Post-Digital Letterpress Printing

International Conference

30 — 31 January 2020

Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto


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.

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;




Catherine Dixon

BA in Graphic Design (1992); PgD in Communication Design; PhD Central Saint Martins, 2003); Pg Cert in Teaching and Learning in Art and Design (2010) from CLTAD. Catherine Dixon is a designer, writer, researcher and teacher. As a designer she works with text-based projects, including typographic covers for the award-winning Great Ideas series for Penguin Books, Phaidon, and on several projects with Phil Baines.  As a writer she writes regularly on letterforms in environmental contexts, contributing to the website and co-authoring with Phil Baines the book “Signs: lettering in the environment” (Laurence King 2003). As a researcher she has a particular interest in letterforms, her Doctoral thesis focusing on the problems of describing typefaces. A regular contributor to Eye Magazine, Matrix, and other Journals. Member of the Executive Committee of St. Bride Library as a curator of their conferences and events since 2003. Senior Lecturer at Central Saint Martins (part of the University of the Arts London) where she teaches typography on the Graphic Communication Design programme and co-curates the Central Lettering Record with Phil Baines. External Examiner at Lincoln University. From 2011–12 she was a Visiting Professor at the University of São Paulo in Brazil.

Jorge dos Reis

Natural de Unhais da Serra, Jorge dos Reis (1971-) estudou tipografia em Inglaterra e música em Lisboa. Frequentou a Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional e em 1995 foi aluno na Norwich School of Art & Design. É licenciado pela Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa e Mestre em Sociologia da Comunicação pelo ISCTE. Doutorado pela FBAUL, onde é Professor Auxiliar. Foi docente na Escola Superior de Artes Aplicadas do Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco, na Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Artes Gráficas do Instituto Politécnico de Tomar e no IADE – Instituto de Artes Visuais, Design e Marketing.

O seu trabalho, depurado e conceptualmente seguro, imprime à tipografia novas expressividades, aproximando as suas obras de cariz promocional (capas de livros e discos, cartazes, etc.) a algumas propostas da poesia visual.

Expôs o seu trabalho no Ar.Co, no Instituto Politécnico de Tomar, no ISCTE, na Biblioteca Nacional, na Escola Superior de Arte e Design das Caldas da Rainha, no Centro Científico e Cultural de Macau e no Royal College of Art, entre outros. É autor de inúmeros cartazes, capas, panfletos. A sua obra publicada em livros inclui: Das Letras que Moram nas Palavras (Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, 2001); Terra Beirã, Terra Tipografada (Câmara Municipal da Guarda, 2004); Escrevo Risco [com Américo Rodrigues e Carlos Fernandes] (Luzlinar, 2009); O Desenho da Escrita em Portugal (Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, 2012); Da Epigrafia à Caligrafia, da Tipografia à Poesia – Projectos Tipográficos Recentes (Centro Cultural Raiano, 2013).



Until December 15, 2019


The organizing committee of PDLP invites all designers, researchers, scholars and students to submit an extended abstract in the fields of Arts, Design and Printing.            

Topics of interest

The topics of the conference 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.           


Please submit an abstract between 300 and 1000 words in English language

Accepted submissions will be included in the communications program of the conference as a result of a double-blind peer review process. 

We will publish the accepted extended abstracts as a conference proceedings’ book (in electronic format), with an ISBN register number, prior to the event, as long as one of its authors registers to present it at the event. 

Also resulting from the call and conference presentations, the authors of the best papers will be invited to extend their submissions into a full book chapter to be published after the conference.        

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.

Additional artworks & workshop proposals   

We are also interested in the submission of original prints, designs and artworks for a special exhibition to be held during the conference, as well as workshop proposals. The accepted artworks will be exhibited during the conference and featured in a special section of the book to be published.

More information available on the website:





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



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)

Place FBAUP, Porto
Date 30 to 31 of January of 2020
Info Open call