Open Source Publishing: Design tools for designers

Open Source Publishing was a graphic design research work-group that used only Free Software tools. Now it has grown into an independent project from Constant.

Closely affiliated with 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.

Related events

RELEARN: Libre Graphics Summer School

The design caravan Open Source Publishing invites you for a design education experiment this summer "” from 26 until 30 August 2013 By and large, graphic design students bring a laptop to school, (...)

OSP Public Meet

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PA/PER VIEW: Assembly

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Territorial Practice

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OSP @ Open Design Week

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Territorial Practice

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OSP/Nancy@Make Art

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Fernand Baudin Prize on tour

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Publishing in convergence

As invited guest to the Empyre mailinglist, Andrew Murphie, Mat Wall" Smith and OSP will discuss design in relation to this months’ topic Publishing In Convergence. From the introduction by (...)