Class Design Technologies I

  • Presentation


    The main goal of the Design Technologies course is to capacitate the students to ideate and materialize graphic objects according to their knowledge about the different stages, means and production resources, choosing them in a thoughtful way that responds to design projects from a conceptual, monetary and sociological/ecological point of view.

  • Code


  • Syllabus


    1. Pre-Printing

    1.1. Preparing the files

    1.2. Typography

    1.3. Image resolution and treatment

    1.4. Margins and bleeds

    1.5. Colors and color profiles

    1.6. Final artwork


    2. Printing

    2.1. Printing Processes

    2.2. Offset vs. Digital

    2.3. Colors (CMYK, Pantones and others)

    2.4. Types of paper and usage

    2.5. Other supports and possibilities


    3. Finishings

    3.1. General Finishings

    3.2. Finishings for books and editorial projects


    4. Advices and Work Methodology

    4.1. Multiple tricks and tips

    4.2. Choosing and working with the printing company

    4.3. Process follow-up (monos, mock-ups, printing proofs)

  • Objectives


    This course is structured in 3 phases/stages, each with its own contents and specificities: Pre-printing, Printing and Finishings. While this is not a linear process (each stage influences and is influenced by the one before and after it), it follows the timeline of producing graphic artifacts. In Pre-printing students will be taught how to prepare their document for printing, learning about topics such as color and color profiles; image quality, resolution and formats; typographic treatment. Students will be able to produce the final artwork (package) properly to be send for print. Printing stage will focus on printing technologies (digital vs. offset and other possibilities for different supports and ends) and materials (paper selection and usage, color). Finishings explained: cut, fold/crease, varnish/coating, embossing and debossing, stamping. A final module will encompass tricks and tips, the importance of following the process and establishing a bond with the printer.

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    This UC contemplates the organization of two visits to printing factories located in the region of Porto (Vox and Multitema) and at least one open class with a guest designer who will speak about how he/she prepares de final art and the relationship with the print factory with whom he/she usually collaborates. It is also expected the presence of a representative from a paper brand such as Inapa, Antalis or Fedrigoni.

  • References


    Barbosa, Conceição. 2009. Manual Prático de Produção Gráfica. Parede: Principia.


    Adams, Sean; Dawson, Peter; Foster, John; Seddon, Tony. 2012. Graphic Design Rules: 365 Essential Design Dos & Don’ts. Londres: Francis Lincoln Limited Publishers.


    Dias, Rúben; Oliveira, Rui; Martins, Fábio; Dantas, Ricardo. 2021. A Capa do Livro. Caldas da Rainha: itemzero.


    Dias, Rúben; Oliveira, Rui; Martins, Fábio; Dantas, Ricardo. 2021. O Miolo do Livro. Caldas da Rainha: itemzero.


    Dias, Rúben; Meira, Sofia. 2018. IMPRIMERE: Arte e Processo nos 250 anos da Imprensa Nacional. Lisboa: Imprensa Nacional – Casa da Moeda.

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