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Category: Conversations

OSP converses, talks with, interviews.

Up Pen Down — Huppe plume tonne

August 7th, 2015 · · No Comments

Announcing Up Pen Down — Huppe plume tonne a workshop and preformance during the Quinzaine Numérique 2015: specifics of the workshop are on their way, but for now, here is the introduction text: En 2012, OSP (Open Source Publishing) construit un workshop de plusieurs mois avec des étudiants de l’École Supérieure d’Art et Design de […]

OSP @ Princesse!

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 […]

Visual Culture and Médor at Europe Refresh

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 […]


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

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 […]

Meaningful Transformations

January 12th, 2012 · Tags: · · · Comments Off on Meaningful Transformations

A conversation with Tom Lechner We discovered the work of Tom Lechner at the Libre Graphics Meeting 2010 in Brussels. Tom has traveled from Portland, US to present Laidout, an amazing tool that he made to produce his own comic books and also to work on three dimensional mathematical objects. His software interests us for […]

Just ask and that will be that

August 19th, 2011 · · Comments Off on Just ask and that will be that

A conversation with Asheesh Laroia Our conversation took place at the last day of the Libre Graphics Meeting 2011 in Montreal, a day after the panel ‘How to keep and make productive libre graphics projects?‘. Asheesh had responded rather sharply to someone in the audience who remarked that only a very small number of women […]

Listen to F/LOSS

September 16th, 2010 · Tags: · · · · Comments Off on Listen to F/LOSS

At FLOSS-weekly you can find a collection of 130+ longer interviews with Free Software developers, including some involved in our favourite projects: #11: Python (Guido van Rossum: “If you give the same task to different programmers, they’ll come up with different solutions. When programmer B at some point has to maintain the code of programmer […]


July 23rd, 2010 · Tags: · · · Comments Off on GML

Yesterday Constant met with Evan Roth to discuss gestures and standards, confessions and F/LOSS, archiving and collaboration. More soon.

We will get to know the machine and we will understand

August 26th, 2009 · Tags: · · · Comments Off on We will get to know the machine and we will understand

Before starting a fresh new OSP-season, first a post long due: This conversation with Juliane de Moerlooze was recorded March 2009 in the context of Female Icons, a project by De Geuzen but I think OSP-readers might like to read it as well? “when you hear people talk about women having more sense for the […]

Opening the blackbox of printing

June 27th, 2009 · Tags: · · · 1 Comment

When we began to think about how to establish a more rich and warm collaboration with printers after the cold alerts we experienced during OSP production, Georges Charlier’s appetite for research and openness to exotic solutions reappeared in Pierre’s mind. And since we are preparing some new books, it was time for an update on […]

Gestes Numériques

June 1st, 2009 · Tags: · · · Comments Off on Gestes Numériques

Our colleagues from Open Source Video published a video-registration of the discussion that took place at the yearly Journées du Libre. Enjoy Loic Vanderstichelen, Stéphane Noël, Michel Cleempoel and Marc Wathieu as they present with humour and enthusiasm why F/LOSS is relevant for art- and design education (in French). http://osvideo.constantvzw.org/journees-du-libre-09/

Even when you are done, you are not done

April 17th, 2009 · Tags: · · · · 2 Comments

A conversation with Chris Lilley Almost a year ago at the Libre Graphics Meeting 2008, OSP sat down with Chris Lilley on a small patch of grass in front of the Technical University in Wroclaw, Poland. Warmed up by the early May sun, we talked about the way standards are made, how ‘specs’ influence the […]

GRRRR – objectivity of the unperfect,

February 24th, 2009 · Tags: · 2 Comments

GRRRR – objectivity of the unperfect,

During an internet wandering, and thanks to excellent K-SET website, I found the link to swiss drawing artist GRRRR website I was looking for a long time. Though I’m fan for a long time of his work, from Maika 2 (www.noraduester.net => music) record sleeve to Vitra 2006 catalogue, I hardly found traces of his […]

Data analysis as a discourse

October 8th, 2008 · Tags: · · · · · 2 Comments

An interview with Michael Terry (ingimp) At the Libre Graphics Meeting 2008 in Wroclaw, just before Michael Terry presents ingimp to an audience of curious Gimp developers and users, we meet up to talk more about ‘instrumenting The Gimp’ and about the way Terry thinks data analysis could be done as a form of discourse. […]

Interview avec Denis

September 18th, 2008 · Tags: · · · Comments Off on Interview avec Denis

L’ATypI 08 est en route à St Petersburg. Denis Moyogo Jacquerye, co-leader du projet DejaVu y a présenté ce matin le projet sur lequel il travaille actuellement. C’est l’occasion pour nous de publier une interview OSP de Denis, rencontré en mai dernier aux Libre Graphics Meeting 2008 de Wroc?aw.

What’s the thinking here?

May 30th, 2008 · · 1 Comment

Matthew Fuller: One of the things that is notable about OSP is that the problems that you encounter are also described, appearing on your blog. This is something unusual for a company attempting to produce the impression of an efficient ’solution’. Obviously the readers of the blog only get a formatted version of this, as […]

Why you should own the beer company you design for

December 21st, 2007 · Tags: · 2 Comments

Interview with Dmytri Kleiner OSP met Venture Communist Dmytri Kleiner late night (thank you Le Coq for the soundtrack!) after his talk InfoEnclosure-2.0, in a bar. We wanted to ask him what his ideas about peer production could mean for the practice of designers and typographers.

To be continued: meeting Dave Crossland

November 18th, 2007 · Tags: · Comments Off on To be continued: meeting Dave Crossland

We nearly missed our train back to Brussels while meeting Dave Crossland. At the station we talked about the history of font editing software, about the ‘free font movement’ and everything that could become possible once fonts and font editing software are free. We were also excited about how (and why!) Dave wants to open […]

I think the ideas behind it are beautiful in my mind

July 8th, 2007 · Tags: · · 7 Comments

Interview with George Williams, Fontforge developer (…) I think the ideas behind it are beautiful in my mind — and in some sense I find the user interface beautiful. I’m not sure that anyone else in the world does, because it’s what I want, but I think it’s beautiful. (George Williams, May 2007) For those […]

Le grec, c’est du chinois

May 25th, 2007 · Tags: · · · Comments Off on Le grec, c’est du chinois

Conversation avec Pierre-Luc Auclair (Déjàvu) et Nicolas Spalinger (OFL) SIL_deja_vu.mp3 (27 mn – 25 Mb) Extrait d’une conversation avec Pierre Luc Auclair, graphiste et collaborateur dans le projet de police Déjà vu, et Nicolas Spalinger, bénévole de la SIL, équipe fontes libres Debian et Ubuntu, OFLB. En français dans le texte, avec quelques questions posées […]

A user should not be able to shoot himself in the foot

May 19th, 2007 · Tags: · · 3 Comments

Interview with Andreas Vox, Scribus-developer While in the background participants to the Libre Graphics Meeting 2007 start saying goodbye to each other, Andreas Vox makes time to sit down with us in the hotel lounge. We want to talk to him about Scribus, the open-source application for professional page layout. Not only as users that […]

How to catch Ukrainian TV in Moscow

May 15th, 2007 · Tags: · · Comments Off on How to catch Ukrainian TV in Moscow

Conversation with Igor Novikov and Valek Philippov (SK1) Excerpts from a conversation with Igor Novikov (Ukraine) and Valek Philippov (Russia) about how and why they are involved in SK1 pre-press software; the joy of reverse engineering and a handy tip for receiving Russian TV in Ukraine too. igor_valek.mp3 [25mb]

Interview with George Williams (FontForge)

May 7th, 2007 · Tags: · · 4 Comments

Interview (unedited files) with George Williams, developer of FontForge, the open source font editing tool. Conversation about Shakespeare, Unicode, the pleasure of making beautiful things and pottery. Enjoy! Listen to the recording : GW_dl1.mp3 [8.1 mb] and GW_dl2.mp3 [16.6 mb] … or read the transcription: “I think the ideas behind it are beautiful in my […]

Tools of the trade

December 11th, 2006 · Tags: · · 1 Comment

Conversation with Ricardo Lafuente Ricardo Lafuente looks at the way typography, (open source) tools and design economies feed off and into each other. In a few weeks he will publish his text here for you to download. In the mean time, read a few of the ideas we exchanged by e-mail. Comments are of course […]

You need to copy to understand

August 6th, 2006 · Tags: · · · 3 Comments

Interview with Harrisson One of the co-conspirators in this open source adventure is a Brussels graphiste going under the name Harrisson. His interest in open source software flows with the culture of exchange that keeps the off centre music scene alive, as well as with the humanist tradition persistingly present in contemporary typography. Harrissons’ visual […]

If the design thinking is correct, the tools should be irrelevant

August 6th, 2006 · Tags: · 2 Comments

Interview with Pedro Amado (TypeForge) (Type) designer Pedro Amado is amongst many other things initiator of TypeForge, a website dedicated to the development of ‘collaborative type’ with open source tools. While working as design technician at FBAUP, he is about to finish a MA with a paper on collaborative methods for the creation of art […]