The design and digital forms workshop teaches students to formulate a visual language involving conceptual and artistic stakes relating to digital cultures. It therefore introduces various problematics questioning design in its relationship to historical and contemporary media: appropriations, subversions, materiality, animation… The various projects allow students to broach the main creative tools, via fundamental techniques relating traditional design and digital form (digitization, vectorization, animation, installation, and sound).
Equipped with desktop publishing, image retouching, vectorial design and character design software, as well as digital printing and shaping tools, this workshop provides lessons and practical production sessions dedicated to graphic design.
The initiation to 3D computer graphics within the framework of work on volumes will enable students to understand and grasp all of the challenges of design and representation with the aid of computer graphic tools. A language, tools and codes emerge from these elements, which the students must master and use in creating their own representational world in line with their personal project and particular area of inquiry.
The Machina workshop is dedicated to the creation and monitoring of digital or electromechanical objects or systems related to technological concerns, from cybernetics through to the most current developments (Arduino, Raspberry PI, FabLab, 3D printers, intelligent objects, Max-MSP, Processing, virtual and augmented reality, etc.). In addition, workshops and conferences will be organised this year to support the progress of projects and research that draw on the role of today’s technology in the creation of art and design.
Since the production of digital objects requires specific learning methods and techniques, a partnership between isdaT and the INSA has been set up, also enabling access to INSA’s FabLab on the Rangueil campus. Since the presence and use of the various digital machines (3D printer, laser cutter machine, soldering station) requires specific knowledge and special protection, a one-week learning module, co-taught by INSA and isdaT will take place at INSA and will focus on 4 aspects:
— Introduction to “FabLab” tools: laser cutting, 3D printing, etc.
— Open Source hardware and microcontrollers for fast prototyping,
— Communication with the environment (processing, computer vision e.g. Kinect, protocols e.g. MIDI, etc.),
— Framing of projects and “free” work at the FabLab.
This module will allow students to acquire the introductory basics of FabLab tools—to be capable of using all the machines of digital creation, as well as the electronic soldering and PCB printing stations; to have basic knowledge of Open Source hardware and microcontrollers; to be capable of designing and creating an electronic hardware system based on microcontrollers for a target application; and finally, to learn to work in a multidisciplinary team.