Publishing Machines Workshop

Nowadays, the free software movement and the diversity of open source tools encourage designers, artists and developers to question the nature of the tool they are using and its place in their creative process. They are invited to learn, modify and create their own tools. Creating tools forms an integral part in the work of a graphic designer. The tool shapes the work. Can we imagine new kind of publishing tools that change the way we present our works, create printed matter and more?

Sarah Garcin tries to answer this question, by creating the PJ Machine (Publishing Jockey Machine), a box with arcade buttons to control web interface for live publishing. The Machine allows to create layout design with text and images, and generate a pdf to print.

In the same way, the participants were invited to imagine and prototype new and open source publishing tool. The tools created there offered new kinds of interactions and revolutionized the publication process.


Poster which makes posters

A poster, partly covered in conductive ink and working as hardware, which generates new posters. A poster to design posters. A paper interface to remix your protest poster designs. Can you make a new poster with your current poster? #poster #activism #remix

Remote control menu app

Device “touch start”/“touch end” used to dynamically change the layout of the poster. The accelerometer of the smart device is used to change colors. #layout #smartphone #controls #graphicdesign

eyeTest (face recognition) An eye test that becomes harder the closer you are to the poster and easier the further away. The website uses Face OSC to track the size of the user’s head. #test #eyesignt #facerecogintion

Banana printer (let’s banana it)

Design Your Poster >> Touch Banana to Print >> Get Your Bananaed Poster!! Use a banana (through makey makey) to print out your personalised hard-work graphic design poster only to have your design covered with a random banana picture and quote printed on top of it. #banana #motivation #inspiration #quotes #graphicdesign #prettyugly

“22. Make your own tools. Hybridize your tools in order to build unique things. Even simple tools that are your own can yield entirely new avenues of exploration. Remember, tools amplify our capacities, so even a small tool can make a big difference.”