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OSP ASBL VZW Celebration Print Party

News · May 28th, 2015 · · No Comments

We are happy to announce an OSP ASBL/VZW* celebration evening and Print Party.

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Back from our yearly travel to the Libre Graphics Meeting, full of Toronto stories, and soon to be tattooed with a VAT number, OSP welcomes you in their transit tavern.
Join us in cutting, plotting and browsing recent works. Come to celebrate the launch of our association with us, and visit our Schaerbeek studio before the caravan moves on!

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De retour de notre voyage annuel aux Libre Graphics Meeting, avec quelques expressions torontoises à partager et bientôt un numéro de TVA à se faire tatouer, OSP vous accueille dans sa taverne de transit. Rejoignez-nous pour découper, plotter et feuilleter nos récents travaux. Venez fêter le lancement de l’asbl, et visiter notre studio de Schaerbeek avant que la caravane ne se déplace à nouveau!

19:00 → 21:00 Machines launch + crackers
21:00 → 22:00 Dancing
Guests: Roland, Océane, Cameo.

OSP asbl/vzw Print Party
Thursday May 28, 19:00 — 22:00

Avenue Princesse Elisabethlaan, 46
1030 Schaarbeek

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* ASBL/VZW is the Belgian form of non-profit association that we have chosen as the legal structure for Open Source Publising.
The general assembly will officialy create the entity, as we will vote on the following statutes:
http://www.ejustice.just.fgov.be/tsv_pdf/2015/03/06/15303974.pdf (French)
http://www.ejustice.just.fgov.be/tsv_pdf/2015/03/06/15303975.pdf (Dutch)

HTML sauce cocktail

News · March 19th, 2015 · · No Comments

We just finished a great workshop week @HEAR Strasbourg on the topic of printing HTML.

Printing HTML is not a new idea, but in the last few years we’ve been compiling sets of tools and scripts to properly use HTML as a base for proper layout. This idea has taken on several flavors over different projects, the first serious one being the Balsamine program for the 2013-2014 season.

Since that first successful experiment, the HTML print workflow has extended and been used to control print outputs within Ethertoff, and in situ used for both the Relearn 2013 publication and V/J14 ‘Are you being Served?’ book. Another successful and notable use is this years Balsamine program, displaying all sorts of crispy vector images along side of a more complex layout.

All this preamble culminates in the assembly of all these tools in a boilerplate starter tool, simply named html2print. Hosted in parallel on Git OSP & Github the kit aims to introduce you to the idea of making printable documents from Html, CSS and javascript.

We’ve found many advantages to working this way, so we made it the object of this workshop in Strasbourg with the students from the Communication Graphique department of the school.

Head on over to the blog post on Sürkrüt (comgraph blog) and the schools GH to find all the fun creations and source files.

Miam!

Conférence @ HEAR Strasbourg

News · March 10th, 2015 · · No Comments

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Ramène ta fraise!

We’re currently giving a html2print workshop @HEAR in Strasbourg that we’re punctuating with a conference presentation of OSP’s work tomorrow evening in the main hall @18:00.

Come on over, ramène ta fraise!

Results of the html2print workshop on their way and in construction, for now know that we’re reactivated automatic frog so meet us on Github.

Screenshot from 2015-03-10 22:16:02

Laidout

News · March 5th, 2015 · · No Comments

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Tom Lechner

Our description of the first encounter we had with Tom would probably be similar to the one of any of the two hundred people, sitting in the audience of the Libre Graphics Meeting in Brussels, back in May 2010.

 

The Libre Graphics Meeting is an annual meeting for users and developers of Free, Libre and Open Source graphic design software. Looking back at the archive, there is a proper cheer when Tom progressively peeled, like an orange, the image he was stretching over a dodecahedron, demoing the way Laidout could be used to prepare the file to print such a shape.

 

Tom has as many facets as he has obsessions for different mathematical geometrical schemes, after two and a half years at Caltech where he spent a lot more time making artwork than finishing homework, he moved to Portland to attend an art school and then continued on to make artwork and open source computer art tools, narrowly avoiding starving to death in abject misery under the weight of student loans.”

 

Laidout started as an imposition tool used by Tom Lechner to print his comics. Over time more intricate functionalities were added such as the aforementioned possibility to work image imposition onto 3D objects, or the addition of drawing tools. As Tom developed his own Graphical User Interface Toolkit for Laidout, the software comes with a personalvoice.

 

It feels like a very intimate tool full of hidden menus and shortcuts. With every new version its exciting to see the added features and, how they all come with their own approach and interface. Laidout appears to be like any other tool at first glance, but when you take a closer look, or see one of the screencasts on Youtube, you understand that Laidout has its own approach which is really refreshing in a landscape where so many tools are alike.

 

Engraving Fill Tool

The most recent version of Laidout came with an engraving tool, a utility that turns an image into line drawing. For the latest program of La Balsamine, a Brussels theater for which we’ve been designing the identity for some years now, the co-directors invited us to work with engraving and engraving patterns.

We decided to experiment on digital patterns and lines, digging to find different ways to (re)draw images. Last year, at the Leipzig edition of the Libre Graphics Meeting, we were treated to yet another wonderful presentation of Laidout’s new tool (called mesh conceptions).

We fantasized over a similar tool which could engrave images with the same fluidity and magic. A different approach exists in Inkscape (arguably the main vector editor in the libre graphics world), but which is more manual and much less granular for what we wanted to achieve.

Laidout had, by then, most of the building blocks in place for what we wanted to create. This seasons program for la Balsa was the perfect opportunity to commission Tom for this next step in the tool; applying the fill tool over an existing image, a content aware overlay, of sorts.

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It is this relationship that we thought could be interesting to portray here; this ecology of exchange between designer and developer which can only really be afforded in a working model where neither is afraid to open up their sources. This relation is at the center of our practice, we couldn’t really see any other way of working now.

 

This article was originally written as a response to a submission request to Grafik Magazine in the Screenshot section. You can view it in it’s intended context here. the text and embedded images are published under the Free Art License 1.3 and CC-BY-SA.

 

OSP @ Princesse!

Conversations · News · OSP Public Meets · September 29th, 2014 · · No Comments

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Since the early days, OSP has changed form over and over, from asking simple questions right through to organizing week-long workshops to share answers its members have found.

There have been a fair amount of turning points in the past, and some of the biggest ones have happened over the last few years. The Variable residency was certainly an interesting step, it brought in means to extend and collaborate in an environment that called for growth on the personal and group level. The three years in Variable were key in making OSP what it is today, but not only OSP, all of the Constant research experiments have taken from the shared house and gone forth.

Variable went out on a big bang with Relearn 2014 but all good things come to an end. We were all extremely happy, and we left with as many plans as questions for what the next steps would be. Even before leaving Variable, we knew of the forthcoming F-LAT project and other ideas regarding the maintenance of the Brussels (whatever that means) FLOSS network of people. It’s going to be yet another exciting year!

For OSP, it was clear that we enjoyed the idea of a studio space and wanted to follow up on that, so after a few weeks of searching we found a perfect fit in the old Hackbase.be working space. Hackbase is still moving into a new directions, but thanks to them, we’re equally happy with the space and its history (and its unremovable shelves filled with old computer gear from all eras!). OSP has a new home.

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There certainly is still a lot of work to do there, but we’re very happy. The added bonus is that it’s only a few streets away from the re-purposed Variable building, so we’re not too nostalgic.

The caravan is also in the process of setting up its own fully fledged legal structure (in its own name) as a non profit organisation, or ASBL as they say in French. As soon as we’re up and running, we’ll have you all over for a studio-warming (even though we can’t, at this point guarantee the room temperature) party, Loop events, and any other reason too!

Av. Princesse Elisabeth 46

Schaerbeek Brussels

Welcome!

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Laidout

News · March 5th, 2015 · · No Comments

Tom Lechner Our description of the first encounter we had with Tom would probably be similar to the one of any of the two hundred people, sitting in the audience of the Libre Graphics Meeting in Brussels, back in May 2010.   The Libre Graphics Meeting is an annual meeting for users and developers of […]

OSP @ Princesse!

Conversations · News · OSP Public Meets · September 29th, 2014 · Tags: · · · · No Comments

Since the early days, OSP has changed form over and over, from asking simple questions right through to organizing week-long workshops to share answers its members have found. There have been a fair amount of turning points in the past, and some of the biggest ones have happened over the last few years. The Variable […]

Hachures Tournures Balsamine Print Party

News · OSP Public Meets · Print Party · Works · September 29th, 2014 · Tags: · · · · · · · · · No Comments

We’re happy to be having the next Print Party in the familiar Balsamine Foyer for the second year in a row! This year as part of a new seasonal program, but also smaller parallel program «Nos Petites Madeleines» and along with the 15 day long Quizaine Numérique we’re going to be presenting Hachures Tourneurs. Following […]

Visual Culture and Médor at Europe Refresh

Conversations · News · Tools · Works · September 29th, 2014 · Tags: · · · · · · · No Comments

Once again Les Halles are housing the 2014 edition of «Le salon du financement participatif» called Europe Refresh and it looks like it’s going to be a couple of exciting weekends! This year, to maximize the chances of fully funding the projects, the Salon will be set up for a weekend in Brussels then a […]

Médor

Conversations · News · Works · September 29th, 2014 · Tags: · · · · · · No Comments

Medor is not a dog ! It’s a trimestrial, Belgian magazine of inquiries and stories, 128 pages long. Médor contains long-term investigations, reports and portraits focused on Belgium. Médor digs the heart of issues. It inquires and it is persistent. It takes the time needed to be further, beyond appearances. It seeks to understand the […]

étapes 220

Conversations · News · Texts · Works · September 29th, 2014 · Tags: · · · · No Comments

étapes magazine issue 220 focused on Co-Working, so we were pleased to be asked for an interview for the Portrait section of the publication. In proper OSP fashion, after an initial set of questions from Caroline Bouige, the interviewer, we answered collaboratively, both to the questions and to each other. You can read the full […]

Relearn Variable summerschool 2014

Education · News · Tools · April 15th, 2014 · · No Comments

Good news! Considering how well last years OSP Relearn Summer School went, we’re reiterating and extending the school with all of the people and labs that make up Variable. We’re really exited to be able to make this happen again, especially considering all the extra people that will be joining in this year. Relearn starts on July 6th (Sunday) and […]

Seoul fonts karaoke

Live · News · January 29th, 2014 · Tags: · · · · · · No Comments

This print party was wildly exciting. Thanks again to the collectif SIN and De La Charge gallery. Find the recipe and generic of the event on the README page of the workshop and download the 2 hits interpreted by our voice Ms. Funzie Korocr, 다누보강의 작울결 Remix 1 and 다누보강의 작울결 Remix 2

Thanks Femke! Thanks Constant!

News · March 8th, 2013 · · No Comments

Thanks Femke! Thanks Constant!

OSP print party as bootstrap IV for the Balsa

Fonts · Live · News · February 26th, 2013 · · No Comments

↓ Hello, Sorry to disturb you. We are a group of designers working in Brussels, Belgium with free software and we’ve used for 18 months the Ume fonts for the graphical and typographic identity of a theatre. We are preparing a presentation/performance in which we would love to insert some details about the Ume fonts, […]

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