Manufactura Independente is a design studio based in Porto, Portugal. It was founded in 2010 by Ana Isabel Carvalho and Ricardo Lafuente as a space for both comissioned work and self-initiated projects.
About our practice
Our approach floats around a set of key principles:
- Involvement with free/libre culture. It's not only about switching to different tools, but about welcoming a different mindset for design. Sharing our work, our tools and our processes is an integral part of what we do.
- Libre workflows applied to design practice. Not only do we employ an exclusively free/libre software stack, we enjoy tinkering, creating and sharing our own experimental design tools.
- Engagement with software as a medium. Software is more than a tool: it's an expressive medium to be questioned and improved upon. Only free and open tools give us that kind of agency.
- Cross-media practice. We love web, we love print, and we'll love whatever comes next.
- Community engagement. Be it through workshops, publications or work with public data, it's more fun to do it with others.
What we make
- Workshops. We conceive, organise and facilitate experimental, results-driven workshops. We're at ease to talk and work with several subjects: retro and contemporary font design, speculative data visualization, working with F/LOSS tools, layout and typeface experiments, and the list goes on.
- Design. We work on most kinds of design tasks: branding, identity, print layouts and production, web presence, editorial projects, type design or design-oriented tools.
- Consultancy. Digital or print media, technical or conceptual, we take on problems and dilemmas in order to determine the best path forward, be it for a website, publication, company identity or mobile app.
- Custom tools and development. We enjoy planning and designing novel ways to take care of old and new problems. Automation, scripting and custom interfaces are our cup of tea.
- Full-stack web development. We're at home with the nitty-gritty aspects of web development, and we're proficient in the front-end design side as well. We endeavour to take care of the full stack, ranging from visual concepts to server administration, back-end coding and user interface development.
Credits: photo by Mário André
You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Slow mail will reach us through this address:
Manufactura Independente Rua Elísio de Melo 28, sala 36 4000-196 Porto Portugal