Porto Design Summer School, July 2017

Application OPEN for the fifth edition of the Porto Design Summer School, 3–15 July 2017.

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.

project / Stevie Summers, AUSTRALIA

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.

Jessica Helfand, Adrian Shaughnessy, Andrew Howard and Hamish Muir with students, 2016

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.

project / Tyler Johnston, USA / Josh Peter USA


project / Pallavi Agarwala, India


project / João Fonseca, Portugal


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.

The Porto Summer Design Editorial Course welcomes applications from students, academics and design professionals alike.

Deadline for application is Monday May 29th, 2017.



images © Andrew Howard / Porto Design Summer School


04 writing & critique

Porto Design Summer School
Fifth edition, 3–15 July 2017, Porto, Portugal
July 2017

Notes from ‘Designing the perfect photobook’
A short t
alk as part of a panel discussion, PhotobookNZ
March 2016

A meditation
Sir Ian Athfield, 1940 — 2015
by Catherine Griffiths
Architectural Centre, NZ
April 2015

A Playlist : CG >> CG
by Catherine Griffiths
DPAG Late Breakfast Show, NZ, Aug 2014

Body, Mind, Somehow: The Text Art of Catherine Griffiths
by Gregory O’Brien
Art New Zealand #150, NZ, 2014

Nothing in Mind
by Chloe Geoghegan
typ gr ph c, Aug 2014

typ gr ph c in Strips Club
by Catherine Griffiths
Strips Club journal, Mar 2014

In the Neighbourhood
by Catherine Griffiths
Desktop #294, Australia, 2013

Interview by Heath Killen
Desktop #294, Australia, 2013

FF ThreeSix
by Catherine Griffiths
Typographica, Mar 2013

A note on the D-card
by Catherine Griffiths
Apr 2013

Shes Got Legs
by Lee Suckling
Urbis, NZ, Jan 2013

Truly, No Idea
by Catherine Griffiths
for Flash Forward, Desktop, Australia, Nov 2012

Look for the purple lining
by Catherine Griffiths
Eye Blog, UK, Mar 2012

The Big Idea, NZ, Jun 2011

Shots in the air
by Catherine Griffiths
Eye Blog, UK, Jan 2011

John & Eye
by Catherine Griffiths
ProDesign 110, NZ, Jan 2011

Quite a Blast
by Catherine Griffiths
ProDesign, NZ, Jan 2011

Inner-City Modality
by Mercedes Vicente
ProDesign, NZ, Aug 2010

Beautiful World of Typography
by Catherine Griffiths
excerpt from a talk, Govett-Brewster Gallery, NZ, Jun 2009

For the record
by Catherine Griffiths
Introduction to TypeSHED11, NZ, Feb 2009

Locating Our Feet
by Catherine Griffiths
Threaded, NZ, Oct 2008

Notes on Feijoa
by Catherine Griffiths
ProDesign, NZ, Apr 2007

Life in Italics
by Helen Walters
Print, New York, Sep-Oct 2006

Writing by Types
by Justine Clark
Artichoke, Australia, Apr 2003


Porto Design Summer School, 3–15 July 2017

Andrew Howard
Hamish Muir
Catherine Griffiths

David Pearson

Jessica Helfand 2013–2016
Adrian Shaughnessy 2015
Professor George Hardie 2014
Jonathan Barnbrook 2013
Nuno Grande 2013–2016
Manuel Loff 2013


Porto Design Summer School

related links

Porto Design Summer School — An adventure to advance / posted by TypograpHer

Neon Moire / a selection of the best Design Summer Schools in 2017



Porto Design Summer School


project / Oscar Ramirez, Mexico


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