Longhand Publishers – Design workstations for collaborative mini publications

In the former building of the Newspaper BN De Stem, the installation created by Tim Knapen and Andreas Depauw (indianen) allows visitors to collaboratively create a mini publication. Presented as a part of the Graphic Design Festival in Breda (NL), the installation borrows aesthetics and process of the old printing world, but consists out of new, custom made “design workstations”, drawing machine and a kiosk-style shop. The workstations, on which you can design pages, use custom software and electronics to create a tool that is both very limited in it’s visual language and very free and open ended as a creation tool. "We’ve tried to invent a tool that implies a set of design rules that create a “well defined world of endless possibilities” – explains Tim Knapen.

The workstations have been designed with the drawing machine in mind: every image you can generate is geared towards being produced on paper with only lines. It was our goal to make a design process that is tied closely to its production process.

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