Open Source Publishing – Graphic Design Caravan

Dingbat Liberation Fest II

Live · December 4th, 2009 ·

Friday December 11

Location: CASCO, Office for Art, Design and Theory Utrecht (NL)

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Marzipan production at the Dingbat Liberation Fest I

Marzipan production at the Dingbat Liberation Fest I

Next week, OSP is happy to re-play Dingbat kitchen with students from the Arnhem Academy of Art and Design.

Dingbats have sneaked into most computers nowadays. They’re as much a part of the Unicode Standard as the Roman Alphabet is. Dingbats are up for grabs; it’s just a matter of locating them on your harddisk. The font projects OSP develops and the dingbats they sample, function in a something that could perhaps be called a Commons. But how can we really get our hands on them? Let’s find out and liberate (y)our dingbats!


– 800 grams ground almonds
– 800 grams powdered sugar
– a bit of water
– almond essence
– rolling pin
– 1 large bowl
– 1 large spoon
– grease proof paper
– multiple installs of Inkscape
– cookie cutters
– a beamer (preferably 2 that can project side by side)
– an internet connection
– natural food coloring (3 different colors)
– a complete overview of the Unicode standard
– a complete set of Unicode numbers 2700–27BF including their descriptions, printed on paper slips and folded inwards
– 200 sheets of black paper (A4)
– 200 sheets of white paper (A4)
– 15 cutters
– glue
– 2 serving trays or 3 large plates
– tape
– 3 digital cameras
– cardboard or cutting mats

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