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Adding Chapters to Totem

Ivanka and I had a great discussion on Monday at the GNOME London UX Hackfest about how what free & open source tools / integration we need for a good FLOSS usability data capture workflow. While I still have to document them properly, you can get a sneak peek at our notes from this discussion … Continue reading

Happy Blog vs. Misery Blog

This is how I’m used to blog posting and receiving comments on said posts operating, for the most part: This is how I feel like my blog has been working out lately: I don’t think I can be as diligent in responding to comments to my blog anymore. It’s making me feel really unhappy and … Continue reading

Charline’s Empathy Usability Report

This morning Charline from Canonical presented a report on an empathy usability test she’s completed. These are rough notes split into topics: Usability reports in general There was some discussion of the usage of user quotes in usability reports and their utility Audiences for test: People who report bugs, developers Some confusion over how testing … Continue reading

Misc. Notes from GNOME UX Hackfest, Tuesday

Here’s just a quick summary of notes from the discussions I was in yesterday at the GNOME London UX Hackfest: OSD & Panel Icons Yesterday jimmac and hbons worked on Moblin icons, with the idea we could use the style for GNOME OSD (on-screen display, e.g., when you change your system volume, the big speaker … Continue reading

GNOME Vision Brainstorm

This is just a brainstorm, no hard and fast rules being set here. A bunch of the designers here at the GNOME London UX Hackfest got together yesterday to talk about Nautilus, and after talking about Nautilus those of us left had a bit of bigger-picture view discussion (mostly Garrett and I at the whiteboard … Continue reading

GNOME UX Hackfest Photos

I’m posting my photos of the GNOME UX Hackfest on Flickr so check them out. I’m putting the tag ‘gnome-ux-hackfest’ on them.

Painless accessibility tips for GNOME designers and developers

This morning at the GNOME 3 UX Hackfest in London, Willie Walker gave us some tips for ‘painless’ accessibility. First he reviewed the three main types of access users need us to support: 1: Some people can’t use the keyboard These users use devices such as: head tracking eye tracking switch-based access (they press buttons … Continue reading

Rensselaer Center for Open Source (RCOS) talk on Fedora

So a couple of weeks ago, as I mentioned previously, I made a couple of trips out to my alma-mater Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY. First, my co-worker John and I ran the Red Hat booth at the RPI Spring 2010 Career Fair. We were there for a little over four hours and … Continue reading

authconfig-gtk UI revamp

Recently I’ve been working on a UI revamp of authconfig-gtk AKA system-config-authentication. Here is the existing UI: From what I’ve gathered about this UI: It’s fairly old. It’s grown organically, with new options and features added on piecemeal without an overall design vision. It exists in firstboot too, under the ‘network login’ button. It allows … Continue reading

Random idea for design collaboration tool

This might be nothing, it might be something. I’ve been getting rather fed up with mailing lists as the primary tool for organizing the Fedora release artwork process lately. Just for fun tonight I did a mockup of one page of the kind of web application I’d like to use to manage the process instead. … Continue reading