Digital Foundations In Print

Wanna FLOSS?

We are FLOSSing Digital Foundations next weekend. We need help, and we want to do it together. We need people of all levels, from the GIMP guru, to the Ubuntu n00b to test it all.

Digital Foundations uses formal exercises of the Bauhaus to teach design software. It was written for the Adobe Creative Suite, but on Feb 6, 7, 8 we are going to translate it to FLOSS apps with Adam Hyde of For more on the book, and why this translation is so important, see the description below.

We are trying ot get people to register via Facebook

And to sign up on the wiki with their potential role

I hope to see you there. And I hope you can spread the word. By the end of the weekend, we'll have the first decent primer in FLOSS software!


FLOSSIFY 1 : Digital Foundations

For a long time educational courses have been cheap marketing for proprietary software companies. Can a student really afford all those expensive softwares required by the courses? No. Ever hear of a software company kicking up a fuss because students are using 'unofficial' versions? Well, it does happen but not often. And why not? Because proprietary software companies know, as the universities know, that once the students leave their training they will be indoctrinated with those tools and simply slipstream into being paid up proprietary software citizens. Simply put, unlicensed software used in education is tolerated because it is cheap marketing.

This is how tools become 'industry standards'.

FLOSS Manuals is fighting this flow by converting textbooks that use proprietary software to using free software in their examples.

We call this process "FLOSSify". We convert the book from closed software to Free Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) hence we 'FLOSSify' the book.

Our first text book is the wonderful Digital Foundations book produced by Michael Mandiberg and xtine burrough ( Its a text book designed to teach software by teaching design. The current toolset it uses is the Adobe Creative Suite and we will convert these examples entirely to using free software.

Not only have the authors given the kind permission to go ahead with this, they originated the idea and approached FLOSS Manuals to be involved. We are very happy to get behind this initiative and work with the authors to create a fantastic text book promoting the use of Free and Open Source Software within design courses.

FLOSSIFY 1 : Digital Foundations will focus on a fun 3 day event at Eyebeam, NYC. Anyone is welcome to attend and some food and beer will be provided. Come and meet some of your old geek friends, make some new, and help make a step towards unshackling education from proprietary software.

FLOSSIFY 1 : Digital Foundations Eyebeam, NYC RSVP here Feb 6-8 starts 10ish finishes when we are done fast connection, a table, some chairs, and beer and food provided 540 W. 21st Street, (between 10th and 11th Avenues) New York, NY 10011 Tel. 212.937.6580 Fax: 212.937.6582