Libre Graphics Meeting 2013 : Day 4

#LGM13 : Day 4

Last day of the Libre Graphics Meeting at Medialab Prado

Storified by Juego· Sat, Apr 13 2013 16:59:28

open source design. #madrid #architecture #lgm13Kat Braybrooke
Last day, for me, started with the Inkscape related talks. There were talks before that, but woke up late.

Tavmjong Bah talked about the coming features in 0.49. And he told me, in one to one conversation, that it could be released in 3 months.

After that, Xavi Manzanaresdid presented an “Imago sonification” performance where he uses inkscape as a tool to create live sounds. The drawing are interpreted by a Pure Data patch and turned into sound. Really interesting experiment regarding live music together with “veejaying”.

#Inkscape Live drawing picked up by #puredata to generate sound. Performance by @Txa #LGM13 ᔥ@lacolaborativaJulien Deswaef
Last talk of LGM was an inspiring one by Manufactura Indepedente. Ana Isabel Carvalho and Ricardo Lafuente talked about font design, encouraging “release early, release often” practices and DIY type foundries. They should open their new type foundry today called “Oxshark fontworks” with brand new libre fonts. And I’m glad to know, we’ll work together for the next two weeks at Interactivos?13.
Discusión de clausura de #LGM13. Hablamos sobre el futuro del propio encuentro.
The LGM seems to always end up by a group discussion about the next one. This was also the chance to warmly applause Femke Snelting and Monica Cachafeiro, both of them ran this event with a professional, caring and open hand. Everything ran smoothly thanks to them and their supporting theam.
Closing discussion #lgm13. Se me cae la lagrimita y toooMonica cachafeiro
Cierre de libre graphics meeting #LGM13Lila Pagola
In the afternoon, it seems everyone was going for a nap or chilling in the sun. Still you could hear discussions around free culture and future projects, but the whole scene was quieter and lots of people were saying goodbye.

The remaining pack was invited by Basurama for an improvised trash potluck after party. It was again, an interesting experience having to cross over half of Madrid to find their place. But it was worth it.

Happening NOW #lgm13 #afterparty Vanyashin
#lgm13 #afterpartyAlexei Vanyashin
Well, that’s it. A first and an incredible LGM for me. This free culture crowd is my tribe. And this is our pow-wow.

Libre Graphics Meeting 2013: Day 3

#LGM13 day 3

Fonts, fonts, fonts, open hardware and education.

Storified by Juego· Sat, Apr 13 2013 01:33:48

The day started with the Oswald font creator, Vernon Adams, talking about libre fonts and the opportunities it creates for font designers, quoting Johanna Blakley’s “virtues of copying in fashion design”.
Cultura libre y la copia como incentivos en el diseño de moda o fuentes. Vernon Adams en #LGM13ía G. Perulero
Booksprint was the subject of the next two talks. One for creating a Fontforge user manual in 3 days. The other one to create a libre fonts specimen book in 5 days by Manuel Schmalstieg.
Es el turno de Manuel Schmalstieg con ‘ Designing a Libre font Specimen Book’. #LGM13ía G. Perulero
Alexei Vanyashin, font designer and teacher, is here to talk about Cyreal type foundry. One of his work was to design the (in-) famous Lobster Cyrillic glyphs.
Alexei Vanyashin presenta ahora ‘It takes a team to make a font’ #LGM13ía G. Perulero
Raphael Bastide then talked about his Unified Type Design project that would possibly improve libre font discovering, documentation, sharing and spreading.
How and where to find a font? Unified typeface design proposal by #lgm13Melinda Sipos
Even after Werner Lemberg talk about ttfautohint, font hinting retains a lot of its mystery to me. But I would surely use his software if I ever design a font, because it surely does the job, especially for people who don’t understand hinting like me.
Y ahora Werner Lemberg. ‘The development of Tifautohint, a truetype auto-hinter’. #LGM13ía G. Perulero
Warranty void if removed! Apertus, open hardware 4k camera project plans to be the tool for directors with ethics.
Will Open Hardware projects raise awareness of slave labor used in creating technology? Freedom does not grow on the backs of others #lgm13Michael Schumacher
Nina Paley rocks the stage with “The land is mine” and asks tough questions on how to do vector animation with free software. Especially because her next movie will be illegal.
This Land is Minepiratefish1
"Copying is an Act of Love". Nina Paley on #lgm13 stage presenting her new film. Roussos
Melinda coins the best term to describe OSP:
The "caravan" of Open Source Publishing is on stage.Graphic design agency in Brussels exclusively uses #FLOSS. #LGM13 osp.constantvzw.orgMelinda Sipos
After a quick bocadillo, I’ve attended with more than 30 people a 2 hour gathering organized by Aymeric Mansoux called “Towards a network of free culture aware educators in art and design education“. Lots of ideas and experiences about F/LOSS in education have been shared. Like Aymeric said, this meeting was just a “hand shake” and more things should come out of this.
After quickly presenting the uHbench, open source hardware public bench, I was pleased with the the comments received about it.
UhBench #OSHW public bench by @xuv. Neighbors wanted the same -> workshop -> they built their own. #LGM13Melinda Sipos
some interesting legal issues with open sourcing this ‘open hw’ public bench design!… #lgm13Máirín
Daniil Vasiliev followed with a presentation of Hotglue and it’s successor, Superglue and its little home (owned) static data server.
Successor of Hotglue is Superglue: deviding data storage and editing interface -> distributed publishing #LGM13Melinda Sipos
Getting closer to the end of the day, it gets harder to concentrate. Too many of them in one day kills my attention. I still saw “This is not a pipe” and “Laidout”, which showed interesting concepts in a state of work-in-progress. I then just came back in the Auditorio to see François’s presentation at the end.

Not much tweets or picture to share the end of this long friday. I guess everyone was tired. The performance that closed Medialab Prado was called “Piksels and lines orchestra“. They run modified versions of graphic software that produce music when you manipulate them. It seemed to me this is close to live coding, although, it uses the graphic designers palette instead of the programmer’s palette.

After that, everyone rushed to a disco bar nearby called “Mama was a groupie” (if I translate it right), where the Gimp community was pouring free beer to everyone. I think it’s the first time I get offered a beer by an open source software. Interesting concept. Well, this kicked the “future party” up. People danced until the end of the night.

This is also the reason why this post is published with a bit of delay. And I’m already late for the conferences of the last day.

Libre Graphics Meeting 2013: day 2

#LGM13 Day 2

Second day of Libre Graphics Meeting 2013 at Medialab Prado

Storified by Juego· Thu, Apr 11 2013 14:59:10

Following yesterday’s report, this is still a personal point of view of the event (with the help of others through social media)
#LGM13 Day2. Interactivos’?13 Projects Presentation // Dia2. Preseantación de Proyectos de Interactivos’?13.Jennifer Dopazo
Morning presentations are about Interactivos?13 open workshop that will start on monday, right after the LGM. The Interactivos? serie has been started by Medialab Prado in 2006 and is focusing on collaborative prototyping. 9 projects have been selected this year.
First project to be presented is the “Freedom of Speech Project“.
Freedom of Speech Project (@freedomspeechpr) presenting at #LGM13. Dopazo
I’m amazed how much every spanish project or presentation proposed at LGM is talking about “crisis”, “street protest”, “resistance” or “public voice” in a broad sense and is in a real urge to come with “new tools” to build upon this “renewed citizenship”.

Second presentation, was my proposition “Design with Git“.

@xuv @medialabprado #LGM13 Desing with DIG crónica dibujada
I’m delighted it has been selected for Interactivos?13. And here’s an encouraging comment I received (with many other verbal ones).
#Git for designers? Yes, please! //¿Git para diseñadores? Si, por favor! #LGM13. Streaming streaming.medialab-prado.esJennifer Dopazo
So many great projects have been presented and I’ll be happy to watch them grow for the next two weeks but “Makea Tu Vida” really got my attention. It looks like a great initiative to encourage the creation and sharing of open source product designs. Really intrigued by what they will come up with and I think you should check them too.
El Recetario by #makeatuvida online collaborative repository of designs and manuals. #lgm13Melinda Sipos
The afternoon started with interesting lightning talks around scribus improvements and OSP new tools in the making.
OSC,… #lgm13larural
The rest of the  afternoon was spent hoping in and out of the auditorium, mostly chatting outside in the sun with the wonderful people attending LGM, of course talking about creation and free culture. An amazing crowd that is.

The journey ended with the talk “Internet and parasites”. Deep and tough stuff to close the day.

Chris Kelty is talking about the possibilities of F/LOSS as parasite (in a good way!) at #LGM13. Damn fine stuff.ginger coons
See you tomorrow.

Libre Graphics Meeting 2013: Day 1

#LGM13 Day 1

Libre Graphics Meeting 2013 opens at Medialab Prado, Madrid.

Edité par Juego· Wed, Apr 10 2013 16:04:11

During 4 days, starting this 10 April 2013, the Libre Graphics Meeting will gather around 300 people to speak, share, work and exchange ideas around free culture and the (future) tools that make it happend. As a participant, speaker and open source furniture creator, here’s a personal point of view of the event.
@melindasipos: Opening talk by Femke Snelting, Laura Fernandez and @marcosgcm #lgm13Melinda Sipos
Great introduction talk by Femke, Laura and Marcos with a room packed with people. It’s at this point of time that I realize how much work these three persons and their teams have put to make something like this happend. And suddenly, the open source hardware furniture in the cafeteria makes so much sense.
#lgm13 Libre Graphic Meeting starts during @medialabprado opening at madrid merino
Femke, @marcosgcm y Laura presentando el evento. #LGM13ía G. Perulero
The first talk is about the media facade of the Medialab Prado and the web app that has been put together by to push interactive animations on it. The application uses Processingjs for the creative coding side and encourage designers from all over the world to submit their work to be displayed during the 4 days. Of course, this will raise the question of what is allowed to be displayed on a public building at a size of 15m wide.
Sergio Galán presenta #programalaplaza: cómo programar la fachada de @medialabprado de forma disribuida. #LGM13ía G. Perulero
#lgm13 ohhhhhhhhhhhlarural
Another talk that I found inspiring is about Pycessing, by Brendan Howell. Pycessing is a very young Processing-like IDE written in Python. It’s been used by only a few people and Brendan uses it to teach coding but it’s spreading the love for Python in a Processing way. Which is just cool. Brendan has got me tempted.
#Pycessing in #lgm13larural
I was also impressed by the last talk of the day about Fontforge and the dedication, improvement and energy Ben Martin puts into it. Definitly a project to watch closely in the next months. And obviously, I was not the only one impressed by it.
Fontforge collaborative (DOOM) mode sounds amazing! by @davelab6 #LGM13Raphaël Bastide
Tomorow, presentations start at 10am CEST so I better go to sleep.
You can follow the @medialabprado talks here #lgm13Daniel Lombraña Glez
La pantalla de Led de @medialabprado Di Siena

uHbench & #OSHW furniture at @medialabprado #LGM13

In preparation of the Libre Graphics Meeting (#LGM13), I was invited by the Medialab Prado to host an open source hardware public bench (uHbench) workshop. El colectivo Zuloark from Madrid came with tools and lots of hands to build ~40 benches, tables and other interesting lounge chairs. Thanks to the OSP crew for diving in also.