Open Source Publishing – Graphic Design Caravan

Author: Ivan


June 21st, 2011 · · 1 Comment

“I think it is impossible to copyright empty space” (Pierre H quotes Pierre M) We received different responses to our open letter to Monotype that we posted here and on Typophile. Actually, we did get a reply from MonoType’s lawyer, acknowledging our letter, and asking us to identify ourselves as a legal body. We responded […]

diff git imagemagick

October 19th, 2010 · Tags: · 1 Comment

From wikipedia: In computing, diff is a file comparison utility that outputs the differences between two files. We have been playing with git. There’s more coming! For now, this quick prototype (30M) illustrates some ideas about diff, and images files. It will hopefully be improved in the future 🙂 In the context of a configuration […]

Standards and their Stories

September 1st, 2010 · Tags: · · · Comments Off on Standards and their Stories

I’m looking forward to the stories that may be unfolding these days here at SVG Open. Here are some quotes from chapter 1 of “Standards and their Stories”, edited by Martha Lampland and Susan Leigh Star. Among other things, this introductory chapter makes a point for the invisibility and pervasiveness of standards 🙂 standards are […]

Interleaved formats

July 23rd, 2010 · Tags: · · · · 3 Comments

This interview may be a good read. It deals with some aspects of the “current state” (June 2010) of SVG implementations. It’s got a really sweet format. It’s a two-sided interview, meaning that Doug Scheppers and Patrick Dengler interview each other. It’s not often that I come across interviews that are interleaved: I asked Patrick […]


July 1st, 2010 · Tags: · · 2 Comments

We’re happy to launch our foundry, today. Have a look http://ospublish.constantvzw.org/foundry There’s no excuse to not write more this summer! They’ve been made using free tools: FontForge, Inkscape… They’re released under free licenses. Some are collaborative works. Some will be in development. Little materials light peculiar happy. Little long length there louder. Enjoy your weekends.

Kick out the jam

June 14th, 2010 · Tags: · · · · · Comments Off on Kick out the jam

7 OSP funky geeky sheeps players inTypogravieh lebt’s trailer. Vielen Dank Martin & the typovieh-team. Our Bauhaus typo symposium was more than leben.

Out of stock

March 16th, 2010 · Tags: · · · · · Comments Off on Out of stock

NotCourierSans posters have been sent to Anderlues, Berlin, Bordeaux, Bruxelles, Buvrinnes, Cambrai, Chicago, Garden Grove, Gent, Helsinki, Ixelles, JKL, Köln, Merley Wimborne Dorset, Montesson, Munich, Portland, Romrod, Roscoff, Rotterdam, Saint Etienne, Saint-Maurice, Santa Barbara, Sèvres, Singapore, Southampton, Venegazzù, V.N. Gaia, Winton Bournemouth Dorset, Zürich

Cimatics landscapes

November 9th, 2009 · Tags: · · · · · Comments Off on Cimatics landscapes

Earlier this year, we were invited to work on the identity of the Brussels-based Cimatics A\V Platform. Cimatics is a framework for initiating and facilitating audiovisual productions, events, publications and workshops. To launch the new identity, we developed a new family of fonts! We hope you’re ready for the libre dingbats attack URW Gothic L […]

Les enfants du transparent

May 21st, 2009 · Tags: · · · · 1 Comment

These days i’m in Malmö for The Art of the Overhead festival. For some years now, this art festival has done media archeology about the overhead projector. There was a workshop/space this week, there will be performances this weekend, there will be a psychedelic closing party next weekend, etc. We’re happy to see that the […]

lgm top nine

May 10th, 2009 · Tags: · Comments Off on lgm top nine

1. The show must go on. 2. The slides are not the content. 3. I try not to open a terminal in front of people. 4. It’s the engineers who are responsible for the bugs and explosions. 5. The preferences are the graveyard of any good idea. 6. The more links an architect got on […]

wish you were here at lgm

May 6th, 2009 · Tags: · 3 Comments

parallel publishing II

March 6th, 2009 · Tags: · · · · Comments Off on parallel publishing II

the workshop’s first publication is ready. every participant has created a fictional petites annonces for it. some pictures of making, collating and distributing. we’re also on irc at #crying_room on irc.freenode.org 🙂 http://ospublish.constantvzw.org/image/?level=album&id=26

parallel publishing I

March 5th, 2009 · Tags: · · · · 1 Comment

parallel publishing I

on the first day of our workshop at bordeaux, we decided to collectively re-enact an esther ferrer performance. this is a youtube that gives an idea of her movements. with this as starting point, we drew our own paths in the capc…

SHMN (Inkboard)

October 26th, 2008 · Tags: · · · · 1 Comment

Inkboard is an Inkscape extension that allows remote collaboration over the network. In inkscape-devel, there’s a thread where people get all excited over it, and manage to bring down a server as a result 🙂 It’s hard not to get overexcited over tools that have collaboration built into them. They give rise to book covers […]

Radio Luz mixtape

September 12th, 2008 · Tags: · · · · Comments Off on Radio Luz mixtape

This was the playlist when OSP went on a radio station in WrocÅ‚aw. A few months after, it’s hard to reconstruct the exact sequence of events that led us there. It was something like this: there was a gig at an alternative space, David met us there, he had helped us set up the pre-LGM […]

Print, flip, and turn

June 29th, 2008 · Tags: · · · · Comments Off on Print, flip, and turn

Print, flip, and turn

At the Polish print party, we tried a possible automation of the nineteen steps. We gave out numbered tickets at the entrance, and at the end there was a numbered copy of the booklet for everyone. The booklets were all different via Python and Scribus. The imposition and printing was very simple Perl. If you […]

Asynchronous live blogging

May 10th, 2008 · Tags: · Comments Off on Asynchronous live blogging

These past few days I’ve been navigating a sea of acronyms, neologisms and tiny iconic metaphors here at LGM. The thing that I can’t get out of my head is the tool that pippin of GIMP used for his talk. At first it looked like a PowerPoint clone, but then he started correcting it on-the-fly […]

The Flow of Text in MasterPages

April 23rd, 2007 · Tags: · · Comments Off on The Flow of Text in MasterPages

The scripting in Scribus happens in the house of Python. The Scribus module is loaded into scripts with the standard import scribus or from scribus import *. In this post, we’ll be using only one function off this module: createText(x, y, width, height) This function puts a TextBox of the specified width and height at […]