OSP makes graphic design using only free and open source software—pieces of software that invite their users to take part in their elaboration. Founded in 2006 in the context of Brussels art organisation Constant, the OSP caravan now comprises a group of individuals from different background and practices: typography, graphic design, cartography, programming, mathematics, writing, performance. Through a collaborative practice, they work on workshops, commissioned or self-commissioned projects, searching to redefine their playground, digging for a more intimate relation with the tools.

OSP has worked with organisations both large and small, and collaborated with individual artists. They have organised workshops at many art schools (Royal College of Art, Merz Akademie, Piet Zwart Instituut) and festivals (Vietnam Open Design Week, Festival de Chaumont). Finally, in divided Belgium, they have won both the most beatiful book of Flanders and the most beatiful book of Brussels/Wallonia. For a complete list, see the Curriculum.

True to their name, OSP publishes all the the source files to their projects through their website http://osp.kitchen/.

How do we work?

OSP is a collective—or more specifically, a caravan. When a new collaboration comes in (contact), we create in-between us a team to take it on: usually 2 to 4 designers. Two of the designers become “la conscience”, which means that they are responsible for communication with the client/collaborator.

During the job, we work together using a versioning system that houses all the files for the project. This system is accessible for the client, and also for the outside public. We are Open Source publishing, after all!

More about OSP

Writings by OSP




Open Source Publishing :: Design Blast 2011 from KD HfG KA on Vimeo.

OSP members (the Caravan)

In reverse chronological order of joining

Antoine Gelgon
Colm O'Neill
Backgrounds in photography brought Colm to digital experiments from the very start of training as a graphic designer. Frustrations with the single and unidirectional workflow of most digital professions, everything to made sence when he is later received as an OSP intern for a few months. Later fully committing to the team, focus turns somewhat over to the browsers. Interests in digital formats and ways of peeling off the layers of the web, he is working on alternative networks to exchange knowledge, networking digitally, and ways to expose their inner workings.
Sarah Magnan
Graphic designer, Sarah started to experiment at ERG (Brussels) possible links between graphic design and new media art. From links to links she get curious and interested by collaborative work, sharing matters on web, on print and more widely on archiving matters: which status to gives to archive, how to make it born or reborn, how to share it, show it, confront it.
Gijs de Heij
Eric Schrijver*
Playwright, performer and interaction designer. Proposes artists and designers to get intimate with their toolset. Formerly teaching at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, he now lectures Graphic Design at the École de Recherche Graphique, Brussels.
John Haltiwanger*
Working in programming languages, new media theory, and typographic design software, John strives for a balance between the practical, the aesthetic, and the boundary-breaking.
Seb Sanfilipo*
Brussels born Sébastien Sanfilippo studied Fine Arts in Bristol and Type Design in The Hague. He works as a graphic designer for web and print and often debuts his typefaces in his own designs.
Stéphanie Vilayphiou
Stéphanie Vilayphiou is a young artist and designer investigating how software (transparently developed) can deeply question the fixity of the printed page and the whole defensive copyright practices historically consolidated. (Source)
Alexandre Leray
Designer graphique et de médias qui croise une approche visuelle et programmatique du design. Alexandre s’intéresse au web comme espace de lecture/écriture, aux software studies et aux communs. Il travaille actuellement à l’édition d’un recueil de documents autour de la relation entre outils, pratique et culture libre dans le design graphique, dans le cadre du projet de recherche Libre Graphics Research Unit.
Pierre Marchand
Pierre weigert zich een label op te laten plakken. Hij is geen programmeur, noch cartograaf of kunstenaar. Misschien is hij alles tegelijk? In de afgelopen jaren heeft Pierre bijgedragen aan de ontwikkeling van de ontwikkeling van grote vrije software-projecten zoals het DTP-pakket Scribus. Daarnaast is hij projectleider van FontMatrix, een font-management-systeem, opgestart in 2007. Ook werkt hij aan het duo Fonzie-Nancy, een programma dat uit een gescande tekst een lettertype kan destilleren. Meer recent werkte hij aan de aan LiteralDraw, een applicatie die het gemakkelijk maakt de relatie tussen code en beeld te verkennen
Ludivine Loiseau
Formed at the Ecole Estienne (Paris), Ludi relearned everything in Brussels. She immersed herself in the centre for graphical delicacies Speculoos and met the OSP group aboard a van on route to Poland in 2008. Ludi questions the contemporary role of typography and her practice is reflected in her courses at the Ecole de Recherche Graphic, where she is a lecturer in typography and free software. Ludi also works with Mathieu Gabiot on advancing the issue of licensing furniture objects, and supports an ephemeral publishing project, Le Calendrier.
Ivan Monroy López*
Programmer, writer from Mexico. Studied at the Piet Zwart Institute Media programme. Interested in programmatic print, and niche publishing. His new zine is called “print soapbox”. He will give you a copy if you just ask
Yi Jiang*
Shuttled between graphic design and non graphic design after studying in The Central Academy of Art & Design (Beijing) and a short stay at ENSAV La Cambre (Brussels). Till the day that she knocked at the door of OSP…
Pierre Huyghebaert
Exploring several practices around graphic design, he currently drives the studio Speculoos. Pierre is interested in using free sofware to re-learn to work in other ways and collaboratively on cartography, type design, web interface, schematic illustration, book design and teaching these practices. Along participating in OSP, he articulate residential spaces and narratives through the artists temporary alliance Potential Estate and develop collaborative and subjective mapping with Towards and others Brussels urban projects.
Nicolas Malevé*
Systems- and software developer from Brussels, currently living in Barcelona, with a long interest in the politics and practice of software. Uses Linux since 1998 and makes publishing- and distribution systems for collaborative work.
Interview: You need to copy to understand
Graphic designer and teacher based in Brussels. Started to use as much Open Source software as possible on his Macintosh as part of a research project The Tomorrow Book at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. By now his practice runs on F/LOSS entirely.
Femke Snelting*
Graphic designer and artist based in Brussels, developing projects at the intersection of design, feminism and free software.
*: member no longer following the main trail of the caravan (even though our ways cross often!)