Open Source Publishing: Design tools for designers

Open Source Publishing is a graphic design caravan that uses only Free Software tools. Closely affiliated with the Brussels based digital culture foundation Constant, OSP was created in 2006 as an experimental project to test the possibilities and realities of doing graphic design using an expanding range of Free Software tools. Over time it has grown into a diverse collaborative practice. In 2013 OSP has become an association independent from Constant.

OSP is serious about testing the possibilities and limitations of Open Source software in a professional design environment, without expecting to find the same experience as the ones we are used to. In fact, OSP is interested in experimenting with everything that shows up in the cracks.


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Moving scale

2009
OSP free typography workshop using the streets of Brussels as a playground on multiple scales. Performances, treasure hunts and walks all feed into the design of a collaborative (...)

Parallel publishing

2009
In the publishing business, the term ’parallel publishing’ is used to describe the production of the same content or information in more than one medium (typically paper and screen). The Open (...)

Polish Print Party

2008
Join us for live-lay-out, Polish souvenirs and the launch of NotCourier-sans: an open font by OSP.

Software history mapping night

2008
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 (...)

Libre Graphics Meeting

2008
OSP (Open Source Publishing) travels to Wroclaw, Poland to participate in the Libre Graphics Meeting Days 2008. With amongst others: a Print Party, a workshop and a presentation. Audio & (...)

Print Party 3: 19 easy steps to do a booklet

2006
It is possible to make and print a complete publication by the sole means of open source software. Harrisson and Femke Snelting give a presentation and performatively enlarge the 19 steps (...)

Open Course

2008
Presentation by Nicolas Malevé followed by a Print Party, a perfomative lecture with cakes and typographies by the members of the collective OpenSource Publishing. This activity is part of Open (...)

Print Party 2: Digitales

2006
From document to publication: the trajectory of a text up to its printing, and this by the sole means of open source software. Participants to Digitales discover the programs and are invited to (...)

Print Party 1: Printing-on-demand

2006
This print party is organised in the framework of the research project Tomorrow’s Book. Ad hoc publications where produced while using Open Source Software. Constant member Harrisson, researcher (...)

Free Operations

2007
Workshop with open source tools only: content that belongs to the Public Domain fonts that allows us to change them and redistribute them open source software Starting point is the (...)