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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 […]

Comment le livre devient machine

September 6th, 2011 · Tags: · Comments Off on Comment le livre devient machine

L’entrepreneur et amateur de texte justifié Kaplan nous livre une articulation des futurs du livre efficace comme son tunnel Powerpoint, voie A et b. Le blog Lafeuille reformule et déploie (2 formats donc). Les torsions qui appuient sur le savoir (à l’esprit dirait peut-être Stiegler) quand le livre est capturé dans une application sur une […]

VoidCon 2011

July 8th, 2011 · Tags: · · · · Comments Off on VoidCon 2011

Saturday July 16: find OSP at VoidCon 2011, organised by the Antwerp hackerspace VoidWarranties.

Sans Guilt, it looks like the story continues

May 27th, 2011 · · 4 Comments

Do you remember that we sent a letter a few weeks ago. We are finally expecting an answer from our correspondent and we feel it is time to reveal the content of this letter. Feel free to react to this letter either on this blog, by mail or on any other type centric sites. ======================================== […]

Bauhaus meets F/LOSS

April 12th, 2011 · Tags: · · · 2 Comments

Taking it’s inspiration from the Bauhaus Vorkurs1, Xtine Burrough and Michael Mandiberg wrote Digital Foundations2, a textbook for teaching software to designers and artists. Their idea was to not just talk about which button to click, but to connect technical training to color theory and composition. After publisher New Riders had been convinced to apply […]

Time for a new adventure

November 2nd, 2010 · Tags: · · · · 9 Comments

Dear Ubuntu, A few weeks ago I needed to re-install my computer. Using the convenient Startup Disk Creator, I prepared a USB-stick with a fresh version of Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, rebooted the computer and clicked ‘install’. While the Ubuntu slide-show took my mind off the wait and the automatized installation process was taking place, […]

Open Sauces

October 25th, 2010 · Tags: · · · · Comments Off on Open Sauces

Just out: The fOam Open Sauces book + insert! The book contains essays, recipes and images documenting Open Sauces: “a sequence of experimental courses, matched with drinks, improvised music and esteemed guests. While savouring the foods, the guests will be engaged in table conversations, sharing experiences, recipes and ingredients needed to demystify cultural, environmental, technical […]

Coming to terms

August 5th, 2010 · Tags: · 4 Comments

“If everything is both neutral and imbued with values at the same time, how can we separate instrumentality from ideology? This is essentially what I take the distinction between Free and Open to be about. Free is an ideological standpoint, the idea that users of software should have the right to look under the hood, […]

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 […]

Collaborative Futures

February 1st, 2010 · Tags: · · · · Comments Off on Collaborative Futures

“Collaboration can be so strong it forces hard boundaries. The boundaries can intentionally or unintentionally exclude the possibility to extend the collaboration. Potentially conflict can also occur at these borders” For this years’ Transmediale Festival, the F/LOSS Manuals project took up the challenge to write, edit and publish a collaborative publication in 5 days while […]

Tools for conviviality

January 28th, 2010 · Tags: · · · Comments Off on Tools for conviviality

In the train back from Stuttgart, I read Tools for Conviviality, a pamphlet by social philosopher Ivan Ilich (1973). A ‘convivial society’, he argues, is a society in which everyone can act autonomously, and this can be achieved through the design and use of ‘convivial tools’: People feel joy, as opposed to mere pleasure, to […]

The transformer

October 9th, 2009 · Tags: · · · Comments Off on The transformer

The transformer (Marie Neurath) at work Today a long awaited booklet arrived in the post: The transformer, principles of making Isotype charts written by Robin Kinross & Marie Neurath. It is inspiring in its modest but precise description of unorthodox working methods developed by philosopher, sociologist, and economist Otto Neurath and his associates. To produce […]

Adjustment of a bone under the skin

June 25th, 2009 · Tags: · · · · · · 1 Comment

Last LGM and its typographic excitements has brought the DIN – Das Ist Norm – Loch Ness project to the surface of the Saint Laurent river again in a discussion with Denis Jacquerye from Deja Vu. Back in Brussels, we meet Denis in the temporary OSP Studio at Rue de la Senne to begin to […]


May 19th, 2009 · Tags: · Comments Off on seamful

“Open Source doesn’t mean free access, nor open space or open air; it presumes a seamful approach to design as a response to the increasing reliance on technology and its accessibility” http://jaromil.dyne.org/journal/research_2009.html…

Unimaginable tools

January 23rd, 2009 · Tags: · · · Comments Off on Unimaginable tools

“Only rarely, if indeed ever, are a tool and an altogether original job it is to do, invented together. Tools as symbols, however, invite their imaginative displacements into other than their original contexts. In their new frames of reference, that is, as new symbols in an already established imaginative calculus, they may themselves be transformed, […]

Palais Châlet

January 2nd, 2009 · Tags: · 1 Comment

16 Janvier Liège, Belgium Palais Châlet spécial de soutien – Révérberations Touchantes – With Live Bruno Coeurvert Pierre Normal Dj’s JB from Paris, Athome, Atka, Le Caniche Noir, Le Diamant Tendre 20h, Rue chauve-souris 62, Liège, 2 euros. Feel welcome to spend this lovely, romantic and supporting night. Where OSP crew meet, where they party, […]

What is in a name

November 5th, 2008 · Tags: · · · · 6 Comments

Of course we discuss now and than amongst ourselves, whether it is better to change ‘Open Source Publishing’ to: ‘Free Software Publishing’ (FSP…), or maybe: ‘Free, Libre and Open Source Publishing’ (FLOSP!). Reading Rob Myers text ‘Open Source Art Again‘ makes me bring it up here: The name Open Source was deliberately chosen for its […]

Awkward Gestures

November 2nd, 2008 · Tags: · · · Comments Off on Awkward Gestures

Awkward Gestures

Out now: The Mag.net reader 3: Processual Publishing. Actual Gestures, edited by Alessandro Ludovico and Nat Muller. From the introduction: “a radical change is to be detected between the lines: publishing on paper is not about rigorously selling and distributing content to a specific target readership. It is more a ‘gesture’ that creates a space […]

A pièce of coin

October 31st, 2008 · Tags: · Comments Off on A pièce of coin

The hard and well documented work of a Dutch Belgian Python artist and designer – Stani – to produce a coin devoted to Dutch contemporary architecture, using only floss. The stroke font he design for it is simply beautiful (currently no info on availability). Via Dave‘s understanding blog.

doubt, critique, reason, hope

October 7th, 2008 · Tags: · · · 1 Comment

For everyone (like me) who keeps re-reading the 1992 edition of Robin Kinross’ Modern Typography: an essay in critical history… his revised edition (published in 2004) ends in an interestingly different way*: “The phrase ‘democratization of typography’ has become common, referring to the wide availability of the tools of production for type and typographic design. […]

Has re-design replaced revolution?

September 17th, 2008 · Tags: · · · Comments Off on Has re-design replaced revolution?

Philosopher of science, Bruno Latour, opened the recent Networks of Design conference with a keynote address: A Cautious Prometheus? A Few Steps Toward a Philosophy of Design. In his lecture, Latour linked the growing importance of design with his idea that “matters of fact” have become “matters of concern“.

TUG Interview Corner

June 10th, 2008 · Tags: · · Comments Off on TUG Interview Corner

Dave Walden from the TeX User Group introduces his excellent TUG Interview Corner as follows: “technology is created by and evolves with use by people, and the points of view and backgrounds of the people influence the technology” The ever growing list of interviewees include Barbara Beeton, Donald Knuth, Herman Zapf and numerous other less […]

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 […]

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 […]

A more intimate relationship

February 20th, 2008 · Tags: · 1 Comment

David Reinfurt’s essay Making do and getting by departs from the work of Muriel Cooper and Anthony Froshaug, and relates their critically engaged practice to contemporary projects such as Juerg Lehni’s Scriptographer. In this way, he convincingly shows how designers can and should reclaim a more intimate relationship with the digital production of their work. […]

William Morris: Art and Its Producers

October 27th, 2007 · Tags: · · 1 Comment

While looking for designers writing about their relation to tools, I discovered the excellent William Morris Archives, part of the Marxist writers’ Internet Archive. To Morris, to own his means of production, was the only way a designer/workman could find back pleasure in work, and this in turn he considered a prerequisite for the production […]


October 17th, 2007 · Tags: · · Comments Off on Play!

“It may well turn out that one of the most important effects of open source’s success will be to teach us that play is the most economically efficient mode of creative work.” (Eric S. Raymond, postscript (2000) to The Cathedral and the Bazaar)

Dear Software Developer,

June 4th, 2007 · Tags: · · Comments Off on Dear Software Developer,

We hope you are as much inspired by these texts as we are. You should read this! We think these texts are essential. These texts need to be seen in context of their time. Would this be of any use? Will you read this please? Please do not take their advice literally! We hope you […]

The double aspect of code

May 16th, 2007 · Tags: · · Comments Off on The double aspect of code

“Neurath’s pictograms owe much to the Modernist belief that reality may be modified by being codified – standardised, easy-to-grasp templates as a revolution in human affairs. But the templates themselves, or the code, may end up in their turn aestheticised, reified, in need of a further round of de-cryption, a paradigm common also to failed […]

Technobohemians or the new Cybertariat?

April 16th, 2007 · Tags: · · 1 Comment

The Institute of Network Cultures published an insightful study on the culture of new media work by Sociologist Rosalind Gill. Technobohemians or the new Cybertariat? New media work in Amsterdam a decade after the web, is based on 40 ‘semi-structured’ interviews with practitioners (designers, developers, artists, information architects, …). Her study reveals the often precarious […]

FOSS and the Commercial Print World

January 3rd, 2007 · Tags: · · Comments Off on FOSS and the Commercial Print World

Craig Bradney and Peter Linnell discuss the future of Free and Open Source Software for commercial printing: Right now, I would say the biggest weakness from an FOSS point of view is there are few good high quality fonts. It is one of those areas which requires tremendous amounts of QA to make them reliable […]

Watch this thread: Free Font Manifesto

November 25th, 2006 · Tags: · · Comments Off on Watch this thread: Free Font Manifesto

Ellen Lupton’s question: Why would a typeface designer want to give a font away? sparked off a series of comments worth reading. The discussion shows how much typographers struggle with ‘open source’ as an idea. It makes you wonder why Lupton decided to ask ‘to give away a font’ and not ‘to share source’ – […]

Skeleton, Corset, Skin

November 3rd, 2006 · Tags: · · · 1 Comment

Stroom Den Haag started their year long project After Neurath with a public symposium. After Neurath looked/looks at the relevance of 1930’s philosopher and information activist Otto Neurath, and as you can imagine various familiar issues came up. More information about Otto Neurath: http://www.stroom.nl/webdossiers/webdossier.php?wd_id=3530772 The project is curated by Steve Rushton. Speakers: Frank Hartmann, Robin […]

When standards are political

October 24th, 2006 · Tags: · 1 Comment

James Love just posted this interesting report on Nettime: When standards are political — ODF (the Open Document Format) Yesterday I attended a meeting hosted by TACD at Harvard’s Berkman Center about a very important issue — one that is both highly technical and political at the same time — the battle over the Open […]

Les nouveaux habits de la copie

September 10th, 2006 · Tags: · · Comments Off on Les nouveaux habits de la copie

Les nouveaux habits de la copie, Nicolas Malev? Text available on line: http://www.constantvzw.com/downloads/nouveaux_habits.pdf PDF lay-out: habits_quarantainec.pdf PDF cover: cover_robot.pdf License: Copyleft, License Art Libre Date of publishing: 07-07-2006 (Quarantaine)

Maternal Politics

September 10th, 2006 · Tags: · Comments Off on Maternal Politics

Maternal Politics, Irina Aristarkhova Text available on line: PDF lay-out: maternal_politicsb.pdf License: Date of publishing: 03-06-2006 (Digitales)