Exploring the Hybridization of Traditional Printing and Digital Fabrication Processes to Expand Design Innovation in the Classroom


Design education has been institutionalized for several decades, but digital competencies have shifted the role of the “designer-author” to a “digital black-box operator”. Computational Design and Media Literacy are directly related to the development of critical thinking. Promoting these literacies is a priority as they allow us to understand and operate a range or set of tools and processes of the wider media ecosystem today, and leverage these into future uses or developments. This paper aims to promote hybrid media literacies through the reporting of a design-led research and development process of an innovative DIY flatbed proof press – the XT-Press– a powerful tool for designers and students to learn more about history, purpose, graphic and algorithmic possibilities of combining computational and traditional processes and materials. Building upon previous digital fabrication and traditional printing experiences, we designed and conducted three custom experiences: one in refining the design and building the press. And two additional ones using the press with a small group of participants in a Graphic Design higher education informal context. Through these, we have learned that by being able to iterate back and forth between design and fabrication of the tools and processes, as well as design and printing of the "designer-author” compositions, we are successfully promoting the acquisition of these set of skills and the expansion of critical thinking. At the same time, providing insight into historical and technical production processes by achieving control and intervention in all stages of the design and production.

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Pedro Amado, University of Porto, Portugal
Cristina Ferreira, University of Porto, Portugal
Maíra Woloszyn, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil

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Conference: ECADE2022
Stream: Learning Practices in Art & Design Education

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To cite this article:
Amado P., Ferreira C., & Woloszyn M. (2022) Exploring the Hybridization of Traditional Printing and Digital Fabrication Processes to Expand Design Innovation in the Classroom ISSN: 2758-0989 – The European Conference on Arts, Design & Education 2022 Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2758-0989.2022.30
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2758-0989.2022.30

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