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Matt Hope “Spectrum Divide” at Saamlung Gallery

Right about now, a room on the 26th floor of some unremarkable building in Hong Kong will go completely dark. The room, however, is quite remarkable as it is home to Saamlung Gallery, Hong Kong’s freshest contemporary art answer amidst “the Gagaosians and White Cubes”. And, despite retinally opting out, this same room will double its remarkability tonight as a result of Matt Hope‘s installation, “Spectrum Divide“:

“At one end of the gallery is constructed a bank of lightning sources numbering in the tens of thousands that emit a spectrum of light invisible to the naked eye. In terms of the vision of the machine world, however, the room is actually as bright as day. Certain kinds of cameras in the gallery are able to provide an illuminated video signal that seems to effectively double the architectural space of the installation: half bathed in floodlights and half under the cover of darkness.”

I’ve had the chance to experience Hope’s acoustic machinic assemblages before, and they’ve always delighted the senses, but this is a first in terms of “machine vision.” So if you find yourself in Hong Kong between now and October 6th make sure to check out “Spectrum Divide” and tell us what you think. In the meantime, the rest of us will have to make due by imagining our machines watching us as we sleep.

http://saamlung.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saamlung_Gallery

http://matthope.org/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Hope

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CCD – The Community | OPEN CALL!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 30, 2012

2012 Theme: The Politics of Meeting
CCD – The Community is the newest and most awaited addition to the ever growing, city-wide events of Beijing Intl’ Design Week. Debuting with the 2012 edition set to open on September 28, CCD – The Community is a creative incubator playing host to a research-driven program rethinking synergies across art, design and technology, to shape unprecedented encounters among intersecting communities of local and international players, professional visionaries, innovative makers and thinkers.

Drawn as a thematic ensemble of exhibitions, special installations, live events, educational programs, workshops and seminars, CCD – The Community features projects spanning geographical locations, design strategies, visual languages, theoretical and academic investigations, methodologies of material and intangible production unpacking the cultural and economic predicaments of China’s call for “indigenous innovation”.

A ‘city within the city’ CCD is a space of convergence that has grown organically around the life of its inhabitants: here life goers, migrants workers, farmers, small entrepreneurs and taxi drivers sit with designers, artists, collectors and dealers.

CCD – THE COMMUNITY arises from a wishful, positive proposition of creative communication with its unique social and spatial dimension. It plays out a urban fantasia enlivened by the meeting of participatory, haphazard systems of communal existence and the open-source, self-generated technologies of contemporary creative production. CCD is a grassroots, authentic self-expression of a networked community predicated on sustainable values of collective intelligence.

DO YOU WANT TO BE PART OF THE COMMUNITY? SEND US YOUR IDEAS!
Log on www.caochangdi.org as an Exhibitor.

Follow the online instructions: tell us who you are, how we can contact you, and provide a brief description of your project (300 words max) including up to 3 images.

You can apply with projects in any design category (product, fashion, interactive, digital, graphic, etc.).

Under Notes please specify what type of event (i.e. an exhibition, installation, indoor or outdoor project, workshop, talk, screening program or performance, etc.).

CCD – The Community does not ask for any participation or rental fee.

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Fabricatorz Presentations at FISL12

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I will be speaking about Fabricatorz projects at FISL12 in Brazil. Come find me if you will be there! Let’s talk projects!

Here are the summaries of my talks from the FISL12 schedule:

Open Educational Resources Roundtable, AcaWiki: The Wikipedia of Academic Research
Thursday, June 30, 2011 @ 3 PM
Recursos Educacionais Abertos – REA
41-A fisl 1, 351 lugares

Qi Hardware Introduces: The Milkymist One Video Synthesizer
Saturday, July 2, 2011 @ 1 PM
40-T fisl 0, 536 lugares

Building Open Clip Art Library and Open Font Library with Aiki Framework
Saturday, July 2, 2011 @ 5 PM
41-A fisl 1, 351 lugares

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Fabricatorz Dan and Daughter Video: Mole-Girl and the Anamoos

Mole-Girl and the Anamoos from Hsiao-Lan Wang on Vimeo.

Story by Mia Zajicek
December 2011

Video production assisted by Daniel Zajicek and Hsiao-Lan Wang

Our own Dan (aka tri-jack, aka zajicek, akak quadrajack) put together a great video with his daughter and wife. Please enjoy! (I think there is a happy holla-daze in there somewhere too btw)

Dan and his wife are both great contemporary composers living in Houston. We hope to do more great projects together soon. They remind me that to make a real company, especially long term, you have to have solid family and healthy growth.

Anyway, they have a great lil family and a cute kid! Here’s to the FabriZajicek family!

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Encroach With Caution: A Note on Collaborative Coding

If you’re an artist, you’ve been there: applying that final touch or minor adjustment that finishes the piece off. You’re done! Everything looks exactly as you’d imagined it, and you can’t wait to put it out there and show your prowess to the world. In the few years that I’ve been working on websites, I’ve found the building process to be strikingly similar. My latest assignment, the recently updated Open Font Library, placed me in a position I have never quite been in before: the “Code Middleman”. Along the way, I learned a lot about the process of a singular developer and how encouraging collaboration in this medium can be.

Open Font Library Screen

The task sounded simple enough. Manufactura Independente had been contracted to craft a visual upgrade to Open Font Library. They did so (and quite well). My mission was to take the series of HTML/CSS/JavaScript mockup pages and apply them to the existing work our own Christopher Adams had done in building the site in it’s initial form.

What I hadn’t anticipated was the hair pulling and sleep-deprived nights that would lay ahead as I began to untangle the two webs and retie them into a functioning whole.

The Open Font Library was built on an open source web software called Aiki Framework. While Aiki is continually growing and gaining in popularity, it wasn’t a software that Manufactura were immediately familiar with. The visual upgrade was only one of a number of features that were to be included in the upcoming release, so it soon became necessary for an Aiki-experienced developer to apply the completed redesigns to the site as work on the additional upgrades was going on behind the scenes.

Trial and error was key. I dove in pasting some design code here, amending an existing Aiki-built widget there, as the site slowly began it’s metamorphosis. Things often broke, but communication with both Chris and Manufactura Independente helped me stay on course by establishing the commonalities between the two sets of code and ways of thinking. The veil of mystery often surrounding web development began to lift, in the process.

Why is collaboration so difficult in web development anyway? I think the software, as well as our processes and perceptions are at the heart of the issue. To many in my everyday circles (parents, peers, etc), what I do is a very ambiguous thing. I’ve described my work process in such vague terms that I began assuming the role of a wizard holed up in a tower solemnly researching and brewing his next potion. Sites are increasingly about speedy deliveries and giving clients dynamic control. Management systems like WordPress have evolved to make these solutions easier, but nothing has excelled at allowing real-time collaboration between multiple developers. Standard procedure often involves a repetitive process of a single developer designing, setting up, and configuring a site for general use.

With the completion of Open Font Library’s latest release, I found myself leaving behind my worst working tendencies. I lost the desire to forge ahead in solitude or to be overly attached to work I completed and hyper critical of other’s work. The necessity of communicating between multiple groups through a new software and meeting a tight deadline has helped me grow as a developer. It stopped feeling like a competition and started being about learning from and helping others.

Is Aiki Framework the ultimate collaborative solution? Not in it’s current form, but each release brings us closer, and each project is another opportunity to build together.

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老板 赞助级别 (Laoban Soundsystem 2.0 Sponsorship in Chinese)

Thanks to Shasha Liu and Lu Jia, here are Chinese translations of the Laoban Soundsystem 2.0 Sponsorship blog post and main PDF.

Laoban Soundsystem 2.0 Infodoc Chinese

Fabricatorz的 “老板”音响系统2.0正式登陆中国。
支持我们的系统,拓宽你们的音乐。

“老板”音响系统2.0系统现在正在中国广州专业音响加工基地进行加工制作。此系统将在夏天在中国范围内这种活动中使用。“老板”2.0是特制的中国音响系统,也是一个研究计划,同时还是一个连接赞助商、音乐人、艺术人、多媒体设计师及网络文化潮人的的桥梁。我们将让每一次活动都转化成一个多媒体盛宴,通过现实与虚拟世界的同时传播得到最大的影响聚爆。

我们正在为此而努力,希望得到你们的支持与赞助!

赞助级别:

迷你 赞助商 (250美元)
标志/图像 + 赞助商网站主页链接
对外公布为赞助商

尊贵赞助商(500美元)
标志/图像 +赞助商网站主页链接
向所有媒体对外公布为赞助商
受邀参加特别活动

超级赞助商 (1000美元)
将获得一对第一版制作限量88对的小板DJ/桌上音箱
标志/图像 +赞助商网站主页链接
向所有媒体对外公布为赞助商
受邀参加特别活动

联系我们,成为赞助商,让我们一同建造这个计划!

关于老板音响系统

老板音响系统活动是一个新型的媒体活动,活动鼓励大家来积极参与,并带来多媒体,笔记本电脑,各种视频播放器,相机和其他纪录工具。其目标就是混合各种媒体, 去探索艺术家,DJ, 音乐家,设计师和建筑师现在所做的事情——成功,失败和未完成的计划在老板活动中都会受到欢迎!最终计划就是通过混合多媒体和使人群通过他们的纪录在twitter.com, flickr.com和其他地方上圈出“老板”,从而让消费者转变为制作人。

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Sharism Presents Amsterdam on November 1st, 2011.

We are launching a new version of SHARISM.org and have a major new announcement slated for http://milkymist.org

Amsterdam

Here are the details:

Date: 1 November 2011

Time: 19:00–21:00

Venue: Kennisland (on the 4th floor of Keizersgracht 174) in the center of Amsterdam next to the Westerkerk.

Directions: http://g.co/maps/d5nbg (Within walking distance of Central Station)
We will have food and beverages on hand.

We are aiming for a tight group of attendees who are open-minded and willing to share their thoughts and projects. Please RSVP by October 31 with your name and affiliation to: christopher@fabricatorz.com

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Wise Futures and Shared Hardware, Part I

Christopher Adams at TELDAP 2012

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to Academia Sinica in Taipei to address an audience of the Culturemondo forum on Smart Cultures, held alongside TELDAP and convened by Ilya Li. Ilya had asked me to prepare some remarks about open hardware culture, particularly as it relates to recent developments in Taiwan and China.

The Fabricatorz are often asked about “free and open” hardware. Jon shared his views on open hardware manufacturing during a talk he gave in Miami last December. It is not an idle topic for us, as we believe that investing in our own hardware platforms is just as important to the future of our business as is the software we create.

Copying hardware is hard to do —rms

Can Hardware be Free?

The term ‘open’ hardware is used by way of analogy to free and open source software. The freedoms of ‘free’ software comprise the right to use, study, duplicate and improve that software. These freedoms as they relate to hardware apply not to the physical device itself, but rather to its design; for it is only the hardware design that can be truly studied, duplicated, and, most important, improved.

However, a process which begins with a free hardware design and ends with a finished product requires a non-trivial provision of capital, resources, skill, and time. This plain fact leads the founder of the free software movment, Richard Stallman, to conclude that “freedom to copy hardware is not as important, because copying hardware is hard to do.”

People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware—Alan Kay

I think the logic of that assessment is backward. The difficulty that hardware presents to our freedoms makes the issue more important, not less. It is the reason that we at Fabricatorz are investing time, money and talent to find solutions to the hardware dilemma. Recall the famous words of Alan Kay: “People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.”

Is Richard Stallman serious about software? I know we are.

Credits (images remixed by me on an M1):
Richard_Matthew_Stallman_working_on_his_Lemote_Machine
Alan_Kay_and_the_prototype_of_the_Dynabook

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Release Social Markiting

I really struggled with if I should delete all my social media accounts this fall. On December 1, I decided instead to just stop using cold turkey. I did it. I still feel great about it. It put me outside of my comfort zones and gave me some perspective on connecting with people, really.

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My final conclusion however is that I can’t have relationships online. Rather, my online persona @rejon is for social markiting. I drew the line, and now I’m ok with controlled posting again. Remember: you don’t want to end up crying on camera because you used your desire to emote to become a crazy person screaming into the air (real and virtually).

Use social markiting to your benefit, not to your failure.

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Fabricatorz Invite All to Sharism Forum at Get It Louder

Sharism Forum 2010.10.22 Shanghai 800 SHOW

The Fabricatorz will be in China the third week of October coordinating the first Sharism Forum at Get It Louder 2010 in Shanghai on 22 October, 2010. The Forum brings together thinkers, practitioners and activists whose work concerns and shapes the global movement of a new sharing culture. We have invited open-source entrepreneurs, community leaders, academics, artists and critics to actively advance the agenda of Sharism. We hope you can attend the forum!

This is a major milestone event for the Sharism project connecting together the larger picture of the global sharing culture between Creative Commons, Wikipedia, Free Network Services like Status.Net, Copyleft Hardware, and the sharing activities that happen on commercial sites like Flickr. Since Fabricatorz is a global company operating in both San Francisco and China, this project is close to our hearts in connecting many of the greatest people we know working in Internet, Business, and Culture in the region.

Get It Louder is China’s most influential and closely-watched exhibition of emerging, young talent across creative disciplines. Get It Louder 2010 debuted in Beijing with great fanfare and press. It opens in Shanghai on 22 October until 7 November, 2010. The theme for this year’s event is Sharism! Get It Louder Shanghai kicks off with the Sharism Forum that will segue into the opening of the exhibits at 8 PM.

We’ve been working on this massively over the last few months and hope you will join us to spread the word about this event globally, online and offline. We will do more Sharism events in the future, but right now need your support to make the project expand by using the tags #SHARISM and #SHARISM2010 online. You can learn more about sharism now: sharism.org

About the Sharism Forum

Details

Time: October 22, 2010
Location: 800 SHOW Creative Park, Shanghai, China

Guest Speakers

Christopher ADAMS, Edmon CHUNG, Li GONG, HU Yong, Brianna LAUGHER, Mike LINKSVAYER, LIU Yan, Isaac MAO, OU Ning, Jon PHILLIPS, Nate PRODROMOU,Jack QIU, Philip TINARI, Gino YU, Zafka ZHANG

Website

http://www.getitlouder.com

Forum Coordinator
Fabricatorz

Sponsorship

Additional sponsorship for the Sharism Forum provided by Google Inc., the Mozilla Foundation and Mozilla Drumbeat.

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Naihanli&Co. Site Goes Live

Just today, Fabricatorz have publicly released a new and improved site for Beijing-based Naihanli&Co. Brad and Jon stepped up to the plate to deliver this latest offering, contributing on site design, implementation and deployment under our Aiki Framework platform. Naihanli&Co. founder, Jinjing Naihan Li strives to create furniture built on functional and socially responsive designs:

“..she introduces furniture as a fashionable, social concept that accommodates the mod- ern and mobile lifestyle we live. Her work poses the question, why not have furniture that represents the way you live? And, why not have fun with it? She does.”

Naihanli&Co. Screen

If you’re interested in having Fabricatorz work on your next project, contact us!

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Mark-it-ing Makes Front Page News

Mark-it-ting’s power to paradoxically (and effectively) communicate via erasure was popularly demonstrated yesterday by several websites that “blacked out” their content as a means to protest SOPA/PIPA. (If you aren’t already familiar with these bills currently being considered by the U.S. Congress, please familiarize yourself. Or if you’re too lazy, just take our word for it: they suck. If passed, your favorite websites would disappear.)

But despite the negative connotation these sites’ “self-imposed censorship[s]” imply, we’re impressed by the flexibility of Mark-it-ting to work its magic in many contexts, in many ways. We’re also a little flattered given our prescience ;).

Here’s to the power of Mark-it-ting, the most effective way to add via subtraction!

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Libre Graphics Meeting Sponsorship

For the last four years, the Inkscape, Scribus, Gimp, Blender, Krita, Open Clip Art Library, Open Font Library and other Free and Open Source Graphics communities have come together to make an annual developer and users conference. The Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM) is an annual workshop for developers and users of free software graphics applications to collaborate and advance the cause of high-quality free graphics software. The fourth annual LGM will be held May 27 – 30, 2010 in Brussels.

We are seeking sponsorship in a campaign we are calling “10 by 10 by 10” which will allow us to put on this event. We have already raised $10K from Flemish Ministry for Culture, Youth, Sports and Media for government sponsorship and are trying to raise at least another $10K from corporations, and another $10K from the global community. Sponsorship will be used to provide travel subsidies to the developers who work on Free and Open Source Graphics projects around the world, often for free in their spare time and to help offset the cost of assembling the top developers and users of free and open source graphics software to make it better. LGM is THE annual meeting they need to coordinate their efforts towards better applications and better integration between applications. For most teams, LGM is the only moment these people will be able to talk between eyes. It’s not only important, it’s crucial work.

For 2010, we are providing sponsorship levels which we hope you will consider:

Platinum (Greater than 10K $USD)
Your company logo and link on each page of the website: http://libregraphicsmeeting.org/2010
Once sponsorship received, will be thanked in email communications and press releases
Special Press Release to announce support together
Special dinner with all LGM Organizing Committee Members if representative attends the conference

Gold (10K $USD)
Your company logo and link on each page of the website: http://libregraphicsmeeting.org/2010
Once sponsorship received, will be thanked in email communications and press releases
Special dinner with all LGM Organizing Committee Members if representative attends the conference

Silver (5K $USD)
Your company logo and link on sponsors page of the website
Thanked in a sponsorship announcement release
Bronze (3K $USD)
Your company logo and link on sponsors page of the website

And, if you or your company want to contribute under $3K, we hope you will consider personally or through your organization to contribute to the community fundraising campaign we kicked off a month ago. Pledges can be made online at Pledgie.com. Visit http://pledgie.com/campaigns/8926 to make a contribution. All donations are tax deductible for US taxpayers since the Gnome Foundation is graciously hosting our donations.

For our community fundraising campaign we have raised approximately $2,500.00 USD towards our goal of $10K with 42 supporters in about a month. It is still tough to raise funds this year, but we are encouraged by the responses received. We are tenacious in our efforts to put this conference on for the benefit of all. In addition to the community campaign, we are asking you and your organization to contribute towards our goal of $10K from large donors and other organizations. We hope that you and/or your company will help sponsor Libre Graphics Meeting 2010.

With the growing, but still tough economy, many companies, governments and people are turning to Free and Open Source Software. We are committed to improving Free and Open Source Graphics and getting more people to use the software we, including you and your organization, make together.

About Libre Graphics Meeting
For four years, the Libre Graphics Meeting has been the premiere conference for developers, users and supporters of free software graphics applications. Developers from projects such as GIMP, Inkscape, Blender, Krita, Scribus, Hugin, the Open Clipart Library, and the Open Font Library gather to work on interoperability, shared standards, and new ideas. Work at prior LGMs has pushed the state of the art in important areas such as color management, cross-application sharing of brushes and other assets, and common formats.

The face-to-face meetings and opportunities for collaboration are important to developers, and LGM offers plenty for end users as well. Tutorials, talks, and birds-of-a-feather (BOF) meetings to help free software users get the most out of their applications fill out the LGM schedule, and demonstrations from artists showcase what is possible.
For more information, visit http://www.libregraphicsmeeting.org/

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Fab Fashionz: Appropriate Appropriation, Not American Apparel

Check out the beginning of a new line of Fabricatorz T’s. Since nothing is more boring than a sterile design printed on a new shirt, I hand picked a bunch of second-hand T’s in New Orleans and slapped the Fabricatorz chop on ’em. Recycling is rarely this hot,  re-contextualizing this fun. More iterations to come as well as a shop where you can cop all this hot to trot Fab Fashion.

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Roger Ebert calls truce in “Games vs. Art” Debate

As reported in a previous post, Chicago film critic, Roger Ebert, has been at the center of a debate he revived in April. In said article, Ebert reaffirmed his stance that “Video games can never be art.”

A verbal onslaught from the gaming community, of greater than 4,000 responses, found it’s way to Ebert’s controversial entry. After months of fallout, Ebert has addressed his own critics in a shiny new blog post.

For greater analysis of this rebuttal, check out a new post by Fabricatorz developer, Brad Phillips!

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#FREEBASSEL Campaign: Help Us Free Bassel

#FREEBASSEL is a campaign to bring about the immediate release of our beloved friend Bassel who is currently being detained in Syria. Please help us spread the word by using the following channels: freebassel.org@freebassel and #freebassel.

We appreciate your efforts.

Sincerely,
Fabricatorz

From the Press Release:

On March 15, 2012, Bassel Khartabil was detained in a wave of arrests in the Mazzeh district of Damascus. Since then, his family has received no official explanation for his detention or information regarding his whereabouts. However, his family has recently learned from previous detainees at the security branch of Kafer Sousa, Damascus, that Bassel is being held at this location.

Bassel Khartabil, a Palestinian-born Syrian, 31, is a respected computer engineer specializing in open source software development, the type of contributions the Internet is built upon. He launched his career ten years ago in Syria, working as a technical director for a number of local companies on cultural projects like restoring Palmyra and Forward Syria Magazine.

Since then, Bassel has become known worldwide for his strong commitment to the open web, teaching others about technology, and contributing his experience freely to help the world. Bassel is the project leader for an open source web software called Aiki Framework. He is well known in online technical communities as a dedicated volunteer to major Internet projects like Creative Commons (creativecommons.org), Mozilla Firefox (mozilla.org), Wikipedia (wikipedia.org), Open Clip Art Library (openclipart.org), Fabricatorz (fabricatorz.com), and Sharism (sharism.org).

Since his arrest, Bassel’s valuable volunteer work, both in Syria and around the world, has been stopped. His absence has been painful for the communities that depend on him. In addition, his family, and his fiancée whom he was due to marry this past April, have had their lives put on hold.

Bassel Khartabil has been unjustly detained for nearly four months without trial or any legal charges being brought against him.

We, the signees of the #FREEBASSEL campaign, demand immediate information regarding his detention, health, and psychological state.

We urge the Syrian Government to release the community member, husband-to-be, son to a mother and father, and celebrated International software engineer Bassel Khartabil, immediately.

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Open Font Library Provides Free Fonts For All, Developers and Stay-At-Home Dads Alike

San Francisco and Beijing, April 5, 2012 – Open Font Library, the online library of community-generated fonts that promotes font freedom and sharing, announces its latest version. Fabricatorz, a global open production company, relaunched Open Font Library in 2011 and have contributed to its ongoing development ever since. The latest iteration of the site features a fresh design by Manufactura Independente, a simple and elegant touch that better reflects the beauty of Open Font Library’s collection of quality typefaces.

The Open Font Library’s no-frills site allows guests to browse the entire catalogue, which at the time of writing boasts a collection of 116 font families, 168 releases (includes updated versions of font families) and 388 font files (total number of TrueType Font and OpenType Font files). Through a simple registration process, guests can then become members of Open Font Library where they are encouraged to share their own fonts or remix and download those already in the catalogue. Members also gain access to the Open Font Library community, a group dedicated to sharing type and promoting its creative iterations.

Fabricatorz developer Brad Phillips says the site has become more liberating with its latest release. “Getting fonts onto other sites is really easy now since every font page comes with @font-face tags—HTML and CSS example-code for easy embedding—so all members have to do is copy and paste the tags into their own websites and boom!—their sites have a new attractive typeface.”

The @font-face tag embedding process is another step in helping Open Font Library accelerate its growth and usefulness for type designers, developers and font enthusiasts. It also encourages others less familiar with the technicalities of fonts and their use in websites to experiment with this transparent plug-and-play process.

“We’re really hoping to get different types of people using the site, not just type geeks,” said Phillips. “I’m not exactly a type fanatic myself, but I’ve noticed my interest in the history and aesthetics of type grow just from using the site. Instead of “checking out” type like you would books in a traditional library, hanging out “in the stacks,” as it were, has been more educational for me. The Open Font Library community also plays an educational role; it’s helpful with learning more about fonts and open fonts in particular.”

All the fonts in the Open Font Library catalogue are licensed under free licenses, including the SIL Open Font License, Creative Commons Zero license, and GPLv3 with font exception license. Every font in the catalogue is freely downloadable, just as anyone is free to join and become a member.

About Open Font Library

The mission of the Open Font Library (http://openfontlibrary.org) is to promote your freedom as it relates to fonts. All of the typefaces contained in the library are available under a free license, which gives you the freedom to use, study, remix and share each and every font. The site is powered by the Aiki Framework (http://aikiframework.org), a powerful web framework for building network services using the AGPL license.

About Fabricatorz

Fabricatorz (http://fabricatorz.com) is an open global production company that makes successful projects from start to finish. We specialize in developing software using Aiki Framework (http://aikiframework.org), hardware using Qi Hardware (http://fabricatorz.com/projects/qi-hardware), and community-building around the philosophies of Sharism (http://sharism.org).

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For more information, please write everyone@openfontlibrary.org, or visit http://www.openfontlibrary.org/
http://www.fabricatorz.com
http://aikiframework.org.

Press Contact

Spencer Young

press@fabricatorz.com

+49 1573 7430013

Berlin

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Libre Graphics Meeting Announces 2010 Program

For Immediate Release:

Libre Graphics Meeting announces the immediate availability of the full schedule of talks, workshops, demo sessions, and birds-of-a-feather meetings (BOFs) for LGM 2010, to be held at De Pianofabriek in Brussels, Belgium, May 27-30.

As it has for the past five years, LGM 2010’s planned sessions include status reports from the major components of the open source graphics suite: the Gimp, Krita, Inkscape, Blender, Scribus, the Open Clip Art Library, and the Open Font Library. Talks include cross-application collaboration topics such as color standards and fonts, and support for critical file formats ranging from SVG vector graphics to AutoCAD DWG.

LGM 2010 will also put real-world application of open source graphics on the agenda, including several talks from professional graphic designers, print publishers, educators, typographers, and professional design mentors.
In addition to the main program track, teams will host hands-on workshops demoing Blender, Scribus, Phatch, Inkscape, and type-design. BOFs are scheduled around OpenRaster, swatch formats, fonts, and color management, as well as team meetings for the Gimp and Blender projects and professional graphic designers.

This year’s LGM will mark the debut of new releases from Inkscape, sK1, LittleCMS, Open Font Library, and the premiere screening of the trailer for the Blender Foundation’s Project Durian animated movie, Sintel.

To Read the Full Press Release see here

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Laoban Soundsystem Summer Planning Friday Event

Laoban Soundsystem Summer Planning Event Graphic

Come out tomorrow afternoon and evening, Friday, May 1 at CCD300 for a last minute event tomorrow in Cao Chang Di for the Qianti 2009 Performance Art Festival. Matt and I are setting up the upgraded Laoban Soundsystem 1.0 and will use the new Xiaoban Baby Speaker Samples we have in the stack for the event to start at 2 PM on May Day (May 1) and will last for a few hours. If you are hardcore, come out from the start. My guess is the best time to come after the performance art is at 5:30 PM and we will keep the bass and dubstep going for as long as people are on the scene. There is cheap drinks and food all around the space, so all is well on that front.

UPDATE: Ok, confirmed details. There are performances and a couple of bands from 2 – 6. Then after 6 PM, the big party starts and goes until late. There is free bbq and beers the entire day from 2 until whenever…so this is really about who comes out now, and who is mixing.

We will be mixing some drum n bass, dubstep, dirty south beats, and getting some friends to mix as well, all around the theme of planning for summer events like Laoban Tour, CaoChangDi.org, and other projects in anticipation of Laoban Soundsystem 2.0 arriving soon.

DJS: If you are a DJ, please come out and mix some cutting edge music. Its all about the battle of best music on an open soundsystem.

Stay posted to this blog and rejon on twitter for more details about the event. Here are the details on the Qianti 2009 Performance Art Festival:

Qianti 2009 Performance Art Festival

策展人:王军
Curator: Wang Jun

学术支持:袁霆轩
Academic Support: Yuan Tingxuan

视觉统筹:赵乐娟
Visual Organizer/ Curator: Zhao Lejuan

特邀嘉宾:艾未未,何云昌, 王庆松, 余心樵
Special Guests: Ai Weiwei, He Yunchang, Wang Qingsong, Yu Xinqiao

开幕酒会:2009年5月1日下午2点
Opening Party: 2pm, 1May, 2009

活动时间:2009年5月1-3日
Exhibition Time: 1-3 May, 2009

地点: 北京草场地CCD300艺术空间
Venue: CCD 300 Space, Caochangdi, Beijing

接待电话: 138 1084 6594
Reception Number: 138-1084-6594

协办单位:CCD300当代艺术空间, 易品名堂高端室内设计机构, 左映像图片工作室, 第八天云南餐厅, 韩摄影工作室
Supporting Group: CCD300

特邀媒体:99艺术网

There is loads of artwork and performances at CCD300, a studio in the corner opposite Ai Wei Wei’s big studio. You’ll hear the music since the event is outdoors. If it rains, there is an indoor space, so come anyway! Come on out, lets have some drinks to celebrate May Day, talk about the summer, and figure out ways to plug into the entire Laoban Project. We still need sponsors and are planning for a full summer of events.

Here is a map to the space on Google Maps in China. If you get lost or something, or want to know what is happening, you can text or call me (Jon Phillips) at: 132-6817-8381

Thanks to Venus Lau for translating this quickly :)

UPDATE: Check out the facebook event.

Laoban Summer Planning LOGO as SVG vector file all outlines

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