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Full-day workshop • March 16th
We live in a wonderful world of computers, but the best designers understand that paper – an often-overlooked, but valuable tool – is where the magic happens. Paper is where the digital products of the future are born.

In this hands-on workshop, we look back at the generations of designers that didn't spend their days in front of a computer, instead plying their craft using a wealth of analogue tools: pen and paper, scalpels, glue and even typewriters.

By re-learning how to design without a computer, we can develop a richer and more varied visual grammar, based on the timeless design principles of pre-personal computer yore. We can also arm ourselves with a wealth of idea generation techniques that ensure we're never short of ideas.

Armed with some fundamental design principles and an abundance of tools – which naturally includes a compulsory helping of Pic'n'Mix * (containing a veritable cornucopia of material) – we show the aspiring analogue designer of the future a range of methods for breaking out of the stranglehold of the often clichéd digital world, to create work that stands the test of time.

What you'll learn:

  • The Benefits of Rapid Prototying With Paper
  • How to Generate an Endless Flow of Ideas
  • The Importance of Paper as a Powerful Part of the Design Process
  • Developing a Visual Grammar That Goes Beyond the Web
  • Building an Idea Generation Toolbox
  • How to Pitch Your Ideas Using Nothing More Than Paper

Who should sign up?

This workshop is intended for designers and developers who understand the importance of paper as an important, but often forgotten prototyping tool. Attendees will leave feeling creatively refreshed and ready to return to the studio with a wealth of creative tools.

What software/hardware should I bring?

All you need to bring is your brain, everything else will be supplied. We'll provide everything you need to get you up and running, better still you'll leave with a creative toolset that will stand the test of time, ensuring you're never short of ideas again.

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Workshop includes
  • Snacks and drinks during the whole day
  • Tea and coffee
  • Lunch
  • Paper and pen/pencil

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