The 11th annual international Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM) is being held in partnership with the University of Westminster.
This yearly event is an occasion for teams, individual contributors and artists involved in Libre Graphics to work together, share experiences and hear about new ideas. Libre Graphics encompasses free libre and open source tools for design, illustration, photography, typography, art, graphics, page layout, publishing, 3D modelling, digital making and manufacture, cartography, animation, video, interactive media, generative graphics and visual live-coding.
The Libre Graphics Meeting is not just about software, but extends to standards, file formats and the actual use of these in creative work. Participants can discuss their projects, coordinate their efforts and, crucially, meet in person. Participants in the LGM include developers, designers, academics and activists from around the world, who are all passionate about free libre graphics software and technology.
State of the Libre Graphics union
Each meeting will begin with a joint session that brings together things that have happened over the last year. So, instead of slots in the schedule for general updates on each Libre Graphics software project, we have invited every team to submit two slides (maximum), with some short explanatory text showcasing the leaps forward that have been made over the past year.
We have encouraged additional stand-alone submissions for first-time presenters and particularly big or new topics and features in established projects.
Special focus: other dimensions
At the Libre Graphics Meeting 2015 in Toronto, we celebrated the first decade of LGM, reflecting on the past and considering the future.
For the 2016 edition of LGM we will expand Libre Graphics into other dimensions. We are looking for presentations and workshops that explore the dimensions of space and material: 3D modelling and animation, libre architecture, open source product design and other fields of digital making and manufacture.
We are also seeking contributions that offer reflections on the ‘other dimensions’ of open source communities and that engage with FLOSS tools in various contexts including teaching, learning, practice and co-production. This represents a desire to address the future sustainability of the Libre Graphics movement, through a growth of the core projects and topics that will, we hope, allow us to welcome more and more FLOSS projects and participants to our community.
Libre Graphics Meeting 2016 will have a combination of presentations, 'birds of a feather', discussion meetings, hackathons, workshops and lighting talks covering the following:
- Libre Graphics code-contributions
- Showcases of excellent work made using Libre Graphics tools
- New and experimental projects in this area to meet the wider community, including those in the field of 3D design and making
- Reflections on the activities of existing open source communities in the production of free, libre or open source tools and their use