Libre Graphics Meeting: FLOSS Design Conference in Brussels (27-30 May 2010)

On: May 26, 2010
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About John Haltiwanger
An underliner. An intensifier. A meanderer. A walker in betweens. The gross product of the souls of forebears sliced into ribbons and blown into a clay him. A poetic impulse. An open source advocate. A master of ceremonies. A writer of codes. An interface fiend philandering among operating sytems. Creative nonfiction research artist. Textual mystic. Frequently explicit Function 'popular education' enumerated 03.03-12.6 TESC (Evergreen) WA NW US. Political economics, systems administration, cultural studies, writing, ethnomusicology, computer programming, web design, etc. All part of a balanced liberal arts degree. Socialist high school founded by feminists with a farm (Putney) 01-02 VT NE US. Deserter of West Chester PA. 16 year old proto Perl monger. 26 year old Ruby excavator. New new media student, old new media sponge. Mondo minded year 2000 Millenial Generation American. Of a rare form. Eagerly chewing electronic book reviews, ctheories, and autonomedias independent of any formal Media scholastics. Before the field had a name in my mind. Chasing a thing called 'software studies' through the tubes, across the Atlantic, and into a Nederlands classroom. Playfully aware that this bio, like the medium it exists in, like the life it describes, remains malleable. Yet static in its own right.


Tomorrow I will be attending the Libre Graphics Meeting in Brussels. This conference is both free as in beer and free as in relating to the best projects the free, libre, and open source communities have to offer in the realms of graphic and visual design (including typography). Generative design processes will also be duly discussed and represented.

See the program and the list of confirmed attendees, where you will find names associated with projects ranging from Gimp to Scribus to Ubuntu. A fashion designer will even be present. This is the kind of diversity that drives FLOSS and it will be a great moment of face-to-face sharing of knowledge among a global crew of sourceniks, designers, and other fun, freaky types.

So come down and participate this weekend in Brussels! Everything you learn will be free, from the lessons to the platforms you are using to craft your new designs.

(Of course, if you have a bit extra scratch, donations are encouraged to keep the Free spirit alive.

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