. Finally, we will print the compositions using manual proof presses, allowing for individual and group impositions, or color separations.

Workshop Instructors

Ana Catarina Silva is a teacher, researcher and PhD in Sciences and Technologies of Communication (U.Porto), with a thesis that studied the design of the technical book in a hybrid editorial context. Her research projects address a variety of fields, from hybrid editions to independent publishing, typography or illustration. Books (and its forms) are her passion, and she’s been teaching Editorial and Design Project since 2007. She is also a Research member of ID+ (Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture)/ CAOS (Communication, Art, Object and Synergies) and CEIS20 (Centre for 20th Century Interdisciplinary Studies). Currently she coordinates the mobility programs and the Professional Short-cycle Course in Digital Media Design of the Design School of IPCA, Portugal.

Pedro Amado holds a PhD in Sciences and Technologies of Communication from the University of Aveiro (2014), a MFA in Multimedia (2007) and a degree in Communication Design from the University of Porto (2002). He is an Assistant Professor at the Fine Arts Faculty of the University of Porto, teaching Web Design, Digital Media Tools, Interaction and Creative Coding. He is member of the I2ADS research institute, a collaborator of the ID+ Research Unit and ATypI board member and country delegate. He focuses his research and development activities on Interaction Design, Editorial Design and Typography. An amateur letterpress printer (m3np.wordpress.com) he has an ongoing purpose to bridge the gap between the digital tools and the creative physical expression.

Tiago Pinho holds a degree in Fine Arts - Multimedia, Faculty of Fine Arts from the University of Porto (2011), Master in Teaching Visual Arts, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences from the University of Porto (2014). He is currently a FCT scholarship holder at the PhD in Art Education and a researcher at the i2ADS Research Institute of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto. His research focuses on sustainable imaging and 3D printing technologies. He is a Teacher in Basic and Secondary Education and has been an Assistant Professor in the Communication Sciences course at the University of Porto. Member of Identidades – Movimento Intercultural since 2009.

This workshop will take place at the Faculty of Fine Arts Master in Graphic Design & Editorial Projects room (PA301).



Letterpress: being post-digital and beyond post-digital

Exploring letterpress as a creative practice towards post-digital design

Jorge Brandão Pereira (ID+), Abhishek Chatterjee (ID+), Joana Monteiro (Clube dos Tipos) and Rui Damasceno (Tipografia Damasceno).
Friday, 24 january & Monday, 27 january, at the Tipografia Damasceno

Workshop Description

The letterpress warm-up workshops aim at exploring the possibilities of traditional letterpress printing to produce communication and graphic materials. It is hands-on and each participant will get a chance to have a go at composing and printing, working closely with the instructors.

Tipografia Damasceno offers a great environment to stir with letters, ink, and printing equipment, in a post-digital, experimental and fun way! From the idea, to hand-setting type, and to letterpress printing, we will be bridging processes of hybridization and collaboration that can proceed on the basis of an effective reciprocal dignification, as post-digital and beyond post-digital.

From day 1, we will produce the book jackets for the PDLP Book of Abstracts, working with graphic design students from the School do Design of IPCA.

From day 2, we will produce a traditional “Cancioneiro” with poems and songs from Almalaguês weavers, a community of artisans from Coimbra, working with students and researchers currently engaged with ID+.

The workshops are integrated in project “Anti-Amnesia: design research as an agent for narrative and material regeneration and reinvention of vanishing Portuguese manufacturing cultures and techniques”, co-financed by Portugal 2020, alongside the European Regional Development Fund and the Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal (ID+/Unexpected Media Lab: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029022; 2018-2020).

Workshop Instructors

Jorge Brandão Pereira. He is a professor at Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e do Ave, at Escola Superior de Design, where he is also director of the Art and Communication Department. PhD in Digital Media - Industries, Publics and Markets variant, University of Porto (2015), integrated in the UT Austin-Portugal program. He develops his research and praxis in the dynamic discussion between design, communication, participatory media, local cultures and creativity. Researcher of ID+ / Unexpected Media Lab, Research coordinator in the project "The Mediated City" (AMPS - Architecture, Media, Politics and Society, UCL) and Executive Director of United Designs Alliance.

Abhishek Chatterjee. He is the researcher assigned to the research project 'Anti-Amnesia' (' POCI-0145-FEDER-029022 FEDER / FCT) at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, which focuses on the rescue and restoration of material, human and social narratives, embarked on traditional industrial practices in Portugal. He has roots in product and accessories design, and his research interests concern the study of relational creative activities in the triumvirate of design, media and heritage.

Joana Monteiro / Clube dos Tipos. Joana is a graphic designer and does art direction. In her work she recognizes a passion for typography. For the construction of graphic images she uses and mixes several techniques. She graduated in Painting and Communication Design (ARCA, Coimbra). She has a master's degree in Graphic Design (University of the Arts London). She studied at the Royal College of Art, London, where she experimented with video and traditional typography. She worked with FBA. studio in Coimbra for 5 years. He has been a freelancer since 2007 and has worked mainly with clients in the cultural area. She is the co-founder of the Clube dos tipos.

Rui Damasceno / Tipografia Damasceno. Rui is a typographer and an actor. At the age of 18, he joined his parents in the typography trade. In this way, he gained some time off to dedicate himself to another art: the theatre. He worked in companies such as Escola da Noite, Bonifrates or Camaleão. The Damasceno Printing House, created in 1970, is a family heritage, but Rui gave it his unique touch. On the one hand, there are the heavy typography machines, the drawers full of types, the piles of paper; on the other hand, the soft music of the radio and the theatre posters. He's been collaborating with the o Clube dos Tipos since its creation.



Digital vs. Analog

Jorge Araújo (ESE-IPP)
Saturday, 25 january 2020, ESE (Printing workshop) 10h–18h (6h)

Workshop Description

The participants would engage in a 2 part workshop, one that combines both the old and new technologies — the digital and the analog. In the morning, participants would be introduced to the method of Risography, one that simulates silk screen printing, but in a automated fashion. They would draw patterns, either by hand or on the computer, that will be taken to the RISO machine, to be printed on A3 sheets of paper. With this machine participants may experiment with knockout and overprint, creating different graphics and achieving new colors. In the afternoon participants will take the work produced in the morning, which would have been left to dry a bit, into the letterpress workshop. There they will take their paper stock and cut it to business cards measurements (8,5x5,5mm) leaving the proper bleed and slug. After that they will compose their own letterpress business card, stating their name and title (for those who struggle with the title, one shall be awarded to them: “rookie letterpress printer”). Lastly, they will take their composition to the little Adana Press and print out their card.

Workshop Instructors

Jorge Araújo has a degree in Visual Arts (2012) and a masters in Visual Art Education (2014) both awarded by the School of Education of the Polytechnic of Porto. Currently he is working as a designer and printer of all things, from letterpress, silkscreen, Risograph to 3D printing. He is also been a professor at the School of Education (Art Department) since 2018, teaching typography and printing techniques. He is undertaken his second masters degree at FBAUP —Graphic Design and Editorial Projects— in which he is developing his thesis around the them Orthotypography.

This workshop will take place at the Escola Superior de Educação printing workshop room.