E.Aparo, L.Soares, J.Teixeira, J.Passos

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About E.Aparo, L.Soares, J.Teixeira, J.Passos

Altempo is a team of two senior researchers and two alumni, creators of new configurations, interpreters of fundamental concepts such as innovation, changing and sustainability, in order to improve people's lives. Altempo is based on the hermeneutic methodology and comes from the Italian expression to introduce a correction or clarify an idea. Altempo Research Design Group makes use of a strategy that requires to constantly diagnose the situations, helping companies to develop singular products and services carriers of meaning, with the spirit of a place, considering time, space, circumstances, and human nature.

  • Winner of Musical Instrument Design Award.
  • Specialized in Musical Instrument Design.
  • Original Design.
  • Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
  • All Designs
  • Musical Instrument
Shatron Mute for Trumpet

Shatron Mute for Trumpet

Musical Instrument Design


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Interview with E.Aparo, L.Soares, J.Teixeira, J.Passos

Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
Altempo is a team of two teachers and two alumni, creators of new configurations and interpreters of fundamental concepts such as innovation, changing and sustainability. What made Altempo to become a designer is the opportunity to improve people's lives and that is why Altempo have always wanted to be a designer.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
Altempo is based on the hermeneutic methodology and comes from the Italian expression to introduce a correction or clarify an idea. Altempo Research Design Group makes use of a strategy that requires to constantly diagnose the situations, helping companies to develop singular products and services carriers of meaning, with the spirit of a place, considering time, space, circumstances, and human nature. Altempo is based in the North of Portugal, thinking local and acting global.
What is "design" for you?
Design is about connections between all the elements that participate in the process, having the power to establish singularity products to society.
What kinds of works do you like designing most?
Altempo likes designing all kind of works, having the sphere of the past as a light to design human tomorrow.
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
Our favorite design is the one that provokes sensations, transmits emotions and calls for reflection, concern and inquiry.
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
Altempo's favorite material, platform or technology is the one that gives more opportunities, depending on the project.
When do you feel the most creative?
We fell the most creative when we join everything (and the opposite of it) that exist, working about something from the beginning to the end.
Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
During designing, we focus on satisfying all the starting points of the briefing, transforming constraints that arise during the process in project opportunities.
When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
We look at the relationship that the product establishes with the environment and the human being.
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
The designer has a responsibility to contribute – with his/her knowledge and methodology - to the transformation of reality, refusing to be a result of that.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
Our design inspiration come from hard work. We feed our creativity by creating connections with everything (persons, companies, materials, technologies, techniques). We believe design as the competence to incorporate something from outside into something else, as a deterritorialized and reterritorialized process.
How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
In our approach to design we argue in favor of a complex connection process free from preferential or marginalized elements.
Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
We live in Europe, in the North of Portugal. The Genius Loci of our country affects everything we produce. It is a place with a strong relationship with tradition and with the productive activities of an artisanal nature. For this reason, the relationship with artisans is very strong. Since the craftsman has the ability to invent technology, the relationship between designers and craftsmen allows for continuous experimentation and verification.
How do you work with companies?
Our work with companies is based in a holist and continuous experimentation and verification of design process.
What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
We suggest that companies look for designers who already have a course and qualifications and not those who either have not finished their studies or do not have the experience and, therefore, are abused.
Can you talk a little about your design process?
In our design process we use a methodology founded on meta-design exercise as a tool for experimentation, reflection and dialectic between all elements.
What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
Lighting, seats, bathroom and kitchen accessories and picture frames.
Can you describe a day in your life?
It is difficult to answer, because we are a team of 4 people. And then, each day is unique and distinct.
Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
Always read and study. Work with persistence and love. And when you start a project, do it from start to finish.
Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
During design we use and connect low technology with high tech. Our sources of inspiration are architecture, craft objects and history.
How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
It depends on the nature, the causalities and the circumstances of each project.
What was your most important job experience?
The most important professional experience of the Altempo group is the Shatron project.
Who are some of your clients?
All companies that decide to innovate, using and believing in research and development projects.
What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
The type of design we like the most is one that everyone else finds difficult or impossible.
What are your future plans? What is next for you?
Continue this project, demonstrating that research in higher education can be useful for companies and people.
Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
Yes, we have. Our new work is focus on the relationship between fields, companies and persons, knowing that culture and memory exist to light our future.
How can people contact you?
Contacting one of the members of the Altempo team, via Instagram: @lilianaaparo, @almada_trumpet, @jorgepassos82, @joaoao.txr.

Extended Interview with E.Aparo, L.Soares, J.Teixeira, J.Passos

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
Altempo is a team of two teachers and two alumni, creators of new configurations and interpreters of fundamental concepts such as innovation, changing and sustainability. What made Altempo to become a designer is the opportunity to improve people's lives and that is why Altempo have always wanted to be a designer!
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
Altempo likes designing all kind of works, having the sphere of the past as a light to design human tomorrow.
What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
The answer to this question must be related with time, place, circunstantes and persons. Sometimes we are great designers, because we act just in the right moment.
What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
The good design message has changed all over the years. Today, good design is much more related to social and environmental responsibility.
What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
It is something much more oriented to the process and to the connections between entities and persons, and disconnected from the origin and the end.
What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
It's not about time as we answer before, but about time, space and circunstancies.
What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
Shatron mute, because it is a product that solve sustainable, ecological, historical and symbolic issues.
How do you define design, what is design for you?
Design is about connections between all the elements that participate in the process, having the power to establish singularity products to society.
What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
We suggest that companies look for designers who already have a course and qualifications and not those who either have not finished their studies or do not have the experience and, therefore, are abused.
How do you think designers should present their work?
It depends on the context, the company culture. The designer must consider everything that exist in the reality he/she is interpreting.
What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
Our current project is focus on creating experiences and meaning into persons lives, relating different fields, entities and factors.
What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
The designer has a responsibility to contribute – with his/her knowledge and methodology - to the transformation of reality, refusing to be a result of that.

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