2nd - 16th April 2012

"The Open Conversational Web" at Asia's Premier Open Technology Event

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Designers training participants at the Open Design Weeks come from the [Open Source Publishing Group]( in Brussels.


OSP (Open Source Publishing) is an interdisciplinary and international collective based in Brussels, Belgium that uses only Free, Libre and Open Source Software (F/LOSS). Since 2006, OSP tests the possibilities and realities of doing design, illustration, cartography and typography using a wide range of F/LOSS tools. We realise that modifying and expanding the tools we are working with, while engaging deeper with the communities that develop them, change both our practice and the designs we are creating.
Open Source Publishing



Pierre refuses labels: he is not a programmer, nor cartographer or artist. Or maybe he is all at once? In the last few years, Pierre contributed to the development of major Free Software projects such as the Scribus desktop publishing software. He is projectleader of FontMatrix, a font management system initiated in 2007. He works on the duo Fonzie-Nancy, a scan-to-font application that allows a font based on several "drawings" by nature and recently LiteralDraw, an application that allows the exploration of the relation between drawing and code.


refers to the Unix(-like) operating system standard streams, allowing commands to be chained together to produce original programs. It shows our interest for programming, for the GNU/Linux operating system and Free software in general. But moreover it reflects our interest for language, and how the latter is a tension between existing standards and new meanings. We've been trained as classical graphic designers in the Valence school of Fine ArtsFR from 2004 to 2006, where we developed a strong interest in media and writing theory. In 2009, we graduated from the MA Media Design course of the Piet Zwart Institute in RotterdamNL. We strengthen our research and theory practice along developing our programming skills to apply them to graphic design.


Pierre Huyghebaert studied visual communication, typography and animation. In twenty years, he developed several practices around graphic design: co-founder of the type design label Hammerfonts, free-lancer and art director in various studios, co-founder of the studio Mind The Gap in Beirut (Lebanon) in 1993 with Karl Bassil, working in duo with the illustrator/photographer/cartoon publisher Vincent Fortemps mainly for the Belgian cultural world. After founding Normal, a non-profit association, he currently drives his own studio Speculoos alongside with the book designer Alexia de Visscher. They share Speculoos as a way to express their common conceptual processes and their interest for the ready- made. They see it as a structure dedicated to the development of specialized but eclectic projects in such fields as web interface, cartography, typographical creation, schematic illustration, software development management and book design. Since 2003, Pierre also teaches book design and complex visualization projects at the Digital Arts section of La Cambre art school in Brussels. He collaborates with visual artists, including Honoré d’O, Patrick Corillon, Vincent Meessen.


  • MakeArt Festival, Poitiers, 2010 Dingbats Liberation Fest 4, installlation
  • De Pianofabriek, Brussels, 2010 SILEX-LEX, curation of group-exhibition
  • reizend, 2009-2010 Fernand Baudin Prijs, group-exhibition
  • Brussels, 2010 Libre Graphics Meeting 2010, organisation of 5th international meeting
  • MyMonkey Gallery, Nancy, 2009 Nancy, installation and software
  • Barcelona, San Sebastian, Brussels 2007-... Active Archives, software experiments, workshops and events in collaboration with several European institutes
Workshops and education
  • Ecole de recherch graphique, Brussels, 2010 Chaîne typo-graphique ouverte, course
  • Israel lab for digital media, Holon, 2010 Territorial practice, workshop
  • De Pianofabriek, Brussels, 2010 ABC, Workshop
  • Interface 3, Brussels, 2010 Please Computer : Make Me Design 2, workshop
  • ESAPV Mons, 2010 Please Computer : Make Me Design, workshop
  • Zennestraat 17, Brussel, 2009 Dingbats Liberation Fest, workshop
  • Ecole des beaux arts Bordeaux, 2009 Parallel Publishing, workshop
  • Ecole de Recherche Graphique, Brussels, 2008 + 2009 Print Party: Quatre Quarts
  • Septante-Cinq Brussels, 2008 Print Party
  • Creative Art Center Wroclaw, Poland, 2008 Local Universal, workshop
  • Interface3 en Université Attac, Brussels, 2006 Print Party
Design Commissions
  • Brussels, 2010 Archipel, interactieve database, furniture and identity mediatheque
  • 2010 Font-release: Univers-Else
  • Vernon + Burns, 2010 Light at the other end of the dial, record cover
  • Ministerie van Financiën, Den Haag, 2010 Design 2 euro-coin
  • Museum M, Leuven, 2010 Parallellepipeda, identity
  • 2009 Openbaar Schrijver, bookdesign and scripts
  • 2009 Cimatics, festival identity and font-release
  • Uitgeverij Lannoo / BAM, Gent, 2009 CROSS-over: Kunst, media en technologie in Vlaanderen, design publication, editorial contribution
  • Puerto, Brussels, 2009 Puerto Kookboek, editing, illustration, design
  • Centre Pompidou, 2009 Cinema du Reel, installation, poster
  • Constant, Brussels, 2009 Tracks in electr(on)ic fields, bookdesign
  • 2009 Gender Art Net, experimental mapping project ()
  • La Mediatheque, Brussel, 2009r The ectasy of influence, poste
  • GOTO10, 2009 FLOSS-art, bookdesign and font-release: Libertinage
  • Piet Zwart Instituut, Rotterdam, 2008 Catalogue, boekdesign and installation
  • 2008 Prix Fernand Baudin, identity
  • 2008 Font-release: NotCourier-sans
  • Libre Graphics Magazine, 2010 F/LOSS in the classroom
  • Nettime 2008 Interview with Matthew Fuller
  • Reader, 2008 Awkward Gestures: designing with free software
  • 2006-Present Weblog:
  • RingVorlesung Merz Akademie Stuttgart, 2010 A frog in the range
  • Open code vs Military Culture? Shenkar forum, Tel Aviv, 2010 Unimagining tools
  • Poitiers, 2010 MakeArt
  • Typogravieh lebt, Bauhaus-Universität, Weimar, 2010 Kick Out the Jam
  • Edit!, CAPC, Bordeaux, 2009 Tales of Interrogated Type
  • CROSS-lab, Rotterdam, 2009 FLOSS+Art
  • Libre Graphics Meeting: Montreal, Wroclaw, Brussels 2007 – 2010 Another Year of OSP
  • Prix Fernand Baudin 2009 Most beautiful book of Brussels and Wallonia for Tracks in electr(on)ic fields
  • Plantin Moretus prijs 2008 Most beautiful book of Flanders in category non-fiction for CROSS-over: Kunst, media en technologie in Vlaanderen