PrePostPrint

About

What is PrePostPrint exactly?

PrePostPrint wants to gather those working with experimental publishing techniques and to help to make their projects and tools more accessible.

PrePostPrint is a label and a website aiming to promote graphic objects and resources in line with the following characteristics:

Experimental

The graphic object is crafted within an experimental or unusual approach with alternative, hacked or DIY tools, made in a certain context constrained by its economy, its emergency or its collaborative nature.

Free Software

The tools used to make the object and if it is possible, the content of the object itself, are published under a free (software) license.

Documented

The object is documented according to the PrePostPrint criteria, then published on the website prepostprint.org.

Who is behind the project?

PrePostPrint was initiated by Sarah Garcin and Raphaël Bastide in 2017. We are now an loosely defined group of designers, artists, researchers, teachers sharing a wish to explore our tools and invent new ways of making web and print publications.

What are your actions?

We:

  • gather information about people, projects, and studios working on the topic
  • organize workshops in schools, universities or nonprofits
  • give lectures

Can I submit my project?

Yes! Our submit page is here

Is the “Selection” exhaustive?

The “Selection“ page is a curated list of projects. It's not meant to be exhaustive, but rather to highlight the most emblematic projects either from a technical or aesthetic point of view.

Are you a design studio?

No, we don’t do commissioned work as PrePostPrint, however you can contact the members individually if you are interested to work with the tools or processes showed in this website.

What does “free software” mean? Why is it important for design?

Free software, or libre software, is computer software distributed under terms that allow users to run the software for any purpose as well as to study, change, and distribute it and any adapted versions. In the context of PrePostPrint, free software licenses are a fundamental aspect : They allow our experiments, knowledge, tools and systems to be open, to evolve and to be shaped according to the different use individuals or studio can imagine. Commons free software used for graphic design are: GNU / Linux, Inkscape, Krita, a web browser such as Firefox, Scribus, Gimp

Free software allows us to re-think all links in the chain of publishing. We want to forego the classical DTP programs and turn to technologies that are more accessible and sociable, and that can evolve and adapt for each given project.

How can I be involved?

Contact us if you are interested, or have any suggestion.

What is your economic model?

We don’t make money with PrePostPrint. Some designers can profit from the visibility of their project on this website, but PrePostPrint is a non-profit.

I found harmful information on this website

Please contact us if some content may harm you or some people you know. We will do our best to remove it as soon as possible.