Open Source Publishing – Design Tools For Designers

Speak my language

Tools · July 6th, 2010 · Alexandre

A couple of  days ago I was looking at the OSP blog trackback list and discovered the Fork/Memo blog.  It documents the work of Lafkon studio. Lafkon is Christoph Haag and Benjamin Stephan — two graphic designers working with unconventional tools for graphic design, including Latex and shell scripts among others Unix commands, to make generative designs. With the Unix philosophy in mind, they show how written language — be it found in the graphic resources coded in plain text (SVG), the scripts, and even in the filenames –  can be used as a powerful interface/means to produce graphics.

One of the Linux Audio Conference 2008 posters

One of the Linux Audio Conference 2008 posters

in out

Individual SVG files get connected thanks to their filename

The Icing on the cake: all the material they produce is released under copyleft licenses!



  • 1 Comment ↓

  • 1. Antonio

    Jul 9, 2010 at 1:27 am

    I’ve done a few similar things with fonts recently. I used scripts to create a glitched font called Dataface and then animated it using shell scripts and ffmpeg

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