Open Source Publishing – Graphic Design Caravan

Tag: Printing + Publishing

interpunctie samples all.pdf

October 26th, 2011 · Tags: · · · · · · Comments Off on interpunctie samples all.pdf

From Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd November OSP went to contemplate the Bolwerk archives landscape from the window of Frans Masereel Centrum. As part of Bolwerk‘s residency, we were invited to propose a reading of Bolwerk’s material inbetween its punctuation. Linked to our actual and future projects, this journey also presented itself as a good […]

Tot Later

June 15th, 2011 · Tags: · · · · · Comments Off on Tot Later

Tot Later has arrived! Presentation this Friday 17 June 19:00-21:00 Constant / Rue du Fortstraat 5, 1060 Brussels ++++++++++++++++++++++ In 2008 An Mertens showed a beta-version of the distributed novel CIAO/Tot Later in the exhibition Place@Space/NowHere in Z33 Hasselt. Years passed by and now she’s ready to present her novel CIAO/Tot Later – the author’s […]

PA/PER VIEW: Assembly

March 28th, 2011 · Tags: · · · Comments Off on PA/PER VIEW: Assembly

Assembly: Friday April 1 (18:00 – 20:00) at PA/PER VIEW art book fair WIELS, Avenue van Volxemlaan 354, Brussels (Belgium) This Friday, OSP participates in a discussion initiated by Agency. Agency is the generic name of a Brussels-based agency that was established in 1992 by Kobe Matthys. Agency constitutes a growing “list of things” that […]

The first months of 2011

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

What the first half of the new OSP-year looks like from here: January Start with a bang: Monday January 3 all OSPs gather for a Scribus experiment. You’ll hear more about once we get there! Antoine from l’École Estienne, Paris joins us for an internship of three months. We have new plans for some kind […]

from cage to pipeline

November 14th, 2010 · Tags: · · · · · Comments Off on from cage to pipeline

H E Y ! Libre Graphics Magazine #1 is out ! Bravo Ana, ginger, Ricardo + the whole team and participants. Follow the details about the production process and order soon your copy from their blog.

446 Nancy A5

November 4th, 2010 · Tags: · · · · · Comments Off on 446 Nancy A5

make art opening starts at 19 pm Hurry up ! Dingbats Liberation Fest Characters are crowding the walls. Get your D.L.F contributor certificate ✄

Fund Libre Graphics Magazine 1.1!

November 1st, 2010 · Tags: · Comments Off on Fund Libre Graphics Magazine 1.1!

We’re very excited about the first issue of Libre Graphics Magazine coming up soon. A place for discussion on the use and development of Libre Graphics seems more relevant than ever. With ginger coons, Ana Carvalho and Ricardo Lafuente on the editorial team, support from the Mardigrafe printing house and Studio XX in Montreal, we […]

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 […]

Libre Graphics Magazine #0

June 18th, 2010 · Tags: · · · 4 Comments

During LGM 2010, Ana, ginger and Ricardo (+ a.l.e and Femke) edited, designed and published Libre Graphics Magazine #0. You can download it here: http://libregraphicsmeeting.org/2010/download/lgmag_00.pdf

Gender Art Net – Folding step

April 12th, 2010 · Tags: · · · · · · · · 1 Comment

Gender Art Net poster is now ready for folding. Project presentation and workshop – Berlin – April 16-17 _2010 (more coming) 1000 posters – A2 recto black – verso CMYK 1 plis horizontal – 4 zig zag + 1 roulé


April 8th, 2010 · Tags: · · · · · 1 Comment

Exhibition: 8 May → June 4 2010 Opening: May 7 18:00-21:00 De Pianofabriek, Fortstraat 35, 1060 Brussels What if a team of talented artists, illustrators, graphic designers and graffiti writers starts working with Free, Libre and Open Source softwares for the first time? What if their trials and errors are printed on the Plus-tôt-Te-Laat Rhizograph […]

Exhibition Prix Fernand Baudin

February 8th, 2010 · Tags: · · · Comments Off on Exhibition Prix Fernand Baudin

26 February – 10 March 2010 Exhibition in Brussels presenting the bookawards and nominations of the Fernand Baudin Prize 2009, the prize of the Most Beautiful Books in Brussels and Wallonia. BIP Rue Royale, 2-4 1000 Brussels Opening, award ceremony of the honorary diploma’s + release of the catalogue: 25th of February 2010 at 6 […]

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 […]

Tracks in electr(on)ic fields

November 15th, 2009 · Tags: · · · · · 1 Comment

Tuesday Mardi 24/11 Booklaunch: Tracks in electr(on)ic fields @ Verbindingen/Jonctions 12: By Data We Mean Zennestraat 17 Rue de la Senne, Brussels Bruxelles

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 […]

Cookbook Launch

June 22nd, 2009 · Tags: · · · · 1 Comment

22 June, 16:00 @ Puerto, Varkensmarkt 23, Brussels Join us this afternoon for the long awaited festive launch of the Puerto Livre de Cuisine Kookboek: 70 delicious recipes, written, translated (Dutch and French) and illustrated in collaboration with the inhabitants of Puerto. Puerto is an organisation working from the center of Brussels, where they generously […]

OSP + Scribus = Prizewinning Design!

June 5th, 2009 · Tags: · · · · 14 Comments

Yesterday OSP received a Plantin-Moretus prize 2009 for best designed book in the category non fiction. The jury about Cross-over: “It was love at first sight“. The book, published by BAM and Lannoo and edited by Liesbeth Huybregts, uses Libre Fonts and is produced with Scribus and many other F/LOSS tools. We think it is […]

Conversion is costly

May 20th, 2009 · Tags: · · · · 1 Comment

Notes from print/pixel Last week, OSP attended the print/pixel conference in Rotterdam, a two day event gathering publishers, designers, marketeers and document engineers to look at the ever shifting relation between digital and paper publishing.1 For an integral report, see blog-posts by Jouke Kleerebezem and Arie Altena here: http://blog.wdka.nl/communication-in-a-digital-age. Our notes are fragmentary. The organisers […]

Take Away Archive

April 24th, 2009 · Tags: · · · · 1 Comment

25 April to 31 May, open every weekend from 14:00-18:00 Opening: Friday 24 April 18:00-24:00 Rue de la Senne 17, Brussels http://ospublish.constantvzw.org/image/index.php?level=album&id=28 For the opening of a temporary workspace at Zennestraat 17 Rue de la Senne, we have installed the Constant Take Away Archive, a retrospective of books, posters, CD’s and flyers, published by Constant […]

Pre-announcement: print/pixel conference

April 20th, 2009 · Tags: · · · · 1 Comment

(forwarded from the research programme Communication in a digital age, Rotterdam) PRINT/PIXEL International conference on the shifting relation between online and print publishing Tuesday-Wednesday 12-13 May 2009 | 12-17:00 (public sessions), 20-22:00 (professional sessions) The conference investigates the shifting relationship between online and print publishing. Both can no longer be separated, but complement each other. […]

The ecstasy of influence

March 29th, 2009 · Tags: · · · · Comments Off on The ecstasy of influence

La Selec is a magazine edited by enthousiasts of La Mediatheque, a public service for renting records, movies, games and so on. Each issue La Selec invites a local artist to produce a poster inspired by their recommended selection of medias. This month it was Harrisson, so was consequently OSP. Here’s the poster we did […]

OSP + BPI = Cinéma du réel

March 18th, 2009 · Tags: · · · 1 Comment

OSP + BPI = Cinéma du réel

Carte du réel OSP has been sollicitated by documentary Cinéma du Réel festival to construct a map for an alternative reading of the movie selection.

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

Rien a envier!

February 19th, 2009 · Tags: · · · · · · 1 Comment

Rien a envier!

Enfin! FLOSS+Art Book is Launched! Damn it looks good!

Feature or bug?

February 4th, 2009 · Tags: · · · · · 3 Comments

The FLOSS+Art book is finally rolling off the print-on-demand press and in the spirit of the kinds of practices described in the book, GOTO10 distributes our ‘source files’ as a bittorrent:1 Rather than just providing a “free” PDF, FLOSS+Art.v1.1.eBook-GOTO10 is also available and contains all the Fonts, Images, PDF and Scribus source files that were […]

Logo Galore

January 10th, 2009 · Tags: · · · · · · 2 Comments

Logo Galore

Lots of work going on the OSP Studio. Here are few of our recent production: = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Logo for Le Vecteur Cultural space in Charleroi city Button version: This logo that can be adapted in multiform patterns: = = = = […]

The Fernand Baudin Prize 2008

January 2nd, 2009 · Tags: · Comments Off on The Fernand Baudin Prize 2008

“The Fernand Baudin Prize” has been initiated by several graphic artists-teachers who work in the book world. The prize is supported by Brussels-Export. The principle aim of this initiative is to encourage the creation of the contemporary book in the Brussels-Capital region by honouring the most beautiful books. It is also intended to bring this […]

The most useful book

November 6th, 2008 · Tags: · · · · · · · Comments Off on The most useful book

The most useful book

Nous sommes heureux de vous inviter à la présentation du livre collectif : – – – – – – – – – – – – – Vomit’ can ich i’neun dî’neun? en quoi puis-je vous etre utile? – – – – – – – – – – – – – qui accompagne l’exposition – – […]

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 […]

New Arrival

October 23rd, 2008 · Tags: · · Comments Off on New Arrival

New Arrival

Just arrived from the printer: Routes + Routines, a booklet designed by OSP’s Yi Jiang and Ludivine Loiseau documenting Peter Westenberg’s Hasseltse Netwerkwandelingen.

Free Poster!

July 17th, 2008 · Tags: · · · 2 Comments

? We printed this A1 poster to launch our first free font NotCourier-sans – it explains how it was made and why (and it is also our way of paying homage to FontForge). If you want to receive a copy, please send an e-mail to: ivan at textzi.net with ‘NotCourier-sans poster’ in the subject header […]

500 (printed!)

July 5th, 2008 · Tags: · · 3 Comments

500 (printed!)

500 unique books installed in Worm, Rotterdam. Giant pixel image by Gordo Savicic and Danja Vassiliev. More images: http://ospublish.constantvzw.org/image/?level=album&id=23

500 (continued)

June 30th, 2008 · Tags: · · · 1 Comment

500 (continued)

For a while already, we wanted to experiment with the Scribus Scripter API in a printed job and a catalogue for the Piet Zwart Institute’s Media design graduation show formed the perfect excuse.

Towards #2 is out

June 25th, 2008 · Tags: · · · 1 Comment

Towards #2 is out

Towards is a cartographic project close to OSP and the second publication is finally out and available after a long 9 months of preparation. Following our informations, it’s the last one that will be produced using proprietary software ;)… But the timeline present on the cover and backcover, made from all the posts written since […]


June 2nd, 2008 · Tags: · · Comments Off on Cross-over


image/index.php?level=album&id=21 Hot off the press: CROSS-over, Kunst, media en technologie in Vlaanderen. Published by BAM / Lannoo and designed by OSP 🙂

Mixed Sources: Issue Magazine

March 13th, 2008 · Tags: · · Comments Off on Mixed Sources: Issue Magazine

Issue Magazine launch: Friday March 21 18:00 – 19:30 Log on via: http://mixedsources.tk/ For the launch of Issue Magazine, Stéphanie Vilayphiou and Alexandre Leray are hosting an on line round table with Arie Altena, Jouke Kleerebezem and Harrisson.

Quadri in Krita

March 11th, 2008 · Tags: · · Comments Off on Quadri in Krita

“Why do you bother with complicated stuff to convert images in CYMK?” asked Loic Vanderstichelen the other night “Use Krita!” And it works! It even manages 16 bits tif! Now we know! 😉


November 18th, 2007 · Tags: · · Comments Off on Voilà!

Page tiling with poster

November 6th, 2007 · Tags: · · · Comments Off on Page tiling with poster

Virginie and Laurence checking the V/J10 program in real size. Poster is an excellent tool to print .eps or .ps documents in tiles. You can adjust the final size of the file, the amount of overlap, size of the media you print on, work from a percentage (‘enlarge 500%’) etc. Install poster through Synaptic package […]

Open Printing Summit

July 17th, 2007 · Tags: · · Comments Off on Open Printing Summit

The Linux Foundation OpenPrinting work group, organises a get-together 24-27 September in Montreal. http://www.linux-foundation.org/en/OpenPrinting/SummitMontreal As stated on their site, the printing activities of the Linux Foundation revolve around a few focal points: For printer manufacturers, we want to make it easier to produce drivers that work across distributions and to get those drivers in the […]

How to turn a frog into a prince

June 27th, 2007 · Tags: · · · · · 2 Comments

Frog and Prince is a fairytale featuring free software, python scripting and an open font. The story was premièred at LGM 2007 (Montréal, Canada), and formed the centerpiece of the Canadian Printing Breakfast (Brussels, June 2007). Below is everything you need to make the recipe, but you can also browse through sample documents for each […]

Pancakes & Python

June 18th, 2007 · Tags: · · Comments Off on Pancakes & Python

Impressions from Canadian Printing Breakfast in Nepomuk Bar, Brussels. More images in Constants Image Repository. Special thanks: An, Wendy & Pierre (serving), Ivan (Python), Nurse (records), Peter (pictures), Nicolas (printing), Veronique (City Min(e)d).

Canadian Printing Breakfast – Impressions canadiennes au petit-déjeuner

June 10th, 2007 · Tags: · · · · · Comments Off on Canadian Printing Breakfast – Impressions canadiennes au petit-déjeuner

Samedi 16 Juin Nepomuk Bar – City Mine(d) – Rue Saint-Jean Nepomucen, 17, Bruxel Click here for English Open Source Publishing est fier de vous inviter à son petit-déjeuner canadien, où vous seront servies leurs dernières aventures dans le monde des Logiciels Libres. Au menu: mise en page animée d’un conte de fée, programmeur chercheur […]

Out of the veil

April 28th, 2007 · Tags: · · Comments Off on Out of the veil

250 cm2 of printed matters OSP visit card have been delivered. They look bright! The file delivered to the printer was a PDF from inkscape. It seems that the SVG suffered of a RGB to CYMK conversion which altered a bit the colors. All colors were based on 100% of magenta and/or cyan and/or yellow […]

Soundscape goes Inkscape

April 27th, 2007 · Tags: · · · · Comments Off on Soundscape goes Inkscape

The new maxi vynil from Odessa is about to be send to production. We worked on the label design yesterday and inkscape’s “clone generator” feature did the difference. It was the perfect tool to render an electronic disco ball – and type, evoking the minimal dance pop of the music and the complexity of the […]

Monopolios Artificiales sobre Bienes Intangibles

March 17th, 2007 · Tags: · · Comments Off on Monopolios Artificiales sobre Bienes Intangibles

Nomade, an Argentinian group of artists using Free Software, just finished a printed publication on intellectual property, plus a detailed tour through the process: http://nomade.liminar.com.ar/wakka.php?wakka=MaBI&v=der Included: design sketches, illustrations, description of the pre-press process, final pdf’s and a html version. Of course everything Open Source. Very nice!

Mute Magazine: open soon

January 30th, 2007 · Tags: · · Comments Off on Mute Magazine: open soon

Mute Magazine develops Open Source software, and has recently installed Ubuntu on all office machines. Now they want to move their lay-out away from QuarkXpress too. Last week, Simon Worthington and Darron Broad from Mute came over to discuss the project. First of all we will need to make sure their original templates can be […]

Watch this thread: The color of ideas

January 30th, 2007 · Tags: · · Comments Off on Watch this thread: The color of ideas

A widely used proprietary color-system such as Pantone, obviously raises questions for Open Source graphic tools. Gregory Pittman writes: * Obviously, no one, including Pantone, can copyright a color, and especially in these days where the RGB/CMYK color systems are freely usable — ie, you can’t put a claim on RGB color “ef9824”. * They […]

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 […]

Print Party Berlin

September 18th, 2006 · Tags: · · Comments Off on Print Party Berlin

A report from the whole day is here: http://www.stormy-weather.be/wiki/in…

Crash test: Travail mobile

September 13th, 2006 · Tags: · · Comments Off on Crash test: Travail mobile

Lay-out in Scribus Download low-res PDF Finished! Sketched and produced a seven page contribution to Open (Dutch bi-monthly on art in public space) + inside cover. Images were prepared in Gimp; pattern assembled in Inkskape and document lay-out in Scribus (v1.3.3.2); all on Ubuntu.

Print Party 2.01 at Université Attac

September 12th, 2006 · Tags: · · 1 Comment

Conditions of production and cultural consumption After Nicolas gave a brief history of how author rights have developed and how the free software and copyleft movements responded to its increasing restrictive use… …while trying to be not to grim about the way copyright laws are currently used and abused… This poster by Act Up (questioning […]

Printing Party at Wizard of Os: Art & Copyright

September 10th, 2006 · Tags: · · Comments Off on Printing Party at Wizard of Os: Art & Copyright

Wednesday September 13, 10:00 ? 20:00 Tesla, Klosterstra?e 68-70, Berlin http://wizards-of-os.org/index.php?id=2806 Workshop Organised by Cornelia Sollfrank and Nicolas Malev? Printing Party by Harrisson & Pierre Huyghbaert FREEdom and OPENness ? anything but marketing and ideology? Sharing, really? Culture from and for the Commons. One day before WOS4, an international group of artists, programmers and theoreticians […]

C’est parti

July 10th, 2006 · Tags: · · Comments Off on C’est parti

Souvenirs / Greetings from the Print Party!

Exit Save-As-PDF for Microsoft users?

June 6th, 2006 · Tags: · · Comments Off on Exit Save-As-PDF for Microsoft users?

Microsoft has recently announced that their 2007 release of Office will not support the “save-as-PDF”-option anymore. This might be bad news for designers’ favorite file-format. PDF could become rather exotic when Microsoft users decide en masse to “Save-As-XPS” instead.

Printing Party 0.2 at Digitales

June 4th, 2006 · Tags: · · Comments Off on Printing Party 0.2 at Digitales

At this years’ edition of Digitales, we tested out a recipe for producing booklets, using texts with open licenses that are available on line. The recipe was an excuse to discuss the relation between software and design, why it would be interesting for designers/publishers to consider using FLOSS tools and what the problems might be.

How To Print A Booklet In 19 Easy Steps

June 4th, 2006 · Tags: · 11 Comments

The focus of this recipe is on the last bit: rearranging pages so that you can easily print out nice booklets. For a quick-and-dirty solution you can use Abiword or OpenOffice for the page-lay out part but Scribus is essential when you want to be precise with typography. The recipe is based on the How-To […]

The Tomorrow Book / Printing Party 0.1

June 2nd, 2006 · Tags: · · · Comments Off on The Tomorrow Book / Printing Party 0.1

Production line set up for the scanning, lay-out (in Scribus of course!), printing and binding of The Continuous Present On May 18-19 The Continuous Present was printed-on-demand at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. This publication was developed in the context of The Tomorrows Book, an ongoing investigation into the possible futures of reading, […]