Since our first issue, back in 2010, Libre Graphics Magazine has paid close attention to fonts and type — after all, they are basic ingredients of any magazine, since the Sumerian clay tablets hit the streets of Uruk. In the last few years, we have witnessed a massive burst of creativity in the area of type design, with F/LOSS and libre fonts playing a major role (and we’re not just thinking of Lobster).
For the upcoming issue 2.3, together with guest-editor Manuel Schmalstieg (Greyscale Press), we will zoom in on the Free & Libre type design scene, talk with the people behind the fonts, and reflect on the way they change our everyday lives.
But let’s not forget, fonts are always bound to their real-world context — words, phrases, stories. We will take a bumpy ride through the unstable terrain of digital publishing, where open web standards (CSS, JS, EPUB) serve as a guiding light amongst the battling digital distribution giants.
Finally, having examined “Collaboration” back in issue 1.3, we will perform another reality-check, to see how distributed workflows and software production paradigms have permeated (and enriched) our writing and design practices.
Does your work fit into that raster?
We welcome your submissions for articles, showcases of your work, interviews and anything else you might suggest. Proposals for submissions (no need to send us the completed work right away) can be sent to email@example.com. The deadline for submissions is March 23, 2014.
Libre Graphics Magazine is published under a free license (Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike). All included submissions will also be published under CC-BY-SA (or a compatible license).
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We’re very pleased to announce the release of issue 2.2 of Libre Graphics magazine. This issue, built around the theme “Gendering F/LOSS,” engages with discussions around representation and gendered work in Free/Libre Open Source Software and Free Culture. We invite you to buy the print edition of the issue or download the PDF from http://libregraphicsmag.com. We invite both potential readers and submittors to download, view, write, pull, branch and otherwise engage.
Why Gendering F/LOSS?
In the world of F/LOSS, and in the larger world of technology, debate rages over the under-representation of women and the frat house attitude occasionally adopted by developers. The conventional family lives of female tech executives are held up as positive examples of progress in the battle for gender equity. Conversely, pop-cultural representations of male developers are evolving, from socially awkward, pocket-protectored nerds to cosmopolitan geek chic. Both images mask the diversity of styles and gender presentations found in the world of F/LOSS and the larger tech ecology. Those images also mask important discussions about bigger issues: is it okay to construct such a strict dichotomy between “man” and “woman” as concepts; how much is our work still divided along traditional gender lines; is it actually enough to get more women involved in F/LOSS generally, or do we need to push for specific kinds of involvement; do we stop at women, or do we push for a more inclusive understanding of representation?
This issue looks at some of the thornier aspects of gender in F/LOSS art and design. In discussing gendered work, the push for greater and greater inclusion in our communities, and representations of gender in our artistic practices, among others, we hope to add and amplify voices in the discussion.
Gendering F/LOSS is the second issue in volume two of Libre Graphics magazine (ISSN 1925-1416). Libre Graphics magazine is a print publication devoted to showcasing and promoting work created with Free/Libre Open Source Software. We accept work about or including artistic practices which integrate Free, Libre and Open software, standards, culture, methods and licenses. To find out more about the purpose of Libre Graphics magazine, read our manifesto: http://libregraphicsmag.com/manifesto
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While we were at FOSDEM, we had a chat with Hacker Public Radio. Listen to the interview here: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1447
Get the poster
Estimates of the number of women contributing to F/LOSS vary. 3% is a generous guess. We’d like to see more. Download the poster. Distribute it. Help spread the word that F/LOSS needs women.
Addendum (9/February/2014): The preliminary results of FLOSS Survey 2013 (available here) have recently been released. Women make up 11% of contributors to F/LOSS projects. Looks like the poster is due for a revision!
Come say hello and browse our latest issue, Gendering F/LOSS.
Our stand is at building K, group C, side by side with the Mozilla and the Open Street Map stands.
This year we have the full editorial team and columnist Antonio Roberts.
The issues are flying fast so come and grab yours!
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Nearly three years ago, in a brainstorming meeting about future issues, we decided that we needed to write about gender. We opted not to do it straight away. There were other subjects to take care of first, and we wanted to do gender right. Publishing an issue about a fundamental but tricky topic is something we approached with enthusiasm and care. Now, at a time when gender in F/LOSS and the wider tech community is once again a hot topic, we feel ready to contribute to the discussion.
This issue tackles a broad range of issues relating to gender, its construction and its treatment in F/LOSS communities. We look at problems of representation and inclusion. Our contributors offer a variety of standpoints and opinions. They come from diverse backgrounds and, we think, bring new and exciting voices to a vital discussion.
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Announcing Libre Graphics magazine issue 2.1
This February, Libre Graphics magazine (http://libregraphicsmag.com) has reached a major milestone. We have published and shipped issue 2.1, the first number in our second volume. Titled “Localization/Internationalisation,” this issue explores the unique problems of non-latin type, the hyper-localisation of custom clothing patterns and international visual languages, among other topics.
Launched at FOSDEM, this issue marks the beginning of our second volume of publication, and heralds our move towards an increasingly critical slant. Exploring not just how Free/Libre Open Source Software can be used to create high quality art and design, in volume 2, we see a growing emphasis on the cultural and social issues around F/LOSS and Free Culture. With 2.1, we discuss issues of regionality. We are currently seeking submissions (http://libregraphicsmag.com/libregraphicsmag.com/2013/02/gendering-floss-issue-2-2-call-for-submissions) for 2.2, “Gendering F/LOSS,” which will revolve around gendered identity and work in F/LOSS and Free Culture.
We invite both potential readers and submittors to download, view, write, pull, branch and otherwise engage. We hope, in the coming year and with the help of a growing community, to further push the work of F/LOSS art, design and discussion.
About Libre Graphics magazine
Libre Graphics magazine (ISSN 1925-1416) is a print publication devoted to showcasing and promoting work created with Free/Libre Open Source Software. Since 2010, we have been publishing work about or including artistic practices which integrate Free, Libre and Open software, standards, culture, methods and licenses.
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Art and gender have a long history together. From ancient Greek sculptures of ideal men to renaissance nudes, visions of what it is to be a man or woman have been with us for about as long as we’ve been representing our world. Design, often viewed as the commercial edge of art, has had a hand in shaping our attitudes towards gender. In the service of advertising, graphic design has given us visions of emancipated women smoking cigarettes, underwear-peddling men with spectacular abdominal muscles, and smiling families eating soup together. Design and art show us images of men, women and children: ourselves as we should and shouldn’t be.
In the world of Free/Libre Open Source Software, and in the larger world of technology, debate rages over the under-representation of women and the frat house attitude occasionally adopted by developers. The conventional family lives of female tech executives are held up as positive examples of progress in the battle for gender equity. Conversely, pop-cultural representations of male developers are evolving, from socially awkward, pocket-protectored nerds to cosmopolitan geek chic. Both images mask the diversity of styles and gender presentations found in the world of F/LOSS and the larger tech ecology.
We’re looking for work, both visual and textual, exploring issues of gender and its representation in F/LOSS art and design. Whether it’s a tract on the physical appearance of sprites in video games, or a F/LOSS interpretation of a gendered art form, we want to hear about and see it. We invite submissions for articles, showcases, interviews and anything else you might suggest. Proposals for submissions (no need to send us the completed work right away) can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for submissions is March 22, 2013.
Gendering F/LOSS is the second issue in volume two of Libre Graphics magazine. Libre Graphics magazine is a print publication devoted to showcasing and promoting work created with Free/Libre Open Source Software. We accept work about or including artistic practices which integrate Free, Libre and Open software, standards, culture, methods and licenses.
The third edition of the Mozilla Festival is happening next week in London, from the 9th to the 11th of November. We participated in the very first edition, in 2010, while we were still preparing the first issue of Libre Graphics magazine. Now, after one full year of publication and in the production phase of issue 2.1, we are back.
On Sunday, the 11th, we will be hosting a session on F/LOSS workflows for grassroots publications. There we’ll be showing and sharing our experience with F/LOSS tools for publication, starting with the canonical tools for design&layout, to others we’ve integrated in the magazine workflow, like version control.
Our session is part of the Source Code for Journalism track. We’ll have the privilege of work with texts by Cory Doctorow, Daniel Suarez and Hannu Rajaniemi, commissioned for the festival by The Open Internet Preservation Society (OIPS), and we will also share other assets under libre and permissive licenses.
Join us there to learn more about F/LOSS and collaborative creation methodologies for design!
Last Saturday me, ginger and Ricardo arrived in Brussels for a week long residency at Constant Variable.
After a year and a half of long distant communication we felt the need to meet in person, to prepare the second year of the magazine.
We started yesterday and outlined the week schedule out of a long list of topics. This first day was dedicated to a detailed recap of volume 1: section listing and content review, design and layout decisions, production workflow details, flaws and successes.
The energy boost made us go on trough the evening. We started re-structuring and cleaning up our Git repository (more news on this topic soon!) and working on new infrastructures for the project — we’re cooking up a public mailing list, among other things, soon to be announced.
The weekend of 8th and 9th of September will be dedicated to public events. On Saturday, we will host a workshop under the theme Localisation/Internationalization and on Sunday we’ll present the results at Variable’s one year celebration barbecue. If you’re in town we invite you to join us!