Open Source Publishing – Graphic Design Caravan

Tag: History

Hit any key to exit

January 31st, 2011 · Tags: · · · · 3 Comments

Finally… How to choose and install four three new distributions Since announcing that it was time for a new adventure, colleagues and friends have advised me what to install and why (see notes below). In the last few weeks I tried to follow up on their tips and I have tried out many distributions. I […]


January 16th, 2011 · Tags: · 1 Comment

Four-hundred posts to OSP-blog since January 20, 2006 when we wrote: OK, It is time now. Browse the archives: http://ospublish.constantvzw.org/archives

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 […]

Open Revival

February 23rd, 2009 · Tags: · · · 5 Comments

“With the written word an absolute fundamental component of daily communication, typography and fonts are vital to providing aesthetic harmony and legibility to our textual works. There are thousands of fonts available, of which only a small number are useful or any good for setting vast quantities of text, and of which an even smaller […]

Call for participation: Useless Tools

February 12th, 2009 · Tags: · · · · · Comments Off on Call for participation: Useless Tools

(Call forwarded from Isabelle Massu) + + + + + + + + + + + + Museums narrate the history of man’s evolution through the display of tools (silex, knife, jar, etc.). In contrast, we are looking for useless tools. This call will result in a vitrine of objects titled ‘Object Inutile’ to be […]

Tonight: SHMN (update)

October 22nd, 2008 · Tags: · · · · 1 Comment

Tonight: SHMN (update)

The OSP’s have gathered around their respective working tables in Brussels and Barcelona, to prepare Software History Mapping Night, tonight from 20:30 – 22:00 (GMT+1). For this occasion, Nicolas has created a rudimentary, quick, lo-tech collaborative mapping tool: http://www.ospublish.constantvzw.org/map http://www.ospublish.constantvzw.org/map/sandbox (crazy layers!)*

Software history mapping night

October 13th, 2008 · Tags: · · · 1 Comment

Wednesday 22 October 20:30-22:00 In a first attempt to draw a collaborative map of the many different tools that together define the practice of digital design, OSP attempts to recollect facts and anecdotes gathered over the last few years. At Software history mapping night we’ll gather around the table to start a visual cartography of […]

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. […]

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 […]