A five days workshop at doc:LAB in Istanbul.

“In how many ways and with what techniques can one produce variations on the human faces seen from the front? The graphic designer works without set limits and without rejecting any possible combinations and methods in order to arrive at the precise image he needs for the job in hand, and no other.
Looking at the technique of the past we notice that a human face made in mosaic has a different structure from one painted on the wall, drawn in chiaroscuro, carved in stone, and so on.
The features—eyes, nose and mouth—are ‘structured’ differently. In the same way if one is thinking of making a face out of glass, wire, folded paper, woven straw, inflatable rubber, strips of woods, plastic, fiberglass, or wire netting.
The relationship between the features will have to be adapted to each material.”
in Bruno Munari, Arte come mestiere, 1966
(english version, Design as Art, Penguin Books)
For the first three days we (Alain Bellet from ECAL and me) used processing to build some very basic (almost trivial) tools to cover a set of six topics we identified around the human face:

  1. Pareidolia
  2. Symmetry
  3. Expression (not explored)
  4. Proportion
  5. Mirror
  6. Mask (not explored)

In the last two days students were then asked to explore one of the subjects and to develop a personal project around it.

For more images and an overview of the five workshops held visit doc:LAB’s blog.