Porto Design Summer School, 5th Edition, July 2017—applications open

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Details, Porto street signs and student projects, top left: Stevie Summers, AUSTRALIA  / bottom right: Tyler Johnston, USA / Josh Peter, USA

New Zealand designer and typographer Catherine Griffiths will be a tutor alongside Hamish Muir and Andrew Howard at the Porto Design Summer School taking place in Northern Portugal in July. Applications are welcome from students, academics and design professionals, and close on Monday 29th May.

Taught by leading design professionals and educators from Europe, the United States and now New Zealand, the Porto Design Summer School is a unique opportunity to study graphic and editorial design within the setting of one of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful cities.

Devised by Andrew Howard, with the support of Escola Superior de Artes e Design, Matosinhos, one of Portugal’s leading design education institutes, a unique aspect of the summer school is its international nature: participants from the US, UK, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, South Africa, Australia, India, Thailand and Portugal include graduate students at the beginning of their journey, to experienced professionals and academics, looking to expand their outlook and take a break from the routine.

Core tutors are Andrew Howard (UK/ESAD Porto, designer, educator, curator, writer, and one of the original signatories of the First Things First Manifesto 2000), Hamish Muir (UK/LCC London, founder of MuirMcNeil, 8vo, and editor of Octavo, International Journal of Typography), and in past years, Jessica Helfand (USA/Yale, founding editor of Design Observer).

This year, New Zealand designer and typographer Catherine Griffiths will replace Jessica Helfand as principle tutor, with Hamish Muir and Andrew Howard. Catherine Griffiths is an award-winning designer and typographer whose practice spans graphic design, self-publishing, installations in public and private spaces, and writing. She is active in the international design community, and an advocate for alternative thinking, and will bring her unique skills and experience to the course.

In the second week, a guest tutor will join the summer school. Past editions have seen Jonathan Barnbrook, Professor George Hardie, and Adrian Shaughnessy. In 2017 the guest is David Pearson one of the UK’s most celebrated book designers whose cover designs for Penguin Books include the Great Ideas, Great Loves and Great Journeys. He was named by The Guardian as one of the 50 best designers in Britain, is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), and was appointed Royal Designer for Industry in 2015.

Focusing on editorial design and typography, this intensive two week practice-based course also pays special attention to the city’s rare heritage in vintage shop signage and other forms of vernacular lettering. Benefitting from the expertise and skills of the workshop tutors, participants will explore the creative possibilities of editorial design, examining topics such as narrative structure, navigation, typographic systems, hierarchy and composition, as well as editing and notions of authorship. The aim is to expand technical and conceptual skills and thus guide each participant closer to finding a unique outlook and voice as a graphic designer.

The programme includes a series of individual presentations by each one of the tutors, visits around the city, and social evenings, while setting aside time for individual project development and critiques.

The 2017 edition will take place in the Palacete Viscondes de Balsemão situated in the heart of the city, minutes from the historic riverside area. The course fee includes tuition, lectures, individual accommodation, and all programme receptions.

Deadline for applications is Monday May 29th, 2017. 

Porto Design Summer School

More information can also be found at: https://www.neonmoire.com/blog/47/the-2017-design-summer-school-calendar


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