The 2017 edition of the summer school took place in a new venue – the Palacete Viscondes de Balsemão – a small palace in a beautiful square right in the city centre. We were very happy to receive 22 participants from around the world each bringing their own insight and experience to the course.
Tutors Andrew Howard, Catherine Griffiths and Hamish Muir gave lectures in the first week and participants were given a series of type and compositions exercises. leading to the launching of the main editorial project which was based on Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities.
Sunday saw the arrival of guest tutor, book cover designer extraordinaire David Pearson, who gave a lecture on Monday morning. This was followed by a mini cover design project. Participants then continued the principle project in which each was given a series of chapters to design working within an editorial structure defined by tutors and the two working groups that were established. These separate chapters the came together to form two individual books.